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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.

More about teh role of governors in a short video https://youtu.be/mRqJ_bFipHk

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
Linda Appleby Co-opted 30.03.22 29.03.26 Governing Body
Simrit Bagshaw Parent 22.02.22 21.02.26 Parents
Debbie Crossingham Head 01.01.02 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
Katy Majumdar Co-opted  20.05.20 19.05.24 Governing Body
Joanne Marron Staff 18.11.20 17.11.24 Staff
Phili[p 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

The following individuals have served as governors in the past 12 months and have since stepped down or their terms of office have expired.

Tim Laing - Co-opted Governor, Jessica Bull - Parent Governor, Catherine Keith - Co-opted Governor

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 Clerk to Governors will be able to advise on current vacancies and how to apply. teresadee@westdene.brighton-hove.sch.uk


Community Liaison Premises
Curriculum and Standards Resources and Staffing

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
Safeguarding Full Governing Body Katy Majumdar
School Premises Premises  
Special Educational Needs Curriculum & Standards Lucy Smith
Staffing & Performance Management Pay Committee Debbie Crossingham, Judy Hawker, Charles Haywood
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  
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 Judy Hawker
Humaities Curriculum & Standards Charles Haywood
Literacy Curriculum & Standards Richard Melly
Maths Curriculum & Standards Katy Majumdar
MFL Curriculum & Standards Judy Hawker
Music & Arts Curriculum & Standards Guy Garrett
PE Curriculum & Standards  
PHSE Curriculum & Standards  
RE Curriculum & Standards  
Science Curriculum & Standards Phil McDonald
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