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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 and now expects them to work to a competency framework.  Governors 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.
To ensure Governors carry out these functions  successfully, there is a framework of 16 competencies under six headings: strategic leadership, accountability, people, structures, compliance and evaluation.
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: governors@ashford-park.surrey.sch.uk
There are 12 Governors on our Governing Body, with currently one vacancy for a Co-opted Governor. 

All our Governors are members of the Children and Learning Committee as all take a close interest in the pupils’ education, progress and attainment.  Governors regularly come into school during the day to spend time in classrooms, meeting with and hearing from staff and children, following up with a written or a verbal report to a meeting. Each term there is an Achievement Day, where Governors spend the day in school on various tasks and projects, liaise with staff and feed back to the other Governors.  To help advise this committee and to scrutinise detail in the data we have a small Data Sub-Committee of Johnny Kyriacou, Graham Ledger and Lynsey Makepeace.  
There is one other committee, Resources, which, among other things, deals with finance, spending, budget and property matters.
Governors with the appropriate training sit on Appeals and Discipline Panels as and when necessary, and there is a Pay Committee and a Headteacher's Performance Panel with trained Governors.
Governors also visit in school more informally to attend events and get to know staff and pupils.

In addition to attending Committee and Full Governing Body meetings, Governors have specialist roles, meeting with subject leaders and taking a lead focus on aspects of teaching and learning.  Details for our Governors are as follows (in alphabetical order), with attendance figures for the previous academic year September 2017 - August 2018 (six meetings), and any declared interests:

Teresa Bailey, Elected Staff Governor, term of office October 2018 to October 2022; declared a  connection by marriage (sister in law) to the Vice-Chair;  no other declared interests; Governor leading on attendance;  attended her first GB meeting on 10 October 2018.

Margaret Bird, Co-opted Governor, term of office November 2017 - November 2021.  Governor responsible for Maths.  Declared an interest as an advisor to Bridge Builders.  Attended all FGB meetings.

Liz Down, Co-opted Governor and Chair of the Governing Body, term of office July 2018 to July 2022; declared an interest as Chair of Sing Spelthorne Community Choir; Governor responsible for liaison with the LA in the event of a child protection allegation against the Headteacher.  Attended all FGB meetings.

Claire Dyson, Local Authority Governor;  Deputy Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor; Governor leading on English; term of office April 2017 to April 2021;  declared interests, none; attended four FGB meetings.

Paul Goulden, Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Resources Committee, Governor responsible for Looked After Children; term of office July 2018 to July 2022;  declared interest, Governor at the Marjory Kinnon School, Bedfont, Middx;  attended all FGB meetings.

Johnny Kyriacou, Co-opted Governor, term of office July 2017 - July 2021; member of the Resources Committee and Governor responsible for Disadvantaged Children;  declared an interest relating to his professional role in school effectiveness for Slough Borough Council which may involve support for Governing Bodies;  attended all FGB meetings.

Lynsey Makepeace, Assistant  Headteacher and Special Education Needs Co-ordinator, Co-opted Governor, term of office July 2018 to July 2022; no declared interests; attended all FGB meetings.

Graham Ledger, Elected Parent Governor, member of the Resources Committee, Governor with responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding; Governor leading on computing and science, and Freedom of Information and Data Protection; term of office April 2017 - April 2021; no declared interests;  attended five FGB meetings.

Richard Little, Elected Parent Governor, member of the Resources Committee and Governor leading on English; term of office April 2017 - April 2021;  no declared interests;  attended two FGB meetings since July 2017.

Keith Proffitt, Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Chair of the Children and Learning Committee; member of Resources Committee and Governor responsible for Special Education Needs and Disability; term of office July 2018 to July 2022;  no declared interests; attended five FGB meetings.

Sarah Tarrant. Headteacher, term of office started September 2009; no declared interests; attended five FGB meetings.

Nick Watkins and Sue Taylor stepped down from the Governing Body in July 2018 following several years' service, having attended all GB meetings.

Attending at Full Governing Body meetings:  Lucy Allen, Deputy Headteacher;  Mel Wootton Assistant Headteacher.
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 formal meetings: Clerk to the Governing Body, Ms Jill Sanders, who draws up agendas and takes minutes.

Where Governors do have to miss meetings, apologies are given in advance, along with reasons for the absence, before being accepted by Governors.

Professional negligence statement: 
Advice given by governors at this school is incidental to their professional expertise and is not being given in their professional capacity.

Confidentiality Statement: 
Governors respect the confidential nature of discussions and do not disclose governor business or decisions. When minutes of governing body meetings, Part 1, are approved they are made available to any member of the public who requests sight of them.

Governing Body Code of Conduct - please see attachment below.
Open Meeting Protocol, for anyone wishing to attend a Full Governing Body Meeting.  These are held at the school beginning at 5pm, and scheduled on the following dates for the academic year: 
5 December 2018, 13 February, 27 March, 22 May and 17 July 2019.
Email for the Governing Body:  governors@ashford-park.surrey.sch.uk

  1. Open Meeting Protocol 18-19Download
  2. GB Code of Conduct 18 -19Download
  3. GovRoles17_18Download

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Station Crescent, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3HN

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