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Governing Body

Governors work with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in the strategic development of the school and in raising standards of achievement.  Duties include setting the school’s vision, aims and objectives, approving the school budget and appointing the Headteacher.  They support and challenge the Headteacher, so have an understanding of the school’s overall performance in order to explain its decisions and actions.  Governing bodies work as a team and make collective decisions. 

Name Category Appointed Term End Subject link
Debbie Crossingham Head Ex Officio    
Judy Hawker Co-opted 19.09.18   18.09.22 MFL
Early Years
Charles Haywood
Co-opted 19.09.18 18.09.22 Humanities
Jessica Bull Parent Governor 18.12.17 17.12.21


Governor Training

Catharine Keith Co-opted 27.11.17 26.11.21 Literacy
Tim Laing Co-opted 11.07.18 10.07.22



Healthy Schools

Katy Majumdar

(Vice Chair)

Co-opted 20.05.20 19.05.24

Safe Guarding & CLA


Phil McDonald Parent 27.02.20 26.02.24 DT
Music & Arts
Lucy Smith Co-opted 02.02.17 01.02.21


Pupil Premium 

Richard Melly Local Authority 18.07.19 17.07.23 tbc
Guy Garrett Parent 27.02.20 26.02.24 tbc

Additional Subject Links

Economic Awareness and Understanding Charles Haywood and Jenny Stratton
Education Business Partnership Charles Haywood and Jenny Stratton
VLE: The Community Liaison Committee Charles Haywood and Jenny Stratton

Appointment of Governors:

Governors are appointed in several different categories:
Appointed by the governing body = Co-opted;
Appointed by the Local Authority = LA;
Staff = Elected by staff;
Parent = Elected by parents.
The Headteacher is a member by virtue of their office.

The Register of Pecuniary and Business Interests

The register is updated annually in November and any relevant information is published in the minutes accordingly.

Full Governing Body Meetings (FGB)

The FGB meets once or twice a term to carry out the three core functions, as identified by the Department for Education in the Governors’ Handbook:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

The current Chair of Governors is Charles Haywood and the Vice-Chair is Katy Majumdar.

Minutes of the meetings are published on the school website once agreed by the FGB at the following meeting.

To get in touch with Governors, or if you need sign posting to anything regarding the Governing Body, please get in touch with Mrs Teresa Dee who is our Clerk to Governors.  Mrs Dee can be contacted by email teresadee@westdene.brighton-hove.sch.uk

Westdene has four sub-committees:
Premises (PREM) Chair Charles Haywood
: Oversees the fabric of the building and any related issues.
Resources and Staffing(R&S) Chair Charles Haywood: Oversees financial and staffing issues.
Curriculum and Standards (C&S) Judy Hawker: Oversees pupil achievement, assessment and tracking.
Community Liaison (CL) Chair To be appointed: Oversees communication with parents and the wider community.

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