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Welcome to our Governors' page

"Governors are committed and ambitious for the school's future, and have the skills and knowledge to ensure that the school continues to improve.  They have a good awareness of how well the school is performing in relation to other schools nationally, and an accurate understanding of the progress of different groups within the school.  They challenge the Headteacher and other leaders and hold the school to account effectively for its performance." 

Ofsted, February 2015

We are all voluntary and unpaid and have joined the Governing Body of West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School because we want to support the Headteacher and her staff in making our school fulfill its potential. The full Governing Body has responsibility for reviewing core aspects of the school including Teaching & Learning, Assessment and Pupil Premium, whilst nominated governors hold a Committee for other designated areas of the school, which deal with the detailed business of holding the school to account for its decisions and actions. The working groups are for; Curriculum Standards and Diversity and Resources and Strategy. We do this against the basic questions of 'how does this help the school to improve' and 'how does this ensure that all pupils do as well as they can'. Although the governors stand apart from the school staff in our role as 'critical friends', we are also about offering guidance and support.

You will find further information below about the Governing Body and also how to contact us if you have questions, concerns or want to tell us how well you think the school is doing.  

Julie Pelych

Chair of Governors


 

Marian Gerrett

Marian Gerrett

Co-opted Governor - Vice Chair of Governing Body

I have recently retired from Brighton and Hove Council after more than 20 years working in services for families with children under 5. I was a Children's Centre Manager working alongside Health Visitors and family support staff. My role as a governor contributes towards our children having the best possible start in their education and life skills.

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

LA Governor

As a retired Nursery and Primary headteacher of thirty years experience I continue to teach on a voluntary, part-time basis in Surrey. I have been a governor at West Blatchington Primary since before the 2008 merger of the schools and am thrilled to be part of the governors' recent increased involvement in the push to make WBP one of the most improved schools in the country.

Natalie Bellis

Natalie Bellis

Staff Governor

I have been a Staff Governor since 2015 and am relishing the exciting challenge of being part of the school's governing body. I am passionate about working with families to help them achieve the best possible outcomes for their children. I also love to run and thoroughly enjoy to bake cakes.

Kathryn Martin

Kathryn Martin

Parent Governor

I have worked for the past 20 years in the pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries. I am currently a procurement director of a large multinational organisation. I am a governor because I feel passionately about our school and am committed to its continued growth and success.

Rachel Simmonds

Rachel Simmonds

Headteacher

I was appointed Headteacher in September 2014 after spells as Acting Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher since joining the school. I am thrilled and proud to be both a leader in our school and a governor at this exciting point in our school's improvement in order that we achieve the best possible outcomes for all of our pupils.

Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers

Co-opted Governor

I am a Data Analyst for an American Communications company, working for the past 11 years helping to improve the customer ordering data and identifying and resolving reporting gaps. I am glad to be part of the Governing Body to learn more about the Education System and to my part to make West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School an amazing place for student and teacher.

Heidi Brydon

Heidi Brydon

Parent Governor

I am a mother of 3 girls, all of whom attend West Blatchington Primary School. I am the secretary of the Friends of West Blatchington (FOWB) and help organise fundraising events for the school. I am a Youth Support Leader for St Johns Ambulance in Brighton, and teach first aid and basic fire safety to children ages 5 to 10 years. I also enjoy swimming and art. I joined the Governing Body in February 2016.

Julie Pelych

Julie Pelych

Co-opted Governor - Chair to the Governing Body

I am the MD of a Leadership Development company and a Chartered Member of the CIPD, I hold post-graduate diplomas in HR and in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring. I am a qualified user of a wide range of counselling and coaching techniques.
Prior to setting up my own business, 'GAP Performance', in 1995, I was an HR Director in a blue chip global business and spent 11 years working as an HR professional in the public transport, engineering and FMCG sectors.
I'm passionate about education and providing every child with the best opportunity we can for a great start in life.

Matt Parsons

Matt Parsons

Parent Governor

I am a father of two girls who are both currently attending West Blatchington Primary School. I have been teaching for eighteen years and I am currently the Subject Team Leader of Physical Education for a secondary school in Horsham. I hope to use my experiences to help the teachers and children of West Blatchington to achieve their best.

Rahima Begum

Rahima Begum

Parent Governor

My name is Rahima Begum. I graduated with a 1:1 in Early Childhood Studies (BA Hons) and after recently completing a PGCE in primary teaching, I am now a year 2 teacher. Growing up as a child I attended West Blatchington Infants and Juniors myself, having a fabulous experience. Over the years and especially now I can really appreciate how the environment and community have flourished and merging both sites into a primary school can only mean a positive learning environment! I am looking forward to meeting and working with many parents, staff, children as well as governors to support the betterment of our school’s ethos, values and visions.




Governor Quality Assurance Visits

Governors conduct quality assurance visits in order to review and support the school's progress against its strategic aims and objectives.  Please click on the link to view the latest Quality Assurance Visit Report: 

Governors Quality Assurance Visit - January 2018



West Blatchington Governors

The Governing Body is made up of the following appointments:

Name Role Term of Office Appointed By Appointment Date

Ray Allen

LA Governor

01.09.16-31.08.20

Local Authority

01.09.14

Natalie Bellis

Staff Governor

20.05.29-19.05.23

Staff

20.05.23

Marian Gerrett

Co-opted Governor

01.09.18-31.08.22

Governing Body

01.09.14

Kathryn Martin

Co-opted Governor

28.03.19-27.03.23

Governing Body

20.04.15

Rachel Simmonds

Headteacher

01.09.14 - Ongoing

By virtue of role

01.09.14

Heidi Brydon

Co-opted Governor

07.06.19-06.06.23

Governing Body

07.06.19

Julie Pelych

Andrew Rogers

Michael Bellis

Matt Parsons 

Rahima Begum

Simon Sharron 

Julia Collen              

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

Parent Governor

Parent Governor

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

16.01.17-16.01.21

23.03.17-25.03.22

20.5.19-19.05.23

07.06.19-06.07.23

07.06.19-06.07.23

11.09.19-10.09.23

07.10.19-06.09.23

Governing Body

Governing Body

Governing Body

Parents

Parents

Governing Body

Governing Body

16.01.17

23.03.17

20.05.19

07.06.19

07.06.19

11.09.19

07.10.19



       
In the last year we have also had the following people on the governing body: 

Name  Role  Term of Office  Appointed By  Appointment Date

Philip Worsfold         Co-opted Governor 08.12.12-07.12.18         Governing Body        08.12.14

Kym Lyons                 Co-opted Governor            12.02.19-16.04.19             Governing Body        12.02.19

Fern Corns Co-opted Governor 16.01.17-15.01.21 Governing Body        16.01.17

Jennifer Colwell Co-opted Governor 29.02.16-28.02.20 Governing Body        29.02.16

  West Blatchington School Governing Body Declaration of Interest 2018-19

Name

Date Declared

Business/Pecuniary Interest

Governor Role in Other Educational Establishments

Personal Interests

Ms Marian Gerrett

01.10.18

None

Ms Rachel Simmonds

01.10.18

Head teacher


Julia Collen



Simon Sharron



Mrs Julie Pelych

01.10.18

Managing Director of ‘GAP Performance Ltd’

Mr Ray Allen

01.10.18

None

Ms Heidi Brydon

01.10.18

None

Mrs Kathryn Martin

01.10.18

None

Ms Natalie Bellis

01.10.18

Family Liaison worker in School

 

Mr Andrew Rogers

 
01.10.18
 
None

   
 
Mr Michael Bellis


 15.07.19

 None
   
 
Mr Matt Parson

 
15.07.19
 
None
   

 Ms Rahima Begum

 
15.07.19
 
None
   

West Blatchington Attendance Table 2017/18

Name


26.03.18
 
 
21.04.18 16.07.18  01.10.18   03.12.18  12.02.19 25.03.19  20.05.19   15.07.19

Ms Marian Gerrett

 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y

 
Y
 
Y

 
Y

Ms Rachel Simmonds


 Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y

 
Y
 
Y
 
Y

Ms Fern Corns


 Y

Y
 
Y
 
Y

 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y

Dr Jennifer Colwell

 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
N
 
Y
 
N
 
N
 
N
 
N

Mrs Julie Pelych

 
Y
 
Y
 
Y

 Y

Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y

Mr Ray Allen

 
N
 
Y
 
N

 
Y
 
N
 
N
 
Y
 
Y

Ms Heidi Brydon

 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
N
 
N
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
N

Mrs Kathryn Martin


 N
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
N
 
Y
 
N
 
Y

Ms Natalie Bellis


 N
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y

 Mr Andrew Rogers

 
N/A
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
N
 
Y
 
Mr Matt Parsons

                 
Y
 
Mr Michael Bellis

                 
Y
 
Ms Rahima Begum


               
 Y

Key Y- Present N- Not present  N/A Not applicable


Governors' Minutes

Full Governing Body Minutes 20thMay 2019 Full Governing Body Minutes 20thMay 2019 (285 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 25th March 2019 Full Governing Body Minutes 25th March 2019 (266 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 12th February 2019 Full Governing Body Minutes 12th February 2019 (255 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 3rd December 2018 Full Governing Body Minutes 3rd December 2018 (273 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 1st October 2018 Full Governing Body Minutes 1st October 2018 (281 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 16th July 2018 Full Governing Body Minutes 16th July 2018 (270 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 21st May 2018 Full Governing Body Minutes 21st May 2018 (255 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 26th March 2018 Full Governing Body Minutes 26th March 2018 (277 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 22nd January 2018 Full Governing Body Minutes 22nd January 2018 (253 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 27th November 2017 Full Governing Body Minutes 27th November 2017 (270 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 2nd October 2017 Full Governing Body Minutes 2nd October 2017 (189 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 17th July 2017 Full Governing Body Minutes 17th July 2017 (250 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 8th May 2017 Full Governing Body Minutes 8th May 2017 (478 KB)

Full Governing Body Meeting 27th March 2017 Full Governing Body Meeting 27th March 2017 (478 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 16th January 2017 Full Governing Body Minutes 16th January 2017 (450 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 12th December 2016 Full Governing Body Minutes 12th December 2016 (684 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 19th September 2016 Full Governing Body Minutes 19th September 2016 (457 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes - 18 July 2016 Full Governing Body Minutes - 18 July 2016 (454 KB)

Full Governing Body - Note of Meeting - 25 April 2016 (Clerk on emergency leave) Full Governing Body - Note of Meeting - 25 April 2016 (Clerk on emergency leave) (49 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes - 21 March 2016 Full Governing Body Minutes - 21 March 2016 (145 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes - 29 February 2016 Full Governing Body Minutes - 29 February 2016 (341 KB)

Contacting us

If you wish to contact the Governors at West Blatchington Primary school please email: governors@wblatch.brighton-hove.sch.uk