Governors

Working together to provide strategy, oversight, challenge and support excellence and to make Westbury CE Junior a school which respects, cares and inspires.

Thank you for taking time to find out a little bit about our governing body. A governing body is made up of volunteers from all walks of life who act something like unpaid directors to make strategic decisions on behalf of the school and to review its performance. We don’t run the school – the head teacher does that. All issues about the school should be taken to him; our relationship is much like that of a board of directors to the managing director. There are further details about what we do below.

It has been my honour to chair this hard-working body for the last few years and I would like to pass on my thanks to governors, past and present, who have done so much to help this wonderful school.

If you might be interested in serving as a governor at our school, please get in contact with me, the head or the school office.

Chair of Governors

governor register of interest and attendance 22-23

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Governors

GovernorNameStart DateEnd DatePositionPhoto
Mr Richard HattHead Teacher
Co-Opted GovernorMr Brian Osborne10.03.202309.03.2027
Co-Opted GovernorMr Neil Baker25.09.202324.09.2027Chair
Ex Officio Foundation GovernorRev. Rebecca Harris10.05.202109.05.2050
Co-Opted GovernorLibby Grundy27.02.202426.02.2025
Staff GovernorMs V Heslop22.01.202122.01.2025
Co-opted GovernorVacancy
Foundation GovernorMrs Naomi Styles16.01.202415.01.2028Vice-Chair
Co-Opted GovernorMr Andrew Down25.09.202324.09.2027
Parent GovernorVacancy 
LA GovernorVacancy
Parent GovernorVacancy

Governors register of interests

The Governing Body – what is it?

Every school has to have a Governing Body made up of a number of governors to oversee the running of the school.

Our Head Teacher, Mr Hatt, with the Leadership Team, organises and manages the school on a day to day basis, within policies and guidance agreed by the Governing Body.

The governors are accountable to the Diocese, the local authority and, most importantly our community – our children, our staff, our parents and our local people as well as Ofsted.

The governing body is responsible for

  • Making sure the school provides the best possible education for all its pupils.
  • All major decisions about the school and its future.
  • Setting the school’s vision and strategic aims,
  • Maintaining the Christian ethos of the school
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance to ensure the school is accountable to those it serves.
  • Acting as a challenging advocate to the head teacher and staff.
  • Agreeing budgets, policies and targets
  • Monitoring our pupil premium funding to ensure that the money is spent efficiently in helping our disadvantaged children to achieve as well as they can

What sort of people make up the Governors?

To be a really effective set of governors it is healthy to have a good cross section of the community represented.  Each school’s governing body has a specific make up depending on what type of school it is.

Our school is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior School and the Governing Body is made up of:

  • Foundation Governors who are appointed by the diocese
  • Parent Governors who are elected by parents
  • Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher) who represents the staff
  • One Local Authority Governor who is appointed by Wiltshire Council
  • Community Governors who are appointed by the governing body

How do you know what the Governing Body are doing?

The minutes of the Governing Body meetings are available upon request from the school office, so you can read up about what’s going on.

Important decisions are also communicated through our School website and you can read about what we have been doing in the Governors Annual Report below.

Governors Annual Report 20-21

How you can contact us?

If you would like the Governors to consider an issue, please write to or email the Clerk to the Governors, Sarah Andrews on sarah.andrews@westbury-jun.wilts.sch.uk  or contact the school office.

You can also come and talk to us when you see us around the school, at events or on one of our frequent school visits.