Meet the Governors
Welcome to our Governors’ section.
Meet the Governors
Carol Winn (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.
Mrs Carol Winn can be contacted by writing to:
Mrs Carol Winn
C/o Sarah Phillipson, Governance Clerk
The Primary First Trust
The White House
Clifton Marine Parade
Gravesend DA11 0DY
Andrew Watson (Vice Chair)
My name is Andrew Watson and I am a parent governor at Westcourt Primary and was recently appointed as the joint voice chair of the governing body. I am a self-employed mortgage broker based in Gravesend with over 22 years’ experience in the financial services sector, working for a number of the major high street banks and life assurance companies as well as working in the estate agency sector across London, Kent and Sussex across my career. I am hopeful my business and financial knowledge will be of use to both Westcourt and the Primary First Trust.
I became a parent governor 2 years ago when my eldest child joined Westcourt Primary with the main aim of supporting and giving back something to not just his school but all of the schools within the trust who do such an amazingly and vocational job of giving all our children the best possible start in education as well as arming them with the many key life skills they will need to succeed in the ever changing and challenging world we live in.
I live in Gravesend an am married with two children aged 6 and 2. My daughter was born blind and thus I have taken a particular interest in assuring that children with disabilities have access to the same best education and opportunities afforded to those children without disabilities. I am fully committed to helping Westcourt Primary build on its already strong, head teacher, deputy head and leadership team to achieve the highest standards possible for all children.
In my spare time I like to run marathons for various children charities and hope to use the mental strength and focus required to run 26.2 miles to help Westcourt become an outstanding school both now and for the future.