The role of the school governors is to support the school and to make sure that our children have the best education possible.

What we do…

A governing body’s prime function is to ensure that the school improves the education it provides for its pupils.

Governors are required to:

  • take a strategic role in the management of the school
  • act as a critical friend to the headteacher and the school
  • ensure accountability

To achieve this governors have to:

  • receive information about, and be involved in, the analysis of the school’s performance
  • compare results with past performance, national averages and similar schools
  • establish what the school’s strengths and weaknesses are
  • decide the main priorities for improvement
  • set targets and timescales

The governing body have adopted and work to the Westfield Governing Body Code of Conduct.

Structure of the Governing Body

The structure of the Governing Body has recently been updated.  The Full Governing Body (FGB) meet nine times throughout the academic year.  The focus of meetings is based around the School Development Plan and Finance.  The Governing body is currently chaired by two Co Chairs, Jo Goldfinch and Colleen Guy.  Further chairs for Finance and Personnel and Curriculum will be confirmed following  the structure review.

Who we are

Jo Goldfinch – Co-Chair of Governors

I have two children in the school and first became a Governor at Westfield when my eldest son started in September 2010. I have a professional background in Early Years and value the opportunity I have, as a Governor, to support Leadership and Governance of the School, to ultimately ensure that children are given every opportunity to reach their full potential. I am a Co-Opted Governor until January 2019.

Colleen Guy – Co-Chair of Governors

I moved to Westfield in January 2013 from Caterham in Surrey where I was a Governor at Coulsdon 6th Form College and on the Board of a Housing Association. I am now semi retired and still want to be involved in the local community and as a grandparent have a keen interest in education and am passionate about equality for all so our young people reach their full potential.

I became a Co-Opted Governor in September 2015 (office ending September 2019) and look forward to becoming involved with Westfield School.  My professional work is as a business and holistic coach and trainer and have a Masters Degree in HR Strategy and Organisational Development.

Colin Brook

I am the retired head of a 6th Form Centre in the London Borough of Bromley. I was educated at University College, London where I graduated with a BSc (Economics) Degree. I taught A levels in Law and Politics. I spent 35 years teaching at Secondary Level.

I became a governor in 2002 and am currently the longest serving Governor, and was the Chair of the Finance Committee. Other positions held are SEN Governor and representing the School at Area Governor Meetings. I am also Chair of the Pay Committee, and serve on the Personnel and Curriculum  Committee. Locally I serve on the Community Hall Management Committee for the School Governors.  My current term of office ends January 2019 and I am a Co-Opted Governor.

Debbie Hodgkin 

I have been a parent with children at Westfield School since 2012. I have been working within schools and Children’s Services since 2003 and currently work in a local Academy. I am very passionate about safeguarding children and supporting their emotional well-being. With this in mind I am thrilled to be Safeguarding Governor at Westfield School. Appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2016 with office ending in September 2020.

Stacey Paine 

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2016.  I currently have three children at the school spreading across all the key stages, this gives me a great insight into the working of the school at all levels. My children’s education is very important to me and so I feel this is a great way to learn more about it myself from a different angle. I work part time running a local holiday rental property and as an admin assistant. I grew up in the village and now raise my own family here, also attending Westfield school myself. The school has been a significant part of my life over the years so being part of it is exciting and interesting.  My office ends in September 2020.

Glenn Robertson

Having grown up in the area, we now live in the Parish and I currently have one daughter in Year 1 with (hopefully) one more joining in September 2017. I am encouraged, motivated and inspired everyday by my own children and what lies ahead for them, so as a School Governor at Westfield I look forward to being able to assist in ensuring that we provide all the children with as much opportunity as possible.

As a local businessman, I am MD of a marketing agency where we serve the needs of global IT and Telecoms brands, strategically planning and executing on Business-to-Business marketing and communications activities.

I am an inventor of a sports product called ‘RESPONSEBALL’ which sells around the world, helping football players and goalkeepers with reaction training, agility and co-ordination. My interest in football and specifically goalkeeper coaching has also led me to support and become President of a football academy in Gambia which uses football as a way of keeping children and young adults safe and away from the temptation of becoming involved in crime, drugs and gang related activity.

I was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2016 with office ending in September 2020

Emily Sims

I am a Co-Opted governor (until May 2019) and was voted onto the board to begin serving at the beginning of September 2015, and am on the board for premise and finance. Although Co-Opted I am also a parent with my daughter at the school. My background is in finance, although my degree is in psychology, and I’ve previously worked as a Bank Manager for Lloyds Bank reducing my work commitments when I had children. I now work as a senior banking adviser part time.  I wanted to become more involved in the school as was thrilled my daughter had a place at Westfield and wanted to take the opportunity to be more involved in her schooling and some of the decisions that may effort her future there. Particularly as I have two younger children who I hope will follow her into Westfield School.

Clare Haynes

I joined Westfield School as a teacher in 2009 and I have been a staff governor since 2013 with office ending in January 2019. During my time at Westfield I have taught both Reception and Year 1 classes.

Sherry-Leigh Thunder

I am a TA3 at Westfield school. I like to be creative at school and at home and enjoy being outside in my garden. I am a proud mum to my 14 year old daughter who came to Westfield school during year 6.
During the 5 years I have been here I worked in reception for 4 years before moving to year 3 and I will now be staying with the class and moving to year 4 with them. I was previously at Silverdale school for 4 years running the inclusion groups for the EYFS.  I am a licensed Thrive practitioner and feel this is a really important part of our school community providing nurture, support and ideas for children to use to help them achieve to their full potential during their day at school.

Register of Interests of the Governing Body


 Name of governor  Name of Business Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date of Appointment or Acquisition Date of Cessation of Interest Date of Entry
Jo Goldfinch Parent of children in the school. Employee of East Sussex County Council Education Nil Sept 2010 31.08.2017 Sept 2010
Debbie Hodkins Parent of children in the school. Employee of Baird Academy Education Nil Sept 2016 Sept 2020 Sept 2016
 Emily Sims Parent of a child in the school.  Employee of Lloyds Bank Banking Nil Sept 2015 May 2019 Sept 2015
Stacey Paine Parent of children in the school.  Nil Sept 2016 Sept 2020 Sept 2016
Glenn Robertson Parent of a child in the school.  MD of Purechannels Ltd. Marketing agency Nil Sept 2016 Sept 2020 Sept 2016
Colin Brook Retired Nil 2002 Jan 2019 Sept 2002
Colleen Guy Retired Nil Sept 2015 Sept 2019 Sept 2015
Clare Haynes Employee Westfield school Education Nil Jan 2019 Sept 2013
Matt Jarvis Employee Westfield school Education Nil Sept 2016 Ongoing Sept 2015

Attendance at FGB Meetings

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