Governing Body at Ashlands.


The Governing Body is the group of parents, staff and people from the local community who guide the management of Ashlands, supporting and challenging the school management team to make sure that Ashlands is as effective a school as it can be. The role of Governors is often described as a “critical friend” - someone who will ask difficult questions, but in a constructive way to drive continuous improvement. The Governors are, ultimately, legally responsible for the quality of education at Ashlands, and the welfare and safety of pupils and staff. At Ashlands, our Governing Body is made up of: parent governors, who have children at school, and are elected by the parents; staff governors, who represent the teaching and non-teaching staff and are chosen by the staff; LEA governors, who are appointed by the education authority, and nominated by local politicians; and Community Governors, who are invited to join the Governing Body, often to bring needed skills and expertise.

The Governing Body meets six times a year. It manages the school through two main committees – the Pastoral and Academic Committee, which is responsible for the welfare of the whole school community and the education of the pupils and the Finance Committee, which is responsible for managing the school budget and the upkeep of the school’s premises. The Buildings Committee advises the Governing Body on the long-term investment in the school’s buildings and grounds, focused on improving the “learning environment”.

People have many reasons for becoming Governors, and we’re certainly not all governors for the same reasons. What we all share, though, is a passion for making Ashlands the best place it can be for children to learn, for staff to work, and above all for everyone to enjoy coming here.

Copies of minutes are available from the school office. 

          Ashlands Primary School Governors 2018 – 2019






Andrew Soutar

Head teacher 

Gaynor Riley

Co-opted Community

Safe Guarding Governor

Year 6 Governor


Nicky Wilce

Co-opted Community

Year 2 Governor

Eco Governor


Helen Friedrichsen

Parent Governor

Year 4 Governor


Nicola Wharmby

Parent Governor

Year 1 Governor

Oversight of Safeguarding

Friends Governor


Dawn Morgan

Parent Governor

SEN  Governor

Reception Governor


David Stephens

Parent Governor

Vice Chair

Looked After Children Governor

Nursery Governor


Sarah Hellen

Teaching Staff Governor

Dan Smith

Co-opted Community

Year 5 Governor


Charlotte Smithson

Non-Teaching Staff Governor

Health & Safety Governor


Ritchie Williamson

LA Governor

Chair of Governors

Year 3 Governor

Governors Forum Rep


Kathy Raine

Deputy Head



Sally Weir

Clerk to Governors


Co-opted Community



Governors Committees 2018 - 2019


Register of Interests of Governors - Sept 2018-19


Instrument of Government


For more information about Governors and their role follow the links below:

GovernorNet - UK Government site offering up-to-date information on all aspects of school governance.

Directgov - Becoming a school governor