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School Governors

"The role played by the governing body has developed rapidly since the last inspection. Governors work closely with other leaders. They provide good levels of support and challenge for the school."

Ofsted December 2014

Central Government, quite rightly, has high expectations of all governing bodies. They are the strategic leaders of schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. This is underpinned by law, which states that the purpose of governing bodies is to “conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school”.

There are three core functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent.
From time to time we ask all members of the Governing Body (GB) to take part in a skills audit and we commission external reviews of governance. This allows us to constitute the GB in line with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 and in line with the needs of this school.
Should you wish to contact the governors, you may write to them c/o the school or use the email address:

There are 12 Governors on our Governing Body.  We are able to welcome two new Parent Governors, Graham Ledger and Richard Little, following a successful election process at the end of April 2017.  We also welcome a new Co-opted Governor, Johnny Kyriacou. The new Governors formally attend their first Full Governing Body on 5 July.
All our Governors are members of the Children and Learning Committee as all have a close interest in the pupils’ education, progress and attainment.  Governors regularly come into school during the day to spend time in classrooms, meeting and hearing from staff, and for the committee meeting itself, where they feed back.  To advise this committee and to scrutinise detail in the data we have a small Attainment Sub-Committee.  
There is one other committee, Resources which, among other things, deals with finance, spending, the budget and property matters.
Governors with the appropriate training also sit on Appeals and Discipline Panels as and when necessary, and there is an Appraisal Panel and a Headteacher's Performance Panel with trained Governors.
In addition to attending committee and Full Governing Body meetings, Governors have specialist roles.  Details for our Governors are as follows, along with information on attendance for the previous academic year September 2015 - August 2016 (seven meetings) and declared interests:

Ms Liz Down

Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Body, term of office September 2014 to September 2018; declared interests, none; attended six of the seven Full Governing Body meetings.

Mr Paul Goulden

Co-opted Governor and Children in Care Governor, Chair of the Resources Committee, Governor responsible for liaison with the Local Authority in the event of allegation (Child Protection) against the Headteacher and Governor responsible for Early Years and for Inclusion, Special Needs and Disability; term of office September 2014 to September 2018;  declared interest, Governor at the Marjory Kinnon School, Bedfont, Middx;  attended all Full Governing Body meetings.

Mrs Claire Dyson

Local Authority Governor, Chair of the Children and Learning Committee;  Deputy Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor; Governor responsible for English; term of office April 2013 to April 2017;  declared interests, none; attended six of the seven Full Governing Body meetings.

Mr Keith Proffitt

Co-opted Governor, member of Resources Committee and Governor responsible for Maths, term of office Sept 2014 to September 2018;  no declared interests; attended all seven Full Governing Body meetings.

Mr Nick Watkins

Co-opted Governor, Vice-chair of the Governing Body, Member of the Resources Committee; Governor responsible for Child Protection and Safeguarding, Training & Development and Link Governor, term of office September 2014 to September 2018; declared interests, none; attended six of the seven Full Governing Body meetings.

Mrs Lynsey Makepeace

Assistant  Headteacher and Special Education Needs Co-ordinator, Co-opted Governor, term of office September 2014 to September 2018.

Mrs Sarah Tarrant

Headteacher, term of office started September 2009;  declared interests, none; attended all of the seven Full Governing Body meetings.

Mrs Sue Taylor

Staff Governor, member of the Resources Committee, term of office January 2015 to January 2019;  declared interests, none; attended all of the Full Governing Body meetings over the previous year (2014-15).

Mr Martin Baker

Co-opted Governor, stepped down at the beginning of May 2017 after several years' service on the GB; he attended six of the seven Full Governing Body meetings.

Mrs Katherine Russell

Co-opted Governor, stepped down as Deputy Headteacher late 2016; attended all seven Full Governing Body meetings.

Governors fulfill their various roles, and also visit in school more informally to attend events and get to know staff and pupils.
In attendance at Resources Committee:  Mrs Amanda Woods, School Business Manager, who presents the budget and keeps Governors informed about all financial matters throughout the school year.
In attendance at all meetings: Clerk to the Governing Body, Ms Jill Sanders, who draws up agendas and minutes for the termly meetings.
Email for the Governing Body:

Ashford Park
Primary School

Station Crescent, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3HN

01784 250305

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