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Meet the Governors

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.

 

Governing Body Structure 2019-20

(10 Members)

 

Head Teacher                                    Mags Sexton

Chair of Governors                         Carol Winn

Vice Chair of Governors                Andrew Watson

PFT Leading Head Teacher           Sheena Hamilton

 

PARENT GOVERNORS (2)                             

PFT APPOINTED GOVERNORS (5)

Collin Semanshia

Sheena Hamilton

Andrew Watson

Carol Winn

STAFF (3)

Steve Maile

Viv Hart

Louise Buckland

Sam Rose

Funmi Falana

Mags Sexton – Ex Officio

 

 

COMMITTEES / WORKING PARTIES

 

PUPIL DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE (3)

STAFFING COMMITTEE (3)

Carol Winn

Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson

Carol Winn

Independent governor to be identified from another Trust GB

To be identified

PAY REVIEW COMMITTEE (2)

HT PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT (1)

Collin Semanshia

Carol Winn

Andrew Watson

Reserve: Andrew Watson

 

GOVERNORS WITH PARTICULAR INTEREST

 

SEN

CURRICULUM (SRE, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, BEHAVIOUR & WELFARE)

Collin Semanshia

Andrew Watson / Collin Semanshia

EARLY YEARS

TEACHING, LEARNING & ASSESSMENT OUTCOMES

Carol Winn / Louise Buckland

Carol Winn / Stephen Maile

SAFEGUARDING / CHILD PROTECTION

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Carol Winn / Louise Buckland

Collin Semanshia / Stephen Maile

LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

SPORTS PREMIUM

To be identified

Andrew Watson

PUPIL PREMIUM

SKILLS AUDIT

Andrew Watson

Viv Hart

GDPR

 

Collin Semanshia / Stephen Maile

 

 

 

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.

 

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 First Primary 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.

Additional Governing Body Information
  1. Board Attendance at Meetings 1.9.18-31.8.19
     
  2. Full Names

    Date of Appointment

    Term of Office

    Board Member Type

    Date stepped down (if applicable)

    Attendance record at meetings:
    PFT Full Board Meetings 1.9.18-31.8.19

    Justin Smith

    18.10.13

    Ongoing

    CEO

    31.12.18

    0 out of a possible 1

    William Harwood

    18.10.13

    4 years

    Member and Chair of the Board

    -

    5 out of a possible 5

    Branwen Bingle

    28.3.18

    2 years

    Trustee

    31.8.19

    3 out of a possible 5

    Sandra Connington

    4.11.16

    2 years

    Trustee

    -

    3 out of a possible 5

    Steve Rumbles

    23.3.16

    2 years

    Trustee

    -

    1 out of a possible 5

    Andrew Spearman

    10.12.14

    4 years

    Member and Trustee

    -

    5 out of a possible 5

    Paul Stingmore

    28.3.18

    2 years

    Trustee

    -

    5 out of a possible 5

     

     

     

     

     

     

     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

     

     

     

    Business and Pecuniary Interests 2019-20

     

    Full Names

    Date of Appointment

    Board Member Type

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

    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

    Steve Rumbles

    23.3.16

    Trustee

    Managing Director - Rumbles Pension Services Limited

    Sandra Connington

    4.11.16

    Trustee

    Owner/Director - Sandra Connington Ltd

    Chair of Governors - Somers Heath Primary School

    Chair of Governors – Bonnygate Primary School

    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

    Hannah Bayley

    2.11.18

    Member

    None Declared

     

    As of 29.10.19

     

  3. Local Governing Body – Structure
  4. Chair of Governors:                Mrs Carol Winn
    Vice Chair of Governors:       Mr Andrew Watson

  5. Structure for 2018-19
  6. Governors were required to attend 3 Full Governing Body Meetings and 3 Standards and Resources meetings (6 in total)

     

  7. Structure for 2019-20
  8. Governing Body – Remit of members, business interests and meeting attendance
  9. 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 2018/2019*:

    Attendance record at meetings for academic year 2019/2020*:

    Mrs Sheena Hamilton

    03/09/2018

    PFT Appointed

    • PFT Education Director at other PFT Schools
    • Two sons work at another PFT schools
    • Brother is a governor at another PFT school - Wayfield

    N/A

    4 of 6

    3 of 3

    Miss Vivienne Hart

    29/03/2017

    Staff

    None declared

    N/A

    5 of 6

    3 of 3

    Mr Stephen Maile

    02/12/2018

    PFT Appointed

    None declared

    N/A

    5 of 5

    3 of 3

    Mrs Samantha Rose

    12/10/2017

    Staff

    None declared

    N/A

    6 of 6

    3 of 3

    Miss Margaret Sexton

    01/09/2017

    Head Teacher

    None declared

    N/A

    6 of 6

    3 of 3

    Mr Collin Semanshia

    15/01/2019

    Parent

    Wife is a member of staff at Westcourt

    N/A

    2 of 4

    3 of 3

    Mr Andrew Watson

    13/10/2017

    Parent

    None declared

    N/A

    6 of 6

    3 of 3

    Mrs Carol Winn

    13/12/2017

    PFT Appointed

    None declared

    N/A

    4 of 6

    3 of 3

    Mrs Louise Buckland

    11/12/2019

    PFT Appointed

    None declared

    N/A

    N/A

    2 of 2

    Mrs Funmi Falani

    11/12/2019

    PFT Appointed

    Awaiting Information

    N/A

    N/A

    1 of 2

    Past Governors

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr Chris Rust

    19/07/2017

    PFT Appointed

    Resigned

    July 2019

    5 of 6

     

    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 April 2020.  This information will be updated again in September 2020 (for the remainder of the academic year 2019-20).

     

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

  11. Mrs Carol Winn (Chair of Governors)

  12. c/o Governor Lead
    The Primary First Trust
    The White House
    Clifton Marine Parade

    Gravesend  DA11 0DY

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