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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, supportive and collaborative leadership and shared accountability in schools. They are responsible for appointing the head teacher and hold shared responsibility for finance. 

 

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

 

• support the setting of aims and objectives for the school;

• support the adopting of policies 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 support and challenge to the head teacher

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Our Governing Board Structure: September 2021

 

Head teacher

  • Kirsty White

 

Local Authority

  • Paul Loynes

 

Co-opted Governors (Community)

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

 

Parent Governors 

  • Tim Starke

 

 

Staff Governor

  • Beverley Proctor

 

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)westmeads.kent.sch.uk.  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

 

Name

Type of Membership

Delegated areas of responsibility

FGB Meetings attended

Business

Interests (reviewed annually)

Term of Office

Kirsty White

Head teacher

School Leadership

School Development and Self Evaluation
Attends all meetings

5 of 7

None

01.09.21 -

Matt Dechaine

Co-opted Governor Appointed by the Governors

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding, Curriculum and Assessment,

EYFS, Leadership and Management

 

5 of 7

None

24.09.19 – 23.09.23

Gareth Thomas

Parent Governor Nominated by Parents

Vice Chair of Governors

Finance, SEND, Behaviour and Attitudes

5 of 7

None

11.12.18 – 12.12.22

Sandra Haywood

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governors

Training and Development,

Mental Health and Wellbeing

5 of 7

None

06.07.21 – 05.07.25

Amanda Jones

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governors

Inclusion and Equality,

Vision and Values

5 of 7

None

05.02.19 – 06.02.23

Paul Loynes

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Governors

Health and Safety, Compliance, GDPR

5 of 7

None

23.09.21 – 22.09.25

Tim Starke

Parent Governor Nominated by Parents

Finance, Pupil Premium

5 of 7

None

23.09.21 – 22.09.25

Vacant

Staff Governor Nominated by Staff

    

Vacant

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 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.

I have worked in education with students from 4-18 years and held a variety of management positions including a Deputy Headship in a rural Primary school and Head of Sixth form in Kent. Additionally I was part of a management team offering complementary therapies for holistic health in a residential setting.

 

I am passionate about young people having the opportunity to be the best version of themselves; I look forward to using this to support your children at Westmeads school.

I became a co-opted governor at Westmeads in September 2021. I have been a solicitor for over 25 years, firstly as a partner in an international law firm and then general counsel for a large financial institution. I hope that my legal, regulatory and executive board skills will help support my fellow governors to ensure Westmeads is able to be best in class for all of its statutory and local authority requirements. I look forward to getting to know all stakeholders of the school and ensure Westmeads remains a vibrant hub of the community and gives the children a lifelong love of learning.

I am delighted and proud to join the governing board at Westmeads this year from September 2021. My 3rd child has just started in Reception at Westmeads, so my wife and I are commencing year 7 of 9 consecutive years of having children attend Westmeads. In this time I have been amazed at the caring, nurturing nature of all of the teaching and support staff at Westmeads and the passion from everyone we have encountered. I feel it is time to give something back to the community school that has served our children so well, and support Westmeads’ ambition to serve our community even better and be the best it can be. My experience managing commercial relationships in a global, fast-moving consumer goods company, will enable me to support the finance function of the school and look at things with a fresh pair of eyes. 

Governor Updates

The Governors give a termly update of what they have been getting up to. 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.

Governing Board Declaration of Business Interests

All governors are required to declare any business interests that they have.  Governors are then unable to take part in any discussions/decisions that they have a business interest in.

 

These are reviewed and declared by governors on an annual basis, but are also part of the standard agenda at every governing body meeting, to enable governors to declare any interests to any specific.

Name

Date Reviewed

Name and Nature of Business

Date Acquired/Date of entry

Date ceased

Mr Matt Dechaine

23-09-21

None

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Mrs Sandra Haywood

23-09-21

None

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Mrs Amanda Jones

23-09-21

None

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Mr Paul Loynes

23-09-21

None

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Mr Tim Starke

23-09-21

None

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Mr Gareth Thomas

23-09-21

None

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Ms Kirsty White

23-09-21

None

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Link to KCC Governor information on KELSI

 

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