Governors

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.

The governors can be contacted via email: governors@westfield.e-sussex.sch.uk

Structure of the Governing Body

The Full Governing Body currently consists of 7 co-opted Governors, 2 parent Governors, a local authority governor, a staff governor and the Head Teacher.

We have 2 Co-Chairs, Emily Sims and Keith May whose main responsibilities in the school are Finance and the School Development Plan (SDP).  Keith May leads on Safeguarding. Other Governors support Finance, SEND and the SDP.

We do not have a Committee structure.

Who we are

Emily Sims – Co-Chair of Governors

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 and my son 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 I 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 effect her future there. Particularly as I have another young daughter who I hope will attend Westfield School.

Keith May – Co-Chair of Governors

I became a Governor at Westfield School in November 2017 and have a term of office of 4 years.  I am a retired dressage breeder, trainer and rider.  I was a governor at a Grammar School in North Kent for 30 years before retiring.  This included 2 terms as Chair, Chair of various committees as well as responsibility for Safeguarding, SEND & Pupil Premium.  I have also Joined Robertsbridge Community College as a Governor and I am a National Leader of Governance which involves giving advice to Chairs and Governing Bodies of Schools and Colleges.

Colleen Guy – Co-Opted

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.

Tony Hill – Co-Opted

I became a Governor at Westfield School in July 2017.  My career experience is long and varied. I started teaching in a London comprehensive (Science up to ‘A’ level chemistry and physics) before moving into the realm of special education where I worked with children with severe behavioural problems in London, Bradford and eventually Hastings. After 22 years I diverted into working with children with additional needs. I was Head of the Education Support Service (East Sussex) supporting children with specific learning difficulties before becoming Head of the Traveller and English as an Additional Language Service across the county. My past interests, outside my work and my family, included long distance running, playing chess, developing skills in photography and designing software. Having worked in education for over 40 years I am now retired (no more marathons!). I currently have 2 grandchildren attending Westfield School. In retirement, my main interests now revolve around my family and enjoying long walks with my young dog.

Janice Constable – Local Authority Governor

Janice is a qualified teacher who has worked in local schools.  She has a special interest in SEND and has been a SENDCo. With this specialist knowledge, she is able to provide support and challenge for teaching and SEND support across the school.

Vickie Jaworski – Parent Governor

I live outside of westfield but have always loved the village and its community feel.  I was born in Hastings and after attending the local schools, I went onto Eastbourne Collage where I qualified as a Hairdesigner.  I then worked as a stylist for 11 years before my husband and I travelled for 2 years to see some beautiful countries. Since returning home I have set up and run my own business for the last 9 yrs, which has given me the opportunity to spend quality time with my family.
I wanted to become a Parent Governor as I have a son at Westfield School and a daughter I’m hoping will start in September 2020.
I felt that by becoming a Governor I could get a better understanding of how the school is run and bring a parents view to the board.

Katie Battisson – Staff Governor

Matt Jarvis – Staff Governor