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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section


Name Category of governor or associate member 



Business Interests,Trustees

or Governships or any other potentially relevant interest 



of office

Derek Hicks Local Authority Governor Chair of Governors, Member of C&P committee and B&F committee Member of Governing Body of University of West London. Trustee of Contemporary Dance Trust

10.7.18 to 9.7.22

Kam Cormack Co-opted Governor

Vice-Chair of Governors and member of C&P committee. Named Statutory Governor for

Safeguarding and Children in Care

Bristol City Council employee

16.10.18 to15.10.22

Gareth Jones Executive Headteacher Interim Executive Headteacher, Member of C&P and B&F committees Trustee Triple H Trust 1.9.15 ongoing



Associate Member Member of C&P and B&F committees None



Jess Birch



Chair of C&P committee. Governor for Pupil Premium None

16.10.18 to 15.10.2022

David Sawyers Co-opted Governor Member of C&P committee None 9.3.15 to 8.3.19
Peter Sell Parent Governor Chair of B&F committee. Named Statutory Governor for Health, Safety and Well-Being None


to 8.3.19

Jenny Shaw Co-opted Governor

Vice-Chair of C&P committee

Governor for Early Years



to 8.3.19

Darsana Patel Staff Governor Member of B&F committee None

8.10.18 to 31.8.2020

Ruth Fergusson Parent Governor Member of C&P committee. Named Statutory Governor for SEN None


to 9.10.20


Governors who have left in the last 12 months 


Name Category of Governor Positions Held

Business Interests, Trustees or Governships 

or any other potentially relevant interests

Term of office

Alistair Donaldson



Chair of Buildings and Finance Committee None 3.10.16 to 16.10.18

Olly Watson



E-Safety Governor None

4.10.16 to 10.7.18

Susan Willson

Ex-officio by virtue as Headteacher

Executive Headteacher None

1.9.05 to 31.8.18


To contact the governors you can leave a message at the school office or email the Chair, Derek Hicks


Lucy Williams is the Clerk to Governors for the governing body. 

The governing body consists of 15 governors including parent governors, co-opted governors, staff governor, local authority governor, parent governors and the Executive Head Teacher. The Heads of School are associate members appointed to the governing body but do not have voting rights. The body has the overall responsibility for governance at Ashton Gate Primary School, and meets at least 4 times a year.


The core strategic functions of the governing body are: -

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of school and pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent


The governing body carries out much of its business through committees. The governing body decides the constitution, membership and terms of reference of the committees, and reviews these annually.


The Curriculum and Personnel committee consists of at least 4 governors and has elected Jessica Birch as Chair of the committee. The primary focus is to advise the governing body on all matters relating to the National Curriculum, in conjunction with the Executive Headteacher, Heads of School and teaching staff. They are also responsible for HR matters, such as recruitment. They are also responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of safeguarding policies and procedures in school.


The Buildings and Finance committee also consists of at least 4 governors and have elected Peter Sell as Chair. The main function of this committee is to advise the Executive Headteacher and governors on general financial matters, including setting and monitoring the school budget. It is also their function to monitor the effectiveness of health and safety.



Each governor has responsibility for a subject and/or specific aspect of the school's work. This role involves keeping up to date with relevant legislation or OFSTED criteria and an annual Governor Learning Visit (often observing a lesson). The governor then reports back to the rest of the governing body. A list of which governor has which responsibility is in the attached document. 

Attendance at Meetings 2018-19 - rolling totals - updated 23.1.19


Name of Governor                         Attendance at FGB meetings Attendance at committee meetings
Jessica Birch 2/2 2/2
Kam Cormack 2/2 2/2
Alistair Donaldson (left Nov 2018) 1/1 1/1
Ruth Fergusson 2/2 2/2
Derek Hicks 2/2 3/4
Gareth Jones 2/2 4/4
David Sawyers 2/2 1/2
Peter Sell 2/2 2/2
Jenny Shaw 1/2 2/2
Sheena Stewart 2/2 4/4

Darsana Patel (joined Nov 2018)

1/1 1/1