Governance at Westgarth


Westgarth Primary School is part of the Galileo Academy Trust.


The Westgarth Governing Committee is made up of a number of individuals who represent the different stakeholders in the successful running of the school.


The Full Governing Committee (FGC) meets at least once a term, and has committees which meet more regularly to deal with specific issues. The Chair of Governors (John Adams) or the governor with responsibility for Safeguarding (Annette Clayton) can be contacted via the school office if you have any specific queries or issues you wish to raise.


At present there are three sub-committees;


  • Pupil Welfare, Standards & Curriculum Committee (Chair Ruth Bolton)

  • Human Resources, Finance & Facilities Committee (Chair Linda McCalmont)

  • Pay Review & Performance Management Committee (Chair John Adams)

A full list of governors;

Name                                             Position/role                        Committee membership 

Vacancy (Mrs McCalmont acting)    Chair (FGC)                           FGC, HRFF, PWSC, PRPM

Linda McCalmont                            Vice-Chair (FGC) Chair (HRFF)   


Co-opted Governors   

Ruth Bolton                                    Chair (PWSC)                        FGC, PWSC, PRPM                                                                                    

Richard Atwood                             Vice-Chair (PRPM)                 FGC, HRFF, PRPM

Vacancies (x2)   


Parent Governors

Annette Clayton                            Safeguarding                          FGC, HRFF, PWSC

Ellen Bissell                                   Parent Governor                     FGC, PWSC

Ed W                                           Parent Governor                     FGC, PWSC, HRFF


Mrs L McCalmont                           L.A. Governor

Andrew Duncan                             Staff Governor                       FGC, PWSC

Dave Woodhouse                          Co-Opted Staff Governor        FGC, HRFF

Angela Livingstone                        Clerk                                        FGC


FGB                Full Governing Body


HRFF              Human Resources, Finance & Facilities Committee


PWSC             Pupil Welfare, Standards & Curriculum Committee


PRPM             Pay Review & Performance Management Committee



The purpose of having a governing body is to


  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement

  • keep the pressure up on school improvement

  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice

  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community

  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does

  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review

  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff

  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

DFE website








From time to time vacancies for new governors become available.  These are advertised through the school newsletters and on the website. 


“Once appointed or elected, all governors must operate in the best interest of pupils, not as representatives to lobby on behalf of their constituency. Their task is to govern the school. This means focusing on the core functions of providing strategic leadership, holding the headteacher to account and making sure the school’s money is well spent. This is a demanding task for which all governors need to have, or develop, relevant and appropriate skills”.


Click below to read

Westgarth Govenors' Register of Business Interest



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