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.
As a resident of Hethersett and with two grandchildren in the village and a daughter who served as Chair of The Friends of Woodside, I have had some involvement with the school over the past couple of years – either by volunteering at various events or by using my DIY skills around the school.
Now fully retired, my early career was as a civil engineering surveyor working on several UK based construction projects. However, the growth of the oil industry in the North Sea in the 1970’s brought new opportunities and I have spent the past forty years working globally in a variety of offshore and onshore management positions in exploration geophysics.
I now look forward to a new chapter in my life supporting the school and the Board of Governors.
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.
I was delighted to become a parent governor at Woodside Primary this year, especially at this exciting time. I am part of the teaching and learning and also the health and safety committee.
I have two daughters, one of which is currently thriving in year 3 at Woodside.
I also work as teaching SENCO at Hethersett Academy and will hopefully be able to ensure a smooth transition for all of our children when they reach secondary school age.
I live in Hethersett with my wife and two sons who are both at Woodside. I have run my own engineering consultancy business from home since I moved to Norfolk in 2008, carrying out design, drafting and analysis work for mainly local clients. Before that I was a lecturer in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton from 2002.
I am currently the chairman of the local (Norfolk Central) panel of the charity REMAP, whose purpose is to make or adapt equipment to meet the specific requirements of individuals living with disabilities.
I care a great deal about supporting the ongoing success of the school, in such an important and exciting transition to becoming a primary and moving to a new building and beyond. I hope my background, outside of education, brings different skills and perspective and enables me to contribute to the exciting future of the school for the benefit of our children, future generations and the community as a whole.