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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 are 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



Our Governing Board Structure: September 2021


Head teacher

  • Kirsty White


Local Authority

  • Vacancy


Co-opted Governors (Community)

  • Matt Dechaine (Chair)
  • Sandra Haywood
  • Amanda Jones
  • Paul Loynes


Parent Governors 

  • Tim Starke

  • Gareth Thomas (Vice Chair)


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 or to our Chair on governors(at)  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.


Governing Board 2021-2022



Type of Membership

Delegated areas of responsibility

FGB Meetings attended


Interests (reviewed annually)

Term of Office

Kirsty White

Head teacher

School Leadership

School Development and Self Evaluation
Attends all meetings

1 of 6


01.09.21 -

Matt Dechaine

Co-opted Governor Appointed by the Governors

Chair of Governors


1 of 6


24.09.19 – 23.09.23

Gareth Thomas

Parent Governor Nominated by Parents

Vice Chair of Governors


1 of 6


11.12.18 – 12.12.22

Sandra Haywood

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governors


1 of 6


06.07.21 – 05.07.25

Amanda Jones

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governors


1 of 6


05.02.19 – 06.02.23

Paul Loynes

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governors


1 of 6


23.09.21 – 22.09.25

Tim Starke

Parent Governor Nominated by Parents


1 of 6


23.09.21 – 22.09.25

Clare Watkins

Staff Governor Nominated by Staff


0 of 6


19.05.18 – 20.05.22


Local Authority Governor Appointed by the Local Authority





Meet our School Governors

I joined Westmeads as Headteacher in September 2021. I have been a leader in education since 2012 working in an inner London Primary School. I am very excited to be joining the vibrant, enthusiastic and dedicated team to ensure all of our children achieve their very best. I will be working closely with the whole school community to provide an education that is both exciting, purposeful and accessible to all.

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 Online Safety.  I enjoy working with all the EYFS children and parents to ensure that they have a successful transition into school.

I been a governor at Westmeads for two years; firstly as a co-opted governor and I am now  Chair from September (2021). I have worked in schools for most of my working life and was the head teacher of a primary school in Larkfield until 2016. I then spent three years working between London and Northern India, supporting teaching and learning in 230 rural and tribal schools. I am now working as an education consultant and executive coach across London and Kent. I am looking forward to being a part of the Westmeads journey.

Since becoming a Parent Governor in 2018, when my eldest son started in Reception, I have seen what a caring, creative and fun learning environment the staff at Westmeads work hard to foster. Having worked in the film production industry for over 18 years, my experience with finance and health & safety has helped to support my fellow governors and school staff to ensure that Westmeads is able to continue providing such a rich and supportive environment for all children. I am looking forward to taking up the governor Vice Chair role from September 2021.

I was delighted to be invited to join the Westmeads board as a co-opted governor in January this year. I have lived very near the School for ten years, so I feel a strong local connection that I look forward to deepening. I have worked for over four decades in the arts, with over twenty at senior level. I have also served on a number of boards and am currently a member of the board of Whitstable Biennale. I look forward to a rich relationship with governors, staff, parents, pupils and all at Westmeads.

Governor Updates

The Governors give a termly update of what they have been getting up to in the last edition of each term of our weekly Newsletter the 'Westmeads Weekly'. If you wish to view previous updates and see the work that our Governors do to support the school you can click here to go to our letters page.

Link to KCC Governor information on KELSI

Contact Us

Please contact us for further information.