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Governing Body

Governors are volunteers operating alongside the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team in the strategic development of the school to provide an excellant education to all children.  

The core functions of the Governing Body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vsion , ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the School Leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

At Westdene Primary School there are fourteen Governor posts. Each Governor is assigned to one or more committees carrying out more detailed monitoring and reporting back to the Governing Body at regular intervals during the school year.  

Name Category of Governor Appointed Term End Appointed/Elected By
Jessica Bull Parent  18.01.17 17.1.21 Parents
Debbie Crossingham Head Ex Officio   By virtue of office
Guy Garrett Parent  27.02.20 26.02.24 Parents
Lisa Hagon Co-opted 18.11.20 17.11.24 Governing Body
Judy Hawker Co-opted 19.09.18   18.09.22 Governing Body
Charles Haywood Co-opted 19.09.18 18.09.22 Governing Body
Catherine Keith Co-opted 27.11..17 26.11.21 Governing Body
Tim Laing Co-opted 11.07.18 10.07.22 Governing Body
Katy Majumdar Co-opted  20.05.20 19.05.24 Governing Body
Joanne Marron Staff 18.11.20 17.11.24 Staff
Phil McDonald Parent 27.02.20 26.02.24 Parents
Richard Melly Local Authority 18.07.19 17.07/23 Nominated by LA
Lucy Smith Co-opted  02.02.17 01.02.21 Governing Body


Community Liaison Premises
Curriculum and Standards Resources and Staffing

Appointment of Governors:

Governors are appointed in several different categories:
Appointed by the governing body = Co-opted;
Nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the governing body = 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 Governors have a legal duty to act in the best interests of the school.. Where there are personal or financial interests which may conflict with this duty, they must identify, prevent and record the conflict. Generally, governors must not be involved in discussions or vote on matters to which their conflict relates. Governors are asked to review and  their declarations annually and to decalre any potential interest in agenda items at the start of each meeting.

Westdene Primary School Governing Body Declarations of Interest  2020-21  
Name of Governor Date Name of Business/Organisation  Nature of Business  Nature of Interest
Jessica Bull 16/09/2020 Nil Return    
Debbie Crossingham Awaiting declaration      
Guy Garrett 17/09/2020 Westdene Primary School Spouse employed at school as INA
Guy Garrett 17/09/2020 Self Employed  DJ Runs occasional children's disco parties
Lisa Hagon 24/11/2020 Nil Return    
Judy Hawker 05/11/2020 Nil Return    
Charles Haywood 27/10/2020 Nil Return    
Catherine Keith Awaiting declaration      
Tim Laing Awaiting declaration      
Katy Majumder 13/09/2020 Westdene Primary School Parent to Year 2 child
Katy Majumder 13/09/2020 Westdene Primary School Employed by the school for supply teaching
Joanne Marron Awaiting declaration      
Philip McDonald 15/09/2020 Self Employed  Garden Designer and Landscaper Has been engaged by school to help deliver the science curriculum


Full Governing Body Meetings (FGB)

The Full Governing Body meetings have been scheduled for the following dates in 2020/21:

17th September 2020

18th November 2020

25th March 2021

19th May 2021

13th July 2021

Minutes of the meetings are published on the school website once agreed by the Full Governing Body 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

Governor Link Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership FGB/Committee/Group Lead Governor/s
Culture, Values & Ethos Full Governing Body  
Headteacher Appraisal & Objective Setting Headteacher Review Group Charles Haywood/Judy Hawker
Parental Engagment & Comminity Community Liaison  
Setting Direction Full Governing Body  
Compliance FGB/Committee/Group Lead Governor /s
Complaints Full Governing Body  
Control & Community use of Premises Premises  
Education Curriculum & Standards  
Equality C&S and R&S  
Finance Resources & Staffing  
Health & Safety  Premises  
Information Sharing Full Governing Body Guy Garrett
Pupil Premium Curriculum & Standards Lucy Smith
Pupil Wellbeing Curriculum & Standards Lucy Smith/Tim Laing
Safeguarding Full Governing Body Katy Majumdar
School Premises Premises  
Special Educational Needs Curriculum & Standards Lucy Smith
Staffing & Performance Management Pay Committee Debbie, Judy, Charles
Vulnerable /Looked After Childrem Curriculum & Standards Katy Majumdar
Website Compliance Community Liaison Chair of CL
Other School Priorites Committee Lead Governor /s
Healthy Schools Full Governing Body Tim Laing
Governance  Committee Lead Governor/s 
Developing FGB Effectiveness Full Governing Body Chair of Governors
Governance Procedures Full Governing Body Chair of Governors
Recruitment Full Governing Body Chair of Governors
Training & Development Full Governing Body Chair of Governors
Curriculum Links Committee Lead Governor/s
DT Curriculum & Standards Phil McDonald
Early Years Curriculum & Standards Catherine & Judy
Humaities Curriculum & Standards Charles Haywood
Literacy Curriculum & Standards Jessica & Richard
Maths Curriculum & Standards Katy Majumdar
MFL Curriculum & Standards Judy Hawker
Music & Arts Curriculum & Standards Guy Garrett
PE Curriculum & Standards Tim Laing
PHSE Curriculum & Standards Tim Laing
RE Curriculum & Standards Jessica Bull
Science Curriculum & Standards Phil McDonald
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