Governance

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!

JEANNETTE KNIGHTS

Governor Details

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

Local Authority Governor

Jeannette Knights (LEA – Chair)

08/06/2023

Finance & School Journey

Foundation Governor 

Helen Newman

29/06/2022

 Human Resources

Foundation Governor 

Fr Nigel Asbridge

07/12/2022

Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

Co-opted Governors 

Marion Rodin (Vice chair)

04/01/2020

Safeguarding Inc Looked after children & E-safety

 

Carmel Fox

12/12/2021

 
 

Jackie Wheeler

01/04/2021

Health and Safety

 

Michael Daniels

21/06/2022

 

Staff Governor 

Claire Faulkner

01/07/2023

 

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:
Mrs Jeannette Knights
c/o West Lea school
Haselbury Campus
Edmonton
N9 9TU
 
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
Co-opted Governors were appointed by the Governing Body, the staff Governor was elected by the Staff and the Parent Governors elected by the Parents.