Governors

Our Governors play a large role in the strategic direction of our school.

"Governors share a very strong ambition for the school's Core Values. They routinely and thoroughly challenge school leaders and are extremely knowledgeable about the impact of additional funding."
Ofsted June 2017 

Our Governing Body is supported by Mrs Izabella Symkowska, The Clerk. She can be contacted regarding any Governing Body matters.

Meeting dates for 2017/18 can be found here.

Additional information regarding attendance at meetings for the previous academic year can be found here.

For current attendance information and Business Interests, please click here.

Meet the Governors

Tim Barker
Chair of Governors
Parent Governor since 2006
Co-Opted Governor since 2015

Tim has had 2 children go through our school. He runs his own Party Bus business and also works in IT. His wife is an HLTA in the school.
As chair of Governors, Tim meets with the Headteacher on a regular basis. He sits on the Finance Group and reports on the Leadership & Management and Teaching & Learning elements of School Improvement.

Appointed 01.02.06
Current term of office began 01.02.15
Current term of office ends 31.01.18

Katherine Atkinson

Vice Chair of Governors
LA Governor since 2017

Katherine is Head of Information & Intelligence for Children, Young People and Education Services at KCC.
Katherine has recently joined the FGB. She reports on the Outcomes for Pupils element of the SIAP and sits on the Headteacher Performance Management Group. She has responsibility for Governor Training and Development.

Appointed 28.11.17

Current term of office began 28.11.17 

Current term of office ends 28.11.20

Ben Pattenden

Co-opted Governor since 2008

Safeguarding Governor

Ben has worked closely with local schools for many years through his work with Premier Sport, where he is Area Coordinator.
Ben has responsibility for Safeguarding. He reports on Sport Premium, sits on the Finance Group and reports on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment element of School Improvement.

Appointed 17.09.08
Current term of office began 02.02.15
Current term of office ends 10.02.18

Judith Westrup

Parent Governor since 2011

SEN Governor

Judith currently has 2 children in the school. She is a Speech and Language Therapist and works in schools.
Judith reports on the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare element of the SIAP, with a particular focus on SEN and attendance. She also sits on the Headteacher Performance Management Group.

Appointed 20.10.11
Current term of office began 28.11.17
Current term of office ends 27.11.20

Nicola Crowe

Parent Governor since 2017

Nicola is a SENCo in an Infant School. She has 2 children at the school.
Nicola reports on the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare element of the SIAP, with a particular focus on SEN.

Appointed 28.11.17
Current term of office began 28.11.17
Current term of office ends 27.11.20

Ashley Crittenden
Headteacher
Staff Governor since 2006

As Headteacher, Ashley is automatically a member of the Governing Body. She is supported by another Staff Governor. Ashley sits on the Finance Group.

David Howell

Co-opted Governor since 2017

David is a store manager for Tesco. He has 2 children in the school.
Having responsibility for Health and Safety, means David carries out 3 site checks a year with the Site Manager and reports to Governors. He also reports on the Teaching, Learning and Assessment element of the SIAP.

Appointed 19.09.17
Current term of office began 19.09.17
Current term of office ends 18.09.20

Kevin Beamon

Co-opted Governor since 2018

Kevin is new to the Governing Body. He has 2 children in the school and is Financial Director for a printing company.
Kevin reports on the Outcomes for Pupils element of the SIAP. He also sits on the Finance Group.

Appointed 16.01.18
Current term of office began 16.01.18
Current term of office ends 16.01.21

Gemma Jury-Sofi

Staff Governor since 2017

EYFS Leader

Gemma has taught at West Borough since 2015 and is the Teacher in Charge of the Nursery. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Appointed 28.11.17
Current term of office began 28.11.17
Current term of office ends 27.11.20

Izabella Smykowska

Clerk to the Governors since 2017 

Izabella joined KCC clerking service in November 2017.

She has a background in admin roles and has previously worked for the Youth Offending Service.

Lydia Vincett

Associate Governor

Assistant Headteacher - Achievement


The Assistant Headteachers are currently sitting on the FGB for a term per year. As an Associate Governor they cannot vote.

Paula Martin
Associate Governor
Assistant Headteacher - SENCo


The Assistant Headteachers are currently sitting on the FGB for a term per year. As an Associate Governor they cannot vote.

 

Lisa Edinburgh
Associate Governor
Assistant Headteacher – Teaching and Learning


Lisa has previously been a Staff Governor. The Assistant Headteachers are currently sitting on the FGB for a term per year. As an Associate Governor they cannot vote.

 

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