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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section of our school website




The governing body work to provide friendly learning environments where children want to be and feel safe.


 Our children deserve the best possible start in life and opportunities for all pupils and staff are enhanced by working together.


What is the Governing Body?


The School Board of Governors is a diverse group of people, all volunteers, with a common interest in the Fleet Wood Lane School, its staff, pupils, buildings and the community of which it forms a part. Each Governor brings different strengths and skills, and all have a shared commitment to enabling our children to achieve their very best.

The full governing body meets at least once a term. The Headteacher acts as a professional advisor to the governing body. The governors delegate the day to day responsibility for the management of the schools in the federation to the Headteacher.

The governors focus strongly on three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

We help the schools provide the very best education possible for our pupils by deciding the direction and aims of the federation whilst working within a limited budget and appointing the Headteacher and staff most able to achieve this.


We monitor and evaluate progress by receiving reports from the Headteacher and we visit the school to see for ourselves.


We support and challenge the Headteacher and staff by asking questions at our regular meetings and work closely with them for the well-being of the pupils. We visit our schools to see them in action. 


We support the Headteacher, staff, pupils and parents and are easily contactable via the School Office.












    2015-16 2016-17  




Co-Opted Governor

01/09/15 – 31/08/2019

Chair Sept. 2017-


Sept. 2016

Chair of Curriculum – Sept. 2016

Curriculum Committee

Resources Committee




Weekly +







Co-opted Governor

01/09/15 – 31/08/2019


Safeguarding / Looked After Children

Racial Equality

Resources Committee







Hayley Alexander-Jones Staff Governor 30/10/2016 - 29/10/2020 Curriculum Committee N/A 4/4   Teacher



Associate Governor

01/09/15 -

Senior Leader - FWL

Curriculum Committee







Associate Governor

01/09/15 -

Head of School – FWL

Federation SENDCO

Curriculum Committee








Co-opted Governor

01/09/15 – 31/08/2019


Chair of Resources






Colleen Shaw

Parent Governor








Alan Bate  


Clerk to Governors





Pen Portraits

Who we are and why we do what we do!





Ross Dean

Chair of Governors


Health and Safety




Born at the close of the 2nd World War, I was educated in private Grammar Schools, before attending Agricultural Collage for nearly 2 years.  Following a career of 20+ years as an agricultural engineer, I moved to industrial engineering, and then had the opportunity to begin a teaching career in Further Education, teaching across the collage, but specialising in Special Needs Education, which I loved.  In 1990 we moved to Fleet, where I became the Pastor of Fleet Baptist Church and later Sutton St. James Baptist.  My wife and I became Parish Councillors and then School Governors.  My aim in working with the two schools is to get the best possible education for the children, and helping the staff to achieve this to the very best of their ability, whilst trying to negate the effect of budget cuts, and ever changing demands on teachers and children.


Jayne Cornwell

Vice Chair


Looked After Chn

Racial Equality

I’m married with 4 boys who attended FWL when they were younger.

I’ve been a governor for 15 years.

I work at University Academy Holbeach.

My hobbies include horse riding and walking my dogs.

I like watching wildlife.


Darren Reid

Vice Chair

Chair of Resources


I have been a governor for over 5 years, initially starting as a Parent Governor but now the chair of the resources committee.

Being employed within a large local organisation I have gained skills in Procurement, Finance, Systems and Analysis which have provided me with valuable experience for being a Governor for our schools.

Sarah Paul



Pupil Premium

I have been working in Education since 2003, when I first qualified and began my teaching career at Fleet Wood Lane – leaving in 2009 for a secondment to a school in Boston as Assistant head; this enabled me to gain an enormous wealth of experience around school improvement, working as part of the Senior Leadership team to bring a school out of Special Measures to Outstanding. In 2012 I moved into my current post as Head of School at Wyberton Primary School – I therefore feel well equipped to support the Federation of schools as I have current and first-hand experience of all Government policies and expectation posed on Primary schools today.  I live alone, but my job and the 206 children I see on a daily basis keep me incredibly busy! When I do take time out from education, I enjoy travelling, especially to Italy. More recently I have started to learn to speak Italian at college. I also enjoy singing and acting and I am a member of the Spalding Amateur dramatics society. It is a privilege to have been asked to be a Governor for the Federation and to be able to work with staff who are committed to providing an excellent standard of education for the children across both schools. I am excited about what the future holds for the schools and am looking forward to being able to continue my support in this process.


Vicky Pitts


I have been involved with education since 1994, when I graduated form North Riding Teaching College/University of Leeds and became a teacher at a KS1 school in Stanground, Peterborough.  I taught for 18years, with leadership roles in Sleaford and Spalding.  This included leading the Literacy Strategy when this first came into schools, developing an Early Years and KS1 department at an outstanding school in Sleaford, leading teacher’s professional development and mentoring Newly Qualified Teachers.  I have trained as an Early Years Professional in 2012 and also achieved my Head teacher’s qualification in 2008.  However, my passion has to be for Early Years.  I am the owner of the Willows Day Nursery in Fleet Hargate and was thrilled to be asked to be a governor, so I can still play an active part in children’s lives.  Working within education is one of the hardest professions and all staff at both schools are a privilege to support because of their dedication and commitment to an ever changing profession.


Hayley Alexander-Jones

Staff Governor

I have been working at Fleet Wood Lane School since I qualified as a teacher in 2013. Since working at the school I have spent three years working with Year 2 and I am now working with Year 4/5. I decided to become staff governor so that I could become more invested in the schools. I can share the views of my colleagues and help them to get their voices heard as well as any praise or concerns shared with me by parents and children.


Carrie-Ann Dennis

Parent Governor 


I am a mother to two young children, one of whom attends Holbeach Bank and my youngest is due to start in 2019 so will be involved with our schools for the next 9 or so years.  I am new to the role of Parent Governor but have learnt lots already and am looking forward to learning new skills and more about our schools, Governance and the education system over the next few years. 

I currently work part time as a Customer Service Assistant at a local supermarket, which I started in October 2016.  Alongside this, I run my own self employed business in Direct Sales and Multi Level Marketing, where I recruit, train and support a team of 40+ Independent Representatives for Avon Cosmetics.  I also work on an ad hoc basis as Secretary for the Deepings Business Club providing administration support, managing their website, email system, social media pages and taking minutes for meetings and conferences. 

Prior to children and moving to this area, my life was my career as a Crime Scene Investigator for Hampshire Police.  I was with the Police for 10 years and worked my way up from Administration Assistant in a Major Crime Team, to Office Manager and then into Scenes of Crime and advanced to Senior CSI where I attended and investigated all manner of crimes and crime scenes.  My passions were motorbikes and scuba diving but since having children I haven’t had much chance to enjoy these but hope to get back to both in the future.

From my varying roles past and present, I have gained valuable experience and skills in business management, accounting and finance, health and safety, fire safety, first aid, people management, training and all aspects of analysis and investigation. 

I enjoy getting involved in community projects and fundraising, where I am able to use my skills and I also enjoy baking and spending time with my family and friends, walking and visiting parks, beaches, stately homes and castles. 


Colleen Shaw

Parent Governor




I was born in Lincolnshire and have worked in both the UK and India in QC and R&D laboratories. After a career change me and my husband followed our interest and began a family business restoring old VW campervans and beetles.  My hobbies include a love of baking, going to the theatre, and traveling around festivals in our campervan.

I have two older step-daughters, Jess who’s at university studying medicine and Emily who is studying for her A levels.  My son currently attends Holbeach Bank primary school, which he thoroughly enjoys.  I am looking forward to working with the federation and supporting the staff to help every child achieve their best across both schools.


Alan Bate

Clerk to Governors 

Retired and moved across to Long Sutton a couple of years ago to be close to my daughter and her family and the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

I spent my last 25 years working for the government in the department that funded, monitored and audited education, spending lots of time in schools, colleges, universities and training organisations.

My hobbies include art, beach combing, sport ( now as a spectator) , socialising , exploring Britain and grand children sitting. I have been a big fan of Watford FC for the past 63 years.



Growing Our Future Together

  • Enquiry

    We ask questions because we want to learn.

  • Unique

    We are all unique. We have different abilities and talents and we can learn from each other.

  • Respect

    We respect each other. We respect school property. We treat each other how we would like to be treated. We respect everybody’s opinions.

  • Achieve

    We need to do our very best. Our best will be different to others.

  • Confidence

    We believe in ourselves and in others. We are brave. Don’t be scared

  • Happiness

    We have fun. We work with a smile. We are excited to come to school. Spread the happiness to all around you.

  • Tolerance

    We respect everyone’s opinions and views. We know that being different is fine. We can follow our own path. Get along with everybody.

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