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Governance 

The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust https://www.elliotfoundation.co.uk is the education charity that runs the school and is responsible for the governance of the school. 

 

The Covid-19 Scheme of Delegation https://elliotfoundation.co.uk/covid19 sets out the delegated powers during the public health emergency with local governance suspended at the present time.

 

Later this academic year and in line with the reinstigation of all national accountability measures, we will look to resume local governance. Local representatives (pupils, parents, staff and wider community) will be supported to form a Community Council to provide local knowledge, understanding and expertise around ethos, curriculum and well being on behalf of the community that the school serves. 

 

Please contact the Director of Governance and Policy if there are any questions about the governance of the school or Trust -  jem.shuttleworth@elliotfoundation.co.uk

 

Message from the Chair of Governors

 

My name is Murray Graham and I have been a member of the Governing body for almost three years. 

 

Here at Westwood Primary School we strive to give our children the best possible start to life by creating a safe environment which provides them with the best opportunity to achieve their full potential.

 

We have a dedicated, enthusiastic and caring staff who are led by an excellent and committed Head.

 

As a Governing body we are here to support the staff, but also provide the challenge needed to ensure strong progress and attainment. We do this by carrying out regular visits into the classes and with talking to key members of staff.

 

We look forward to working with parents, carers and the community for the benefit of your children. If you have any questions for me then I can be contacted via the office.

 

Mr Murray Graham

Chair of Governors

 

 

 

Our school governors work alongside the Senior Leadership Team to set the strategic direction of the school. The school governors work through two sub committees: Standards and Resources.

 

Governors are volunteers and we are always looking for individuals with an enthusiasm for education.

 

If you would like to know more about the role of the governing body, please contact the Clerk to the Governors through the school office. 

 

 

Governor Profiles

Mr Murray Graham

Chair of Governors

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

Governor Lead: Mathematics and English

Having wanted to get more involved with school life at Westwood Primary School, I joined the governing body in April 2015 and became Chair of Governors in September 2019.


My career has always been in the private sector, working for a large manufacturing company in various production roles. In March 2016, I moved into a capability management role and my key responsibilities include the recruitment and development of talent throughout the organisation. My passions have always been in people development and I get a real sense of satisfaction seeing people across all ages reaching their potential. My skill set should support the school in the development of both pupils and teachers alike.


My son attended Westwood Primary from Reception through to Year 6 and left in July 2017. He had a wonderful educational experience here and as a parent, I could not have asked for a better school and I want to be able to support through future generations. Mrs. Thomas and the school leadership team will be able to count on the support and challenge of the governing body.

 

Mrs Tina Bidwell

Vice Chair of Governors

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

Governor Lead: English and Mathematics

My name is Tina Bidwell and I have been part of Westwood Primary School's governing body since 2015.  I am Manager at Maple Grove Pre-School, the feeder pre-school for Westwood Primary and most of you will have met me there!

 

It is fantastic to have excellent working relationships between the two settings and something collectively we work hard to achieve.

 

I am a Co-opted governor and like to support the school as a whole, feeling lucky that our children have such a good start to their education.  With such strong leadership, teachers and supporting staff I am confident the school will go from strength to strength and look forward to being part of it!

 

 

Miss Diane Crabb

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

Governor Lead: Creative Arts

I joined the Governing Body at the former Westwood Junior School as a Parent Governor in 2004.  I subsequently became a Local Authority representative and am now a Co-opted Governor.

 

Many years ago I was a Westwood pupil myself so I have a long standing interest in the school.  As a parent I wanted to get actively involved in my daughter’s education.  Becoming a governor enabled me to do this in a broader, more effective way by contributing to the school’s aims and strategies for the education and development of all pupils.

 

I am employed by Cambridgeshire County Council as an Auditor.  My professional skills help me to support the school in a variety of ways but especially in finance.  One of my roles is to ensure that the school’s budget is spent appropriately and in a manner that enhances pupils’ learning.

 

My other interests include dancing, amateur dramatics and music.  I also enjoy supporting the “Posh” when I have time.  I recently started playing the clarinet again (after a 40 year gap!) and have joined the local community orchestra.  I attend St Peter’s Church, March where I am a Junior Church leader and a member of the Parochial Church Council.

 

Westwood Primary School is a thriving, happy school with a caring and hardworking team of staff and governors that I am proud to be a part of.

 

Mrs Gill Thomas

Headteacher

Governor Type: Headteacher

I have served on the Governing Body since joining the school as Headteacher in September 2008.  Prior to this, I was the Headteacher of a local primary school for 8 years.  As Headteacher I sit on all committees and work with my fellow governors to set the strategic direction of the school.  I am responsible and accountable for the day to day management of the school and I am ably supported by a dedicated team of teacher and support staff.  I am very proud to be Headteacher of Westwood Primary school.  I truly believe that your school should be at the heart of the community and at Westwood we strive to achieve that aim.

 

Away from school, I am mother to two daughters.  My eldest has also joined the teaching profession, and as I tell her often teaching remains “the best job in the world”.

 

 

Mr Martin Field

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

Governor Lead: Humanities

I have been a governor at Westwood since the early 1990s and was Chair for many years. I am currently Chair of the Standards Committee which manages making sure we deliver the best possible curriculum to our students.  I also have responsibility for Child Protection, an area which  the governors of Westwood take very seriously.  

 

My own two sons went to Westwood and it was great to see them grow and thrive here and gain an excellent foundation for their future education.

 

I am very happy to help Westwood deliver an ever improving service to all our pupils and their families.

 

 

Mr Jamie Wilding

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

Governor Lead: PE/PHSE

I am a 50 year father of 3 children who have all attended both Maple and Oak sites at Westwood Primary School.  I work in the local area for a multi national company as a Logistics Leader.  I have served on the school Governing body since 2015 and I hope I have helped to improve the school so that your children enjoy both attending and learning.

 

 

Mrs Sara Barker

Teaching Assistant

Governor Type: Staff

I am staff governor and a teaching assistant at Westwood Primary School.  I was previously a governor at Maple Grove Infant School  and  hope bring some experience of early years and key stage 1 to the new Westwood Primary School.  I feel very strongly that primary education is an extremely important part of a child’s education and its our duty to create a love of learning and to give every child a positive attitude to education.  My two daughters started their education here and they had a fantastic start and have continued to achieve their potential and I believe it all started here.

 

 

Mr Andrew Hammond

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

Governor Lead: Humanities

I am a co-opted governor, however my son also attends Westwood.  Previously I was a governor at Maple Grove Infant School prior to the amalgamation into Westwood Primary School.

 

I have also been on Maple Grove Community Groups Pre-School Management Committee for just over 2 years.

 

As well as this I can offer skills and experience gained from the construction industry this includes:-

Currently a Senior Building Control Officer which is a job role I have been in for over 12 years.  This has involved training and regular assessment of buildings regards fire risk and means of escape including school extensions and siting of mobile buildings etc.  I am a full member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.  I have also had my own Architectual Practice and Management experience as a Branch Manager of a builders merchants.

 

I also attended Westwood School as a child and maple Grove site (as part of Hereward School) many years ago!

 

 

Mr Andrew Hammond

Term of Office: 19/11/15 - 18/11/19

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

I am co-opted Governor, however my son also attends Westwood Primary School. I have also been on Maple Grove Community Groups Pre-school management committee for just over 2 and half years.  As well as this I can offer skills and experience gained from the construction industry this includes:- currently a senior building control officer which is a job role I have been in for almost 11 and half years.  This has involved training and regular assessment of buildings regards fire risk and means of escape including school extensions and siting of mobile buildings etc.  I am a full member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.  I have also had my own Architectural practice and management experience as a branch manager of a builder merchants.

 

I also attended Westwood school as a child and the Maple Grove site (as part of Hereward school) many years ago!

 

Mrs Tina Bidwell

Term of Office: 01/09/15 - 31/08/19

Governor Type: Co-opted Governor

Governor Lead: Leadership and Management

I have been part of Westwood Primary School’s governing body for two years now.  I am the Manager at Maple Grove Pre-School, the feeder pre school for Westwood Primary and most of you will have met me there!

 

It is fantastic to have excellent working relationships between the two settings and something collectively we work hard to achieve.

I am a Community Governor and like to support the school as a whole, feeling lucky that our children have such a good start to their education.  With such strong leadership, teachers and supporting staff I am confident the school will go from strength to strength and look forward to being part of it!

 

Mr Murray Graham

Term of Office: 10/03/17- 09/03/21

Governor Type: Parent Governor

Governor Lead: 

I have been a member of the Governing body since April 2017. I have 3 children, one of which still attends the school. I am the UK Capability Manager for a large multinational business and my key responsibilities are the development of front line managers and university post graduates

 

I wanted to support the staff, parents and pupils of Westwood School and get more involved in the way the school operates. The school delivers good results but I believe in continuous improvement and I feel that I have the skills and experience to contribute something worthwhile.

 

 

Mrs Lyn Tansley

Clerk to the Governing Body

You can contact the clerk to the governors, Mrs Tansley, through the school office or through email at

ltansley@westwood.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

 

Governor Responsibilities

 

Chair

Mr Murray Graham

Vice-Chair

Mrs Tina Bidwell

SEN Governor

Mrs Aleesha Lombardo

Child Protection Governor

Mrs Aleesha Lombardo

 

Governor Roles

 

Humanities

Mr Andrew Hammond and Mr Martin Field

Creative Arts

Miss Diane Crabb   

 

PE & PHSE

 Mr Jamie Wilding and Mrs Aleesha Lombardo

Maths Mr Murray Graham and Mrs Tina Bidwell
English Mr Murray Graham and Mrs Tina Bidwell

Attendance At Governing Board Meetings

 

Governor 28/09/19 28/11/19 30/01/20          
Sara Barker Yes Yes Yes          
Tina Bidwell Yes Yes Yes          
Diane Crabb Yes Yes Yes          
Martin Field Yes No No          
Murray Graham Yes Yes Yes          
Andrew Hammond Yes Yes Yes          
Natasha Hardy Yes N/A N/A          
Aleesha Lombardo Yes Yes No          
Gill Thomas Yes Yes Yes          
Jamie Wilding Yes Yes Yes          
Lyn Tansley (Clerk) Yes Yes Yes          
                 
                 

 

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