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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 school 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.




The Governing Body consists of 12 member representing, County and Local Councils, parents, teachers and staff.  


Headteacher                                         Mrs Rachael Cotton


Chair of Governors                                Mr Darren Reid


Vice Chair                                              Mr Colleen Shaw


Clerk to the Governors                          Mr Alan Bate


Teacher Governor                                             Mrs Hayley Alexander-Jones


Parent Governor                                    Mrs Lucy Gent


Co-opted Governor                                Mr Andrew Ward


Co-opted Governor / Curriculum            Mr Simon Stockford


Co-opted Governor / Resources             Mr Martin Bamforth


Associate Governor                               Mrs Sarah King


Associate Governor                               Mrs Samantha Knox



Regular meetings are held to discuss the policies necessary to provide an effective and efficient organisation of the school. The Governing Body is supportive of the staff, pupils, parents and wider community working together to provide education of the highest quality.


Register of Personal Interests


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.


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.

Martin Bamforth

Parent Governor



Simon Stockford

Co-opted Governor


Lucy Gent

Parent Governor



Andrew Ward

Co-opted Governor


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.


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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