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 CEO. 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 CEO 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||Name||Term of office ends||Role of Governor|
|Parent Governors||Senay Necati||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)||04/01/2022||Safeguarding Inc Looked after children & E-safety|
|Health and Safety|
|Staff Governor||Claire Faulkner||01/07/2023|
|Clerk to Governors||Amanda Newell||N/A||Admin|
|Associate members||Paul Quinn (Director of Operations)||N/A||Resources|
|James Carrick (Director of Education)||N/A||Standards|
Chair of governing body
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
In line with regulatory changes for schools, please see details below of individuals employed by the school earning over 100k per annum.
|Individuals earning over £100k per annum||Number|
|£100k – £110k||0|
|£110k – £120k||1|