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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 working group 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, Safeguarding, Personnel & Premises and Finance.  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.

Fern Corns

Fern Corns

Co-opted Governor

I am one of the Assistant Head teachers and am in my third year of working, having been a teacher for a lot, lot longer. I firmly believe that children have one chance at getting the very best education available to them, and am proud that at West Blatchington Primary and Nursery we strive to achieve this for all our children. I am so proud of the team that work here and the dedication they have. There are exciting times ahead for us as the school goes from strength to strength – I am so glad that I am part of that journey.

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.

Jen Colwell

Jen Colwell

Co-opted Governor

I am an education researcher and writer. I have been working with schools, pupils, parents and teachers for 15 years. I have a special interest in children's friendships and how children can support each other in their learning. I became a governor at West Blatchington as I wanted to use my professional experience to support local children to achieve their potential.

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.




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

20.04.15-19.04.19

Staff

20.04.15

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

Fern Corns  

Co-opted Governor

16.01.17-15.01.21

Governing Body

16.01.17

Heidi Brydon

Parent Governor

29.02.16-28.02.20

Parents

29.02.16

Jennifer Colwell

Co-opted Governor

29.02.16-28.2.20

Governing Body

29.02.16

Julie Pelych

Andrew Rogers

Kym Lyons

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor


16.01.17-16.01.21

23.03.17-25.03.22

12.02.19- 11.02.23

Governing Body

Governing Body

Governing Body

16.01.17

23.03.18

12.02.19

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

 

  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

Mile Oak Primary

Ms Fern Corns

01.10.18

Acting Head teacher

Dr Jennifer Colwell

01.10.18

None

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 Liason worker in School

 

Mr Andrew Rogers

 
01.10.18
 
None

   
 
Kym Lyons
 
12.02.19
 
None
   

West Blatchington Attendance Table 2017/18

Name

27.11.17  22.01.18 
26.03.18
 
 
21.04.18 16.07.18  01.10.18   03.12.18  12.02.19 25.03.19 

Ms Marian Gerrett


 
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
 
Y
 
Y
 
N
 
Y
 
N
 
N

Mrs Julie Pelych

 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y

 Y

Y
 
Y
 
Y

Mr Ray Allen

 
Y

 
N
 
Y
 
N

 
Y
 
N
 
N

Ms Heidi Brydon

 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
N
 
N
 
Y
 
Y

Mrs Kathryn Martin


 Y


 N
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
N
 
Y

Ms Natalie Bellis

 
Y

 N

 N
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y

 Mr Andrew Rogers

 
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Y
 
Mrs Kym Lyons

 
N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A
 
Y
 
Y

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


Governors' Minutes

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)

Full Governing Body Minutes 18th January 2016 Full Governing Body Minutes 18th January 2016 (41 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 14th December 2015 Full Governing Body Minutes 14th December 2015 (42 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 9th November 2015 Full Governing Body Minutes 9th November 2015 (40 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 21st September 2015 Full Governing Body Minutes 21st September 2015 (43 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 6th July 2015 Full Governing Body Minutes 6th July 2015 (38 KB)

Full Governing Body Minutes 20th April 2015 Full Governing Body Minutes 20th April 2015 (47 KB)

Contacting us

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