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Westgate Primary School

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Meet the Governors

Some Words of Welcome from the Governors of

Westgate Primary School


We are pleased to welcome you to our school website and hope you find information here both helpful and interesting.


The Governing body of Westgate Primary School are committed to working in partnership with the Head Teacher and other school staff to promote high standards of educational achievement and pastoral care.

Our Governing Body is Made-Up as Follows:


Term of office ends

Type of



Sub committees and responsibilities

Declarable Business and Pecuniary interests

Chair of Governors




Authority Governor

Mrs Margaret Gayler


Health & Safety,


Music, DT,


pay committee


Chair of Performance and Standards



Co-opted Governor

Mr Rob Parry


Performance and Standards

pay committee

Director-company providing support

to schools





teacher Governor

Mr Matthew Watson


Performance and Standards

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Mrs Catherine Lingard

Performance and Standards

employed at








Mrs Sarah Tyrell

Resources Performance and Standards

employed at







Dr Reza Ali

Performance and Standards







Verity Slatem






Carmen Bowen-Hunt

Performance and Standards






Co-opted Governor

Mrs Kate Booty

Performance and Standards

SEND, Inclusion, Safeguarding,

LAC, Pay committee



Parent Governor

Keely Wright    

Clerk to the Governors


Coventry Governor Services

Esme Dempsey



Further Information:

The term of office for all governors is 4 years. Chairs of committees, Chair of Governors and Vice Chair of Governors are elected annually.

Governors can be contacted via

Chair of Governors at:

PS = Performance and Standards committee responsible for curriculum, policies, standards, teaching

R = Resources committee responsible for staffing, financial controls, budget, grounds and buildings

What do we do?


We work in partnership with the whole school, and particularly the Head, to ensure the success of the school and raise standards.  We:-


  • Set strategic direction, objectives, targets and policies;
  • Monitor and evaluate school performance, policies, plans and targets;
  • Assist in the management of the school budget;
  • Provide the Head Teacher with challenge and support;
  • Participate in the appointment, conduct and discipline of the staff;
  • Ensure that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, the local community, those who fund and maintain it as well as the staff we employ.


The Governors meet once a term as a whole body, but there are also two sub-committees; Standards and Performance and Resources, which meet at least once a term.  They make recommendations to the governing body.


Working parties are also appointed to carry out specific tasks such as looking at school publicity or reviewing the governor pages of the school website.


In addition ...


Each Governor is assigned to a curriculum subject within the school and this enables us to develop closer relationships with the teachers and the children so that we can gain a better understanding of the way in which the school works.  Individual Governors are also responsible for particular areas (see above list of Governors).



What can parents talk to Governors about?


Anything!  Governors can help with issues that affect the whole school, such as policies and targets.  If you have any questions about one of the school's policies, or feel that some changes are needed, you are welcome to raise this with a Governor.  All communications and correspondence are treated with confidentiality and a response will be given to any issues raised.


Part of the success of any school is the partnership that is built between parents and the school; for that reason the Governors are very keen to receive you views.  It is your children who attend the school and benefit from what it can offer.  If you have any questions, ideas or tips you would like to share, please let us know.  Your suggestions or tips can be included in the next Governors' Newsletter if you wish.


If you have a specific concern or complaint we would encourage you to speak to a teacher or the Head first, but if you are unwilling to do this, for any reason, please speak to a Governor.



How do you contact a Governor?


Governors attend parent evenings and are there to answer your questions.  Please take time to chat with them.  Without your feedback, our discussions cannot take account of your views.


All Governors can be contacted via the school office by leaving a note, or if you would like to contact the governing body as a whole you can email us at