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 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; 

•    Being judged as outstanding by OfSTED. They reported that the governors provide very strong leadership. They are knowledgeable and dedicated. They provide the right balance of support and challenge to ensure that the quality of education is always improving. 
•    Governors have a range of skills, both in education and in other fields such as finance. They keep up to date with regular training to make sure they are abreast of issues affecting the school.
•    Receiving the repeat commendation of ‘Good Assurance’ for the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) Assessment 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

Madeline (Maddi) Clemens

02/02/17 01/02/21

Associate

H&S Gov

Resources

Jayne Cross

01/09/19

31/08/23

Associate

SEND

 

Anne Gadsden

03/10/17 02/10/21

Co-opted

Chair of Governors

Chair of LIP

HT Performance Management

CofG at another CE school and a school in Staffordshire

All

Robert Hussey

08/12/16 07/12/20

Co-opted

Safeguarding

Vice chair

HT Performance Management

Resources

Collette Mather

01/09/16 31/08/20

Head Teacher

 

All

Laura O’Brien

26/09/18 25/09/22

Staff

 

LIP

Katie Orr

24/01/2019

23/01/2023

Co-opted

Governor Training

Resources

James Pulle

19/09/19 18/09/23

Co-opted

MAT

LIP

Ian Pilkington 23/01/20 22/01/24 Parent   Resources
Shoba Hunsley

14/05/20 13/05/24

Parent   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. James Pullee is the head teacher of the local high school. 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 2018-2019

Name

Number of meetings possible

Number of meetings attended

Percentage attendance

Rachel Ainsworth

6

6

100

Madeline (Maddi) Clemens

6

3

50

Jayne Cross

7

9

78

Anne Gadsden

10

10

100

Robert Hussey

6

6

100

Collette Mather

12

12

100

Katie Orr

5

5

100

Sacha Thompson

9

9

100

Laura O’Brien

9

9

100

 

Meeting dates for the academic year 2020-2021

Thursday 24th September 4.00-6.00pm FGB
Wednesday 7th October 9.15-10.30am Resources
Thursday 12th November 2.00-4.00pm LIP
Thursday 28th January 4.00-6.00pm FGB
Wednesday 10th February 9.15-10.30am Resources
Thursday 4th March 2.00-4.00pm LIP
Wednesday 26th May 9.15-10.30am Resources
Thursday 27th May 4.00-6.00pm FGB
Thursday 8th July 2.00-4.00pm LIP

 

 

 

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