Governors

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 has 12 members, 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 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 and buildings committee, which is responsible for managing the school budget (roughly £1m a year) and the upkeep of the school’s premises. As well as the two committees, there are two groups which advise the whole Governing Body – BPAG, which looks at long-term investment in the school’s buildings and grounds, focused on improving the “learning environment”, and the Strategic Advisory Group, which looks at the overall long term development plan for the school.

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.

Instrument of Government

 

GOVERNORS COMMITTEES

 

Committee

Members

Committee

Members

Finance 

Colin Williams

Academic &

Pastoral

Dan Smith

Andrew Soutar

Andrew Soutar

Pam Dennis

Charlotte Smithson

Neil Fraser

Pam Dennis

Nicola Wharmby

Nicky Wilce

 

Vani Midgley

 

Gaynor Riley

 

Karen Vaughan

In attendance

Joy Cobbold – Office Manager

Vani Midgley

 

 

In attendance

Kathy Raine – Deputy Head

Buildings & Premises

Colin Williams

Performance

Management

Dan Smith

Andrew Soutar

Nicky Wilce

Nicola Wharmby

Vani Midgley

Jane Crossley

 

Charlotte Smithson

 

In attendance

Bryan Hellen

Joy Cobbold

 

 

Appeals

Karen Vaughan

Complaints

Neil Fraser

Jane Crossley

Nicky Wilce

Colin Williams

 

Staff Discipline

Neil Fraser

Pupil Behaviour

Neil Fraser

Vani Midgley

Vani Midgley

Jane Crossley

Karen Vaughan

Safeguarding Governor

Gaynor Riley

Oversight of Safeguarding Govenor

Neil Fraser

Looked after Children Governor

Neil Fraser

SEN Governor

Karen Vaughan

Health & Safety Governor

Charlotte Smithson

Governors Forum Representative

Neil Fraser

Eco Governor

Colin Williams

Friends Governor

Nicola Wharmby

 Year Group Governors. 

Nursery

Jane Crossley

Reception

Nicola Wharmby

Year 1

Nicky Wilce

Year 2

Neil Fraser

Year 3

Vani Midgley

Year 4

Karen Vaughan

Year 5

Gaynor Riley/Dan Smith

Year 6

Colin Williams

Register of Interests.

Full Name

Type of Governor

 

(including Associate members)

 

Appointed by

Date of Appointment /  Term of Office

End date

(if applicable)

Committee membership, voting rights of Associate members and any special roles or chairing responsibilities

Other educational institutions at which a governor

Business interests and date notified

Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)

Meetings attended over previous academic year out of a total number of applicable meetings

Jane Crossley

Parent

29.09.13

22.09.17

Appeals

Staff Discipline

Buildings and Premises

None

None

None

6/7

Pam Dennis

Staff

25.09.14

24.09.18

Finance

Academic and Pastoral

None

None

None

7/7

Neil Fraser

LA & Chair

15.09.14

14.09.18

Chair 2016  - present

Finance

Performance Management

Complaints

Staff Discipline

Pupil Behaviour

None

None

None

5/7

Vani Midgley

Parent & Vice Chair

10.10.16

10.10.20

Vice Chair 2016 – present

Academic and Pastoral

Performance Management

Staff Discipline

Pupil Behaviour

None

None

None

6/7

Gaynor Riley

Co-opted community

01.10.14

30.09.18

Academic and Pastoral

None

None

None

5/7

Dan Smith

Co-opted community

13.09.16

13.09.20

Academic and Pastoral

Performance Management

None

None

None

0/7

(apt 13.09.16)

Charlotte Smithson

Co-opted staff

01.01.15

31.12.19

Academic and Pastoral

Building and Premises

None

None

None

5/7

Andrew Soutar

Headteacher

04.13

 

Finance

Academic and Pastoral

Buildings and Premises

None

None

None

7/7 

 

 

 

 

Karen Vaughan

Parent

27.03.14

26.03.18

Academic and Pastoral

Appeals

Pupil Behaviour

None

None

None

6/7

Nicola Wharmby

Parent

26.09.14

26.09.18

Finance

Buildings and Premises

None

None

None

6/7

Nicky Wilce

Co-opted Community

01.12.11

30.11.15

Academic and Pastoral

Performance Management

Complaints

None

None

None

7/7

Colin Williams

Co-opted Community

13.09.13

12.09.17

Finance

Buildings and Premises

Appeals

None

None

None

7/7

 

 

Peter Willox

Co-opted Community

16.10.12

15.10.16

Chair until July 2015

Academic and Pastoral

Performance Management

Complaints

Staff Discipline

Pupil Behaviour

Wife had been self- employed

Music teacher until July 2015. 

None

None

6/7

Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Sally Weir.

The clerk to the governors supports the governing body in terms of arranging meetings, recording and distributing minutes and documentation and advises the governing body on constitutional and procedural matters, duties and powers.

Year Group Governors.

Nursery

Jane Crossley

Reception

Nicola Wharmby

Year 1

Nicky Wilce

Year 2

Neil Fraser

Year 3

Vani Midgley

Year 4

Karen Vaughan

Year 5

Gaynor Riley/Dan Smith

Year 6

Colin Williams

*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.  
Teachernet - Governors  
Directgov - Becoming a school governor  
Education Bradford School Governor Service - provides a consultancy, advice and guidance service to school governors.