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!
|Type of Governor||Name||Term of office ends||Role of Governor|
|Parent Governors||Senay Necati||24/11/2022||Parent|
|Rola El Kurdi||24/11/2022||Parent|
|Authority Governors||Jeannette Knights (LEA – Chair)||08/06/2019||Finance & School Journey|
|Co-opted Governors||Marion Rodin (Vice-Chair & Chair of the standards commitee)||04/01/2022||Safeguarding Inc Looked after children & E-safety|
|Helen Newman(Chair of the resources commitee)||29/06/2022||Human Resources|
|Fr Nigel Asbridge||07/12/2022||Pupil Premium and Sports Premium|
|Jackie Wheeler (Co-opted)||01/04/2021||Health and Safety|
|Executive Headteacher||Sue Tripp||N/A|
|Clerk to Governors||Amanda Newell||N/A||Admin|
|Associate members||Paul Quinn(Executive Business Manager)||N/A||Resources|
|James Carrick (Deputy Executive Headteacher)||N/A||Standards|
Chair of governing body Jeannette Knights contact details:
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.
2019/20 Governors of the Month
Fr Nigel Asbridge
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