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Governors

At Westgate Academy we are blessed with a very talented and dedicated team of supportive governors who have a broad range of skills. The headteacher of the school is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to support and challenge the work of the headteacher and other staff.

The Governing Body play an important role in monitoring and evaluating school performance and ensuring rapid progress is being made towards our improvement priorities. 

Our Governors play an active role in monitoring and evaluating in school, and this year they have been involved in learning walks, lesson observation alongside the headteacher, pupil interviews and attended school visits. Many governors also attend Parents Evenings, School Productions, as well as supporting other functions within school, including Maths Day, Creativity Day and our Family Breakfast. All of these activities enable them to gain a real perspective of our school, and allows challenge to take place. 

Annual targets are set for the school's performance and for the headteacher, as well as ensuring teaching staff have performance related targets. 

As an Academy, the role of the Governing Body in ensuring financial stability is paramount. Academies are provided with an allocated budget directly from the Education Funding Agency, and this covers costs such as staff salaries, school running costs, maintenance and equipment. The Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget effectively and ensuring best value. They can decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives. Every decision made is to ultimately improve the outcomes for our children, and ensure our school is driving towards rapid improvement. 

We are very fortunate as an Academy to have such a great breadth of expertise of Governors, which includes an accountant, a solicitor, an English Lecturer and a project manager, as well as some fantastic knowledge from our parent governors and staff governors. All work hard to benefit our children.

Our Governing Body currently consists of three committees:

  • Full Governing Body
  • Achievement and Teaching Committee
  • Finance and Resources Committee

Within these committees as well, we have some smaller committees, including the Health and Safety Committee and the Safeguarding and E-Safety Committee. Our Monitoring Evaluation Team focus on our Academy improvement plan.

Chair of Governors: Mr Michael Belcher

After spending a career of over thirty years teaching in Lincoln Schools I became a Trustee of Westgate Academy. Since becoming Chair of Governors I have been able draw on my considerable experience in education to good effect and I greatly value being part of such a vibrant and hardworking school. I enjoy meeting and working with children, staff and governors and celebrating the many successes achieved by the school.

Vice Chair of Governors Mrs Cate Waby
Achievement and Teaching Chair Mr Philip Bell
Finance and Resources Chair Mr Bob Swainson

Our other governors include: Mrs Chloe Stafford, Miss Nikki Hardwick, Mr Simon Clarke, Mr Bob Swainson, Mr Philip Bell, Mr Stephen Saville, Mrs Clare Grant, Mrs Liz Hopkins

Our Clerk to Governors is Miss Kayleigh Harpham. Any correspondence to the Governors would be sent to the Clerk through school.