Ashford Church of England Primary School

Ashford Church of England Primary School

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Our Governors

Provide a strategic view which sets out and continuously reviews the broad framework within which the headteacher and her staff run the school. The focus is on:

  • Raising standards of achievement
  • Promoting effective teaching and learning

Act as a critical friend by giving advice and support and fostering good relationships. They ask challenging and critical questions and strive for improvements. Ensure accountability by setting out the overall aims and conduct for the school, approving policies and plans to support this.

The headteacher and her staff report to the governors on the school’s performance. Proposals are discussed, questioned and refined, with regard to the professional roles of the staff and their day to day responsibilities within the school. The governors are also answerable for their actions to the Local Authority and the London Diocesan Board of School.


Phil Wells

Foundation Governor for St Matthews
Chair of Governors

Link Governor for: Developing Governor Subject Roles and Links and Developing Leadership
Other roles: School Trips and Visits Governor, Ashford Strategy Group, Achievement Committee, Pay Committee (Chair) and Headteacher’s PM
Term of Office: 20.11.2016 to 19.11.2020
(20.11.2012 to 19.11.2016 - Foundation Governor; 18.11.2010 to 19.11.2012 - Parent Governor)
2016/17 Attendance: 10 out of 10 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 14 out of 14 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Phil Wells

Foundation Governor for St Matthews
Chair of Governors

Phil has worked in the public sector for nearly 15 years and brings a wide range of skills to the governing body. He was appointed as a parent governor before becoming a representative for the parish of St. Matthews. In 2013 he was appointed Chair at Ashford. Phil has broadened his knowledge and understanding of governance by supporting other schools within the Diocese forming part of a Rapid Improvement Group consisting of 4 experienced advisors.

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Neil Meehan

Ex-Officio - Executive Headteacher

Link Governor for:
Other roles: Ashford Strategy Group
Term of Office: 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2019
2017/18 Attendance: N/A
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Neil Meehan

Executive Headteacher

Neil Meehan has been a headteacher since 2006 in three different schools. Since 2013, he has been headteacher of Laleham C of E Primary School, which has been graded good by Ofsted on two occasions in this time. Neil specialises in English and education of the more able, and works actively with other head teachers in the diocese and in the Spelthorne Confederation. Neil enjoys tennis, cooking and reading in his spare time. He was appointed as Interim Executive Headteacher of the Laleham and Ashford CofE Schools Partnership which has been set up for this year.

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Rhys Williams

Foundation Deanery Governor

Link Governor for: Maths, Finance and Sports Premium
Other roles: Achievement Committee (Chair), Admissions Committee and Website Overview and Monitoring
Term of Office: 10.09.2015 to 09.09.2019
(18.01.2013 to 09.09.2015 - Local Authority)
2016/17 Attendance: 8 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 9 out of 12 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Rhys Williams

Foundation Deanery Governor

Rhys spent nearly twenty years in the City of London working in operational management and audit for international financial institutions. During his time in the City he studied for an MSc in Information Technology, focusing on software design. At the end of the nineties Rhys had the opportunity to train for a PGCE, after which he taught in a primary school in Richmond Borough, where he coordinated many subjects including ICT, eventually becoming Deputy Headteacher. Rhys was a lead teacher in Richmond Borough responsible for helping implement the use of ICT and interactive whiteboards in the teaching of mathematics and English to primary school children in the borough.
Rhys decided to use his classroom experience to help train teachers and lectured in St Mary's University for four years on the Primary Education and Work-based degrees and the one year and part-time Primary PGCE, becoming Programme Director for the Primary Education degree. Rhys then returned to the primary sector and taught a Year 6 class in Richmond Borough until he recently retired.

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Carolyn Clark

Foundation Governor for St Hildas

Link Governor for:
Other roles:
Term of Office: 26.11.2017 to 25.11.2021
(26.11.2013 to 25.11.2017 - Foundation Governor)
2016/17 Attendance: 8 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 10 out of 12 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Carolyn Clark

Foundation Governor for St Hildas

Carolyn is a Licensed Lay Minister at St Hilda’s Ashford. She has three sons, one of whom is dyslexic, and she works with secondary school students who have SEND (special educational needs). Therefore as a governor her interests include supporting the faith life of the school, and enabling all involved at ACE to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.

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Lisa Richardson

Foundation Governor for St Hildas
Vice Chair of Governors

Link Governor for: Safeguarding Governor
Other roles: Achievement Committee, Pay Committee, Admissions Committee and Ashford Strategy Group
Term of Office: 24.04.2015 to 23.04.2019
2016/17 Attendance: 10 out of 10 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 14 out of 15 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Lisa Richardson

Foundation Governor for St Hildas

Lisa is a Foundation Governor for St Hilda's church and has over 15 years experience in Aviation specialising in HR, Payroll and Administration. Since the birth of her eldest daughter in 2012 Lisa now works part time at Heathrow and enjoys horse riding, dog walking and cooking in her spare time. Lisa is incredibly proud to have been chosen as Foundation Governor by the St Hilda's PCC.

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Sukhi Vella (previously Sandhu)

Local Authority Governor

Link Governor for: Pupil Premium, SEND/Inclusion Governor, LAC Governor
Other roles: Achievement Committee and Admissions Committee (Chair)
Term of Office: 10.09.2015 to 09.09.2019
(25.01.2013 to 09.09.2015 - Parent Governor)
2016/17 Attendance: 3 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 10 out of 14 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 0 out of 1 meetings

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Sukhi Vella (previously Sandhu)

Local Authority Governor

Sukhi was appointed Parent Governor in January 2013 and currently has specific responsibility to support the areas of Special Needs in the school.
She is a freelance Learning & Development Consultant and has over fifteen years’ experience in the field of corporate learning and development, specialising in Leadership and Management, Personal Effectiveness and Culture Change. She believes that effective relationships and collaboration achieve results and her approach is designed to create a relaxed and informal environment in order to enhance each individuals natural learning capability; challenge thinking in order to sustain learning within the workplace and facilitate others to make a difference to their business through their performance. She believes the same approach can be applied within the school through the effective collaboration of the Governing body and capability development of teachers which will then filter through to the performance of pupils and provide parent confidence in the governance of the school.

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Louise Bowman

Parent Governor

Link Governor for: PSHE, Pupil Premium, and Stakeholder Governor
Other roles: Admissions Committee
Term of Office: 10.09.2015 to 09.09.2019
2016/17 Attendance: 7 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 12 out of 13 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Louise Bowman

Parent Governor

Louise is a parent to one child in Key Stage 2 at ACE and also has four year old twins in Reception.

Louise works part time for the charity Twins and Multiple Birth Association (TAMBA) as their Helpline and Support Groups Coordinator. Louise manages a large group of volunteers and also facilitates behaviour webinars. She also manages the Bereavement Support Group for the charity.

In her previous role Louise was a Family Outreach Worker for Action for Children and as a result has vast experience working with vulnerable families in need. Louise is also a trained facilitator in a number of parenting courses.

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Fr Stuart King

Ex-Officio - Parish Priest St Matthews

Link Governor for: Safeguarding Governor
Other roles: Admissions Committee
Term of Office: 13.01.2014 -
2016/17 Attendance: 2 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 2 out of 13 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 0 out of 1 meetings
*Fr Stuart as an ex-officio governor (by right of office as Parish Priest of St Matthews). His role in school is considerably more than being a governor as he provides regular pastoral support. Fr Stuart both visits the school and leads worship on a weekly basis.

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Fr Stuart King

Ex-Officio - Parish Priest St Matthews

Father Stuart and his wife Amanda moved to Ashford after living in Wokingham for twelve years. Three of their children have now left school and the final one has just finished secondary School. He qualified as a teacher in 2002 and has worked as a School Chaplain until moving to Ashford in January 2014.
During his time in Wokingham, he was a governor in local schools and held various briefs. He hopes that the experience that he brings will be useful in helping the school with its mission moving into the future.

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Clare Marland

Parent Governor

Link Governor for: Writing and Parental Involvement
Other roles: Achievement Committee, Pay Committee and Ashford Strategy Group
Term of Office: 30.11.2016 to 29.11.2020
2016/17 Attendance: 6 out of 6 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 13 out of 13 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Clare Marland
Parent Governor

Clare is a qualified lawyer with 17 years’ experience working in the public sector. Part of her current role is to provide advice on issues of governance for Local Authorities as well as advising on all matters relating to the management of commercial property assets for a local Council.

Clare is an ex-student of ACE. She has a son who attends the school and recently had a daughter in August 2016.

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Paul Betts

Parent Governor

Link Governor for: Building & Maintenance, Finance, Parental Involvement and Stakeholder Governor
Other roles:
Term of Office: 30.11.2016 to 29.11.2020
2016/17 Attendance: 6 out of 6 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 10 out of 12 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Paul Betts
Parent Governor

As a father to 2 children at ACE I’ve been greatly impressed with the improvements made by the hard work and commitment of the governing body, staff and parents. I’ve worked as a project engineer and project manager for over 20 years and believe that my skills and experience, positive attitude and hard work ethic, along with my desire to help ensure that the school continues its improvement from good to outstanding, I am looking forward to my new role of parent governor and I am committed to the role and responsibility expected of me.

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Jenny Wilsher

Foundation Governor (LDBS)

Link Governor for: RE/Ethos and Governor Training
Other roles: Prevent (Anti-Radicalisation)
Term of Office: 21.12.2016 to 20.12.2020
(24.11.2016 to 20.12.2016 - Associate Governor)
2016/17 Attendance: 7 out of 7 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 12 out of 12 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 0 out of 1 meetings

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Jenny Wilsher
Foundation Governor (LDBS)

After completing a BSc (hons) in Behavioural Sciences, Jenny worked as an Administrator to the Line Managers at Nokia UK. Since 2004 she has managed the day to day running of the design business she is also a director of, as well as working as PA for a Christian children’s ministry. Jenny is also involved in children’s work at her church.

Having witnessed the considerable improvements the school has made in its journey towards outstanding and particularly, how the ethos has become a central part of school life Jenny is keen to support the school to continue to build on this important aspect.

Jenny has 2 daughters at secondary school.

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William Burton

Staff Governor

Link Governor for: Developing Governor Subject Roles and Links
Other roles:
Term of Office: 20.09.2018 to 19.09.2022
2017/18 Attendance: N/A
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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William Burton

Staff Governor

Will has a keen interest in educational policy, psychology and learning theory. He joined ACE as a class teacher in September 2017 and was appointed staff governor in September 2018. Before working at ACE, Will worked in various inner-city and rural schools across the South-West region and took an MSc in Educational Psychology in 2016. He currently teaches Year 2.

Will has been a Samaritan listening volunteer for seven years. He is the Schools Outreach Coordinator at Putney Samaritans and organises emotional health talks for primary and secondary schools. He has also volunteered with central Samaritans for two years as a specialist Postvention advisor for schools recovering from a tragedy. He provides information and research to school leadership to support the school community emotionally and practically.

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Richard Austin

Head of School
Associate Member

Other roles: Achievement Committee (with voting rights) and Ashford Strategy Group
Term of Office: 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2019
(11.09.2014 to 31.08.2018 Associate Member as Deputy Headteacher)
2016/17 Attendance: 8 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 8 out of 11 meetings
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Richard Austin

Head of School
Associate Member

Richard joined the school in 2013 after 10 years teaching at Clarendon Primary School in Ashford. Prior to that he taught overseas in China and Belize and worked in Aviation Ground Handling for four years at London Heathrow Airport. Born in the North-East of England, Richard has been connected with the Ashford area since 1992, when he attended what was then Spelthorne College. He spent nine years as staff governor at his previous school and his areas of expertise include data analysis, Eco-Schools and Literacy.

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Wendy Pyke

Clerk to Governors
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Wendy Pyke

Clerk to Governors

Wendy is an experienced Clerk to the Governors who has worked in Education for over 25 years. She is also employed in the school as the School Business Manager.

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Fr Alex Garner

Foundation Governor (St Matthews PCC)

New Governor
Link Governor for: to follow
Other roles: to follow
Term of Office: 22.11.2018 to 21.11.2022
2017/18 Attendance: N/A
2018/19 Attendance to date: 1 out of 1 meetings

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Fr Alex Garner
Foundation Governor (St Matthews PCC)

Fr Alex began as Priest Missioner at St Matthew’s, Ashford and St Mary’s, Stanwell in September 2018. In a previous life, Fr Alex trained as a primary school teacher on the Graduate Teacher Programme, and taught at a Church of England school in Somers Town between 2009-12. He and his wife Roisin were married last year, and have been living in Burnt Oak, where Fr Alex served his curacy. Fr Alex is a keen musician, and has enjoyed supporting music in schools both as a teacher and as a priest. He is keen to support pupils, staff and parents to achieve the best outcomes for the whole school community, and to help all children achieve to their full potential.

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Vacancy

LDBS Foundation Governor

Other Governors from the past 12 months

Liz Rhodes

LDBS Foundation Governor

Link Governor for: School Improvement, Maths, and RE/Ethos
Other roles: Ashford Strategy Group; Pay Committee (Chair), Admissions Committee (Chair)
Term of Office: 01.01.2014 to 21.12.2017
2016/17 Attendance: 1 out of 10 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 2 out of 6 meetings
*For 2016/17 Liz was unable to attend many meetings due to personal circumstances. However, she actively continued to support the Chair and School outside of meetings.

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Liz Rhodes

LDBS Foundation Governor

Liz Rhodes has been a Chair of Governors at a three-form entry Church of England primary school in Richmond and is now Chair of Governors at a two-form entry Community primary school in Hounslow. She has children at Secondary School in Richmond, so has completed the full primary-school cycle, as a parent, twice! Liz is also employed on a part-time basis by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) who provide support for Church of England and other subscribing schools in the London Diocese. Liz advises primary schools on governance and provides coaching and advice for Head teachers on leadership and management. Liz is currently running a research project for the London Diocese on the effectiveness of church and school links across London.

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Caroline Dyer

Ex-Officio - Headteacher

Link Governor for:
Other roles: Ashford Strategy Group
Term of Office: 01.09.2011 - 31.08.2018
2016/17 Attendance: 9 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 11 out of 12 meetings

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Caroline Dyer

Headteacher

Caroline really enjoys being a headteacher and feels privileged to lead and drive the improvement of Ashford CE Primary School. She has worked at Church of England schools in the London Diocese throughout her career, focusing mostly on the teaching of early years and Infants. She was both an Assistant head and Deputy Head of a large Outstanding 3 form entry, 2 site primary school before joining Ashford. Outside of School she is always busy, both as a member of the Scout Association within the Cub Scout section, and her church. She also enjoy gardening, travelling and driving.

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Emily Hams

Staff Governor

Link Governor for: PHSE and Love of Reading
Other roles:
Term of Office: 09.09.2016 to 31.08.2018
2016/17 Attendance: 9 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance: 8 out of 11 meetings

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Emily Hams

Staff Governor

Emily joined Ashford Chruch of England as a class teacher in September 2015 and was appointed as staff governor in September 2016. Before working at ACE, Emily taught in the Richmond Borough, both in mainstream primary schools and at a specialist SEND unit.

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