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WestlandsFirst School

Meet Our Governors

Colin Barratt - Chair of Governors

I am the current Chair of Governors at Westlands First School and Nursery, a role that I have undertaken for the past 3 or 4 years having previously held the position of Vice Chairman before that.

Having initially joined the Governing Body during the 2009/10 academic year, it is a period of time which has seen many changes within the school community, which have presented both exciting opportunities and challenges.

Our primary role as a Governor is to act as a "Critical Friend" to the school, with a view to holding both ourselves and the School to account for standards, practice, progress and achievement across the whole school.

Following the recent recruitment of our new Head and Deputy Head Teachers, we are now actively looking to drive the school towards a situation where every child receives the very best start in education, helping to prepare
them for the rest of  life's challenges.

Anne Peters - Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Westlands since September 2014. Currently retired, I was a teacher, working for over 20 years in a local secondary school. I have, therefore, considerable experience of the education system which I am able to put to good use in supporting and challenging Westlands Nursery and First School to continually improve and inspire the children to ‘be the best’ they can be.

I very much enjoy being a governor. I have had the opportunity on a number of occasions to visit the school to talk to teachers and to children, to see children working and admire the work produced or the activities they are involved in. I am continually impressed by the enthusiasm and energy of both children and staff, teaching and non-teaching. The children are always excited to welcome visitors and to show off their learning.

In addition to being on the Full Governing Body, I am also a member of the Curriculum and Personnel Committee and the Data group and am the link governor for Maths.

Kate Hamilton

I joined the Governing Body of Westlands School in 2011 as a LEA Governor.

Previously I had been volunteering at Westlands for several years teaching cookery to Year 2 and 3. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Westlands School and was delighted to be asked to become a governor.

I have been a Home Economics teacher and SEN coordinator for 25 years and I hope to bring some of my educational expertise to the Governing Body.

On the Governing Body I am Chair of Finance as well as a link governor for safeguarding, SEN, and Information Technology and hope that my past experiences enable me to contribute effectively in these roles.

I am very pleased to support Westlands School as a governor as it is a very caring and nurturing school with hardworking staff and delightful pupils who love their learning.

Lynda Syree

I have been a Governor for a year and am Link Governor for Literacy.

In 2013, I retired from my post as Assistant Headteacher in a middle school. My role in that school included responsibility for behaviour and attendance, safeguarding and child protection.  I was also Special Educational Needs Coordinator.   In the past, I have coordinated PE, French,PSHE and Key Stage 2 Literacy.

,As part of The Food and Drink Festival in Droitwich I have also organised cooking events in the school involving local chefs,

I enjoy being a part of the school community and am keen to use skills acquired in my career in my role as governor of Westlands in order to help the school to continue to move forward.