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).

Diane ConnellA message from Diane Connell, Chair of Local Governing Body:

I feel privileged to lead the dedicated team of Governors in this excellent School. We come from a variety of backgrounds with many skills, and work together for the benefit of the whole School Community.

Our prime areas of focus are the success of the students and their welfare. The pastoral care is outstanding, and everyone at WGSG is involved in making it a safe and enjoyable place to be.

Maintaining the good relationship between the Local Governing Body and the Head Teacher and her Senior Leadership Team is crucial to the effective administration of the School. The Local Governing Body has a duty to oversee the direction and policies of the School, to monitor its standards and be held to report to the Trust Board on its conduct and performance. The Head Teacher has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the School.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, I hope this information may help or encourage you. Training courses are provided by Kent County Council Children, Families & Education Advisory Service.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Clerk to the Governors via the school office.

Membership of the Local Governing Body

Governing Body

Term of Office

Appointed by

Diane Connell (Chair) Mrs Connell was a Deputy Justices' Clerk in Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service until 2008.She then worked part-time as a Legal Adviser in North Kent Magistrates' Court until her retirement in 2016. She is an alumni of Wilmington Grammar School for Girls, as is her daughter. She has been a governor at WGSG for 25 years, and is Chair of the Local Governing Board. For many years she volunteered for St John Ambulance as a Youth Leader and Trainer. 01.09.19-31.08.22 Trust

John Webster

(Vice 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

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
Joy Price

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
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
Neil Benson   19.02.20
Michael Isola   01.07.20
Stephen Thomas   01.07.20
Michele Dooley   18.11.20


Governor Responsibility
Shola Ojo & Catherine Goodhind


Joy Price & Diane Connell

SEND, Safeguarding

Diane Connell

Governance, Pupil Premium

Laura Wakeling Training & Development
Joy Price

Health & Safety

Catherine Goodhind & John Webster

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: