Happy Days - Bright Futures
Chair of Governors: Mrs Jane Gillies (Co-opted Governor)
Jane Gillies: I live in Ewell and worked for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for 15 years. I have two boys who both attended WEIS and Nursery and I was chair of the WEIS PTA for three years. I have been a Governor for over 10 years and I am now Chair of Governors. I am also a member of Epsom and Ewell Cats Protection.
Vice Chair of Governors: Mrs Kate Herbert (Parent Governor)
Kate Herbert: I became a parent governor in 2014, shortly after my elder daughter joined the school. My younger daughter will start in Reception at West Ewell in September 2017. My professional background is in local government, having worked in governance, policy and partnership development in councils since 2003. I now work for the Local Government Association, providing advice and support to councils across the South East and London. My experience in local government policy and management, in addition to my experience of the school as a parent, will help support the school to maintain its excellent work and to become even better. In addition to being a parent governor, I currently serve as Vice-Chair of Governors.
Headteacher: Mrs Mia Bennett
Mia Bennett: I have been a teacher at West Ewell Infant School since I qualified 20 years ago. During my time here I have led many areas including the Early Years Foundation Stage, Personal Social and Health Education, Special Educational Needs and Assessment. I became Deputy Headteacher in 2009 and I was privileged to be appointed as Headteacher in 2013. My expertise is in Early Childhood Development and Education and I achieved a Masters in Early Childhood Studies in 2014. I am passionate about children developing a love of learning that stays with them for life, as well as ensuring that every child has the self-belief, resilience and independence to challenge themselves to achieve more than they thought possible.
Governor: Mr Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell: I joined the governing body in September 2014 and have undertaken the roles of Vice-Chair and Chair of Resources Committee and Subject Governor for Maths. I am married with two daughters; my eldest attended West Ewell before moving to Junior School and my youngest is a current pupil of the school. Professionally I am an experienced banker having worked in the City for over 25 years. I currently work as a Corporate Credit Analyst for Lloyds Bank. I believe with my extensive skills and experience gained in the financial sector I can offer significant benefits to the school and local community, whilst at the same time supporting my daughters through their education.
Parent Governor: Mrs Clare Goldsmith
Clare Goldsmith: I have been a parent governor for 3 years. My son attended West Ewell and I have lived locally all my life. I even attended West Ewell Infants myself a (very) long time ago! My background is in education – I have been teaching at primary level for over 20 years and I am currently Deputy Head Teacher at another Surrey primary school and my current role is heavily focused on school improvement. I believe that my knowledge and experience of leading a school is useful in supporting the work of Mrs Bennett and her team. I consider my role as a governor is to offer support, but also challenge the school to ensure it becomes an outstanding primary school that provides the best educational opportunities for every child, and is the primary school of choice for local children.
Co-opted Governor: Mr Clive Smitheram
Clive Smitheram: I have lived in West Ewell for 39 years. Both my children attended West Ewell during the period 1979 to 1984. I became a Governor in 1999 the same year as I became a Borough Councillor. I have been Chair and Vice a Chair of the Governing Body twice and finally handed over the reins in 2015. In my time at the school there have been many changes and I am pleased to say that our outstanding Leadership Teams and Staff have adjusted to the challenges. I have had many roles at the school including Child Protection, Finance and Resources, Health and Safety, Selection and Appointments Panels. I enjoy being part of a team ensuring that our young people are given the life skills for the future in a caring, and enjoyable environment. Being a Governor is challenge which is increasingly more demanding dealing with Central Government decisions. I looking forward to future developments.
Co-opted Governor: Mr Guy Robbins
Guy Robbins: I am now on my second tranche of being a co-opted governor at West Ewell school, my first being when my own children attended and now this second term when the next generation of my family is now in attendance. My day job is as a Corporate Executive for the leading American telecoms conglomerate and as such I tend to act as the ‘technologist’ for the Governing Body. Usually I work at board level so have experience with most aspects of commercial life.
Co-opted Governor: Lisa Darrant
Lisa Darrant: I moved into the Ewell Court area in 2012. I am married and have two daughters. I have a MEng Hons in Mechanical Engineering, and have worked in the oil industry for 11 years as a drilling engineer. With the engineering experience I have gained both offshore and office based, I believe that my knowledge is useful in support of promoting engineering in the school from a young age, as well as giving children an insight to what engineering can involve in order to spark an interest. It’s not only about the large scale moving machinery, in building and construction, engineering uses a combination of many key subjects with physics, maths and chemistry being just a few of these. I believe motivation and encouragement of children in the early years of education in reading and writing linked with simple engineering concepts could plant a seed which may spark an interest and a natural intrigue in these subjects from an early age.
Co-opted Governor: Madelaine O’Loughlan
Madelaine O’Loughlan: I joined the governing body in April 2017 as I am passionate about education, and about the provision of an excellent education for all children and the profound impact this has upon them and their life chances. I have lived in Ewell for five years, and have two young children. My background is in HR, and I work for Ambition School Leadership, an organisation that runs leadership development programmes that enable school leaders to create more impact in schools that serve disadvantaged children.
Co-opted Governor: Sam Makepeace
Sam Makepeace: I joined the governing body at West Ewell Infant School and Nursery in July 2011 as a parent governor. Both of my children attended the school and I saw first-hand the dedication to ongoing excellence in education and opportunity that epitomises WEIS. I am now a co-opted governor and member of the teaching staff. I feel I am well placed to critically appraise and strategically support the continuing development and success of the school from multiple vantage points. Our conversion to primary status heralds a very exciting and challenging era, I am passionate about ensuring that we continue to provide an excellent education for local children.
Co-opted Governor: Stephen Winfield
Stephen Winfield: I became a governor in April 2017. Having qualified as a Key Stage 2 teacher after taking a BEd hons degree in English and Drama at Kingston University, I have previous experience of working within education and social care. I now work with young offenders for the Youth Offending Service Kingston and Richmond. As part of my education, training, and employment role I work alongside schools within Kingston and Richmond. The role involves advising schools on offending behaviour, restorative justice, looking at provision, the re-integration of excluded pupils, working with schools and families / young people to resolve issues and to secure provision etc. By September 2017 I shall have two children at West Ewell and look forward to what promises to be an exciting time in the future of our school.
Staff Governor: Katie McGrath
Katie McGrath: I have been involved in Nursery and Primary education for 17 years in a variety of roles and joined WEIS as a member of teaching staff in 2014. I have been fortunate to lead the school’s Reading Recovery program and have been involved in other school initiatives. As staff governor, I aim to serve as a useful link between our school staff and the governing body. I am enthusiastically looking forward to helping our school and its learners achieve their full potential.
Associate Member: Mrs Sarah Cook