Just like our staff, our WLS Governors bring a wealth of different experiences and skills sets to our school. They play an active part in school life and are knowledgeable about all aspects of the school's work. The Full Governing Board meet six times a year and has a Resources Committee and a Staff and Pay Policy Committee.
The Instrument of Government was rewritten in March 2015 so that our Governing Body now consists of the following positions:
5 Parent Governors
1 LA Governor
1 Staff Governor
4 Co-opted Governors
2 Foundation Governors
1 Head teacher
Steve Alcock - Chair of Governors
Steve worked as an Outplacement Career Coach in London. He has a career background in Human Resources (Retail) and ran a national charity for 10 years teaching entrepreneurship to disadvantaged / disaffected young people in Secondary Schools. Steve became a Governor in 2012, appointed Vice-Chair in September 2013, and Chair in December 2016. Steve has lived in Westoning since 1985.
John is a CFA® Charterholder and a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society.
He is a partner in a city-based wealth management firm within which he serves on the investment committee and has ultimate responsibility for the firm’s risk management and regulatory compliance processes.
He joined the school as a Parent Governor in 2015
James joined as a parent governor in July 2019.
Elaine joined as a Parent Governor in 2018.
Sarah began an Art degree in London, but changed course and trained as a professional chef. She gave up work to bring up her three children, and then trained as a Nursery Nurse. She soon completed her degree to qualify as a teacher and worked in a number of schools, before finally coming to Westoning Lower School in 2002.
Jacqui graduated from Westminster College, Oxford in 1997. She has taught Reception - Year 6 in Hertfordshire, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. Jacqui gained her National Professional Qualification of Headship in 2007 and was Acting Head of a Catholic School in Bedford for 2 years before starting at WLS in September 2010. Jacqui has two children (10 and 6 ) and is a Co-Opted Governor at their school.
Brian was appointed as a co-opted governor in January 2017. He is a retired actuary who had a career in life insurance most recently in reinsurance, where he was a director in a large multi-national firm. He also held positions in marketing and finance.
Brian has lived in Westoning since 1989 and coaches pupils at chess club. He has been Bedfordshire chess champion on two occasions.