Simon Cooper Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Board
I became a governor 20 years ago when my first child started Hethersett Woodside Infant & Nursery School, and the youngest of my three children has now left Hethersett Academy but I have not escaped and find the role of a governor rewarding but also challenging.
I am proud of how successful the school is and the small part I have played in developing happy, independent thinking children.
I have had many roles on the Governing Board at Hethersett Woodside Infant & Nursery School, many years as the chair, I am also a member of the Staffing Leadership & Management Committee.
Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Board
I became a parent governor when both my children attended Hethersett WoodsideehtHhh. Both of my children have now left Woodside, and I am now a co-Opted Governor. I have enjoyed supporting the Head Teacher and staff over the many years being a governor I have progressed to holding the position of Deputy Chair of Governors.
Being part of the Staffing Leadership and Management Committee ensures that the school is operating in a way that meets the needs of the children and the wider community. I am able to draw on my professional experience to support the Head in normal running of the school.
I am one of the Community Governors and have been on the board since May 2016 and am also on the Staffing, Leadership and Management Committee. I live and grew up in Hethersett and my daughter attended all the Hethersett Schools. In the past I have been on the Friends Committee for Woodside and for Hethersett High School where I was also Chair for a year. I have worked in Social Housing as a Neighbourhood Officer for the past 20 years. I am also in the Parish Church Choir and perform with the local Pantomime group.
I became a governor in 2014, not long after my eldest daughter started at Woodside. I believe that children’s earliest years at school are absolutely vital if they are to develop a lifelong love of learning and, as a governor, I am keen to do all I can to support the school’s continued success.
As a mother of three children, and a communications officer at Norfolk County Council, I have a mix of skills and experience that I believe can benefit the school and its pupils.
I have been involved with school through my wife being PTA chair, and after a successful turn as Santa for the Woodside Christmas fayre, it was suggested that I may wish to consider a position as a governor.
At the time I had one child in year two, and one about to start in nursery, and thought it would be good to be part of the team to assist the head and staff.
Also with my construction background I felt I would be in a good position to assist with the future development of the school.
Hi my name is Helen Corr I have been a parent governor for the last three years.
I have three children my eldest son is in high school, my daughter is in year four at the Junior School and my youngest son is in year one at Woodside .
Apart from my life as a mum to 3, I also work part time at the NNUH as a cardiac physiologist which is a very interesting specialist role in cardiology. My other interests are baking and running.
I am very much enjoying my role as a parent governor and hope that I can continue to contribute to the continuing excellent work of the school.
Linda De Bloeme
I was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor last year. I am a teacher and I teach in a Junior setting, so it is interesting for me to understand more about what happens during the early years of a child’s education.
As a parent governor, I want to support the school, the children and their families as much as I can. As an educator, I believe I have the knowledge, skills and understanding that can support the school as it continues to be successful. Also I am pleased to be part of the future of the school and the triumphs and challenges that may occur along the way.
I have a son who is currently in year 1 and I am thrilled that his early years’ education is to be spent at Woodside.
Sacha El labany
I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and Corporate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and currently employed as a Principal Civil and Structural Design Engineer. I originally moved to Hethersett in 1992 and attended Hethersett High School, after some time I moved back to the village with my wife and two children. My son Luca attends Hethersett Woodside and My daughter is currently at Ducklings. I hope to bring a beneficial set of transferrable knowledge and skills from my day to day activities to the team of Governors. I am dedicated to contribute where I can to ensure that the Pupils have the best resources available to help them learn and develop.