We are proud to welcome you to our school.

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. 

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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.


Patrick lives in Martin with his wife Sonia and two boys William and Daniel who both attend Western Downland. With a personal interest therefore in a high quality of education and the continuing success of the school, Patrick is keen to try and assist it in any way he can.

Patrick is currently the COO of a small but growing financial services business in Salisbury and away from work enjoys cycling and watching, rather than playing, rugby having reluctantly conceded that the years have caught up with him.


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.





ian watt

I grew up and lived in London until my early twenties when I relocated with work to the South coast; originally to Romsey and now living in Rockbourne. I began my working life in banking in the City and now work in Southampton for the main Air Traffic Control provider within the UK. My partner Liz works as a full time year 3 Teaching Assistant at the Rockbourne site and our daughter has just moved up from the Damerham site.

I am passionate about the education and welfare of children. I want the School to thrive and continue to give the children the outstanding experience they currently receive, both during their time there and beyond. I would like to contribute towards shaping the future of our children's lives and providing them with the best educational opportunities in the area. I believe that a Parent Governor should be a voice for the parents and carers of our children and future generations.

I grew up and lived in London until my early twenties when I relocated with work to the South coast; originally to Romsey and now living in Rockbourne. I began my working life in banking in the City and now work in Southampton for the main Air Traffic Control provider within the UK. My partner Liz works as a full time year 3 Teaching Assistant at the Rockbourne site and our daughter has just moved up from the Damerh







I was born and grew up in the New Forest and after working across the country moved back to the area after I met a girl from Bournemouth.

I share similar values to those of the school and believe those school values give an impression of "how we do things here" and "what you and your children can expect".  However I believe the real measure of those values are through the behaviours displayed by everyone connected with the school and not least our children and teaching staff.


Justine Turton

Justine is a Foundation Governor and has lived in Martin for the past twenty years. She has two children, George and Isabella both of whom attended Western Downland. Justine worked in the Investment Banking and Corporate Finance sectors in the city before a move into property where she now manages a large property portfolio.

Justine is a passionate and committed member of the governing body who strongly believes that all children should have the opportunity to learn in a safe, caring and nurturing Christian environment. She strongly believes the learning values that are taught by the exceptional team of teachers at Western Downland stays with the children for the rest of their lives..




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.

Kim Wilcox

Staff Governor and Headteacher (see staff page)


John Godber

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.


Staff Governor and Headteacher (see staff page)

Hannah MACE