Westfield Primary Academy

Letter from our Chair of Governors

I am delighted to have the opportunity to write a short piece for the website about the role of Governors and the work we do within school. I have been working with the Westfield Governors since October 2016 and became Chair in January 2017.

The principle role of governors is threefold:

  1. To ensure the clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Academy in line with the ethos and values of the Unity Schools Partnership.
  2. To hold the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for education performance of the academy and the outcome for all its pupils.
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

Prior to Covid-19, governors at Westfield meet for formal Local Governing Board meetings six times a year and also visit the academy in between times to talk to staff and pupils about their learning.

We have also recently formed small and effective working groups which look at specific aspects of school life and make sure that we are fulfilling our statutory obligations. For example, the Resources Working Group makes recommendations to the full governing board on the budget; ensures the school is working within Health and Safety as well as Financial Regulations and is adopting appropriate HR policies and following all personnel guidance.

I have always impressed with what I see when I come into school. There is a very focused and calm atmosphere, the pupils are engaged and readily talk about their work and experiences in school. The staff are welcoming and very enthusiastic about their role and the children.

If you would like to know more about the work of the governing board or are interested in becoming a governor please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Charley Abbott
Chair of Governors

Since joining the school as Headteacher in September 2019, I am proud to be serving a diverse and vibrant community who deserve the very best education we can offer.

We have a new leadership team here at Westfield who are fully committed to the children and families we have the pleasure of working with.

Our staff team are loyal to our onward journey and believe wholeheartedly that education changes lives.

We are also blessed to have an incredible supportive school community ensuring we are all moving in the right direction and placing education and children’s wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.

We have top class facilities which enable children to learn and grow in a large, spacious, modern building with ample grounds.

We believe a primary school should be hugely child-centred, where every child matters and every child’s needs are different.

Please do not hesitate to come and visit our fantastic school. I would be delighted to meet you, show you around and answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Toni Kittle, Headteacher