School Governors

 THE GOVERNING BODY: 2019/20

Governors have taken the decision to meet regularly as a full governing body and meet at least 5 times through out the year. In addition, there are 2 Working Groups which look at specific issues in depth and make recommendations for the Governing Body to action. The Resources Working Group considers financial, personnel and premises issues and meets half-termly, including various members of staff as appropriate. The Teaching and Learning Working Group meets to analyse data, paying particular attention to progress and attainment of groups of pupils and also considers curriculum initiatives and their impact on pupil outcomes. There is also a recently formed Steering Group comprising members of the governing body and the senior leadership team. The purpose of this group which meets at the end of the Summer term, is to consider the key priorities for the school to inform the Academy Improvement Plan.

Governors also have specific responsibilities in line with DFE and Trust requirements and Academy priorities. These roles include governors with responsibility for Safeguarding; SEND; Disadvantaged Pupils; Attendance; English and Maths. Formal monitoring happens through termly Monitoring Mornings and individual governor visits and Governors are regularly in school undertaking learning walks and talking to pupils and staff. The Chair of Governors meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss the general running of the school and joins the Senior Leadership Team meeting once a term.

 

In this section you will find information about the Westfield Local Governing Body.  This information is regularly updated taking account of any recent changes.  

MEET OUR GOVERNORS

Becky Poynter – Trust Governor

 

I have recently re-joined the Westfield Governing Body, but I have been working in educational administration for over 20 years and have been a school governor at various schools for over 10 years. I became a National Leader of Governance in 2015 and work across Suffolk and Essex supporting governing bodies in their increasingly challenging role. I am also the Unity Schools’ Partnership Senior Governance advisor. I live in beautiful rural North Essex with my husband and two teenage children. When not immersed in governance issues I like to cook, crochet, read and walk. 

 

Anji Wilson – Trust Governor

 

My name is Anji Wilson. I am a co-opted governor and I am a member of the Teaching and Learning Work Group. I currently work for a research group at the University of Cambridge, which has a special interest in the development of reading and mathematics. After several years of working within the school on different research initiatives I became a governor at Westfield Primary Academy in 2016. I wanted to donate some time and effort back to the staff and pupils and to offer whatever expertise I might have in helping them to achieve their goals. In my spare time I am an enthusiastic music fan and I really enjoy small handicraft projects.

 Georgina Ellis- Trust Governor

 

Georgina Ellis has a BEd Hons degree and the National Professional Qualification for headship. She has been the headteacher at Churchill Special School since it opened in September 2013. She led the school through its first Ofsted in July 2015 when it was judged outstanding. She has completed a whole range of specialist training including social stories, Lego therapy, growth mindsets, mindfulness and TEACCH.

Previously Georgina was headteacher for 7 years at Wickhambrook Community Primary School leading it to an outstanding rating in February 2012. Her entire career has been in education working in four schools. She has been a SENCO and worked with Mencap to lead summer play schemes

Charley Abbott – Parent Governor

 

My name is Charley Abbott and I am Chair of Governors at Westfield Primary Academy.

It is important for me to give something back to the local community, in a way that can make a difference, and I believe contributing and working with the school to help every child achieve their potential fulfils this. 

On a day to day basis, I work full time in the Banking sector, where I have over 12 years experience in Retail, Marketing, Premier and currently Business sector. 

I have grown up in Haverhill, and am married with 3 children.  We are an active family and weekends usually consist of swimming, football and socialising.

Jake Newick – Trust Governor 

 

I’m Jake Newick and I am a classroom teacher. I worked at Westfield for five years, but have since moved onto another school within the Unity Schools Partnership. My reasons for becoming a governor are that I wanted to be more involved with what was happening within the school. Even though I no longer teach at Westfield, I am glad to remain part of the Governing team to challenge and support the school. 

 

 

  Stephen Wort – Staff Governor 

 

Stephen Wort has been teaching in KS1 at Westfield since 2015 and joined the Governing Body in January 2017. Stephen is the Computing lead at Westfield and has a keen interest in coding. Originally from Surrey, Stephen met his wife while studying psychology after which they moved to Haverhill to be closer to family. When he isn’t teaching his interests include reading, baking, travelling with his wife, and spending as much time as possible with his two cats.  

 

Fiona-Catherine Thompson-Co-opted Staff Governor

 

 

I have been Deputy Headteacher at Westfield since September 2019.  Previously, I was a teacher across Key Stage 1 and 2 at Pot Kiln Primary School in Sudbury.  I have worked in education for over 20 years including running pre-school learning programmes and parenting initiatives for Sure Start and developing Summer Universities and extra-curricular learning opportunities for children in London. I have a particular passion for Music and run the choir at Westfield.

 

Toni Kittle-Headteacher

I have been Headteacher at Westfield since September 2019. I was previously Head at Pot Kiln Primary School for 5 years where I led the school from Requires Improvement to Good (November 2016). I have the NPQH qualification and over 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of schools in London, Essex and Suffolk. I live in Colchester, Essex and enjoy exercise, cooking and spending time with my husband and young family. 

 

 

 

WESTFIELD PRIMARY ACADEMY LOCAL GOVERNING BODY - 2018-19

Name

Category of Governors

Term of Office

Specific Responsibilities

Pecuniary Interest

Any relation to Staff members

Meetings Attended in 2018/19

 

Mrs Charley Abbott

 

Parent

1.12.20 

Chair of Governors 

Pupil Premium 

Quality of Education

 

Parent to 2 pupils at Westfield  

Sister in law to Mrs Sarah Abbott-class teacher

WGB

11.10.18

3.1.19

7.2.19

1.4.19

6.6.19

Mrs Becky Poynter

 

Trust

25.1.21

Leadership and Management

Employed by Unity as Governance Advisor

 

Chair of Governors at Churchill

 

Clerk for Governor Services

 

WGB

11.10.18

3.1.19

7.2.19

1.4.19

6.6.19

Mrs George Ellis

Trust

 

 

26.1.21

Safeguarding

Looked After Learners 

SEND 

Behaviour and Attitudes

Attendance

Head at Churchill Special School

N/A

WGB

11.10.18

3.1.19

7.2.19

1.4.19

6.6.19

Mr Jake Newick

 

 

Community

28.4.20

Personal Development

Teacher at Clements Primary Academy

N/A

WGB

11.10.18

3.1.19

7.2.19

1.4.19

6.6.19

Mr Matthew Fuller

Trust

26.1.17

Maths

Headteacher at Woodhall Primary Academy

 

WGB

11.10.18

3.1.19

7.2.19

1.4.19

6.6.19

Mr Mark Millar

Parent

21.6.22

Leadership and Management

Parent to 2 pupils at Westfield Primary Academy 

N/A

WGB

11.10.18

3.1.19

7.2.19

1.4.19

 

Mr Steven Wort

Staff

25.5.21

Quality of Education

 

Y1 class teacher

WGB

11.10.18

3.1.19

7.2.19

1.4.19

6.6.19

Dr Anji Wilson

 

 

Co-opted

27.4.20

Early Years

 

N/A

WGB

11.10.18

3.1.19

7.2.19

1.4.19

6.6.19

 

 

OPEN LETTER FROM OUR CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

I  am delighted to have the opportunity to write a short piece for the website  about the role of Governors and the work we do within school. I have been working with the Westfield Governors since October 2016 and became Chair in January 2017. The principle role  of governors is three fold:

  • To ensure the clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Academy in line with the ethos and values of the Samuel War Academy Trust

 

  • To hold the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for education performance of the academy and the outcome for all its pupils

 

  • To oversee the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors at Westfield meet for formal Local Governing Board meetings 6 times a year and also visit the academy in between times to talk to staff and pupils about their learning. We have also recently formed small and effective working groups which look at specific aspects of school life and make sure that we are fulfilling our statutory obligations. For example, the Resources Working Group makes recommendations to the full governing board on the budget; ensures the school is working within Health and Safety as well as Financial Regulations and is adopting appropriate HR policies and following all personnel guidance.

I have only been involved with Westfield for a short period of time but am always impressed with what I see when I come into school. There is a very focused and calm atmosphere, the pupils are engaged and readily talk about their work and experiences in school. The staff are welcoming and very enthusiastic about their role and the children.

If you would like to know more about the work of the governing board or are interested in becoming a governor please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Charley Abbott

Chair of Governors

 

Our Chair of Governor can be contacted via email:

c.abbott@westfieldprimaryacademy.co.uk

 

In addition to our Local Governing Body the Academy Trust has a board of directors. Further information can be found below: 

 

 Unity Schools Partnership Charter