Our Governing Body is made up of a group of 12 people who have chosen to give their time and commitment in support of this school and to fulfill the legally required obligations.
As well as the headteacher and one member of staff, the members include three parent governors, elected by the parents and six co-opted governors, appointed by the governing body. There is one Local Authority governor appointed, in this case, by WSCC.
The Chair of Governors co-ordinates the work of the Governing Body and liaises regularly with the Headteacher.
The Full Governing Body meets each term to monitor the school development plan, to make sure legally required policies are in place and to endorse any important decisions that the Headteacher wishes to make.
As well as the main meeting, the Governing Body also meets each term in smaller committees that take on the monitoring of particular aspects of school business: premises, staffing, finance, data, and the curriculum. Individuals also take on specific roles, for example, having responsibility for child protection, Special Needs and Disability, behaviour, Pupil Premium and health and safety. Governors give their own time to go on training courses so that they can fulfill these roles more efficiently.
All of our governors try to support the school in as many ways as they are able to. Each governor is assigned to a class of children, and they follow the development of these children throughout the school, attending as many class events and outings as they can. Some governors are able to give their time regularly to work with groups of children within the school day. Others attend whole school special occasions and events, and others give their own skills and professional training to help the school.
Our aim as a Governing Body is to ensure that the highest standards of educational provision are maintained at West Chiltington Community School.
This is our Team
Tina Donovan – Associate Governor
After a career in investment management and financial reporting, I decided to take a career break to raise my two children. Now that they are both at school, I pursued a career which would utilise my financial background, give a sense of making a difference and provide a great work/life balance – my role as Bursar at West Chiltington fits the bill perfectly!
Helen Drummond - Staff Governor
I've been a teacher for 17 years and have very happily spent the last 10 of those at West Chiltington teaching Year 5. I've been Deputy Head for 3 years and staff governor for 9. I've seen many many changes in national education policy but feel heartened that, at West Chiltington, the individual child has always come first, ahead of any political agenda or initiative. A combination of working with a principled team of thinkers and learners, coupled with a robust understanding of current educational research, makes my job extremely worthwhile.
Liz Goodchild - Parent Governor
Linked to Red Class
Mandi Hirsch - Co-opted Governor
Linked to Purple Class
I have two sons who are at the start of their educational journey and think we are very lucky to have a school like West Chiltington on our doorstep. The school's ethos is what drove us, as parents, to choose it for our children, but also made me want to become a Governor. I wanted to support the school in maintaining its focus on the individual, where the priority is creating a safe space where education goes hand-in-hand with the growth mindset that encourages children to succeed.
My background is in Communications and PR, and when I'm not seen at school, I can be found at Chestnut Tree House children's hospice, where I coordinate their marketing activity.
Julia Handley - Co-opted Governor
Co-Chair of Governors, Chair of Pay Committee
Linked to Turquoise Class
After training to teach in the early 70's, my first two jobs were teaching history in secondary schools. I then had a break when our daughters were born. When our younger daughter went to school, I completed a refresher course and changed age range to supply-teach at primary level. I went on to do a job-share in a junior school. My final role was as a County Associate Adviser working with Able Pupils, running the Able Pupil Enrichment Programme and delivering Governor training. Now retired and a grandma, I am still passionate about the learning experience all children should have in school.
Julian Hoad - Parent Governor
Co-Chair of Governors
Linked to Blue Class
I have two daughters at the school and, like any parent, want to ensure they get absolutely the best start in their educational lives. As a governor, I'd hope to be able to help the ongoing process of 'holistic' schooling that West Chiltington is endeavouring to achieve. Working as a vet, I consider myself to be very much part of the local community and I am proud to be able to contribute something to it.
Selina McKee - Parent Governor
Linked to Orange Class
I have two daughters at West Chiltington School – one in Orange Class and one in Turquoise Class. I chose to become a parent governor simply because every child has the right to a happy and secure educational environment that both celebrates individuality and nurtures strengths, and I want to play a role in maintaining this while ensuring parent views are heard. I am also Chair of FOSA, working to raise extra funds crucial to expanding learning and recreational opportunities for our children. In my day job, I am News Editor for PharmaTimes, a monthly pharmaceutical and healthcare magazine and daily online news service.
Christa McKee-Lerbs - Clerk to the Governors
I have an extensive background in education and deeply care about children. I strongly believe that the best education possible is a birthright for every child. As the Clerk to the Governors I am able to support and contribute to the work of this highly committed Governing Body to achieve the best for all and to make education a wonderfully exciting journey for our children.
Chris Metters - Co-opted Governor
Chair of Resources Committee
My motivation for becoming a governor in 2011 was the desire to give something back to the school that was nurturing, developing and motivating our son in such varied ways. Since then, our other son has been journeying through the school, benefiting from the same dedication and experience from the teaching staff.
Being a qualified accountant with over 20 years experience, working as Director of Compliance and Financial Risk for a multinational aviation charter broker, I felt I could offer the school some of my knowledge in the financial and governance field. The experience has been, and continues to be, a highly motivating one as I work alongside a group of governors and staff that bring such rich and diverse talents to the job of ensuring that West Chiltington Community School provides a safe and enriching environment for all pupils to learn, create and develop to the best of their abilities.
Howard Roberts – Co-opted Governor
Linked to Green Class
Having recently retired after thirty five years of long haul flying I find myself with both the time and the desire to give something back to the school that did so much to nurture both of my young sons in their formative years.
We moved to West Chiltington some twenty five years ago and in that time the school has grown considerably in size yet continues to provide the same warm and welcoming environment within which all of our pupils are encouraged to achieve their full potential. It is a pleasure to be part of the governing board working alongside such a hugely talented and dedicated staff ensuring that the next twenty five years will be just as fruitful.
Julian Rose - Headteacher governor
Any organisation is only as good as the sum of its parts and here that very much includes our governors. Everyone here plays a vital role in making this a place that I am very proud to be part of. The governor team is incredibly sharp, passionate and supportive and as someone who has sat on the governing body of half a dozen schools during my career, I know a good one when I see one! We share a common purpose - to make school as good as it can be. Being passionate about what you do means you also take it very personally - it's no accident that everyone shares that passion here.
Paul Seabrook – Co-opted Governor
Linked to Yellow Class
When I first looked into being a governor and met some of them team, I was immediately struck by the great balance of professionalism, dedication and positive spirit that exists at West Chiltington School.
The children and staff were very welcoming on my tour, so it was an easy decision to put myself forward.
As a governor I aim to use my commercial experience of running my own marketing, data and insight business to help the team deliver the best outcomes for the staff and children at the school.
I live in West Chiltington, having moved to the village in 2016 from Southwater. Our 4 children are now at secondary / sixth form schools in Horsham.
Helen Smith - Governor
Chair of Quality and Standards Committee
I have been a teacher for 20 years and have been lucky enough to work as an Early Years teacher in 4 different schools within this time, first in Lincolnshire and then in West Sussex. I became an Advanced Skills Teacher in Early Years whilst working in West Sussex, supporting fellow teachers and leaders to develop the Early Years practice within their schools. My most recent teaching position was here at West Chiltington in Green Class whilst on secondment from my current role as an Early Years Adviser for schools in West Sussex. I loved my time at West Chiltington, not only for the chance it gave me to get back into the classroom with children and enjoy teaching again, but to do that within a school so driven by its core values and its commitment to children's learning, well being and development based on current, relevant research.
West Chiltington stands out as a unique and special place within the education system, and having maintained close links with the school community after returning to my current role, I was keen to continue my involvement with the children, staff and families in any way I could. It was therefore with pleasure that I took on this role on the Governing Body and I welcome the opportunity of being involved in such an innovative, reflective, progressive community.