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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 and their commitment was recently acknowledged with their Governor Mark achievement. 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 Mrs Heather Sheppard - Chair and Parent Governor

My role is as Chair of Governors. I was, until recently, the finance and leadership governor.   I look forward to continuing to work closely with the school leadership team and governors to support Westmeads in providing an excellent start in education for all its children.   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 very much enjoy 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 Fermor - Co-Opted Governor

I am really excited to take up my first co-opted governor role. Working in financial services has meant I spend a lot of time attending various committees and governance forums. I hope the skills gained through my career can benefit in providing strategic leadership for the school, to ensure the children always have a fantastic time learning and developing at Westmeads.

Picture 1 Mrs Katy Diamond-Jalloh - Parent Governor

Currently I am a music teacher working with nurseries, individual students, and whole classes in Infant schools, as well as a mum of two wonderful children.  I believe that schools have a vital role in the development of confidence, kindness and resilience, and I hope to support the school in its continuing enrichment of the children’s learning and well-being. 



Our Governing Board: September 2018


Head teacher

  • Helen Lambirth


Local Authority

  • Jane Nelson


Co-opted governors (Community)

  • Lee Fermor
  • Vacancy to be filled


Associate Governors

  • Kate Gowing (Deputy head teacher)


Parent Governors

  • Heather Sheppard (Chair)
  • Hansjörg Schmidt

  • Katy Diamond-Jalloh


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 Board









Katy Diamond-Jalloh

Parent Parental Election

4 years

25 September 2017

  EYFS Curriculum and Pupil Premium  







4 years

26 September 2017

 Finance Governor

Finance and

Performance Management


Kate Gowing


Governing Body

4 years

26 November 2014


Whole School Curriculum

School Development Plan


Helen Lambirth


Head teacher



1 Jan 2013




Jane Nelson

Local Authority

Governing Body

4 years

14 October 2014

Performance Appraisal & Head Teacher Appraisal

KS1 Curriculum and SEND



Hansjörg Schmidt



Parental Election

4 years

6th July 2016


Health & Safety and Safeguarding


Heather Sheppard


Parental Election

4 years

1 January 2014

Grievance & Appeal Panel

Chair and Leadership & Management and Governor Induction



Clare Watkins



Governing Body

19 May 2014


Data & Baseline Entry Reporting

EYFS Curriculum



Website Governor (rolling responsibility for all Governors)

Governor Newsletters

Link to KCC Governor information on KELSI

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