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Woodlands Park Primary School

Woodlands Park Primary School


Welcome to Woodlands Park Primary School Governing Board page.

Governor Vacancies (click here)

Our Governing Board is passionate about Woodlands Park Primary School and ensuring that our school vision, ethos and strategic direction is delivered. We meet regularly and all of the Governing Board members have a lead responsibility to ensure that the school is delivering the very best for our children.

We are always interested to hear from others who are able to strengthen our team further and therefore please do contact us if you have a skill you feel the Governing Board would benefit from.

More details of the Governing Board are shown below, please explore them and contact us if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Sean Bruce – Chair of Governors -

Contact details:  Sandra Billinghay -

Sandra Billinghay - Clerk to Governors 

Sandra is the clerk to Woodlands Park Primary School,  the new Sherford Primary School and the Trust Board.

Sandra originally trained as a secretary, but then developed her career in finance, working in both the public and private sectors. She has over ten years' experience as clerk to school local governing boards.

Sandra brings all her organisational, governance and secretarial experience to the role, and is committed to supporting the smooth and ordered running of the Trust.

Sean Bruce - Chair of Governors 

Trustee of the Westcountry Schools Trust (formerly Ivybridge Academy Trust) , Chair of Local Governing Board (LGB) at Woodlands Park Primary School and member of Sherford Vale Local LGB.

Sean has over 14 years’ experience as a school governor providing a “business orientated” perspective to the leadership and management of schools.  


He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and is currently the Managing Director of his own company which specialises in Acoustics Consultancy.  Previous employment includes professional engineering roles at Devonport Royal Dockyard and Wrigley’s, both in Plymouth.


He is an engineer and good with numbers with the ability to analyse complex data.


He moved with his wife from Plymouth to Ivybridge in 1998 and has three daughters, all of which have attended Woodlands Park Primary School and Ivybridge Community College (2 still attend!), with the eldest at University.  He is passionate about providing the youth of today with every opportunity to achieve their full potential.


Contact Information:  Mobile:  07977418945


Date of appointment  - 3rd November 2016 (4 years)

Appointed by - Trust Board


Business Interests - Director of S B Consulting (Engineering & Acoustics ) Ltd, Local contractor including Sherford, Wife is director of Little Orchard Montessori Nurseries Ltd

Wendy Newton - Vice Chair of Governor 

Vice-Chair of Governors at Woodlands Park.

Wendy has worked in education for over 20 years.  Currently employed by Babcock Education, Wendy works with Headteachers, CEO’s, Diocese, local authorities and strategic partners to provision school support services.  She also manages the Babcock LDP Conference team and supports the development of a range of education CPD opportunities for schools across the South West.


Wendy is driven to ensure that all children have access to high quality education that helps to build a foundation and passion for life-long learning.


Date of appointment - 10th December 2015 (4 years)

Appointed by - Trust Board

Business Interests - none

Liz Aspin - Staff Governor 


Senior Teaching Assistant at Woodlands Park Primary School.

Liz Aspin is a senior teaching assistant here at Woodlands Park.  She has been here since the school opened in 1991 and loves her job.  She is very passionate about children, how they learn and develop into the adults of the future.  She has two grown up children and two grandchildren, one of which will be starting at Woodlands Park in September 2018.



Date of appointment - 15th March 2016 (4 years)

Appointed by - Trust Board

Business Interests - none

 Steve Bone - Headteacher

Associate of appointment: 16th April 2018 (duration of appointment as Headteacher)

Appointed by - Trust Board

Business interests - 

Karen Warren - Community Governor

                                                                                                                    Date of appointment: 5th May 2018 (4 years)                                                                                      Appointed by: Trust Board                                                                                                                          Business Interests: None

Melanie Haymes - Parent Governor 

Melanie joined the board, as a parent governor in Oct 2017.  She is a qualified Accountant and has worked in both private practice and Local Government.  For the past 16 years she has worked for Plymouth City Council where she has spent a significant period of time supporting the Education Department.  Outside of work she is actively involved in local netball and swimming clubs.  She has two daughters at Woodlands Park Primary School and so has a vested interested in the onging success of the school.

Date of appointment - 3rd October 2017 (4 years)

Appointed by - Trust Board


Business Interests - none

Matthew Hoey - Parent Governor 

Matthew joined the board, as a parent governor in Oct 2017.  A serving Royal Marine, his specialist area is training design and delivery and is responsible for CPD and promotion preparation for approximately 500 people.  Matt holds qualifications in middle management and Coaching and Mentoring.  He is also an IOSH workplace risk assessor and is currently studying a Diploma in Teaching in the Life Long Sector.

Matt has two children that attend Woodlands Park and a younger child that will hopefully be joining them in a couple of years.  He is a keen Mountaineer and climber and spends his free time in the outdoors, with the family. 

Date if appointment - 3rd October 2017 (4 years)

Appointed by - Trust Board


Business Interests - none

Karen Hunter - Associate Governor 

Karen is a member of the senior leadership team at Woodlands Park, she leads lower key stage 2 and maths across the school.

As a lead practitioner she supports teachers both within the school and locally with maths teaching, learning and assessment.

She  completed her teacher training at Woodlands Park, following a previous career in Barclays Bank as a Business Manager.


Date of appointment - 15th September 2017 (1 year)

Appointed by - Local Governing Board


Business Interests - none

Emma Pipe - Co-opted Governor 

Deputy Headteacher, Woodlands Park Primary School


Date of appointment - 10th July 2015 (4 years)

Appointed by - Trust Board

Business Interests - none





Denise Smith - Parent Governor 

Parent Governor of Woodlands Park Primary School.

 Denise has been involved in education for her entire career; including working as a Teaching Assistant, working in wildlife education and Science teaching.  She has been a Lead Practitioner for Science for 10 years, with roles including staff training, sharing best practice and coaching and mentoring other teachers.  Her commitment to education has also led her to become involved in fundraising for a wildlife education charity in Zambia.

Denise has two children, the youngest of whom is about to join his sister at Woodlands Park Primary School.

Denise has a long held passion for providing the most effective and enjoyable learning opportunities for children and brings to the Governing Board a deep understanding of data analysis and the development and monitoring of educational strategies.


Date of appointment - 3rd October 2017 (4 years)

Appointed by - Trust Board 

Business Interests - none

Rebecca Wood - Parent Governor 

Rebecca is a solicitor specialising in Criminal Law, providing legal advise and advocacy in Court to often the most vulnerable peole within the community.  Rebecca and her husband, who is in the Armed Forces moved to Ivybridge in 2014.  They have two children, one attending Woodlands Park Primary School and the other to follow shortly.  Rebecca has volunteered to be a Parent Governor to champion each and every child and in doing so, continue to enrich the school.

Date of appointment - 3rd October 2017 (4 years)

Appointed by - Trust Board

Business Interests - none