Our strong governing body is committed to supporting and continuing to improve our school. The Governors work closely with the headteacher and the leadership team:
* In the management and strategic direction of the school. * Acting as a critical friend to the school. * Being accountable for the quality and standards of education and care.
Care for the individual child is our priority.
We meet regularly during the term with additional committee meetings to discuss specific matters such as evaluating learning and school effectiveness, health and safety, the school environment and the school finances. We want to do all we can to ensure that our children receive the very best experiences and opportunities to enable them to achieve their goals and aspirations in an environment where Christian values are paramount.
Our Governing body is made up of volunteers from the local community and the wider world of business, offering a diverse range of skills and views, bringing a breadth of experience to the team. As a Church school the majority of our Governors are Foundation Governors, whose role is to encourage an understanding of the significance of faith and promote our Christian values and distinctiveness.
For details on how Governor vacancies are filled please click here
CHAIR of The governors andrew donald
Andrew Donald had a daughter at Western Downland School he is currently the chair of Governors. He is a partner with Woolley & Wallis Chartered Surveyors and is the senior residential partner within the firm.
Brought up in Bramshaw in the heart of the New Forest, much of Andrew's boyhood was spent riding ponies and working on a local dairy farm. The family home moved to Damerham, where he has subsequently returned to and currently lives with his wife and daughter.
Duncan lives in Sandleheath with his wife Caroline and his two daughters, Hannah and Sophia. Having recently retired from the army following 16 years service as an officer with the Royal Engineers, Duncan now works as a civil engineer in Ringwood.
Duncan is passionate about education and development. He hopes as a Parent Governor to assist the school in continuing to deliver excellent education and development opportunities for the children.
Louise lives in Alderholt with her husband Andrew and their children Jacob and Lily. She is an Accountant working within the Sales and Marketing sector for a growing company in Bournemouth.
Louise has a strong interest in finance and a personal interest in the success of the school, she is committed to help the school in any way that she can.
I am a Foundation Governor and along with my wife Josephine and our three children Henry, Herbert and Elspeth, live in the village of Damerham. Our family are active parishioners at St Georges Damerham. I also sit on the PCC as well as representing St Georges at the Deanery Synod.
Western Downland and its excellent teachers are extremely high within my passions and priorities. Looking from now to the future I am very excited and focused about keeping the school going in its continuing upward spiral to further success.
REV Les Player
Western Downland is a Church of England Aided Primary School. As the Rector of the four parishes which form the heart of the catchment for the School I am appointed as an ex-officio governor for the School. I have always counted this a privilege, as well as a significant responsibility.
My involvement however goes beyond the role of governor, as I try to participate in a significant amount of the life of the School with both staff and pupils and in particular, I seek to help define and support an understanding of those various ways in which values, teaching and pastoral care can reflect the School's Christian foundation. A defined number of governors must legally be appointed by the four parishes, and I assist the church councils in identifying potential candidates who meet the qualifying criteria.
I live in Woodgreen with my husband, David, and have one daughter, who attends Western Downland. I am a Chartered Surveyor, currently working for Hampshire County Council. Through my work I have visited the majority of local authority schools in Hampshire. When I first visited Western Downland, I was immediately struck by the nurturing environment, and quality of teaching. I was determined to send Georgina, although we live outside the catchment area. The school has certainly lived up to my expectations. Becoming a Foundation Governor was a natural step in doing my bit to support the school and the amazing team we have. I feel privileged to help towards working to ensure that Western Downland goes from strength to strength, for the benefit of each and every child.
I trained initially as a General Nurse and then latterly as a Children’s Nurse, most recently working in the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility in Southampton as the Senior Children’s Research Nurse and Education Lead. I developed particular interests in Chidren’s Allergies, mentorship and teaching student nurses and I was the link nurse there for Child Protection. I moved to Martin ten years ago with Pete and had two daughters, Connie and Georgia, both of whom attend Western Downland.
Kathryn Peaty -Vice Chair
Kathryn lives in Martin with her husband and three children Laurence, Willem and Millie who all attend Western Downland Primary School. Since joining the governing body as a foundation governor Kathryn says that helping to start up the Nursery Class for 3 & 4 year olds and seeing this wonderful facility in action, has been one of her proudest achievements. She believes that ensuring excellence in teaching and creating a safe, rewarding, yet challenging school environment that is reflective and adaptive, is vital to enable children to reach and exceed their individual learning goals.
Aside from her role as a governor, Kathryn works as a farm vet for a practice in north Dorset. She and her children are also kept busy at home with their bees, chickens, horses and sheep.
Staff Governor and Headteacher (see staff page)
I am a Foundation Governor for Damerham, as well as being Church Warden at St. George's Church.
I am married with two sons, 35 and 33 years of age, who both attended Western Downland in its infancy, so I have seen it grow from very humble beginnings to its present state. Due to work constraints at Allenford Farms, Damerham, I do not come into school as much as I would like, but would like to offer a practical approach and common sense to the Parent & Community Committee as well as a steadying influence to the Full Governing Body.