Kelvin Richardson (Chair)
I have been a resident of Guildford since 1991 and in 2000 considered Wood Street Infant School to be the perfect place for my children to be educated; because of the caring, friendly family atmosphere. While they were at the school, I was "persuaded" to become a governor. In time, the school and its ethos meant so much to me that I stayed on as a governor long after my children had moved on. I am an Acceptance Manager for a company upgrading Air Traffic Management systems on over 100 airfields on the UK and overseas and enjoy taekwondo as a means of keeping fit.
As Chair I am here to provide leadership to the Governing Body and work with my governor colleagues, our Head and all our amazing staff to ensure that Wood Street continues to provide the best possible education and care for each and every child. To help us achieve this I encourage all our parents and the local community to work together with our children and help Wood Street develop and further improve as we face new opportunities and challenges.
Alastair Slater (Parent Governor & Vice Chair)
I’ve lived in central Guildford since 1994 but only discovered Wood Street School when my wife Lorna started working here in 2011 (School Business Manager). Having seen and heard what a great school it was, we were more than happy to send our son here when he started in Reception in 2014. He flourished at the school and we were delighted with his progress. He has moved onto junior school, and now we are lucky to have our daughter start Reception.
I volunteered as a Parent Governor to try and do my bit to help ensure the school continues to offer a wonderful experience and education for the children. It’s been interesting and enjoyable getting involved and I was delighted when the OFSTED Outstanding rating was announced in March 2015. I work as a Client Account Manager for a large IT Services company, and my interests include playing Guitar and following the ups and downs of the England Cricket Team.
John Beynon (Co-opted Governor)
When our daughter was given a place at Wood Street after not getting places at *any* of the schools we picked we were really disappointed - this disappointment was short lived after she started at Wood Street and despite getting offered a place at our first choice school 4 weeks into term we turned it down. We've been so impressed with the school, the staff and the opportunities it provides - much of which are down to it's small size. Given the fantastic start to her education that Wood Street provided I wanted to give back to the school and help by getting involved as a Governor and was more than happy to do so when it was suggested I'd be a useful addition to the governing body.
Danielle Hope (Co-opted Governor)
When we moved to Wood Street Village in 2003 as new parents with a new born child we found the community to be very friendly. We were keen to send our son to the local school as it had a 'family' feel to it which we found appealing, so after attending the pre-school for nearly 2 years, our son joined Reception class in 2007. In 2008 I was approached by the Head Teacher who was keen for me to become a 'Parent Governor'; I was an active member and chairperson of the 'Friends of Wood Street Infants' School PTA. I have remained on the board of Governors ever since and as well as working with the school to ensure it provides good quality education, I have played an active role in the recruitment of the school's staff. I wanted to give something back and support the school's ethos, which has produced and 'outstanding' infants' school with a great team of staff, pupils and parents.