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Governors are one of the largest teams of volunteers in the UK and have an important role to play in raising school standards. All school governors have a drive to make a positive contribution to the children’s education and experience at West Hill Primary School.
The school governors at West Hill provide a balanced set of skills, come from a variety of backgrounds with representatives drawn from the local community, staff and parents/guardians of children within the school. They bring a wide range of skills and expertise to challenge and support school improvement.
All governors are committed to always working in the very best interests of the pupils.

Meet the governors:

Mr Richard Youds - Chair of Governors

Mr Chris Hilton - Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Michelle Pinart-Newman - Co-Opted Governor

Ms Su Westley - Parent Governor

Mr Anton Dias - Co-Opted Governor 

Miss Elizabeth Lloyd - Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Chloe Pinnington - Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Kate Hibbs - Parent Governor

Mr Chris Beirne - Co-Opted

Mrs Trish lloyd - Co-Opted

Mrs Claire Birch - Staff Govrernor

Miss Kelly Bracebridge - Headteacher

Mrs Tasmin Rees-James - Associate Governor

Types of Governor

•(Par)   Parents vote for Parent Governor positions
•(LA) A local authority governor is appointed by Staffordshire County Council
•(Stf)     Staff Governors are voted for by members of staff
•(Cop) Co-opted Governors can be staff or any person nominated by the governing body to bring specific skills to the board

All Governors have a four year term of office and are appointed on the basis of the skills and expertise they can bring to the Governing Board.
Currently, no school governor, other than those listed as staff members, are related to teaching staff at the school.
All decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body, which is set up by law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently to the rest of the governing body.



What is the role of the Governors?

The strategic role of school governors is set out in The School Governance Regulations 2013. “Governors Handbook” produced by the Department of Education. The Governing Body should;
•Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
•Operate in such a way that statutory duties are met and priorities are approved
•Provide challenge and hold the headteacher and senior management team to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement, behaviour and safety
•Use performance management systems across all elements of the school to improve leadership, teaching and management
•Support and strengthen the school leadership
•Contribute to the school’s self evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses
•Engage with key stakeholders and the wider community
•Ensure a sound financial approach exists and is managed effectively
•Use the pupil premium and other sources to overcome barriers to learning including reading, writing and mathematics.

Governors are required by law to act with integrity, objectivity and in the best interests of the school at all times.

How does the Governing body operate?

Governors meet half termly to discuss issues affecting the strategic direction of the school. During these meetings current issues are discussed, decisions are made and policies are agreed. Actions are set to be undertaken between meetings by sub-groups or individuals who then report back to the next full governors meeting.

The approved minutes from governing board meetings are available for inspection via the school office.

The overriding concern of the governors is the welfare of the school as a whole.

The governors at West Hill are committed to ensuring our school is a happy, successful and safe school for all of our pupils.

How to contact governors
If you wish to contact the Governors, please make your request through the school office. Richard Youds, Chair of Governor will be get back to you as soon as possible.