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Ashlands Primary School

Welcome to Our School
"Where every child has the chance to shine"

Ashlands 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 - 2020 - 2021

Instrument of Government at Ashlands


Copies of minutes are available from the school office   

Ashlands School Governors 2020 - 2021


NAME                 TYPE & OTHER  RESPONSIBILITES                        CONTACT               


Joanna Archdale        Teaching Staff Governor             


Chris Brown               Parent Governor                  


Roya Helme               Community Governor           

    Safeguarding Governor

    Nursery Governor


Dawn Morgan            Parent Governor              

                                  Vice Chair of Governors   

                                  SEN Governor

    Year 1 Governor  



Caroline Pope       Co-opted Community  Governor   

                             Year 6 Governor

                             Pupil Premium Governor       


Paul Smith             Co-opted Community Governor

 Reception Governor

 Chair - Finance Committee

 Chair - Buildings & Premises Committee                                                                                           

 Charlotte Smithson  Co-Opted Non-Teaching Staff Governor

                                  Health & Safety Governor  


 Andrew Soutar         Head teacher                                


Francesca Spencer     Parent Governor                                                                                           Year 5 Governor 


Nicola Wharmby      Parent Governor         

                                Friends Governor 

                                Looked After Children Governor 

        Year 2 Governor 

        Oversight for Safeguarding Governor

  Chair of Academic  Pastoral Committee 


 Nicky Wilce             Co-opted Community           

                                Eco Governor

                    Year 3 Governor  


Ritchie Williamson  LA - co-opted Governor

                                Chair of Governors

                                Governors Forum Rep

                                Year 4 Governor


Sally Weir                Clerk to Governors                 


 Kathy Raine            Deputy Head  (observer)              


Academic and Pastoral

Nicola Wharmby - Chair 

Andrew Soutar

Joanne Archdale

Roya Helme

Caroline Pope

Charlotte Smithson

Nicky Wilce

Kathy Raine (in attendance)


Buildings & Premises

Paul Smith - Chair 

Andrew Soutar

Francesca Spencer

Guy Weston

John Butler (in attendance)

Bryan Hellen (in attendance)



Paul Smith - Chair

Andrew Soutar

Joanna Archdale

Dawn Morgan

Ritchie Williamson

Charlotte Smithson

John Butler (in attendance)

Kathy Raine (in attendance)

Jeanette Ward (in attendance)