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 4 co-opted Governors, 4 parent Governors, a staff governor, a support staff governor and the Head Teacher.

We have vacancies for 2 co-opted Governors and a Community Governor to make our complement up to 14.

We have 2 Co-Chairs, Emily Sims and Colleen Guy whose main responsibilities in the school are Finance and the School Development Plan (SDP).  Colin Brook has responsibility for monitoring SEND provision in the school while Keith May leads on Safeguarding. Other Governors support Finance and the SDP.

We do not have a Committee structure.

Our Clerk Lynsey McLean Larkin provides support to the Governing Body.

Who we are

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.

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.

Colin Brook – Co-Opted

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.

Keith May – Co-Opted

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.

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.

Stacey Paine – Parent

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.

Paula Wares – Parent

I was newly appointed as a Parent Governor in January 2018. I have four children, my youngest two are enrolled at Westfield School in year 6 and year 1 (at the date of my appointment), with my eldest two, who also attended Westfield School from Reception, are currently attending the Hastings Academy. I am employed by the Brighton Academies Trust, ICT Trust Services department. I have worked alongside the Academies Trust Finance department with the 1 to 1 Scheme projects, I also have previous financial experience and qualifications within Management Accounts. Recently I have been training and assisting with the Trust’s move to Cloud based systems.

This will be my second term in office, with my previous Parent Governor position running for one full term of office approx 10 years ago. I am very pleased to be able to have joined the Governing body again, and be further involved in my children’s education, assisting to ensuring that the opportunities are provided to help them achieve their desired potential. I look forward to being involved with the continued progression and future of the school over the coming years.

Perdita Chamberlain – Parent

I became a parent governor in January 2018 with a daughter currently in Year 3 at the school. My older son spent his primary years at Westfield and has now moved up to Claverham. Educated at St David’s University College, Lampeter I gained a degree in Geography in 1994, since when I have worked in the charity sector covering a variety of fundraising roles. Initially in London working for The Royal British Legion and WaterAid I have spent the last 14 years at St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards as the Head of Income Generation and part of their Senior Management Team.I have an interest in literacy and encouraging children to be creative, especially if it involves a needle and thread

Laylee Pocock – Staff

As the Deputy Head at Westfield School since September 2015, I consider my experience in leading and developing the school to be valuable in helping me support the work of the governing body. I have the interests of Westfield very much at heart and would like to be involved in the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, in whatever ways are helpful to the school community.

Being a proud mum to two beautiful children aged, 7 and 10, who attend a large local primary school, I have been fortunate in being a parent governor since 2013. I believe the knowledge and experience, I have gained from working with this governing body to be strong, and the skills I have acquired will assist me in working with the governors at Westfield. My personal drive and commitment to improving children’s education is also a skill I will bring to the governing body.

Sherry-Leigh Thunder – Support Staff

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

Attendance at FGB Meetings

 attendance at FGB meetings