The Governing Body at West Gate School is a group of people which includes members who have been elected from the teaching and non-teaching staff and members from the parent body. Some are co-opted from the local community who have the skills and expertise combined with a committed interest in the future of the school, and there is a nominated Authority governor. The Well Trust, of which the school is a founding member, also contributes two governors.
The tasks of the Governors are straightforward. We must work with the Head Teacher to ensure the educational performance of children and young people at West Gate is the best it can be. We have duties to safeguard the wellbeing of all of our students and we must act as a critical friend of the school. It is our duty, therefore, to point out anything we feel could be improved in the school’s practice, and to assist the school’s leaders to achieve these improvements.
The governing body meets at least three times each term. Meetings cover finance and resources, and we review the provision at the school to support and develop teaching, learning and the behaviour and welfare of our pupils. Governors have detailed responsibilities relating to the setting of the vision and strategic direction of the school, holding the school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and for the oversight of the financing of the school. We have duties relating to the premises and facility management, especially lettings to community stakeholders. We have a future-perspective which ensures sustainability of the decisions we make.
Governors are always welcome in the school and West Gate governors make regular visits to monitor the school’s progress, to learn about the teaching methods used in our school and how these impact on the performance and outcomes for individuals and groups of pupils.
All governors are required to undertake training to assist them in these tasks.
If you would be interested in joining us, either as a governor or an associate member, please do contact me for a discussion.
Chair of Governors
Michel Laurent-Régisse - Chair of Governors
I am pleased to be the Chair of governors at West Gate and bring to the role a long experience in education. I was formerly a headteacher in a Middle School in Milton Keynes, then moving to Leicester to be a headteacher at a large Primary school. I have worked for Leicester City Local Authority as a school improvement officer, and for the National College in a leadership development role. I am an experienced governor and bring a wide knowledge about the expectations of Ofsted and the government for improving the quality of governance. I want our school to move from Requires Improvement to being a Good school, and in due course a leading provider as an Outstanding school.
Nick Chapman - Co-opted Governor
I’ve been a governor at West Gate for about eight years. Originally I wanted to be a governor because I had a son at the school and wanted to be able to give something back because we love the school. I’ve got a particular interest in the Health and safety aspects of governing body work and the issues surrounding the building and facilities. I have 30 years in the building trade and have built my own houses and renovated houses which gives me a good insight into these issues. I want West Gate to be the best special school in the country. I am really committed to doing what I can to make this happen.
Gillian Stacey - Co-opted Governor
I have substantial experience as a senior leader in local government working in corporate roles and education and children’s services gained over a period of 25 years. I was Head of Human Resources and managed the provision of HR services to all Leicester schools for 15 years prior to my early retirement in 2013.
In addition to leading the team to support and challenge schools appropriately with their HR and leadership issues, I personally worked with many schools and their governing bodies when they were in special measures and serious weaknesses.
I am also able to bring my own experience as a governor. I was a parent governor for many years, and joined the governing body of some primary schools as an LA governor when they were in special measures. I have held many roles on the governing body including chair, vice chair and have chaired a number of sub committees covering leadership and management, personnel and finance, teaching and learning, and currently chair the performance and standards committee at a school that became an academy last year. I have held several lead governor roles including performance management, teaching and learning, performance management of the headteacher, anti-bullying, governor training.
I am passionate about school governance and the key role it plays in school life and school improvement, thereby improving the life chances of our children.
I believe it is important for the governing body to work as a team and to fulfil its role in getting the balance of supporting and challenging the school right. I am semi-retired, and am keen to support West Gate School to provide the best possible experience and learning for our children.
Marie Wilson - Co-opted Governor
I have worked at West Gate School for 18 years which shows my strong commitment to the school. I was pleased to be co-opted onto the governing body to enable me to be directly involved in the strategic planning for the future for our brilliant school.
I am a higher level teaching assistant which helps me to know about and contribute to the governing body’s thinking and decisions about teaching, learning and assessment at the school.
Simon Osborne - Co-opted Governor
I have worked in property management for over 20 years and am currently the CEO of 3 Special Purpose Vehicle Project Companies running and delivering property management services at two London Hospitals and one London school. While working on the mobilisation of a SEN school in London I was impressed with the dedication shown by the teaching team. I hold a deep-seated belief that everyone can and should be encouraged to reach their potential regardless of their environment, psychical constraints or life opportunities and sees my own personal self-actualisation, as being able to facilitate the journey of others. I was therefore delighted to join the governing body while the new school was being built and support them through the construction phase. I now enjoy exercising my management experience within the wider governing role.
Shashi Agnihotri - Parent Governor
I have been a parent at Westgate School since September 2004. During the early years I accompanied my son’s class on school trips and community visits; I also went swimming with them once a week. I have attended every Christmas performance, Carol Service and assembly to which I have been invited. I have always had a good rapport with all the staff and I enjoy communicating with the children and young adults. I am numerate and literate with enhanced English skills; I used to teach English Literature and English Language up to first year degree level at Leicester College. I led team sessions as Head of GCSE English and supported colleagues with their teaching and hence have confidence in meetings with professionals. I am not aggressive but can ensure that I am heard and am able to convey my contributions with assertion. I am passionate about the work of Westgate School but can also challenge relevant bodies on matters and issues of concern. I have no personal agenda; I want the best for everyone at the school with the pupils’ education, safety and general well-being at the heart of every discussion and decision.
Alison Heard - Staff Governor
I have worked in child care and education throughout my working life, including 2 years in America on an internship at a therapeutic school for 'troubled' teenagers where I gained my Masters in Special Education. I also spent 6 months of my 4 year teacher training on a student exchange in Australia. I hope that my experiences of working with children aged 5 years to 19 years in a variety of settings will enable me to be an informed and proactive governor who thrives to do the best by West Gate School as a whole. Beyond my work at West Gate I enjoy reading and writing poetry, travelling and exploring this beautiful planet of ours.
Jennifer Norman - Parent Governor
Linda Kirman - Parent Governor
Stacy Thornton - Co-Opted Governor
Khalid Muhamood - Foundation Governor
Denise Williams - Headteacher
Sheree Thomas-Anderby - Clerk to the Governors
Virginia Ursell - Observer
Sharon Campbell - Observer
Governing Body Information and Attendance Details
2016/17 Academic Year
Clerk to Governors – Janet Chadbourn
Vacancies – 2 Foundation and 2 Parent Governors (as at August 2017)
2015/16 Academic Year
* Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body, Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority, Foundation Governors are appointed by the Well Trust, Parent Governors are elected by the parent body and Staff Governors are elected by the staff body of the school
** All Governors’ terms of office are 4 years