West Lea’s Governing Body comprises of one Local Authority-appointed Governor, one Staff Governor, two Foundation Governors, two Parent Governors, five Co-opted Governors and Sue Tripp, West Lea’s Executive Headteacher. The Governing Body meets each term. There are also regular meetings for each of our Campus Local Advisory Boards (LABS) and The Strategy and Risk Management Group.
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.
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!
Type of Governor
Term of office ends
Role of Governor
Rola El Kurdi
Local Authority Governor
Jeannette Knights (LEA – Chair)
Finance & School Journey
Fr Nigel Asbridge
Pupil Premium and Sports Premium
Marion Rodin (Vice chair)
Safeguarding Inc Looked after children & E-safety
Health and Safety
Clerk to Governors
Paul Quinn (Executive Business Manager)
James Carrick (Deputy Executive Headteacher)
Chair of governing body Jeannette Knights contact details:
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