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: School Improvement, Assessment and Governor Training
Other roles: School Trips and Visits Governor; Ashford Strategy Group; Pay Committee and Headteacher’s PM
Term of Office: 20.11.2016 to 19.11.2020 (Foundation Governor); 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 to date: 2 out of 2 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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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 to date: 0 out of 2 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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Rhys Williams

Foundation Deanery Governor

Link Governor for: Assessment, Writing, Finance & Premises
Other roles: Website Overview and Monitoring
Term of Office: 10.09.2015 to 09.09.2019 (Foundation Deanery); 18.01.2013 to 09.09.2015 (Local Authority)
2016/17 Attendance: 8 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 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 has recently returned to the primary sector and is teaching a Year 6 class in Richmond Borough.

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Carolyn Clark

Foundation Governor for St Hildas

Link Governor for: RE/Ethos and SEN
Other roles:
Term of Office: 26.11.2013 to 25.11.2017
2016/17 Attendance: 8 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 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: Governor Training
Other roles: Safeguarding Governor, Pay Committee, Headteacher’s PM, and Admissions Committee
Term of Office: 24.04.2015 to 23.04.2019
2016/17 Attendance: 10 out of 10 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 meetings

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Lisa Richardson

Foundation Governor for St Hildas

Lisa is a newly appointed 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 daughter in 2012 Lisa now works part time at Heathrow and enjoys horse riding, dog walking and cooking in her spare time. Lisa is looking forward to her role as and 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: Stakeholder Governor
Other roles: SEND/Inclusion Governor, Admissions Committee and Headteacher’s PM
Term of Office: 10.09.2015 to 09.09.2019 (Local Authority); 25.01.2013 to 09.09.2015 (Parent Governor)
2016/17 Attendance: 3 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 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, Stakeholder Governor and EYFS
Other roles: LAC Governor; Admissions Committee
Term of Office: 10.09.2015 to 09.09.2019
2016/17 Attendance: 7 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 meetings

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Louise Bowman

Parent Governor

Louise is a parent to one child at ACE but also has three year old twins.

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.

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

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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 08.09.2020
2016/17 Attendance: 9 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 meetings

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Emily Hams

Staff Governor
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Fr Stuart King

Ex-Officio - Parish Priest St Matthews

Link Governor for: Maths, and RE/Ethos
Other roles: Safeguarding Governor; Admissions Committee
Term of Office: 13.01.2014 -
2016/17 Attendance: 2 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 0 out of 2 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 is at 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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Caroline Dyer

Headteacher

Link Governor for:
Other roles: Ashford Strategy Group
Term of Office: 01.09.2011 -
2016/17 Attendance: 9 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 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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Clare Marland

Parent Governor

Link Governor for: Writing and Love of Reading
Other roles: Pay Committee
Term of Office: 30.11.2016 to 29.11.2020
2016/17 Attendance: 6 out of 6 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 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: School Improvement, Assessment and Stakeholder Governor
Other roles: Building & Maintenance
Term of Office: 30.11.2016 to 29.11.2020
2016/17 Attendance: 6 out of 6 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 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: EYFS and RE/Ethos
Other roles: Prevent (Anti-Radicalisation)
Term of Office: 21.12.2016 to 20.12.2020 (Foundation Governor - LDBS); 24.11.2016 to 20.12.2016 (Associate Governor)
2016/17 Attendance: 7 out of 7 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 2 out of 2 meetings

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Jenny Wilsher
Foundation Governor (LDBS)

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Vacancy

Foundation Governor (St Matthews PCC)

Richard Austin

Deputy Headteacher
Associate Member

Term of Office: 11.09.2014 to 10.09.2018
2016/17 Attendance: 8 out of 9 meetings
2017/18 Attendance to date: 1 out of 2 meetings

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Richard Austin

Deputy Headteacher
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 Personnel and Premises Manager as well as PA to the Headteacher.

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Other Governors from the past 12 months

Steve Hart

Parent Governor

Link Governor for: PE
Other roles:
Term of Office: 10.09.2015 to 04.11.2016
2016/17 Attendance: 2 out of 2 meetings

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Steve Hart

Parent Governor

Steve is a secondary school PE teacher and Senior Pastoral Leader at Rydens Enterprise School in Walton on Thames. Before this Steve taught in the Ealing Borough at Greenford High School. As a pastoral leader Steve has extensive knowledge of safeguarding procedures and has close working relationships with a number of Surrey Educational Support Networks. Steve has a daughter in Year 6 at ACE and a son in Year 3 and is incredibly proud of their progress and the journey that the school has taken in recent years.

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Heather Hurrell

Foundation Governor for St Matthews

Link Governor for: RE
Other roles:
Term of Office: 26.07.2013 to 04.11.2016
2016/17 Attendance: 2 out of 2 meetings

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Heather Hurrell

Foundation Governor for St Matthews

Heather is a retired school music teacher, having been spent her career as a Head of Department in a variety of schools, mostly with a strong Christian ethos. She particularly enjoyed directing the choirs, and the musical concerts and stage productions. She has four grandchildren, now reaching school age. Her hobbies have been Girl Guiding, especially camping, but regrets that she is now more often indoors with crafts and flower arranging. She sings in a good Chamber Choir, and occasionally helps out with the music at St. Matthew’s, (organ or choir), where she is currently one of the church wardens.

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