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

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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.

Rebecca Pick

I have been a parent governor and now co-opted governor at Westacre for several years and am passionate about the role that a good education plays in a child’s life and in their achieving their full potential.  My background is in HR, I have a masters degree in HR Management, and have most recently been employed at the Grand Theatre.  I am also a co-opted governor at Uplands Junior School and have previously also been on the committee of a local playgroup.

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.


September 2019 -  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 Septmber 2019 -  July 2020