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Our Governors

Our Governing Body is led by a very experienced and well established Chair of governors.


The Governing Body includes:


  • The Headteacher
  • Parent Governors
  • A Staff Governor
  • Co-opted Governors
  • A Governor nominated by Lewisham Council

Parent governors are elected to serve on the governing body by the parents and normally serve for four years.


Our staff governor is elected by the staff of the school and also normally serves for four years.


Co-opted governors are invited onto the governing body, by the other governors, to add areas of expertise and to represent a cross section of the local community.


The governing body is responsible for many important decisions in the running of the school. These include:


  • Appointing the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team
  • Agreeing the aims of the school curriculum and ensuring the national curriculum is implemented
  • Determine how the school’s budget is to be used each year
  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of the whole school community

Pen Portraits of Governors

Jas Basi - Vice Chair


Prior to coming into teaching I was a research laboratory assistant at Courtaulds (textiles) based in Derby. 


I have lived and worked in Lewisham since I started teaching in 1978. 

I have worked in a variety of Lewisham schools:


  • Lewisham Girls School: 1978-1983 Teacher of Maths, Head of Year, Acting Head of House
  • Crofton School: 1983 – 1986 Deputy Head of Maths
  • Forest Hill Boys School: 1986 – 1989 Head of Maths
  • Northbrook C of E School: 1989 – 2001 Deputy Head, Headteacher
  • Bonus Pastor Catholic College: 2001 – 2015 Assistant Head (Inclusion, Safeguarding and Child protection)


I have had a close working professional relationship with New Woodlands School since it was built on the present site. A wide range of posts and responsibilities have given me a rich experience of working with children, parents, governors and many community partners.


I also have experience of working with architects, engineers and builders.

My wife and I have three adult children and we are also very proud grandparents.

Since 2001 I have been a Senior Referees’ Coach at Charlton Athletic Academy.

I would hope to use my experiences to help the Governing Body to strategically guide the school to be outstanding in its work with the students who have many needs.

Michelle Fenniche - Chair of Governors


I am an Executive Headteacher within Lewisham Local Authority and have been since September 2016.   As I work within two local Primary Schools in the Local Authority and see the great work that is also carried out in our local SEND Schools, I felt that I should be involved in the fantastic work that is being achieved. 


I have worked in a number of Local Authorities and enjoyed seeing and being part of the different ways of working.  Lewisham is an exciting place for learning and I feel that I am able to support the strategic direction of New Woodlands School, to ensure that the children achieve the best possible outcomes for them as individuals. 


I have had a variety of roles over the years, from teacher through to Headteacher and now Executive Headteacher.  All of which I have thoroughly enjoyed, seeing so many of our young people of today, achieve their dreams is extremely rewarding.


I am married with 3 wonderful children/adults of my own and am now lucky to have grandchildren to enjoy as well.  In my spare time, I spend time with my family and our dogs.

Lisa Hutton - Staff Governor


I have been teaching for 17 years and have a passion for ensuring that every child receives the support and challenge they require to achieve.


After completing a Mathematics degree I have worked in Inner London comprehensive schools with the past 10 years in Lewisham.  I currently teach and coordinate Mathematics at New Woodlands School and am the staff representative on the governing board.


As a governor I enjoy supporting the school in moving forward on its journey to provide every child the best opportunity possible.

Sarah Johnston


I have worked in the fields of mental health since my arrival in the UK in 1997 and in special educational needs since 2013. I have lived in Lewisham since 2000 and have experience of the school system through my children attending schools in Lewisham. I have had international experience in law and human rights which also informs my work as a governor.  I hope to have an ongoing close relationship with New Woodlands School and use my experience to assist the school in its delivery of education to the pupils on the roll.

Robert Wetherell


I work at Google supporting advertisers on a product called Google Shopping

I'm a Lewisham resident with 2 young children.


I have been looking for ways to become more involved in my local community. I was given a tour of New Woodlands school and found the staff, pupils and environment energising and inspiring and wanted to be a part of the journey the school is on.

Tim Judge


I am a Senior Manager at the National Literacy Trust, leading on many of our national programmes. I have worked with hundreds of schools and communities throughout the UK to support literacy development in young people and their families and wholeheartedly believe in the importance of reading, writing and communication in supporting children to have happy fulfilling lives.  


Over the past 20 years I have worked in education and the not for profit sector for a range of organisations including WaterAid, UNICEF, TeachFirst and Crisis UK and have enjoyed the new challenges that each role brings.


I am also a Lewisham resident and as a Governor for New Woodlands School, I really enjoy being able to help the school improve and benefit all of the children who attend.

Nalan Salih


I am a mother of four and a grandmother of four. One of my sons has complex needs and my grandson has ADHD.

My back ground is in youth work, mental health and learning disabilities 
I’m the chair of Lewisham Parent Carer Forum, Contact and CYP. I work closely with the LA to get better outcomes for parents.

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