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Our School Governors

Our school governors are a very important part of our school community. They visit the school regularly and are very involved in many aspects of school life.

 

We very lucky to have a group of governors who willingly give of their time to support the school. We meet as a Full Governing Body six times a year and every governor visits the school each term to monitor an area in relation to the School Development Plan.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They are responsible for appointing the head teacher and deputy head teacher and hold the main responsibility for finance. It is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. 

 

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

 

• set the aims and objectives for the school;

• set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives;

• set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives;

• monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives;

• be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher

Picture 1 Mrs Helen Lambirth - Head teacher

I am the Head teacher at Westmeads Community Infant School and work very closely with the Board of Governors. I have been a Staff Governor at four other infant and primary schools. I joined Westmeads as Head teacher in January 2013.

Picture 1 Ms Nicky Farmer - Chair and Co-opted Governor

I’ve been a governor at Westmeads for three years and in September 2014 took over the role of Chair. I am also the governor responsible for safeguarding. With the increasing responsibilities that governing bodies have to support and challenge the headteacher, I will be working closely with Mrs Lambirth to ensure the school provides the best possible education for all the children.

Picture 1 Mrs Eve Dyer - Vice Chair and Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since June 2013 and really appreciate the opportunity to support the school in this role. The governors work very much as a team but my areas of responsibility are curriculum and governor training. I have previously been a classroom volunteer at the school and currently work as an Assistant School Officer, running primary school visits at a popular local venue. 

Picture 1 Mrs Heather Sheppard - Parent Governor

My role is as finance and leadership governor.  This involves working with Mrs Lambirth and the finance officer to ensure the budget is planned, monitored and reviewed to achieve the aims of the school development plan, and to monitor the school leadership team.  Previous management roles in large corporations have been useful to help me support the school in this role.

Picture 1 Mrs Kate Gowing - Associate Governor

I have worked at Westmeads since 2001, teaching in all year groups before becoming Early Years Foundation Stage Leader and Deputy Head teacher in 2002. I now have the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) alongside being Deputy. I coordinate support for children across the school, that takes place either individually or in small groups, in the Rainbow Room or within the classroom.  I monitor the progress of these children, with their class teachers and liaise closely with parents.

Picture 1 Mrs Jane Nelson - Local Authority Governor

I'm a  member of Westmeads Governing Body, joining in September 2014. My governance experience has been built up since the 1980s on five primary school governing bodies. Also I've had a wide ranging career in education including headship and school inspection. I look forward to supporting the school life of Westmeads’ children.

Picture 1 Mrs Clare Watkins - Staff Governor

I have worked at Westmeads School since 2004 and have taught both Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1.  I am class teacher in Yellow class and my current role is the Early Years Foundation Stage Leader as well as leading Art and Design, Design and Technology and E-Safety.  I enjoy working with all the EYFS children and parents to ensure that they have a successful transition into school.

Picture 1 Mr Hansjörg Schmidt - Parent Governor

Elected as Parent Governor in May 2016 I am very much looking forward to working with the Head Teacher Mrs Lambirth and the other school Governors on supporting the excellent educational work at Westmeads. My background as a lighting designer and Programme Director for an undergraduate degree programme in lighting for performance gives me a good understanding of the value and importance of creative learning, so I am hoping to support staff, children and parents through my governance role in continuing to realise the school’s potential as a rich and inspiring learning community.

Picture 1 Mr Lee Osborn - Co-opted Governor

I am a father of two, Archie 6, and Isla 4 (who will be joining Westmeads in September). As a co-opted Governor, I aim to support the vision of the school as best I can to the best of my ability. I will be a supportive voice of the children and make sure that I contribute to the policy, planning and needs of Westmeads. I am committed to playing a key part in the school’s future.

 

Our Governing Body: May 2016

 

Head teacher

  • Helen Lambirth

 

Local Authority

  • Jane Nelson

 

Co-opted governors (Community)

  • Nicky Farmer (Chair)
  • Lee Osborn

 

Associate Governors

  • Kate Gowing (Deputy head teacher)

 

Parent Governors

  • Eve Dyer (vice Chair)
  • Heather Sheppard
  • Hansjörg Schmidt

 

Staff Governor

  • Clare Watkins

 

If you wish to contact a governor, please speak to the school office staff or email us using the contact form below.  Otherwise you can write a letter to a governor and hand it into the school office staff, who will ensure  it reaches the Chair of Governors.

 

School Governing Body

GOVERNOR NAME

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

NOMINATING GROUP

TERM OF OFFICE/START of TERM

COMMITTEE/
PANEL

GOVERNOR ROLE

BUSINESS INTEREST DECLARED

DATE DECLARED

ATTENDANCE

2015/16

Eve Dyer

Parent

Parental Election

4 years

1 September 2013

Head Teacher Appraisal

Vice Chair

Governor Training

KS1 Curriculum & Data

Assistant schools officer, Canterbury Cathedral

6/6

Nicky Farmer

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

25 January 2016

 

 

 

Chair

Safeguarding

Chair Previously Vice- Chair

6/6

Kate Gowing

Associate

Governing Body

4 years

26 November 2014

 

Whole School Curriculum

Finance

School Development Plan

None

6/6

Helen Lambirth

 

Head teacher

 

 

1 Jan 2013

 

 

None

6/6

Jane Nelson

Local Authority

Governing Body

4 years

14 October 2014

Performance Appraisal & Head Teacher Appraisal

EYFS Curriculum & Data

SEND
Leadership/Management

None

5/6

Lee Osborn

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 years

6th July 2016

Finance Governor

 

Finance

 

None

1/1

 

Hansjörg Schmidt

 

Parent

Parental Election

4 years

6th July 2016

 

Health and Safety

E-safety

None

1/1

Heather Sheppard

Parent

Parental Election

4 years

1 January 2014

Finance Governor

Grievance & Appeal Panel

Finance, Leadership & Management

None

6/6

 

Clare Watkins

 

Staff

Governing Body

19 May 2014

 

Data & Baseline Entry Reporting

EYFS Curriculum

 

None

6/6

Website Governor (rolling responsibility for all Governors)

Governor Newsletters

Link to KCC Governor information on KELSI

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