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Our Governing Body is made up of a group of 10 people who have chosen to give their time and commitment in support of this school and to fulfill the legally required obligations:

  • The Headteacher
  • A member of staff
  • Three parent governors, elected by the parents
  • Four 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
  • 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.  By law, the Governing Body must publish on the school's website details of its Members,Structure and Committees, the Governors’ Declaration of Interests and a Record of Governor Attendance at the meetings. Please follow the links to view.

Helen Drummond - Headteacher Governor

I've been a teacher for 24 years and have very happily spent the last 18 of those at West Chiltington, teaching various year groups. I was Deputy Head for 7 years and staff governor for 11. I've seen endless 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 highly principled team of thinkers and learners, coupled with a robust understanding of current educational research, makes my job extremely worthwhile - even during a time when we are really up against it und facing unprecedented global difficulties. There is nowhere quite like West Chilt.

Julian Hoad - Parent Governor, Chair of Governor

I have two daughters, one now in secondary education and the other 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 & Safeguarding Governor

I have two daughters, one at West Chiltington School Turquoise Class and other one in secondary education. 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 Co-Chair of FOSA, working to raise extra funds crucial to expanding learning and recreational opportunities for our children. In my day job, I am an editor at the limbic UK, an independent publication for health care professionals.


Gemma Head-Parsons - Parent Governor

Gemma was appointed Parent Governor in 2021, Three of Gemma's young children attend the school and has a younger one starting reception in September 2022.

Hannah Woollard - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher for over ten years and spent the last 7 years teaching at West Chiltington School.  My teaching experience is predominantly in the Early Years and KS1 within the UK  but I have also taught at an international school in Hong Kong for two years. West Chiltington is certainly a very special and unique school to work at, with the children at the absolute heart of everything we do. Teachers, alongside the children, see themselves as learners and are constantly striving to improve the experiences and outcomes for the families we work with. Using up to date research and the wealth of experience within the staff team, we are both reflective and forward looking. As the Staff Governor and Deputy Headteacher, I feel I have a key role to link staff, leadership and governors in order to enable the school vision that we all share - be kind, work hard, have fun. 

Claire Maye - LA Governor

I have two children, both attending the school. My daughter is in Red class and my son is in Orange class. What at attracted me to the school initially was it’s strong child centred approach along with providing a good educational experience for all children. I became a governor as I wanted to help the school maintain this ethos and direction. My day job is in aviation, I work as a pilot for an airline based out of Gatwick.

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 utilize my financial background, give a sense of making a difference and provide a great work/life balance – my role a Bursar at West Chiltington School fits the bill perfectly

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.

Jen Persson - Co-opted Governor

My three children attended West Chiltington School 2011-2020 and still attend local secondary schools. As a former parent and FOSA member, I'm delighted to be "back" as a governor. My personal area of expertise is in pupil data governance and analysis. As a critical friend, governors support the scrutinising of budgets and policies on all of the various aspects of school life, and in an environment with frequently changing and challenging national political demands. I will do my very best to contribute as the school continues to uphold its outstanding track record on the educational experience and outcomes for children, families, and staff in our community.

Clover Maguire - Parent Governor & SEND Governor

I have four children aged between 23 and 4 years old. Three are at West chiltington. We moved to the area in 2021 and have been hugely welcomed by the school and parents which we are so grateful for. I love being a governor and find it an amazing way to learn more about how my childrens  education is delivered. It’s a chance to to ‘give back’ a little to somewhere I believe in and also to be part of something hugely important. Real issues are discussed and key decisions made together. As a parent I’ve experienced low income, sole parenting, the journey with an SEN child and being parent to a high achiever who lost confidence during COVID-19. I believe that this, along with my business skills makes me someone well equipped to represent parents as part of the governing body,  working in partnership with the school to ensure west chiltington continues to be a place where our children are treated and taught as individuals and where they can be happy and thrive. I am passionate about the school and my role within it and look forward to the rest of my term.

Nikki Steggles - Co-opted Governor

Nikki joined the governors in June 2022 and as member of the community brings wealth of governing experience. 

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