Meet The Governors

School governance is the most important volunteering role in education and as unpaid voluntary public servants we are committed to serving the best interests of the school.
We set strategies for the school, monitor its achievements, help to sustain its identity and provide a link with the local community. As an effective governing body we are a source of enormous strength to the school. We play a vital role in promoting high standards of educational achievement, share a common vision that the children in our community should receive the best possible education in all areas of their development and ensure the continued development of the school for current and future pupils.
The governing body is made up of: school staff, parents of pupils and other members of the community from all walks of life.
If you would like to make a difference to children’s lives by helping them to realise their aspirations and expectations, please volunteer to join us and become a School Governor.
We hold formal meetings once a term to consider and act on a variety of items affecting the school and to receive reports from the Headteacher concerning conduct, curriculum etc. Minutes of the issues discussed and decisions taken during our meetings are available in the school. Please ask at the school office if you are interested in seeing them.
You can get more information on how to become a governor and make arrangements to talk to existing governors about what drives them to serve their community in this way from the school office. Alternatively you can email to arrange an informal chat or contact the Clerk to Governors, Heather Large, at


Name Position Term of office
end date
Committee Business Interests
Mrs Mandy Flint
(Chair of Governors)
Authority Governor 17/05/2019 Finance/Resources and Staffing
School Improvement
Mr Phil Kruse Co-Opted Governor 30/09/2020 School Improvement
Mrs Cindy Acres
(Deputy Head)
Associate Governor 15/07/2017 Finance/Resources and Staffing
School Improvement
IT support
Mr Nick Gardiner Co-Opted Governor 30/06/2019 School Improvement
Mr Ben Hollingsworth Co-Opted Governor 18/02/2018 Finance/Resources and Staffing
Mrs Janet Urban
(Head Teacher)
(Chair of School Improvement)
n/a Finance/Resources and Staffing
School Improvement
Electrical work
Mrs Jane Greening Staff Governor 06/11/2018 Finance/Resources and Staffing
Gemma Green Co-Opted Governor 27/01/2020 School Improvement
Jonathan Stott Parent Governor 11/10/2020 School Improvement
Scott Mitchell Parent Governor 11/10/2020 School Improvement
Emma Cumming Parent Governor 01/07/2020 Finance/Resources
Mrs Heather Large Clerk to the Governors

Governor Profiles

Mandy Flint

Mandy Flint – (Chair of Governors)

Having moved up to this part of the country from Somerset, I have worked at Swindon Borough Council since 2005 holding HR and project roles supporting the work with Children, Families & Community Health Services.  I joined  Westrop as a  Local Authority Governor in September 2011  and have been Chair of Governors since March 2012.

I enjoy travelling and, as my husband is a keen Paraglider Pilot, have had the opportunity to travel to a lot of places that I wouldn’t normally have on my shortlist which is very exciting.  Any spare time at home is spent in the garden (weather prevailing).


Mr Phil Kruse – Co-Opted Governor

I have 2 children at Westrop and became a school governor in 2012 to support the school; I have always believed it is better to play an active role in organisations.
My background is in science and engineering in the energy industry. I have lived in Highworth since 2001 and am a keen triathlete and duathlete representing GB at amateur World and European championships.


Heather Large – Clerk to the Governors

I have been a Clerk at Westrop for nearly four years and look after several other Governing Bodies within Swindon and I was born and bred in Swindon. I currently live in the Greenmeadow area with my husband of 25 years and have four grown up children, one of which is at Swindon College. At home we have two small terrier dogs and I breed coloured sports horses. I came to education late in life taking an Open University degree in Business Studies and graduated in 2012 – so take it from me you are never too old to learn! I have recently researched my family tree taking it all the way back to the 1500’s

BenHollingsworth Photo

Ben Hollingsworth – Co-Opted Governor

I moved to Highworth in September 2014 from Benson Oxfordshire with my wife Nicola and daughter Jessica. I have served over 9 years in the Royal Air Force as an Air Load Master on the Merlin Helicopter and C130J Transport Aircraft.

I became a governor as I had a shared interest in education with my wife who is a primary teacher in Abingdon. I wanted to become part of my local community and integrate myself within our local school to assist the Westrop Staff and Governors in providing a fantastic learning environment for the children of Highworth.


Sonya Martin

Sonya Martin – Associate Governor


Mr Jonathan Stott – Parent Governor

Having moved to Highworth in Apr 15, after 21 years of nomadic adventures with the Armed Forces, I am exceptionally happy with our choice of Westrop School. Most importantly our two boys are thriving in the community with the eldest son prospering in the positive ethos and core values that makes Westrop School so special.
Since arriving I have actively volunteered within the Highworth community becoming a Scout Section Leader; assisting in the delivery of the Highworth Festival; presenting to the School during the recent Refugee Project and also providing a ‘rocket building stand’ and armoured vehicle at the School Summer Fete.

I believe that volunteering as a Governor will allow me to utilise my professional skills and experience to assist the school at both the strategic and operational level, building on its current success and being part of its bright future.

emma cumming

Emma Cumming – Parent Governor

Hi my name is Emma and I have been on the governing body for 12 months. Both my children attend Westrop school and I work and live within the local community. It is important to me that the children at Westrop get the support they need to be the best that they can be.

pdf-icon Report to Governors and Parents 2015/2016

pdf-icon Annual Governance statement Westrop – Summer 2016

pdf-icon Annual Governance statement Westrop – Summer 2015

pdf-iconGovernors who have resigned in the last 12 months


Meetings Dates.  All meetings start at 6pm at the School.

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