The Governing Board at Hethersett Woodside Primary & Nursery School

The Governing Board at our school is a group of volunteers who look to fulfil the three core functions set out for Governing Boards by the Department of Education.  These are:

  1. To set the vision and strategic direction of the school
  2. Holding the headteacher of the school to account for the educational performance of the school
  3. Ensuring that public money is well spent

The Governing Board is made up of the following roles:

  • Elected Parent Governors
  • Authority Governors
  • Elected Staff Governor
  • Co-opted Governors

The headteacher also sits on the governing board.

Whilst the Governors may be responsible for policy and strategy, it is the headteacher who is responsible for the day to day running of the school.  The current Governing Board feel very strongly that we are supportive of the headteacher in an ever changing educational arena and look to act as Mr Carter’s critical friend.

Governors support and challenge the headteacher and leaders by gathering information, asking questions and helping decided what is best for the school, staff and pupils.  We are not there simply to rubber stamp decisions.

The Governors have a large number of legal responsibilities including ensuring that the national curriculum is delivered, our children our kept safe, our staff are well looked after and supported and that the school balances its books financially.  It is not allowed to overspend.

The full Governing Board meets at least twice every school term and the various sub committees meet outside of this.

Whilst we would encourage any parent who has an issue about the school to discuss this with Ms Mainwaring in the first instance, parents have access to the Governing Board via the school office.

Member of the Governing Board at Hethersett Woodside Primary & Nursery School

Governor Name Category of Governor Body Appointing Membership of Committee(s) /Key Responsibilities Term of Office
Louise Mainwaring Headteacher
Co-Opted FGB
Sonia Innes Co-Opted FGB




Linda De Bloeme Co-opted FGB Mental Health & Wellbeing Committee




Liz Jones Local Authority Governor Local Authority SLM Committee 01/11/2023
Victoria Smith Staff Governor Staff Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee




Parent Governor
Raheel Syed Parent Governor Parents Teaching, Learning & Standards Committee




Abdul Wadood Mohammed Parent Governor Parents

Health & Safety Committee

Mental health & Wellbeing Committee







Governors Attendance Record 2020-2021

Register of Business Interests Governors 2020-2021


Governors Attendance Record 2019-2020

Register of Business Interests Governors 2019-20


Governors Attendance Record 2018-19

Register of Business Interests Governors 2018-19


Attendance Record for Current Academic Year 2017-18

Register of Business Interests Governors 2017-18


Attendance Record for Academic Year 2016-17

Register of Business Interests Governors 2016

Sub Committee List 2016/17


Attendance Record for Academic Year 2015

Register of Business Interests Governors 2015

Hethersett Woodside Primary and Nursery School
Coachmaker Way, Hethersett, Norwich NR9 3GN

Headteacher: Mrs Louise Mainwaring

Deputy Headteacher: Mr Sam Carter

Email: • Tel: 01603 810674