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Welcome to the Governors' section

 

 

 

Name

Category of Governor 

or Associate Member 

Positions held

Business Interests, Trustees

or Governships or any 

potentially relevant interest

Term of Office
Derek HicksLocal Authority Governor

Chair of Governors 

Member of C&P and B&F committee

 

Member of Governing Body of University of West London

Trustee of Contemporary 

Dance Trust

10.7.18 to 9.7.2026
Gareth JonesEx-officio by virtue as Headteacher

Executive Head

Member of C&P and B&F committees

Trustee of Triple H Trustongoing
Laura DowlmanAssociate MemberMember of C&P and B&F committeesNone

1.9.21 

ongoing

Alistair 

Donaldson

Associate MemberMember of C&P and B&F committeesNone

2.9.19 

ongoing

Ruth FergussonCo-opted GovernorMember of C&P committeeNone13.10.20 to 12.10.24

Anna

Lagerdahl

Parent GovernorMember of B&F committeeNone7.5.21 to 6.5.25
Sarah LutherCo-opted Governor

Named Statutory Governor for safeguarding

Member of C&P committee

Probationary Trustee of BS3 Community17.12.19 to 16.12.23
Jon NormanParent Governor

Member of B&F committee

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Governor 

None7.5.21 to 6.5.25

Darsana 

Patel

Staff GovernorMember of B&F committeeNone23.10.20 to 22.10.22
David SawyersCo-opted Governor

Chair of B&F committee

 

None9.3.19 to 8.3.23
Sue WallerParent GovernorMember of B&F committee

Employee of Bristol 

City Council

4.12.19 to 3.12.23

 

Pen Williams      Parent Governor           Member of C&P                       None                               1.12.21 to

                                                                      committee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              30.12.25

 

Governors who have left in the last 12 months

 

NameCategory of GovernorPositions Held

Business Interests,

Trustee or Governorship

or any other potential

relevant interests

Term of Office
Mel BoundParent GovernorChair of C&P CommitteeDirector of This Mum Runs

24.1.19 to

22.10.21

 

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

on chairashtongatep@bristol-schools.uk

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, 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 Sue Waller 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 David Sawyers 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 2021-2022 - updated 20th July 2022

 

Name of GovernorAttendance at FGBAttendance at Committee
Mel Bound0/1 (left after Term 1)1/1

Ali Donaldson 

(associate)

4/56/8

Laura Dowlman 

(associate)

3/58/8
Ruth Fergusson3/53/4
Derek Hicks5/57/8
Gareth Jones5/58/8
Anna Lagerdahl4/52/4
Sarah Luther5/53/4
Jon Norman5/53/4
Darsy Patel3/54/4
David Sawyers5/54/4

Claire Tiernan

(associate)

3/54/4
Sue Waller 4/54/4

Pen Williams

joined Dec 21

5/52/2
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Attendance at Meetings 2020-21 (rolling totals - updated 15.7.21)

 

Name of GovernorAttendance at FGBAttendance at Committee
Mel Bound5/53/3
Ali Donaldson4/57/7
Ruth Fergusson5/53/3
John Foot (left 17.12.20)2/21/1
Gareth Jones5/56/7
Derek Hicks5/56/7
Sarah Luther5/53/3
Darsy Patel5/52/4
David Sawyers5/52/3
Peter Sell

4/5

3/3
Sheena Stewart5/57/7
Sue Waller5/53/4
   
Anna Lagerdahl2/21/2
Jon Norman2/20/2
   
   

 

 

 

 

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