This was the last Governors meeting for Kath Gould, who steps down after 23 years in the role, 17 of which were as Chair of Governors, she will be sadly missed. However on a more positive note David Higham the retired Principal of Budmouth College joined the Governing Body last night, his experience will be extremely beneficial.
The two main areas discussed at the meeting were the conversion of the school caretakers bungalow to house the Post 16 base, this would include the addition of a temporary classroom.. The local authority are currently finalising the plans and costings, planning permission will hopefully be sought in September and if everything goes well work could commence just prior to Christmas.
The Governors agreed the financial budget to be set for the year to 31 Mar 2015. This proved to be an extremely difficult task this year with our income down and our costs rising. Money has been saved by cutting back quite severely on the building budget, this and the current end of year balance will hopefully see us maintain a break even budget, whilst maintaining the quality of our teaching and support staff. It will be a difficult year but as always at Westfield if we stick together we will get through it.
Bruce Bonwell Chair of Governors