The role of the school governors is to support the school and to make sure that our children have the best education possible.

What we do…

A governing body’s prime function is to ensure that the school improves the education it provides for its pupils.

Governors are required to:

  • take a strategic role in the management of the school
  • act as a critical friend to the headteacher and the school
  • ensure accountability

To achieve this governors have to:

  • receive information about, and be involved in, the analysis of the school’s performance
  • compare results with past performance, national averages and similar schools
  • establish what the school’s strengths and weaknesses are
  • decide the main priorities for improvement
  • set targets and timescales

The governing body have adopted and work to the Westfield Governing Body Code of Conduct.

The governors can be contacted via email:

Structure of the Governing Body

The Full Governing Body currently consists of 7 co-opted Governors, 2 parent Governors, a local authority governor, a staff governor and the Head Teacher.

We have 2 Co-Chairs, Emily Sims and Janice Constable whose main responsibilities in the school are Finance and the School Development Plan (SDP).  Keith May leads on Safeguarding and other Governors support Finance, SEND and the SDP.

We also have a Finance Committee.

Who we are

Emily Sims – Co-Chair of Governors

I am a Co-Opted governor and was voted onto the board to begin serving at the beginning of September 2015, and am on the board for premise and finance. Although Co-Opted I am also a parent with my daughter and my son at the school. My background is in finance, although my degree is in psychology, and I’ve previously worked as a Bank Manager for Lloyds Bank reducing my work commitments when I had children. I now work as a senior banking adviser part-time.  I wanted to become more involved in the school as I was thrilled my daughter had a place at Westfield and wanted to take the opportunity to be more involved in her schooling and some of the decisions that may effect her future there.

Keith May – Co-opted

I became a Governor at Westfield School in November 2017 and have a term of office of 4 years.  I am a retired dressage breeder, trainer and rider.  I was a governor at a Grammar School in North Kent for 30 years before retiring.  This included 2 terms as Chair, Chair of various committees as well as responsibility for Safeguarding, SEND & Pupil Premium.  I have also joined Robertsbridge Community College as a Governor and I am a National Leader of Governance which involves giving advice to Chairs and Governing Bodies of Schools and Colleges

Janice Constable – Co-Chair – Local Authority Governor

I joined the governing body at Westfield school in November 2018.

For most of my teaching career I have been involved in working with pupils with special educational needs and those vulnerable to under achievement. I have taught in both mainstream and a special school, in primary and secondary and I am passionate about supporting pupils with SEND.

I was Assistant Head at a large urban school with responsibility for Inclusion which included managing the Pupil Premium budget and those with English as an additional Language. I have been a safeguarding lead and was designated teacher for looked after children. I am currently the link governor for Pupil Premium and SEN.

I am now semi-retired and a free-lance consultant in SEND and training.

Anastassia Zoubtsova – Parent

I am a Parent Governor and joined the board at the end of 2021. My son joined the school in 2020 when we moved to Westfield. I worked for 20 years in a multicultural corporation on different financial positions and had an opportunity to work in different countries before we have settled in the UK. Now I am exploring a new area of expertise and developing my business in the sphere of consulting in correlations between cause and effect and studying to qualify as a meditation teacher. 

I believe that education is one of the most important things in the development of the society. I want to get involved more in my son’s schooling and was happy to take the opportunity to become a governor and to learn more about the school and support the school, the children. 

Krystyna Wood – Co-Opted

I became at governor at the school in 2022 and I have grandchildren who attend school in Westfield. 

My career was in teaching to early years and primary in both mainstream and special schools. I was also an outreach teacher at a special school which involved working with mainstream colleagues to develop programmes for children with additional needs in mainstream settings and I later became an advisory teacher through the East Sussex Teaching, Learning and Autism Support Service [CLASS]. I finished full-time teaching in 2017 and I now work part-time as a supply teacher and as a supply teaching assistant in local mainstream schools. In addition to this I work alongside my husband who runs an antiques and collectables business locally and I assist mostly with purchasing and administration.

I wanted a governor role because I am keen to support those who are providing for my grandchildren and their peers.

Katie Battison – Ex Officio Governor

Rebecca Ingall – Parent Governor

I joined the Governing body as a Parent governor in December of 2022, after joining the school as a family. 

I am a Senior Leader, Head of Welfare and the Designated Safeguarding Lead at a local Independent school, and have been in education for over a decade, in both state and private sectors. I originally started out as an English teacher, and have led in curriculum planning and data, as well as pastoral leadership roles. 

My passion for education is developing inclusive and compassionate provision, with a focus on trauma informed practice: every child deserves the opportunity to access the best possible outcomes in their educational career, and I’m a firm believer that schools have a responsibility to facilitate this in partnership with parents and the local agencies. 

Abi Adams – Staff Governor

Robin Redsull – Co-opted Governor

Robin Redsull as a Co-opted Governor has lived with his wife Hazel in Westfield since 2018. Recent related experience included two years as a Governor at Beckley and Peasmarsh C of E Primary Schools. As a voluntary teaching assistant, he served Sedlescombe and later Westfield schools since 2006 teaching arithmetic. Throughout his life he has been actively involved in community and public voluntary service including church, parish council and India mission projects.

Since 1956 he has been full time employed in the architectural profession. Until 1988 he practiced in the public sector and until 2004 ran his own practice in London and East Sussex. His experience in business is complimentary to the school’s needs and is offered to assist and advise in its development.

Fiona Giles – Co-opted Governor

I am thrilled to be serving as a co-opted governor, having joined the board in September 2023. I am also a parent of two pupils.  As an engaged member of the school community, I have actively participated in the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for the past 4 years and recently taken on the role of PTA Secretary. 

In my professional life, I bring a diverse skill set as an Independent PA and Social Media Manager, specialising in the Pet and Animal Health Industry. This role demands strong communication skills and having previously worked in Business Finance and Recruitment, I understand the importance of clear communication in fostering positive relationships. 

I am committed to contributing to the growth and well-being of our school community and this was the drive for my decision to join the governing board.

Cat Atkinson – Co-opted Governor

Julie Gould – Clerk to the Governors 

Attendance at governor meetings