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The Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors' section

Name

Category of Governor

or Associate Member

Positions held

Business Interest,

Trustees

or Governships or

any potentially relevant 

interest

Elected by Term of office
Gareth Jones

Ex-officio by

virtue as 

Exec Head

Executive Head

Member of B&F and

C&P Committees

Trustee of Triple H Trust n/a ongoing
Laura Dowlman

Associate

Member

Member of B&F and

C&P Committees

None n/a

1.9.21 

ongoing

Alistair

Donaldson

Associate 

Member

Member of B&F and

C&P Committees

None n/a

2.9.19

ongoing

Ruth Fergusson

Co-opted 

Governor

Statutory named Governor for SEND.

Member of C&P 

Committee

None Governing Body

13.10.20

to 12.10.24

Alex Hawkins Associate Member

Member of B&F

and C&P Committees

None n/a

1.9.22

ongoing

 

Anna Lagerdahl Parent Governor

Member of B&F 

Committee

None Parent Election

7.5.21 

to

6.5.25

Sarah Luther

Co-opted 

Governor

Named Statutory Governor for Safeguarding.

Member of C&P

Committee

Probationary Trustee of

BS3 Community

Governing

Body

17.12.23

to

16.12.28

Jon 

Norman

Parent 

Governor

Named Statutory 

Governor for Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

Chair of B&F 

Committee

Vice Chair of Governing Body

None

Parent

Election

7.5.21

to

6.5.25

Sue Waller

LA Governor

Chair

Member of B&F and C&P committees

Governor for Significant Groups (inc. Pupil Premium)

Employee of 

Bristol City Council

Parent Election

4.12.23

to

3.12.28

Pen Williams

Parent 

Governor

Chair of C&P

Committee

Vice Chair of Governing Body.

None

Parent 

Election

1. 12.21

to

30.11.25

Charlie Bolton

Co-opted 

Governor

Member of B&F

Committee

None

Governing 

Body

23.3.23

to

22.3.27

Alice 

Hammond

Co-opted

Governor

Member of B&F

Committee

None

Governing 

Body

23.3.23

to

22.3.27

Hannah 

Lambert

Staff Governor

Member of C&P

Committee

None

Staff

Election

23.3.23

to 22.3.25

Governors who have left in the last 12 months

Name of 

Governor

Category of Governor Position 

Business Interests, Trustee or

Governship or any other 

potential interests

Elected by Term of Office
David Sawyers Co-opted Governor

Vice-co Chair of Governing Body and 

Chair of Buildings and Finance Committee

None Governing Body

9.3.19 to 8.3.23 

9.3.23 to 12.7.23

Darsana

Patel

Staff

Member of Buildings and

Finance Committee

None Staff 23.10.20 to 22.10.22
Claire Tiernan Associate Member Member of B&F and C&P None   1.9.21-31.8.23
Derek Hicks Local Authority Governor Chair. Member of B&F and C&P Member of governing body of University of West London. Trustee of comtemporary dance trust  Governing Body 10.7.18 to 31.8.23
Charlie Bolton

Co-opted 

Governor

Member of B&F

Committee

None

Governing 

Body

23.3.23

to

12.01.2024

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

on chairashtongatep@bristol-schools.uk

You can also contact the Clerk to Governors for the governing body on clerk@ashtongatep.co.uk

The governing body consists of 15 governors including parent governors, co-opted governors, staff governor, local authority governor, 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 up to 6 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 Pen Williams 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 Jon Norman as Chair of the committee. 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 2022-2023 - rolling totals - updated 17 July 2023

Name of Governor Attendance at FGB Attendance at Committee
Ali Donaldson 5/5 5/6
Laura Dowlman 5/5 6/6
Ruth Fergusson 5/5 3/3
Alex Hawkins 5/5 2/4
Derek Hicks 5/5 3/6
Gareth Jones 5/5 6/6
Anna Lagerdahl 5/5 3/3
Sarah Luther 5/5 3/3
Jon Norman 5/5 3/3

Darsy Patel

(left Sept 22)

0/1 0/1
David Sawyers 3/4 2/3

Claire Tiernan

(leaves Aug 23)

1/4 2/4
Sue Waller 4/5 2/3
Pen Williams 5/5 2/3

Charlie Bolton

joined 23/3/23

2/3 1/1

Alice Hammond

joined 23/3/23

3/3 0/1

Hannah Lambert

joined 23/3/23

2/3 1/1

Attendance at Meetings 2021-2022 - updated 20th July 2022

Name of Governor Attendance at FGB Attendance at Committee
Mel Bound 0/1 (left after Term 1) 1/1

Ali Donaldson 

(associate)

4/5 6/8

Laura Dowlman 

(associate)

3/5 8/8
Ruth Fergusson 3/5 3/4
Derek Hicks 5/5 7/8
Gareth Jones 5/5 8/8
Anna Lagerdahl 4/5 2/4
Sarah Luther 5/5 3/4
Jon Norman 5/5 3/4
Darsy Patel 3/5 4/4
David Sawyers 5/5 4/4

Claire Tiernan

(associate)

3/5 4/4
Sue Waller  4/5 4/4

Pen Williams

joined Dec 21

5/5 2/2
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

ACTIVE CONTRACTS OVER £5000

Reference Number

Title of Agreement

Description of goods/services

Supplier Name

Estimated Annual Cost

Start Date

End Date

Review Date

Invitation to quote or published invitation to tender

Size and type of organisation and registration number if applicable

18486

Software Licence

Rental of IRIS software

IRIS Education

£2181

18/07/2022

31/08/2025

July 2025

Invitation to quote

Medium - 06295385

ASHT0056

Service Agreement

HR and Legal Support plus Occupational Health services

Judicium

£6066

01/04/2023

31/03/2024

Mar 2024

Invitation to quote

Medium - 08703545

24050

Service Contract

IT Support

Soltech

£19980

01/04/2023

31/03/2024

Mar 2024

Invitation to quote

Medium - 06935731

22239

Service Level Agreement

Speech and Language Therapy

Talk Speech and Language

£12000

01/09/2023

31/08/2024

June 2024

Invitation to quote

Small - 08298785

 

Service Level Agreement

Play Therapy

Jackdaw Play Therapy

£9120

01/09/2023

31/08/2024

June 2024

Invitation to quote

Small