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  • Staff governors are elected by and from staff at the school.
  • Parent governors are elected by and from parents and carers of pupils at the school.
  • LA governors are appointed by the local authority (Herts County Council).
  • Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body.




Start Date

Term of Office

Attendance at last 6 FGB meetings

Roles & Responsibilities

Gov. Roles at other Schools


Peter Chapman Co-opted 24/07/2015 4 years 6/6 Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee, Safeguarding    
Simon England Staff 01/01/2017   4/4 Headteacher    
Suzanne Summerhayes Staff 01/09/2016   2/2 Headteacher    
Eleanor Northern LA 30/11/2016 4 years 5/6  Deputy Safeguarding, Maths   3 cousins work at the school
Graham Kingsley Co-opted 24/07/2015 4 years 5/6  Science Gov. at Knights Templar School  
David Short Co-opted 24/07/2015 4 years 6/6  Vice Chair of Governors, Health & Safety   Private history teacher
Gill Field Co-opted 24/07/2015 4 years 6/6  Chair of Achievement & Pupil Welfare Committee    
Tracey Gladstone Co-opted 24/07/2015 4 years 5/6       
Fiona Richards Parent 23/10/2015 4 years 4/6  Early Years    
Jo McCallion Parent 02/11/2013 4 years 5/6 

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, Looked after Children, English

Ni Button  Parent 08/02/2017 4 years 1/1      
Duncan Brumby Parent 22/10/2015 4 years  6/6 Computing    
Sarah Jones Staff 13/09/2013 4 years 4/6       
Vacancy Clerk        Clerk    

The Governing Body meets once every half term. Minutes of these meetings are available from the school office. School policies are available on request from the school office. The Governor email address is: governors@ashwell.herts.sch.uk or they can be contacted through the school office.

What do Governors do?

The DfE states that all governing bodies have three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


Full details are available from the DfE

Governance Handbook


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