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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. 

 

Register of Interests of Governors - 2019-20

Instrument of Government

 

Copies of minutes are available from the school office   

NAME                                                            TYPE & OTHER  RESPONSIBILITES                        CONTACT DETAILS             

                                                                                

Sarah Hellen                                                     Teaching Staff Governor                             office@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

 

Dawn Morgan                                                   Parent Governor                                           d.morgan@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

                                                                         Vice Chair of Governors   

                                                                         SEN Governor

 

Caroline Pope                                               Community  Governor                                    c.pope@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

Kathy Raine                                                    Deputy Head                                                office@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

                                                                       (observer)      

 

Paul Smith                                                      Co-opted Community Governor                    p.smith@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

                                                                                                            

 

Charlotte Smithson                                         Co-opted Non-Teaching Staff Governor       office@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

                                                                        Health & Safety Governor

  

 Andrew Soutar                                                Head teacher                                               office@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

 

Francesca Spencer                                           Parent Governor                                            francesca.spencer@bradford.sch.uk

 

Guy Weston                                                      Parent Governor                                          g.weston@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk     

      

Nicola Wharmby                                             Parent Governor                                            n.wharmby@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

                                                                        Oversight for Safeguarding

                                                                        Friends Governor 

                                                                        Looked After Children Governor

 

 Nicky Wilce                                                     Co-opted Community                                    n.wilce@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

                                                                         Eco Governor

 

Ritchie Williamson                                          LA Governor                                                 r.williamson@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk

                                                                        Chair of Governors

                                                                        Governors Forum Rep

 

Sally Weir                                                        Clerk to Governors                                       office@ashlands.bradford.sch.uk