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.
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.
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.
Charlotte Willoughby (Staff Governor)
I joined the staff at Wood Street School just over 7 years ago as a class teacher and instantly knew I had found the right place for me. Wood Street is a nurturing, family environment where everyone is encouraged to reach their full potential. Working at Wood Street has allowed me to be creative, inquisitive and explore my potential as a teacher. I joined the governing body in order to give back to the school and share my knowledge and experience to aid in the schools development.
Wood Street was the first choice for our daughter in 2017. We saw a friendly, open and well run school. We have never looked back since and the school has exceeded our expectations on all counts.
I wanted the opportunity to give something back to the running of the school. I was lucky that an opening on the governing body became available and in 2018 and I was elected as a parent governor. I now get to work with an amazing group of people who all contribute to the same goal. Ensuring Wood Street is the best it can be and continues to provide all the children with excellent opportunities.
A little bit about me. I love technology, gadgets and the like. I have worked in I.T for the past 20 years. My current role is as I.T manager for a company in Farnborough. I live with my wonderful partner and daughter just outside Wood Street Village. Watching my daughter learn and grow has been amazing. The school provides all of the children with amazing opportunities, Woodland school, WOW days or one of the many school trips to name a few. I get to see the excitement on my daughters face when she tells me all about them, and is one of the many reasons why I volunteered my time to support the school.
I have lived in the Guildford area for over 10 years, except for a short stint living overseas. We moved into the village in 2014 and were delighted to secure a place at Wood Street Infants, our first choice school for our eldest child. We have been so pleased with her progress, both academically and personally, that our second child has followed in her footsteps!
I became a governor as I like to take an active interest in village life and to help something already great, keep improving and evolving. I strongly believe that every child should have access to the high quality education than my children are fortunate to be receiving. As you might have gathered, I really enjoy getting involved in local affairs as I work as an Assistant Clerk at Worplesdon Parish Council!
I am in my first year of teaching at Wood Street Infant School. I was inspired to become a teacher having spent two years at our lovely school as a student whilst undertaking my degree in Early Childhood Studies. I then went on to complete my Scitt ( teacher training ) salaried at a larger Guildford school. I was thrilled when a post became available and I’m so proud to work in a school I love.
I have become a Governor to understand what goes on behind the scenes and support in my role as a teacher. I am a mother and a wife and I spend my weekends on the Isle of Wight. I am a patron of a local charity CWSNF which supports children with special needs.
I grew up locally then, having lived in London since graduating, I moved back to the area in 2015. I am Head of Resourcing and Talent at AQA Education in Guildford and I’m passionate about helping people make the most of themselves and realise their potential. Education is a really important part of that journey and Wood Street offers a great start to those lucky enough to commence their education with us.
Being a governor here gives me a great opportunity to use my skills and knowledge to help Wood Street continue to go from strength to strength and gives me an invaluable insight and learning too. I look forward to the future with Wood Street and working with a great group of volunteers who all want the best for the school and our pupils.