Governance

Endeavour MAT

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls is part of Endeavour MAT, which has its own website to explain the overall strategic Trust structure. At local level however, each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB).

A message from John Webster, Chair of Local Governing Body:

John websterIt is both a responsibility and a privilege to be Chair of Governors. WGSG is special because its focus is broader than purely academic performance. Staff, students, parents, and governors work together in different ways to ensure that students achieve all that they are able, both academically and in terms of personal development.

Within the Endeavour Trust, the role of our local governing body is strategic, to oversee the direction and policies of the school, to monitor its standards and be responsible to the Trust Board for its conduct and performance. We also support the work of our excellent Head Teacher and her senior leadership team, who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.

Our Governors have different backgrounds, providing different perspectives, but having a common interest in helping WGSG build on its strengths. We learn more about our school through staff briefings and visits and conversations with staff, students, and parents. All the Governors have a deep commitment to the continued success of the school, ensuring that our students achieve their full potential, within a caring, harmonious, and supportive environment.

Being a governor is an important role; training is provided. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Clerk to the Governors via the school office.

John Webster chairs the LGB at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. To contact John Webster, please email info@endeavour-mat.co.uk marking your message for his attention.

Membership of the Local Governing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

Appointed by

John Webster

(Chair)

John is married to Jenny, with three grown-up daughters, two of whom are currently living in Botswana. John is now retired from 12 years as a Civil Servant making competition work in the CMA after 25 years in banking, working on the dark side! Initially an economist, he moved to financial analysis as a management accountant.

In his retired life, John remains the under-gardener at home. He is active as a Licenced Lay Minister (formally a Reader) in the Church of England and volunteer for Prison Fellowship, facilitating on a course focussed on restorative justice at HMP Rochester. John had been looking for the right role as a school governor and hopes to add value to Wilmington Girls Grammar School.

11.03.20-10.03.23 Trust
Joy Price (Vice Chair)

Joy has been a Governor for the last 10 years at WGSG and previously for 8 years at her daughters’ primary school as a parent governor where she was Vice Chair and then Chair for 4 years. She was a staff governor at WGSG for many years and is now a community governor.  Prior to joining the governing board for WGSG Joy was the Finance Trustee of a local children’s’ registered charity for 15 years.

Joy has worked in the Education Sector for the last 19 years both in primary and secondary and is currently Director of Data and Information for Endeavour MAT.  Prior to this Joy worked for 15 years in IT as project manager and systems designer of finance and information management systems.  Joy is the governor with responsibility for health and safety and works with the Chair of Governors on safeguarding and parent and student voice

18.09.19-17.09.22 Trust

Michelle Lawson

Mrs Lawson has focused her educational career around instilling in young people a love of learning and a demand to explore the ‘big questions’ that life throws at them.  As a self-confessed philosophical geek she is never happy with the simple answer and always strives to open up the students to the world of alternative possibility. Mrs Lawson is determined that Wilmington Grammar School for Girls continues to meet the demands of an ever-changing world, by equipping its students with the resilience and determination to overcome the obstacles that life can throw, whilst supporting them to grow as intellectually independent thinkers capable of coping within an increasing stressful world.  N/A Ex-officio

Shola Ojo

Mrs Ojo joined the Governing Body in 2010. She was a Local Authority Governor for many years and is now a Community Governor. Mrs Ojo is a qualified accountant with many years experience in local government finance. She is one of two Governors with the responsibility of financial monitoring and more recently student careers.

01.09.19-31.08.22 Trust
Laura Wakeling Laura has been a teacher for 30 years and has worked in a range of schools settings including Grammar, Comprehensive, Independent and an International school in Greece. Throughout this time, she has been encouraged by the potential of all young people and has striven to assist them in reaching their goals. As a teacher, she is always looking for ways to improve the quality of education on offer and hopes she can, as a newly appointed governor, support the school further in its endeavour for excellence 03.03.20-02.03.23 Staff
Laura Iles

Laura has worked as a teacher at WGSG since 2016. She is currently Head of Physical Education and PSHE. She is mum to two boys who keep her busy in her spare time. Laura was elected as staff governor in February 2021 and is keen to support the school in providing all students with the best possible education whilst ensuring each individual reaches their true potential. 

25.02.21-24.02.24 Staff
Catherine Goodhind Mrs Goodhind has been a Parent Governor at WGSG since 2017. Her Governor responsibilities include finance, to which she brings the experience of more than 15 years working in the City as an International Structured Finance specialist for several financial institutions, a Degree in Business Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration. In addition to her Governor responsibilities, Catherine is Chair of the WGSG Parents & Friends Association (PFA).      11.11.20 - 10.11.23 Parents
Chetan Kotecha

Chetan was recently elected as Parent Governor in November 2020. Having specialised in STEM subjects during A ‘levels and gaining a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics (MMIT), has allowed him to enjoy a successful career spanning over 25 years in Information Technology (IT).

Given that IT plays a central role in all our lives, Chetan’s ambition is to inspire young women to learn in-demand skills in technology and develop entrepreneurial mind-sets to lead technological innovation for the future."

11.11.20 - 10.11.23 Parents
Bridget Ampofo Bridget is a Primary School Teacher and has taught in Kent and South East London. She is passionate about the personal, social, emotional and academic growth of young people throughout their education. This is modelled in Bridget’s approach to work and her own commitment to continuous professional development. Bridget believes that through inclusive leadership and management techniques, those who work in schools and the wider learning communitiy and most of all young people can be encouraged to develop and foster a deeper love for learning. Bridget is keen to support the mission of the school to present ambitious studious and resilient learners who will fulfil their fullest potential and reach their future ambitions to serve their communities with pride and care. Bridget lives in Dartford with her husband and three sons. In her spare time, Bridget enjoys playing football and keeping active with her sons 19.02.21-18.05.24 Trust
HISTORIC   STEPPED DOWN
Neil Benson   19.02.20
Michael Isola   01.07.20
Stephen Thomas   01.07.20
Michele Dooley   18.11.20
Diane Connell   31.08.21

 

Governor Responsibility
Shola Ojo & Catherine Goodhind

Finance

Joy Price & Bridget Ampofo

SEND, Safeguarding

John Webster & Joy Price

Governance, Pupil Premium

Catherine Goodhind & Bridget Ampofo Training & Development
Joy Price

Health & Safety

Catherine Goodhind & John Webster

CPD
John Webster & Shola Ojo

Careers & Destinations

Catherine Goodhind & Chetan Kotecha Student Outcomes & Covid Catch up Premium

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls is part of Endeavour MAT. For Trust level information please visit:

https://www.endeavour-mat.co.uk/162/key-information/category/10/governance