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,’. To achieve this the full governing board and the resources committee meet once a term and the Learning, Inclusion & Progression (LIP) committee meets every half term. Governors 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 is doing their absolute best for the children at Ashdene, our recent achievements are as follows;

  • Ofsted reported that the school continued to be good with the HMI of the opinion that the strong practice and marked improvements indicating that the school was moving towards being outstanding.
  • The HMI also wrote ‘Governors know the school well and are ambitious for pupils to achieve as highly as possible. They challenge leaders rigorously and hold them to account effectively. Governors have a wide range of skills that enable them to fulfil their role successfully.’
  • the appointment of an outstanding deputy head teacher in Andy Hayes,
  • Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) Assessment awarded another ‘Good Assurance’ stating the ‘Comprehensive answers given and detail provided. Evidence is dated and fully referenced. Action Plan is good, with appropriate timescales and responsibilities. Thank you for maintaining the high standard.’

List of Governors

Name

Term of Office

Type of Governor

Role

Committee membership

Rachel Ainsworth

01/09/16 31/08/20

Co-opted

Chair of resources

GVO manager

Resources

Laura Dutton

30/5/18

29/4/22

Staff

 

LIP

Madeline (Maddi) Clemens

02/02/17 01/02/21

Associate

H&S Gov

Resources

Jayne Cross

24/6/18

23/6/22

Co-opted

Inclusion & Pupil Premium

LIP

Elizabeth Andrews

14/6/18

13/6/22

Parent

 

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

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

The Chair of Governors has declared that she is a governor of a school in Staffordshire and that she is the Director of an Education Consultancy. There are no other 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 2017-2018

Name

Number of meetings possible

Number of meetings attended

Percentage attendance

Rachel Ainsworth

6

4

67

Phil Carpenter

7

7

100

Madeline (Maddi) Clemens

6

5

83

Jayne Cross

9

9

100

Rajni (Ruj) Dev

3

3

100

Anne Gadsden

9

9

100

Robert Hussey

6

6

100

Collette Mather

12

12

100

Rev. Kirsty Thorpe

6

6

100

Sacha Thompson

9

8

88

 

Meeting dates for the academic year 2018-2019

Wednesday 26th September @ 4.40          LIP

Wednesday 26th September @ 6.30         FGB

Thursday 22nd November @ 4.40            LIP

Wednesday 28th November @ 9.00        Resources

Thursday 31st January @ 4.40                LIP

Thursday 31st January @ 6.30                FGB

Thursday 20th March @ 9.00                  Resources

Thursday 16th May @ 4.40                     LIP

Thursday 16th May @ 6.30                     FGB

Thursday 19th June @ 9.00                    Resources

Thursday 11th July @ 4.40                     LIP

 

 

 

 

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