Our Governors

A very warm welcome to Westacre Infant School on behalf of the Governing Body.

Westacre Infant School puts a smile on my face. It does so because of the 300 or so happy faces of our children that can be seen whenever you visit the building. I say building, but a school is far more than that, and Westacre children along with the staff, parents and governors all form part of the school family and it is that family’s care, values and provision that puts a smile on their faces. Our children are amazing and work so hard, having lots of fun along the way. The staff also go the extra mile to offer the very best learning experience for the children in their care. This is the beginning of their formal learning journey and Westacre gives them an exceptional start. A snapshot of that experience can be found on these pages, a visit to the school will give you much more and testimony from families whose children have long left the school (mine included) back up the impact of what takes place here. Westacre is forward looking, rises to the challenge of 21st Century Education and our children leave here very much ready for their next step in education.

All members of the governing body wish your children and you, their family, a very happy and successful association with the school

Mrs Janine Wright

Chair of Governors

The Role of the Governing Body

Being a Governor is a voluntary role and we work together as a team to set the strategic direction of the school. We are responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring we get best value for money and hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the pupils and performance of staff. We each bring our own set of skills and experiences which help us to make informed decisions which we feel are in the best interests of the school, its pupils and staff.

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Janine Wright (Chair of Governors)

I have a long association with Westacre infant school beginning as a parent some 17 years ago. I have been on the governing body, now for most of that time and in many capacities and it is a pleasure and privilege to serve as chair. I am married to Howard and a mum to 3 sons – 2 now at university and a teenager at home – all who had happy and successful times here at Westacre. I am an Assistant Head Teacher in a local primary school and part of the leadership team of St Philip’s Church in Pennfields, which we attend as a family. My desire is that children, whilst getting the very best possible education have the very best of times at school.

Lynsey Clarke (Vice Chair of Governors)

I am a mum of 3 children (19, 11 & 8) all of whom have been a pupil at Westacre.
I am a neonatal nurse and now work as  the lead nurse for West Midlands Neonatal Network. As most parents, we want the best possible education for our children as well as them having the best journey through their school life; being in a loving and nurturing environment. I am privileged to be able to serve the school community as a Governor.

Richard Gummery

I’m a co-opted governor with the oversight for safeguarding & behaviour.
I have worked in education for over 15 years in secondary schools across the West Midlands and I am currently the principal of a secondary academy in Telford. I am passionate about education and the right of every child to have a good education.

 

 

 

Atiyah Ali

As a mother of three school-age children, a community member and working in mental health, I value this role and the contributions that work towards benefitting your child’s education. A bit about me…I work as a psychotherapist and community development worker in mental health for the NHS. I have previously been voted in as a parent governor within this school and have worked in education within a previous role. The educational experience of children and experience of the staff working at the school is priority and I’m committed to be of service.

 

 

Hayley Curtis-Gaze

Hi, my name is Hayley and I was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2019. I am a qualified Accountant and therefore sit on the Finance Committee, and my current Link Governor roles are Outcomes and Wellbeing. Having attended Westacre school myself I feel very privileged to be able to be a part of shaping the school’s future, and contributing towards making a positive difference in all pupil’s education and their school experience. I have 2 boys and we enjoy spending time outdoors, arts and crafts, baking and chilling on the sofa watching films together.

Lucy Rook
I am a mum of three children. My eldest is a pupil at Westacre. I’m a Founder and Director in both the fashion and media industries. I’m also a trainer who coaches all of the BBC's editorial apprentices across the UK. Discreet Bowtique is an online fashion store for breastfeeding mums. BlackRook Media is a broadcast and production consultancy. I am passionate about supporting the school where I expect all three of my children will spend some very important years.

 

Bhavisha Patel

It’s important for me, not just as a parent, but a person living within our community, to ensure that our children are safe, happy and have the confidence to grow and have the best start to their lives. Every child should be made to feel as equal as the child sat next to them. No child should feel excluded and it’s up to us, to help make this happen. Therefore, I’m privileged to have been selected as a co-opted governor for Westacre Infant School where I can contribute to shaping the educational lives of our children. I’m a Senior Business Analyst by profession, working on Change and Transformation programmes within different sectors. I’m motivated and passionate by changes that have a positive impact to all aspects of life, especially children, so I look forward to the journey in shaping our school.

 

Ajay Patel

I believe education of our children is a vital key to their positive development and growth, and in turn this is reflected on to society and the environment we create for their wellbeing. The importance of these formative years that the children go through cannot be underestimated, therefore the progression and development of the school is paramount to the positive growth of the children.

 

It is a privilege to have been selected a parent governor, and to fulfil a position where I can have a positive influence and allow me to make a difference. It allows me to give back to the community what a good education has taught and provided me with. I'm a construction professional by trade, responsible for the estimation and management of costs on projects in the preconstruction phase up to financial close.

 

Education is a cornerstone in the foundations of life, and to be able to contribute to this and help shape children’s futures at Westacre Infant School is a journey I look forward to being a part of.

Anna Dalton

I am a parent governor and a mum to three children, two of which are currently at Westacres. As a primary trained teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, I have a strong belief that all children should be able to access an inclusive education, enabling every child to learn, grow and reach their full potential. I am keen to contribute to the future of the school, support staff and represent views of parents. I look forward to being part of supporting Westacre School to continue to provide a high level of education to our children.

 

Link Governor Roles 

We have each been appointed a Link Governor role for this academic year which will help us to plan and focus our school visits on certain areas. The Link Governors for this year are:

 

Safeguarding/Child Protection: Richard Gummery

Teaching & Learning: Janine Wright

Early Years: Atiyah Ali/Bhavisha Patel

Leadership & Management: Janine Wright/Anna Dalton

Health & Safety: Lynsey Clarke/Lucy Rook

Pupil Premium/Achievement: Ajay Patel

Outcomes: Hayley Curtis-Gaze

Wellbeing-pupils & staff: Atiyah Ali/Hayley Curtis-Gaze

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September 2021 -  Mrs Curis-Gaze declared a Business Interest as she is related to a non-teaching member of staff. 

 

One of our Governors also governs at another educational establishment. 

 

Governor Attendance September 2020 -  July 2021