Further to our recent ballot for two Parent/Carer Governor vacancies, we are delighted to announce that
Mrs Sam Harrison and Mr David Watkins were duly elected and will take their place on 'teamwestgate'.
The Governors look forward to working with them in the future and would like to thank all parents that took the time to vote in the ballot.
MRS SAM HARRISON
My daughter has been at Westgate for 2 years and I have seen her develop into a young independent learner, the skills she has learn so far stand her in good stead for the future, my son is joining he school in September and he’s looking forward to the opportunities open to him.
My motivation for my application is to be part of the voice that leads and supports the school to continue to deliver an excellent level of education for our future generations. I was previously a parent governor many years ago at my daughter’s infant school, during this time I learnt about the primary school education influencers and was able to assist with matters regarding safeguarding policies.
I would embrace the opportunity for further training and understand the this includes safeguarding training , as a registered midwife I am level 3 safeguarding trained but will of course complete any training that is deemed necessary.
I work in a highly emotional heavy workload environment, so I have the skills of active listening, empathy, and resilience. In my role in practice development I encourage lifelong learning and the development of functional skills. I’m organised and able to handle the pressure of multiple time limits.
Recently I completed a Mental Health First Aider course, I was surprised and shocked to discover how many children/ young adults are effected and that simple signals are often missed, to the detriment of mental wellbeing for the future. By being a parent governor I would like to have insight into the schools actions to support students in need.
I have been in contact with one of the current parent governors and understand the level of commitment needed, I would be happy to take this role on for the time I have children present at the school if I am selected for the post.
MR DAVID WATKINS
I feel I can make a really positive impact on Westgate School for many reasons. My father went to Westgate, my uncle, sister, cousins, myself and more importantly now does my daughter and soon in a couple of years her sister will be joining her. I have lived in Cippenham all my life and feel it is time to give back to the community that has always provided for me.
A bit about me and why I think I can really make a difference. I am a fully accredited BECTU Special Effects Supervisor working on major Hollywood blockbuster movies and have access to pretty much any resource required to put on any kind of stage show or filmed production the school is involved in. I can help with the supply of equipment for such events. I am a full voting member of BAFTA and have myself received two nominations for my work on the “Fantastic Beast” episodes by J.K.Rowling and although to be thoroughly explored have access to avenues/conduits for those interested in film or TV production. You can check out my credits on IMDB by using this link.
I have been involved with charities before, I was Treasurer to “The Emma Sallis Memorial Fund”. We raised £75,000 and installed the play equipment in “Black Park” in 2003. We managed this by organising numerous fun days and bombarding local businesses for donations so have experience in raising money for good causes.
My wife and I are both very dedicated parents to our two daughters and if I can help in any way, I would consider it a pleasure to contribute to my daughters and others schooling.