Please see the Governors' Handbook for information all about the Governors including which Governor is in each sub-committee and who is the Link Governor for different subjects. Please also find below a list of the dates of meetings and other relevant Governor documents.
Please note that full governing body minutes will be available soon but have been taken down to ensure they are GDPR compliant.
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Bob Barrett - Chairman of Governors
I am a Governor appointed by the Link Collaborative Trust, the Chair of the Staffing Committee and the Vice Chair of the Premises Committee. My profession is a Facilities, Health & Safety and Events Manager and I work on various projects in Swindon. I am extremely privileged to be a Governor of Westlea Primary School
Sarah Sumner - Headteacher
I joined Westlea in 2004. Since I started, I have taught in every year group, managed the SRP and was the Deputy Headteacher for 7 years. My passion for teaching is underpinned by inclusion for every pupil and SEND. I teach in Y6 on a Wednesday afternoon, but am always keen to pop in and teach lessons across the school.
I started at Westlea in 2006 as a TA and MDSA and gained my HLTA status in 2011. I also taught KS1&2 Swimming and PE. In 2013 just before we converted to Academy status I moved into the office to support the Bursar, responsible for staffing, pupils and data. In 2016 I became the Office Manager and then in May 2019, due to the Bursar leaving, I took on the finance role and I am really enjoying my new challenge. As Mrs Sumner’s TA back in 2010-2013 it is lovely to be back working with her again in our new roles! I am also Staff Governor.
I run my family owned business in Rodbourne Road, and am a ward Councillor for Swindon Borough Council. I am proud and honoured to be a Governor at Westlea Primary School where currently I have two children attending. I will be working with my colleagues and the teachers to ensure Westlea is recognised as the best primary educational institute.
I work and have a degree in early years. I am the deputy manager of Bramble House Nursery. I have a daughter who attends Westlea Primary School and is part of the SRP. I became a Parent Governor in 2016. I am the Vice Chair of Governors and I am also a member of the curriculum and staffing committees.
I am a Learning Mentor and Deputy Safeguarding Lead at a post-16 education provider for young people with barriers to learning such as learning difficulties and behavioural issues. I have worked with children and young people for the last 18 years. I am trained in Special Educational Needs, Early Years Care and Education, Youth Work as well as Counselling.
I have 2 children that both go to Westlea Primary School.
Louise Edmonds - Deputy Headteacher
I started teaching at Westlea in 2003 and was initially the MFL Co-ordinator. Currently, I am the SENCo, the SRP Lead and the Deputy Headteacher. Throughout my teaching career I have been interested in investigating different ways to promote inclusive education.
I work for a local Housing Association as their Head of Reward and People Operations, I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and have recently trained as a restorative justice facilitator and Mental Health First Aider.
I am a Co-opted Governor and have 2 sons, 1 of which attends Westlea Primary School.
Currently, I work for the worlds largest building society and bring 30 years of corporate, social purpose, financial and transformation experience. Having always worked in the financial sector.
I have a passion for achieving the right outcome. Often you will find me running polling stations and election duties.
I work as a Children's Placements and Brokerage Officer, finding and monitoring placements for Swindon's children in care. Previous to this, I worked as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant in various schools and pre-schools and completed a Degree in Early Childhood Studies. I have also completed several courses in working with children and trained in carrying out interventions. I have 2 sons that attend Westlea and I am passionate about positive mental health and wellbeing.
Dale Welland, 35yrs old, father of three. I studied Performing Arts/Acting at Bristol college. I am currently studying Arts/Humanities with the Open University.
I am a big football fan, I used to play power chair football.
Kim Douglas (SRP Governor)
I am the the Senior Leaning Support Assistant at Westlea. I gained my Certificate in Child Care and Education over 20 years ago and have been lucky enough to have had a varied career in childcare and education since. During my career I have gained experience in Pre School settings, Primary School Settings and Secondary School settings. In 2007 I gained my HLTA status. I now support Louise Edmonds in the day to day running of the SRP at Westlea.
I work part-time in HR admin and have been a Clerk to Governors over a long period of time, working with three different governing bodies. I live in West Swindon and have three daughters, two of whom are teachers. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit by walking the dogs, working on the allotment and in January 2020, with the encouragement of the third daughter I started running!