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Meet The Governors

Our Governing Body

 

What is it?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the head teacher, staff and the local authority. Whilst the head teacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

 

Who are we?

The governing body elected to reconstitute under the following act provided by the Gov.co.uk:

  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/constitution-of-governing-bodies-of-maintained-schools

The governing body now consists of:

  • The Head Teacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Four elected parent governors
  • Five appointed co-opted governors

 

Vacancies:

We currently have one vacancy for a Co-opted Governor. 

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected every two years at the first Full Governing Body meeting of that academic year.

 

The chair of governors is Ms Louise Gregory, who can be contacted via the school office by phone: 01773 832518 or email: info@westhouses.derbyshire.sch.uk.

 

Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At Westhouses Primary we have the following committees:

  • Resources and Management
  • Teaching and Learning

Also:

  • Staffing and selection panels which are set up as and when required

Louise Gregory                                                                           

Chair of the Governing Body - elected 17.07.2019

Appointed Co-Opted Governor until 25.6.2021

Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Five Pits Partnership Representative

 

I was a parent governor for four years and then became a co-opted appointed Governor.  My contact with school has been over 9 years, starting with my step children and then my two boys Toby and Christian.  I am a Special Educational Needs teacher at a local secondary. I predominantly work with children who have learning difficulties, teaching both literacy and numeracy and, as a result, have a wide knowledge of the support that is required to help children progress.  I have always found the school to have a strong, nurturing and supportive feel about it, enabling all children to progress and thrive as individuals, yet feel part of a family.  I wanted to be part of a team who will continue to ensure that Westhouses is a great place for our children to learn and develop those other skills that are vital in the world today.  In my spare time I still participate in a local netball team, cycle and enjoy walking with the boys, when I can get them away from their screens.

Steph Coley                                                                                                                          

Vice Chair of the Governing Body - elected 02.07.2019

Appointed Co-opted Governor until 14.10.2022

Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Governor Responsibility for Head Teacher's Performance Management Review, Arts and Early Years

 

 

I became a parent governor in 2014 as I was keen to get actively involved in the school that my son, Sawyer attended.  He has since moved on to secondary school but I have stayed an active member of the Westhouses governing body. I am a professional artist and arts tutor and my work over the years has taken me into many schools across the country; many good ones, and some not so! Early years education is vital to children and I will endeavour to make sure Westhouses Primary continues to be such a welcoming and successful school.

Kristy Coupe

Elected Staff Governor until 29.06.2021

Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and Resource Management Committee

Governor Responsibility for Diversity and Multi-Culturalism

 

I am the Class 1 teacher and part of the school’s SLT. I joined the school in June 2017, after teaching for a few years in a small school in Nottinghamshire. Since starting in my previous role, I had been a staff governor involved in making many important decisions for the school. I believe that the role of the school is to nurture the whole child. This is why I wanted to be on the governing body. I am dedicated to doing the best I can for all the pupils in the school. Before teacher training, I gained a degree in Psychology and Sport Science.

Pam Warren

Appointed LA Governor until 7.01.2022

Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Governor responsibility for English and Anti-bullying (shared).

Kath Salt

Appointed Co – Opted Governor until 15.10.2022

Member of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Governor responsibility for Safer Recruitment and SEN

I have lived in the village for over 30 years and I began working at Westhouses Primary School just over 25 years ago. In my position as HLTA I currently work with the foundation/KS1 class every morning and deliver intervention and booster programmes for the infant children in the afternoon.  In order to extend the active part I play in school I introduced an after school art/activity club which I run weekly to enable all the children to take part if they wish.  I am very committed to ensuring that our school is a place where children are safe and enjoy learning and continues to be the best in this area.

Simon Taylor

Appointed Co-opted Governor until 30.01.22

Member of the Resource Management Committee and the Teaching & Learning Committee

Governor responsible for Safeguarding, Science, Pupil Premium and Headteacher's Performance Management Review

 

I have lived in Westhouses for over 15 years and currently I work for Derbyshire County Council’s Children’s Services. I deliver training to care staff and schools across Derbyshire on a range of safeguarding and social care approaches. This gives me ideal experience for supporting the head and the school on these important issues.

 

My work experience has included residential care, roles supporting community and economic development, running a support programme for a national charity helping care providers and now delivering children services training. I also volunteer as a director of a social enterprise community farm in north Derbyshire which works to support people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, those returning from prison and those with a range of learning and life support needs.

 

I believe strongly that any school needs to ensure children feel safe and emotionally supported as a foundation for the best learning and growth and as a co-opted governor, I hope to be able to support the governors, the staff and students to ensure the school is a great place to live and learn.

 

Nick Taylor

Elected Parent Governor until 21.10.2022

Chair of the Resources Management Committee

Governor responsible for Computing, Mathematics and Anti-bullying (shared).

Rebecca Clarke

Appointed Co-Opted Governor until 17.03.2022

Member of the Resource Management Committee

Governor responsible for Humanities

I am a parent governor, my little girl has recently started in reception. I believe as a parent I should be able to be a part in where my child spends the majority of their day and to help the school in any way possible. My background is marketing and GP liaison so hopefully I can help the school with my knowledge! 

Carl Greaves

Elected Parent Governor until 17.03.2022

Member of the Teaching & Learning Committee

Governor responsible for Health and Safety 

Tony Gascoyne 

Elected Parent Governor until 17.03.2022

Member of the Resource Management Committee

Governor responsible for PE and The School Building 

Tracy Coley

Clerk to Governors 

 

Message from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Board of Governors, I welcome this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the work the Governing Body undertakes to ensure that your child/children will receive a sound primary school education.

 

The Governing Body has a range of powers and duties laid down by various Education Acts. In the main, these responsibilities relate to:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates
  • Management of the school’s delegated budget
  • Ensuring that the curriculum for the school is balanced and broadly based

Governors discharge the above responsibilities, together with many others, through a Governing Body meeting each term. These formal meetings are supplemented by a series of informal sub-committee meetings dealing with more specific issues. A number of governors also have responsibilities for specific issues within the school such as literacy, numeracy and SEN.

 

Governors adopt, review and monitor a range of policies that govern the operation of the school including Health and Safety, Behaviour, Curriculum and Performance Management.

 

At Westhouses Primary, staff, pupils, parents and governors work together to ensure that all our pupils have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

 

The Governing Body is, therefore, rightly proud of the achievements of the school, not only in terms academic results, but also in the solid foundations it provides in preparing all our pupils for the remainder of their formative education.

GOVERNING BODY - DECLARATION OF BUSINESS INTERESTS

At the start of every academic year, each Governor is asked to declare any business interests they may have, including any relationships with members of school staff.

At the start of each Full Governing Body or Committee Meeting throughout the academic year, Governors are asked if there are any changes to their initial declarations.

 

GOVERNOR INFORMATION

NAME

TYPE OF GOVERNOR

COMMITTEE

RESPONSIBILITY

BUSINESS INTERESTS

GOV IN OTHER SCHOOL

Louise Gregory

Co-Opted (Chair)

Teaching & Learning

Safeguarding

Teacher in another Derbyshire School

No

Kath Salt

Co-Opted

Teaching & Learning

SEN/Safer Recruitment

 

School Staff

No

Steph Coley

Parent

(Vice Chair)

Teaching & Learning (Chair)

Arts/Early Years

Works for Derbyshire County  Council

No

Simon Taylor

Co-Opted

Resource Management Committee

Headteacher's Performance Management/ Safeguarding/ Pupil Premium/Science

 

Works for Derbyshire County  Council

 

No

Pam Warren

LA

Teaching & Learning

English/Anti-Bullying

None

No

Kristy Coupe

Staff

Resource

Management and Teaching & Learning

Diversity/ Multiculturalism

School Staff

No

Juliette Whitby

Head Teacher

Resource Management and Teaching & Learning

 

School Staff

No

Tony Gascoyne

Parent

Resource Management

PE/Buildings & Premises

Parish Councillor

No

Carl Greaves

Parent

Teaching & Learning

Health & Safety

None

No

Rebecca Clarke

Co-Opted

Resource Management

Humanities

None

No

Nick Taylor

Parent

Resource Management (Chair)

Maths/Computing/Anti- Bullying

None

No

Tracy Coley

Clerk to Governors

 

Clerk

Married to Steph Coley.  Works for Derby City Council

No

GOVERNING BODY RECORD OF ATTENDANCE FOR THE 2018/2019 ACADEMIC YEAR

NAME

CATEGORY

FULL GOVERNORS MEETINGS ATTENDED

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS ATTENDED

TEACHING AND LEARNING COMMITTEE MEETINGS ATTENDED

Louise Gregory

Co-opted/Chair Of Governors

12.9.18

 

2.10.18

6.11.18

15.1.19

30.1.19

APOLOGIES

6.3.19

APOLOGIES

10.4.19

 

17.7.19

 

Steph Coley

Parent/Vice Chair of Governors

12.9.18

 

2.10.18

6.11.18

 

15.1.19

APOLOGIES

 

19.3.19

APOLOGIES

 

2.7.19

APOLOGIES

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

Juliette Whitby

Head Teacher

12.9.18

1.10.18

2.10.18

6.11.18

14.1.19

15.1.19

30.1.19

18.3.19

19.3.19

6.3.19

1.7.19

2.7.19

10.4.19

 

 

17.7.19

 

 

Kristy Russell

Staff Governor

12.9.18

1.10.18

2.10.18

6.11.18

14.1.19

15.1.19

30.1.19

18.3.19

19.3.19

6.3.19

1.7.19

2.7.19

10.4.19

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

Kathleen Salt

Co-opted Governor

12.9.18

 

2.10.18

6.11.18

15.1.19

30.1.19

19.3.19

6.3.19

2.7.19

10.4.19

 

17.7.19

 

Nick Taylor

Parent Governor

NOT IN ROLE

2.10.18

 

6.11.18

15.1.19

30.1.19

19.3.19

APOLOGIES

2.7.19

10.4.19

 

17.7.19

 

Simon Taylor

Co-Opted Governor

12.9.18

2.10.18

 

6.11.18

15.1.19

30.1.19

19.3.19

6.3.19

2.7.19

10.4.19

 

17.7.19

 

Pam Warren

LA Governor

ABSENT

 

2.10.18

6.11.18

ABSENT

30.1.19

19.3.19

6.3.19

2.7.19

10.4.19

 

17.7.19

 

 

Rebecca Clarke

Co-Opted Governor

NOT IN ROLE

NOT IN ROLE

 

NOT IN ROLE

NOT IN ROLE

NOT IN ROLE

APOLOGIES

NOT IN ROLE

2.7.19

APOLOGIES

 

17.7.19

 

Tony Gascoyne

Parent Governor

NOT IN ROLE

NOT IN ROLE

 

NOT IN ROLE

NOT IN ROLE

 

NOT IN ROLE

APOLOGIES

 

NOT IN ROLE

2.7.19

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

17.7.19

 

 

Carl Greaves

Parent Governor

NOT IN ROLE

 

NOT IN ROLE

NOT IN ROLE

NOT IN ROLE

NOT IN ROLE

APOLOGIES

NOT IN ROLE

1.7.19

APOLOGIES

 

17.7.19