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.

Copies of minutes are available from the school office.

 

Instrument of Government

 

GOVERNORS COMMITTEES

 

Committee

Members

Committee

Members

Finance 

Colin Williams

Academic &

Pastoral

Andrew Soutar

Andrew Soutar

Charlotte Smithson

Pam Dennis

Pam Dennis

Richie Williamson

Nicky Wilce

Nicola Wharmby

Vani Midgley

Dan Smith

Gaynor Riley

 

Dawn Morgan

 

David Stephens

In attendance

Kathy Raine - Deputy Head

Joy Cobbold – Office Manager

 

 

 

In attendance

Kathy Raine – Deputy Head

Buildings & Premises

Colin Williams

Performance

Management

Dan Smith

Andrew Soutar

Nicky Wilce

Nicola Wharmby

Vani Midgley

David Stephens

 Colin Williams

Charlotte Smithson

 Nicola Wharmby

In attendance

Bryan Hellen

Joy Cobbold

 

 

Appeals

Nicola Wharmby

Complaints

Ritchie Williamson

Colin Williams

Nicky Wilce

 

 Dan Smith

Staff Discipline

Nicola Wharmby

Pupil Behaviour

Dan Smith

Vani Midgley

Vani Midgley

Dawn Morgan

Nicola Wharmby

Safeguarding Governor

Gaynor Riley

Oversight of Safeguarding Govenor

Nicola Wharmby

Looked after Children Governor

David Stephens

SEN Governor

Charlotte Smithson

Health & Safety Governor

Charlotte Smithson

Governors Forum Representative

Richie Williamson

Eco Governor

Colin Williams

Friends Governor

Nicola Wharmby

 Year Group Governors. 

Nursery

Colin Williams

Reception

Dawn Morgan /

David Stephens

Year 1

Nicola Wharmby

Year 2

Nicky Wilce

Year 3

Ritchie Williamson

Year 4

Vani Midgley

Year 5

Dan Smith

Year 6

Gaynor Riley

Register of Interests.

Register of Interests of Current Governors serving, and those who have served at any point in the last 12 months, on the Board of Governors at Ashlands Primary School 2018/19

 

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

Left 9th October 2017

29.09.13

22.09.17

Appeals

Staff Discipline

Buildings and Premises

None

None

None

1/7

Pam Dennis

Staff

25.09.14

24.09.18

Finance

Academic and Pastoral

None

None

None

1/7

Neil Fraser

LA & Chair

LEFT March 2017

15.09.14

31.03.17

 

Chair 2016  - present

Finance

Performance Management

Complaints

Staff Discipline

Pupil Behaviour

None

None

None

 

Vani Midgley

Parent & Chair

 

10/10/16

10/10/20

 Chair 2017 – present

Academic and Pastoral

Performance Management

Staff Discipline

Pupil Behaviour

None

None

None

2/7

Dawn Morgan 

Parent Governor

9/10/17

9/10/21

Academic and Pastoral

Staff Discipline

None

None

Spouse (Teaching Assistant at Ashlands)

1/7

Gaynor Riley

Co-opted community

01.10.14

30.09.18

Academic and Pastoral

None

None

None

1/7

Dan Smith

Co-opted community

13.09.16

13.09.20

Academic and Pastoral

Performance Management

Complaints

Pupil Behaviour

None

None

None

2/7

Charlotte Smithson

Co-opted staff

01.01.15

31.1.19

Academic and Pastoral

Building and Premises

SEN Governor

None

None

None

2/7

Andrew Soutar

Headteacher

04.13

 

Finance

Academic and Pastoral

Buildings and Premises

None

None

None

2/7 

 

David Stephens

 

 

Parent Governor

9/10/17

9/10/21

 

Academic and Pastoral

Buildings and Premises

Looked after Children

None

Employed by Bradford Council within Children’s Social Care

None

1/7

Karen Vaughan

Parent

LEFT JULY 2017

27.03.14

26.03.18

Academic and Pastoral

Appeals

Pupil Behaviour

None

None

None

0/7

Nicola Wharmby

Parent

26.09.14

26.09.18

Finance

Buildings and Premises

Performance Management

Appeals

Staff Discipline

Pupil Behaviour

Oversight of Safeguarding Governor

Friends Governor

None

None

None

2/7

Nicky Wilce

Co-opted Community

14/1/15

31/1/19

Academic and Pastoral

Performance Management

Complaints

None

None

None

1/7

Colin Williams

Co-opted Community

14/1/15

31/1/19

Finance

Buildings and Premises

Appeals

Eco Governor

None

None

None

2/7

 

 

Richie Williamson

LA and Vice Chair

17.07.17

16.07.21

Finance

Governors Forum Representative

None

None

None

2/7 

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.


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