The Academy Committee meets termly to hear the reports from the Principal and to discuss matters of interest or concern. The Governors are responsible for the appointment of staff and for general oversight of the way the academy is working.

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The Westbourne Academy Committee (Governing Body) consists of parents, teaching staff and the local community.

Chair of Governors

Caroline Rayner 

I studied English Language and Communication at King’s College London from 2006-2009 and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of East Anglia in 2012.  I went on to teach English in local Secondary Schools until I became Outreach Officer at the University of Suffolk in February 2016.  After that role, I became the Student Recruitment and Outreach Manager in September 2016 and then moved to the neaco (Network for East Anglian Outreach) team to coordinate the Suffolk element of the UniConnect national project, which aims to rapidly increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups going into Higher Education.

I oversee the Higher Education Champions based in numerous schools across Ipswich and South West Suffolk, who work to increase passion and ambition among learners, and provide advice and insight into the world of Higher Education.  In this role I also work closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company, Ipswich Opportunity Area and many other local organisations.

I have been a governor at Westbourne since 2017 and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.  I am able to apply my experience working in different educational settings with my local community knowledge and thoroughly enjoy seeing how the school and it’s students and staff develop and grow.

Vice-chair of Governors


Parent Governors

Mandy King

I have been a parent governor at Whitehouse community primary school for 8 years and decided to join the governing body at Westbourne. I hope that my experience and knowledge will help support the school. I have 3 children, 1 has recently left and 2 still attending Westbourne. I love to get into school and meet with staff and children.

I have worked for Ipswich borough council as a benefits officer for 20 years, I therefore understand the financial circumstances that some families are in and the effects this has on a child’s education.

I enjoy taking part in exercise classes, looking after our pet rabbit and as a family we love our caravan holidays.

Ines Moura

I have moved to Ipswich from Portugal in 2002. I was mother of twins in 2009 and they attended Handford Hall Primary school in Ipswich. I was approached by their reception teacher to become a governor there and I soon applied. I have enjoyed very much the role while my children were in primary school and I want to continue to make an impact and inspire young people.
So, once they started at Westbourne Academy and a parent governor vacancy was advertised, I thought to apply because Ipswich and Westbourne are rich in diversity and governor boards should reflect that.
I want to be part of a system where a rounded education broadens children’s horizons.
On my spare time, I like to go for walks with my dog, looking after my pet cat and watch movies.

Community Governors

Sarah Aspin

I am originally from the North East of England, and moved to Ipswich in 2013. I was appointed as a parent governor in 2017, not long after my child began attending Westbourne Academy. I have worked with young people and their families in various roles throughout my professional career and felt I could share some of my experience in the role as governor, to support the school to build on its existing achievements.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the gym, and reading.

Dr Ron Impey

Vince Sparrow

I am a community governor at the academy, linked to the careers department. I find this very interesting and enjoy supporting the staff and students on careers related visits.

I was senior custodian at the academy for over thirteen years, until I retired in 2017. Since this time I have been a part time exam invigilator and also help at the academy on a voluntary basis.

Reverend Jutta Brueck

I have been the parish priest of St Thomas Church (C of E) on Bramford Lane since October 2015 and have been regularly taking assemblies at Westbourne Academy. I am delighted to be a Community Governor, supporting the school in building on its impressive achievements of the last five years. As a Church of England priest, I am immersed in the life of the local neighbourhood and prioritise involvement with our local schools. I bring experience of living in the UK as an immigrant and volunteer as a befriender with Suffolk Refugee Support.

Prior to moving to Ipswich, I was a parish priest in Cambridge and governor of a primary school. I also bring seven years of experience in Higher Education Chaplaincy in London and Cambridge. I hold a BA in European Business Administration, MSc in Accounting & Finance as well as MAs in Theology and Pastoral Studies.

I love music: singing and listening to a wide range of genres, reading, going to the cinema, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Josephine Winter

I was appointed as a Community Governor in early 2019. I have a degree in History of Art and Fine Art from Oxford Brookes University, and I am currently working as a HR and payroll Team Leader at Schools Choice in Ipswich.

I found working closely with schools to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience and as a result I applied successfully to become a community governor at Westbourne Academy.

This fulfilling role has enabled me to develop my skills and enrich my experience of the education sector.

My experience as an ex-student and team leader within the education sector will, I believe be highly beneficial in maintaining and improving the welfare of students and staff at Westbourne Academy.

I am an outgoing and active individual with a competitive personality and a high level of personal fitness.

I recently returned from a year long trip to New Zealand where I worked as a tour guide and presenter in the Pompallier Mission Heritage site in Russell Island and played competitive netball in Hawkes Bay.

Staff Governor



Any correspondence for the Chair of Governors’ attention can be emailed to the clerk at or posted to:

FAO: The Chair of Governors

Westbourne Academy
Marlow Road

To share you views about the academy, please visit Ofsted Parent View by clicking the link: Parent View – Ofsted 

Further documents about the academy committee are available to view here:

Local Academy Committee Declaration of Interest 2020-21

Local Academy Committee Meeting Attendance for 2019-20

Local Academy Committee Meeting Attendance for 2020-21

ATT Scheme of Delegation – Sep 2020 

ATT SharePoint for Governance


Interested in being a school governor?

We are always interested to hear from local people who want to volunteer as a governor for the academy.  If this is something you would like to do, please call 01473 466136 and ask to speak to the Chair of Governors. For more information about how to become a school governor and what is involved please click on the links below:

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Information from the BBC about the voluntary role of school governor, how to become one and what to expect is available here: