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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

 

Westcourt Primary & Nursery School - Governing Body Structure

 

Head Teacher - Mags Sexton

Chair of Governors - Chris Rust

Vice Chair of Governors - Carol Winn and Andrew Watson

 

PARENT GOVERNORS (2)

PFT APPOINTED GOVERNORS (3)

Ashish Sharma

Sheena Hamilton

Andrew Watson

Chris Rust

STAFF (3)

Carol Winn

Viv Hart

 

Sam Rose

 

Mags Sexton – Ex Officio

 

 

Meet the Governors

Meet the Governors 1 Chris Rust
Meet the Governors 2 Mags Sexton
Meet the Governors 3 Viv Hart
Meet the Governors 4 Sam Rose
Meet the Governors 5 Carol Winn

 

Chris Rust (Chair)

My name is Chris Rust and I wanted to introduce myself as I am the new chair of your governing body. Until retirement I worked for Lloyds Bank in property management where I had responsibility for a large number of buildings and budgets. I retired early and became a school governor at Mayplace Primary in Bexley where I spent 15 years as governor the last 5 as chair. I worked with the leadership team to take the school into the Primary First Trust. We also took the school from Ofsted ‘Requires Improvement' to 'Good with Outstanding Early Years and Pupil Behaviour'

I am married with two sons and six grandchildren.
I shall be working hard to get to know the school, children, staff and parents and carers and to understand what it is that makes Westcourt  school so special.
My first priority is to strengthen the governing body and to understand what it is we need to do to make governors impact on school as effective as it can be. The role of governor is not an easy one and those that wish to undertake the role must commit fully to the time and energy required to add as much value as they can to the team.
I am looking forward to my time at Westcourt Primary and can assure you that I will do my personal best to help the school achieve in whatever capacity I can. In turn I do hope I can look to you to support me, the governing body, Head Teacher and leadership team to achieve the highest standards possible for all of the children in our care.  

 

Carol Winn (Vice Chair)

Hello, my name is Carol Winn and I’m a Primary First Appointed governor of Westcourt Primary School. I have recently taken on the role of Joint Vice-Chair of the Governing Body, am the nominated Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor and, amongst other duties, look at Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

I retired after 38 years in secondary education, working in a number of roles within a variety of schools in Kent and Medway. My final position was as headteacher of an 11- 18 grammar school. I am married, have one daughter who was educated and now lives locally, and one grandson who is part of the Westcourt community.

Throughout my career I was passionate to deliver the best education possible for the students in my care; be it in the school I led or the classrooms in which I taught. A child only has one chance at education; he or she deserves the best at every stage of that education. The experiences and successes at primary level underpin a young person’s enjoyment and progress at secondary level and beyond. I feel that it’s important for primary schools to provide their pupils with the skills, knowledge, understanding and, particularly, self-confidence to make a seamless transition to the secondary school of their choice. It is these beliefs that have led me, now retired, to become involved in the governor role at Westcourt.

I’ve been part of the governing body for just 12 months and have enjoyed making contact with pupils, parents and staff during my visits. I look forward to working closely with the new Chair of Governors and other members of the Westcourt community to ensure the best possible outcome for every child who attends this very special school.

1. Primary First Trust (PFT) - Board Attendance at Meetings 1.9.17-31.8.18

Full Names

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Board Member Type

Date stepped down (if applicable)

Attendance record at meetings:
PFT Full Board Meetings 1.9.17-31.8.18

Justin Smith

18.10.13

Ongoing

CEO

-

2 out of a possible 3

William Harwood

18.10.13

4 years

Member and Chair of the Board

-

3 out of a possible 3

Branwen Bingle

28.3.18

2 years

Trustee

-

2 out of a possible 2

Sandra Connington

4.11.16

2 years

Trustee

-

3 out of a possible 3

Steve Rumbles

23.3.16

2 years

Trustee

-

2 out of a possible 3

Andrew Spearman

10.12.14

4 years

Member and Trustee

-

3 out of a possible 3

Paul Stingmore

28.3.18

2 years

Trustee

-

2 out of a possible 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Trustees

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Foster

18.10.13

4 years

Board Trustee

13.12.17

N/A

Adelle Martin

23.3.16

2 years

Board Director

4.9.17

N/A

Martin Wallbridge

18.10.13

4 years

Member and Trustee

20.7.16 (as Trustee)

N/A

Steven Ristow

18.10.13

4 years

Member and Trustee

9.12.15 (as Trustee)

N/A

 

2. Primary First Trust (PFT) – Board Business and Pecuniary Interests

Full Names

Date of Appointment

Board Member Type

Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests inc. governance roles in other education institutions

Justin Smith

18.10.13

CEO

Management on behalf of owners – Lease of commercial/residential properties

Head Teacher Board – supporting MATs/schools

William Harwood

18.10.13

Member and Chair of the Board

None Declared

Andrew Spearman

10.12.14

Member and Trustee

School Governor – Harris Federation

Senior Employee – A City Law Firm

Steve Rumbles

23.3.16

Trustee

Managing Director - Rumbles Pension Services Limited

Sandra Connington

4.11.16

Trustee

Owner/Director - Sandra Connington Ltd

School Governor - Somers Heath Primary School

Branwen Bingle

28.3.18

Trustee

Operational Lead for ITE Partnerships and School Direct at University of Greenwich (working with schools in the Trust as a University Representative)

Paul Stingmore

28.3.18

Trustee

Owner – 10242 Ltd Management Consultancy

Martin Wallbridge

18.10.13

Member

None Declared

Steven Ristow

18.10.13

Member

School Governor – Barnehurst Federation

 

As of 24.9.18

 

3. Local Governing Body – Structure

Chair of Governors: Mr Chris Rust
Vice Chair of Governors: Mrs Carol Winn / Mr Andrew Watson

Structure for 2017-2018

Learning and Development Committee

Resources Committee

Hannah Bayley

Claire Eskelson

Rosie Bayliss (Chair)

Phil Malsbury (Acting Chair)

Claire Eskelson

Elaine Wilson

Viv Hart

Ashish Sharma

Sam Rose

Andrew Watson

Carol Winn

Viv Hart


Structure for 2018-2019

ALL Governors are now required to attend one Governing Body meeting every half term (6 a year). The above committee structure has been removed.

4. Governing Body – Remit of members, business interests and meeting attendance

Full Names

Date of Appointment (Term of Office 4 years)

Governor Type

Relevant Business & Pecuniary interests inc governance roles in other education institutions

Date stepped down (if applicable)

Attendance record at meetings for academic year 2017/2018 *:

Attendance record at meetings for academic year 2018/2019 *:

Mrs Sheena Hamilton

03/09/2018

PFT Appointed

PFT Leading Head Teacher at other PFT Schools

N/A

N/A

1 of 1

Miss Vivienne Hart

29/03/2017

Staff

None declared

N/A

9 of 9

1 of 1

Mr Stephen Maile

Appointment in progress

PFT Appointed

To be completed upon appointment

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mrs Samantha Rose

12/10/2017

Staff

None declared

N/A

5 of 5

1 of 1

Mr Chris Rust

 

PFT Appointed

None declared

N/A

N/A

1 of 1

Miss Margaret Sexton

Sept 2017

Head Teacher

None declared

N/A

10 of 10

1 of 1

Mr Andrew Watson

13/10/2017

Parent

None declared

N/A

5 of 5

1 of 1

Mrs Carol Winn

13/12/2017

PFT Appointed

None declared

N/A

5 of 5

1 of 1

Past Governors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Emily Allen

18/04/2017

PFT Appointed

Resigned

Nov 2017

1 of 1

 

Mr Jamie Speake

18/04/2017

PFT Appointed

Resigned

Dec 2017

1 of 3

 

Mrs Hannah Bayley

Sept 2017

PFT Appointed

Resigned

July 2018

5 of 7

 

Mrs Rosie Bayliss

11/08/2017

PFT Appointed

Resigned

July 2018

7 of 7

 

Ms Claire Eskelson

01/01/2017

PFT Appointed

Transferred to another PFT School

July 2018

5 of 6

 

Mr Philip Malsbury

Sept 2017

PFT Appointed

Returned to existing PFT School

July 2018

8 of 8

 

Mrs Elaine Wilson

18/04/2017

PFT Appointed

Term of Office Terminated

October 2018

3 of 7

 

Mr Ashish Sharma

13/10/2017

Parent

Term of Office Terminated

October 2018

2 of 5

 

Schools are expected to show a full record of all governors (current and past) across a 12-month period.

(*) The register of meetings above is based on all meetings each governor is required to attend from the start of each academic year (or when they joined the governing body), through to the end of the same academic year (or when they left the governing body). This register of attendance was last updated in September 2018 (for academic year 2017-2018). This information will be updated again in September 2019 (for academic year 2018-2019).

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please address your letter to:

Mr Chris Rust (Chair of Governors)
c/o Mrs Jane Hingston (Clerk)

Westcourt Primary & Nursery School
Silver Road
Gravesend
DA12 4JG

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