Governors

What do the Governors at Ashdene do?

All Governing Boards have three core functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Here at Ashdene we endeavour to be ambitious for all the children and have a commitment to continuous school improvement. As a result we have set a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school which is captured in the mission statement where we clearly state that we want the pupils at Ashdene ‘to be passionate about learning, resilient, independent, inquisitive and creative,’. The governors also support the school's Senior Leadership Team in maintaining a safe enviornment for all pupils and staff. To achieve this the full board and the resources committee meet once a term and the Learning, Inclusion & Progression (LIP) committee meets each half term. We also visit the school regularly meeting and talking to the staff, undertake learning walks with the senior leaders, attend Inset days and Professional Development Meetings and meet with the School Improvement Partner. To keep parents informed we place briefing notes in the school newsletter and the Part I minutes, once approved, are available from the office. As governors we endeavour to be accessible as possible, you may see us around school, you can contact us via the school office or e-mail the chair of governors, chair@ashdeneschool.net. However we do ask that if the issue relates specifically to your child you use the channels put in place by the school staff to ensure that the matter is dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner.

To demonstrate that the board are doing their absolute best for the children at Ashdene, our recent achievements are; the appointment of an outstanding head teacher in Collette Mather, the recent financial standards assessment received a ‘Good Assurance’ outcome, the highest possible and the School Improvement Partner most recently reported that ‘the governors were knowledgeable and held leaders to account well’.

List of Governors

Name

Term of Office

Type of Governor

Role

Committee membership

Rachel Ainsworth

01/09/16 31/08/20

Co-opted

GVO manager

Resources

Phil Carpenter

01/10/15 30/09/19

Staff

 

LIP

Madeline (Maddi) Clemens

02/02/17 01/02/21

Associate

H&S Gov

Resources

Jayne Cross

25/06/14 24/06/18

Parent

Special Education Needs (SEN)

Inclusion & Pupil Premium

 

LIP

Rajni (Ruj) Dev

20/11/14 19/11/18

Co-opted

Chair of resources

Resources

Anne Gadsden

03/10/17 02/10/21

Co-opted

Chair of Governors & LIP and HT Performance Management

LIP

Robert Hussey

08/12/16 07/12/20

Co-opted

Deputy Safeguarding

Resources

Collette Mather

01/09/16 31/08/20

Head Teacher

 

All

Rev. Kirsty Thorpe

02/10/17 01/10/21

Co-opted

Safeguarding Governor, HT Performance Management

Resources

Sacha Thompson

07/09/15 06/09/19

Parent

Governor Training

LIP

 

Publication of Governors’ details and the Register of Interest

There are no declarations of any business interests or material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff, including spouses, partners and close relatives for the above named governors.

Governor attendance at meetings for the academic year 2016-2017

Name

Number of meetings possible

Number of meetings attended

Percentage attendance

Rachel Ainsworth

9

10

90

Phil Carpenter

8

11

73

Madeline (Maddi) Clemens

6

10

60

Jayne Cross

10

11

91

Rajni (Ruj) Dev

9

10

90

Anne Gadsden

13

16

81

Robert Hussey

7

10

70

Collette Mather

16

16

100

Rev. Kirsty Thorpe

9

10

90

Sacha Thompson

10

11

91

Meeting dates for the academic year 2017-2018

Thursday 21st September @ 4.40 LIP

Thursday 21st September @ 6.30 FGB

Thursday 16th November @ 9.15 Resources

Thursday 30th November @ 4.40 LIP

Thursday 18th January @ 4.40 LIP

Thursday 18th January @ 6.30 FGB

Thursday 15th March @ 9.15 Resources

Thursday 15th March @ 4.40 LIP

Thursday 3rd May @ 4.40 LIP

Thursday 3rd May @ 6.30 FGB

Thursday 14th June @ 9.15 Resources

Thursday 14th June @ 4.40 LIP

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