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Governance

West Lea’s Governing Body comprises of two Local Authority-appointed Governors, two Staff Governors, three Community Governors, four Parent Governors and Sue Tripp, West Lea’s Executive Headteacher. The Governing Body meets twice in the Autumn term and once in both the Spring and Summer terms. There is also at least one meeting each year for each of our committees, which are: standards and resources.

All Governors are volunteers and work towards making the school better by questioning, monitoring and challenging the Executive Headteacher and her staff, as well as supporting them in meeting the challenges that constantly arise in daily school life. To help them in their roles, all Governors undergo training, individually, as a team and by attending certain staff training days. 

We run a Governor of the Month scheme. This is to ensure that all Governors have the opportunity to come in for a school day at least once a year, when they can join a class and experience an activity (assembly or special activity day etc). The Governor is then asked to write a piece for the school newsletter.

To improve our work, we are implementing a Governor Skills Audit. This will allow us to ensure a good balance of skills on the Governing Body, identify gaps for training and ensure that when we come to appoint new Governors, we can aim to find people to complement and improve on our skills.

Each year we create an improvement plan for the Governing Body, which is then included in the School Development Plan. This helps us to monitor ourselves and look for ways to be better at what we do and more helpful to the school.

The role of a Governor is a highly responsible one, and is taken very seriously by all members of our Governing Body. We all work and give our time to try to ensure the best outcomes for all members of our school community. 

Of course, we do have a good laugh together as well – it’s the West Lea way!

Jeannette Knights

 

Governor Details

Type of Governor

Name

Term of office ends

Role of Governor

Parent Governors

Rola El Kurdi

23/11/2018

 

 

Natalie Key

23/11/2018

Member Governor Forum

Authority Governors

Jeannette Knights (LEA - Chair)

08/06/2019

Finance & School Journey

Co-opted Governors

Marion Rodin (Vice-Chair & Chair of the standards commitee) 

04/01/2018

Safeguarding Inc Looked after children & E-safety

 

Helen Newman(Chair of the resources commitee)

29/06/2018

 Human Resources
  Michael Daniels  01/09/2022  

 

Fr Nigel Asbridge

07/12/2018

Pupil Premium and Sports Premium
  Christian Tambara 12/03/2021  

Staff Governors

Jackie Wheeler (Co-opted)

01/04/2021

Health and Safety

 

Jeanette Gates

15/10/2018

 

Executive Headteacher

Sue Tripp 

N/A

 

Clerk to Governors

Amanda Newell

 N/A

Admin
Associate members Paul Quinn(Executive Business Manager) N/A Resources
  Carmel Fox (Deputy Executive Headteacher) N/A Standards
  James Carrick (Deputy Executive Headteacher)    

 

Governor of the Month

We run a Governor of the Month scheme. This is to ensure that all Governors  have the opportunity to come in and experience a school day at least once a year, when they can join a class and experience an activity (assembly or special activity day etc.).  The Governor is then asked to write a piece for the school newsletter.

2018/19 Governors of the Month

September
Jeannette Knights
October
Christian Tambara
November
Natalie Key
December
Fr Nigel Asbridge
January
Rola El Kurdi
February
Jackie Wheeler
March
Jeanette Gates
April
Helen Newman
May
Christian Tambara
June
Jeannette Knights
July
N/A

What do Governors do?

School Governors come from all walks of life. There are approximately 1400 School Governors in Enfield and they form the largest volunteer force in the Borough. Individual School Governors form part of a corporate governing body, which is established in Law (see Guide to Law link for more information). Members of the Governing Body work together as a team and may not act independently. Decisions are a joint responsibility of each Governing Body as they seek to ensure that the best education possible is provided.

The key responsibilities of Governing Bodies include:

  • Working with the Headteacher to set the aims and objectives of the school
  • Working with the Headteacher to set the policies for achieving the aims and objectives
  • Monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making
  • Setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement
  • Managing the school's budget
  • Making decisions regarding how many staff should be employed and being involved in their appointment, support and discipline
  • Ensuring that the National Curriculum and Religious Education are taught
  • Acting as a link between the school and its community
  • Producing an Action Plan after an Ofsted inspection and ensuring it is put into practice
  • Deciding, with the Headteacher, the school's approach to meeting children's special educational needs
  • Managing the school's premises
  • Providing support and challenging