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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.



Jack Booth

I have lived in the borough of Lewisham since attending Goldsmiths College in 2009. I completed a History undergraduate at Goldsmiths as well as completing a Masters’ degree at University College London. I currently work at The Education Space as a Governance Office supporting school governing boards both administratively and through providing impartial advice on procedure and legislations.


As a new governor at New Woodlands I am keen to support a school strategically in a borough that I live in and aim to pass on the skills and experiences I have gained from my education and professional life where necessary. As the Humanities link governor I look forward to meeting the middle leader for this area and learning more about how it is taught at the school.


Natalie Page

I am a parent of four beautiful children three with additional needs. I have been a member of Lewishams community since 2017 and 3 of my children attend Lewisham schools. 


I do alot of advocacy for children and young people with specialist needs and I often help parents who can't advocate with schools or other professional agencies, not only in Lewisham but further out. 


I do believe a good relationship between ourselves as parents and members of staff within a school is paramount, especially as they look after, educate and care about our children. I often help mend the path between parents and schools which have broken down.


I have extensive knowledge on SEN law and  EHCP processes.

I am training in child mental health and well being. And also studying at the open University to broaden my horizons into adult social care and the disabilities team.

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.

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.

Aida Shoush

I have lived in Lewisham happily now for 35 years. I raised my children here and they attended Lewisham schools.  They have their own homes now but are still part of this community.  


I started my working life at Lewisham Citizen’s Advice Service and 35 years later I still work providing advice and support on welfare benefits and related matters to the local community.  


It is a privilege to continue working with the community as a governor at New Woodlands.  I see our job as ensuring the school continues to provide the best education for our pupils.  It has been great to see how the school works and see the brilliant relationships built with the children and young people forging their futures.

Joanna Gent

I have always been passionate about learning, education and helping my community.  I have worked in the financial services sector for most of my career and now work as a Governance Manager ensuring compliance with best practice governance frameworks. Born and raised in South East London to parents from the Caribbean I am very familiar with Lewisham and the wider Bromley area. I have a deep understanding and appreciation of educational special needs and I am eager to ensure all children receive the support they need to continually thrive. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family including my two school-aged children. My hobbies include crafting, cooking, gardening and jogging.


I look forward to supporting the school as a governor and doing my utmost to ensure the best educational outcomes for children and young adults.

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