Welcome to Our School
"Where every child has the chance to shine"
Our Governing Body
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
NAME TYPE & OTHER RESPONSIBILITES CONTACT DETAILS
Sarah Hellen Teaching Staff Governor firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Morgan Parent Governor email@example.com
Vice Chair of Governors
Caroline Pope Community Governor firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Raine Deputy Head email@example.com
Paul Smith Co-opted Community Governor firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Smithson Co-opted Non-Teaching Staff Governor email@example.com
Health & Safety Governor
Andrew Soutar Head teacher firstname.lastname@example.org
Francesca Spencer Parent Governor email@example.com
Guy Weston Parent Governor firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicola Wharmby Parent Governor email@example.com
Oversight for Safeguarding
Looked After Children Governor
Nicky Wilce Co-opted Community firstname.lastname@example.org
Ritchie Williamson LA Governor email@example.com
Chair of Governors
Governors Forum Rep
Sally Weir Clerk to Governors firstname.lastname@example.org