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School Governors

The Governors work closely with the head teacher and the senior leadership team to raise standards and ensure that the school has high expectations of all its pupils. The Governors take a long-term strategic view and promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting school aims and policies.

In addition they appoint and performance manage the head teacher, agree the school improvement plan, set and monitor the budget and agree the staffing structure.

They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of the school. At Wood End Academy, we are fortunate to have a very effective Governing Body, with many highly experienced, committed and knowledgeable governors.

Our Governing Body is made up of:

  • 4 parent governors elected by parents at the school
  • 2 staff governors elected by the staff
  • 6 member appointed governors appointed by the governing body, including a non-teacher staff member
  • 1 Head Teacher

Governors are at the heart of how Wood End Academy operates; If you want to contact the Chair of Governors, Rev Maureen Hider or any other governor please contact the school office.


Our Governing Body

Mr Warner Stainbank - Head Teacher

I am an 'ex officio' member of the Governing Body which means I am a member because I hold the post of Head teacher. I have been in the teaching profession for eighteen years working predominantly in Ealing. Leading Wood End Academy is a real privilege. I am blessed with hardworking and dedicated staff who collectively contributes to the success of the Academy.

Wood End Academy has been at the heart of the Northolt community since 2011 and enjoys an excellent reputation within the local area. Parents are supportive and always appreciate the efforts of my staff - which lifts morale and makes the job worthwhile.

Our strong values underpin the ethos of this school and these help our children to be the wonderful people they are and for the school to feel like an extension of home. Children are enveloped with love, care and compassion. All members of our school community are encouraged to 'aim high to achieve excellence’' and this makes Wood End a very special place indeed.



Rev Maureen Hider- Member Appointed

Chair of Governors - Chair of Curriculum Committee - Responsibility for Maths - RE and Corporate Worship

I am the Pastor of a local Baptist church (Oldfield Free Church Baptist) and have links to various aspects of local community. Before going into church ministry I trained as a teacher and have taught in schools both in UK and other countries. I also have training in counselling, majoring on ‘Bereavement care’ especially bereavement care for children and the impact that this can have on their approach to education. I believe that I have a lot of experience that I can bring to the school while serving as a governor and in helping the school to grow and develop in their approach to education and the encouragement of the children to do their best and aim high on all levels.



Ms Julie Evans- Member Appointed

Vice-Chair of Governors

Member of Curriculum Committee, Responsibility for Pupil Premium

I have been on the Governing Body at Wood End Academy for a few years now and am very passionate about this schools achievements and successes.

I and my sister attended Wood End back in the 1980's and my 3 children attended here in recent years and the support and atmosphere is such a major part of what makes Wood End Academy the brilliant school it is today.

I have experience working with SEN children and have done voluntary work here at Wood End Academy. The dedication from staff & pupils alike is what keeps me wanting to be a part of such a lovely school.



Mrs Gabriela Vince - Parent Governor

Responsibility for Parental Engagement

I started as a parent governor in October 2014. I have two children who both thoroughly enjoy coming to Wood End Academy of which I do as well! My background is in Advertising and Marketing and I have previously worked with children in a nursery in my home country. Having held various voluntary roles and currently working as a qualified teaching assistant I have many skills to offer the school in its quest to become outstanding and supporting the school in ensuring pupils reach their full potential. I am committed to maintain and improve the school's standards of education and learners’ well-being.


Mrs Janice Phillpot - Staff

Curriculum Committee - Responsibility for SEND/Safeguarding

I have had a very special relationship with Wood End Academy for over 28 years. I have 3 daughters who all came through Wood End and they all enjoyed their time here. I began volunteering with trips, reading etc. I became a Governor before the new school was built and as part of the Governing Body team we were instrumental in getting this school built. Our school building was literally being held up by wooden supports.

I was asked if I would be interested in being a Parent Governor because I took a great deal of interest in the school. I was, and still am, passionate about children getting the best education they can. I feel that the school also gives our children a really good start to their future both academically and socially. School isn't just about teaching the curriculum it is also about helping children understand the impact they can make on society. Being a Governor has given me an insight into the legal and financial side of a school.

As Governors our role is to support the Head and the Leadership team to be the best they can be. We would never talk down to the school or presume that we know better than the Head. There is a fine balance between being helpful and supportive and being bossy and over-bearing.

Our main role is to make sure that as a school we are helping children and staff to be the be the best they can be.


Mrs Angie Howard - Parent Governor

Curriculum Committee - Responsibility for English


I am one of the parent governor's, I have lived in Ealing my whole life and even attended Woodend Academy myself both my children have attended the school with my youngest still in year 4. I have worked in education for a few years but I now work as a Training Coordinator. I still feel passionate about education and supporting the school and students to achieve their goals and continued positive learning outcomes.


Mr Mohammed Arshad - Parent Governor

Responsibility for Sports Premium (Shadow)


Mr Matt Haresnape - Member Appointed


Mrs Lyn Smith - Staff Governor

Finance Committee - Responsibility for Health & Safety