board of governors

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Rob Cooke
Chair of Governors
Mike Hayward
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Matt Tree 
Co-Opted Governor
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Theresa Dickens
Co-opted Governor
Andy Richardson
Vice Chair
Kate Dawson
Staff Governor
Pamela Millington
Parent Governor
Claire Higgins
Headteacher (Acting)
Sherrie Hogg
Ann Beaven
Co-opted Governor
Charlotte Parkins
Clerk to Governors

Becoming a Governor

If you are interested in becoming a Governor at Ashford Oaks Primary School, please contact Rob Cooke Chair of Governors on 

(please do not use the contact details on the video).

Our governors are responsible for monitoring aspects of the School Plan:


  • Leadership and management

  • Teaching and assessment

  • Early years

  • Improving outcomes

  • Budget and Finance

  • Special Educational needs

  • Pay and Personnel

  • Health and Safety

  • Safeguarding

  • Training & Development of governing body

  • Complaints panel

The Governing Body of a school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil progress and achievement. Its duties include:

  • Setting strategic direction, policies and objectives.

  • Approving the school budget, and reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives as set out in the school improvement plan.

  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the head teacher.

Ashford Oaks Community Primary School Governing Board is dedicated to working in partnership with the school leadership team in order to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education and that the school always strives for continued progress in all areas for all children and groups of children.

The governing body is proud of the schools ethos towards learning and nurturing running side by side but also its attitude towards and involvement with helping our children's social, emotional and well-being.

The Governing Body constitution from 19th December 2012 is:

  • 2 parent governors (elected by parent nomination process and appointed by the governing body)

  • 1 Head Teacher (appointed by the governing body)

  • 1 staff representative (elected by school staff and appointed by the governing body)

  • 1 authority governor (appointed by the governing body and elected by the local authority)

  • 7 co-opted governors (appointed by the governing body as members with skills useful to the governing body)


The Governing body delegates some responsibilities for monitoring of the Full Governing board to the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Resources Committee:

Teaching and Learning Committee (chair Jean Cross) - Responsible for monitoring pupils and groups progress and achievement, against School Improvement plan and national targets as well as understanding the needs of the children within the school and ensuring the school meets those educational needs as best it can.  Agree school policies relevant to the committee.

Resources Committee (chair Rob Cooke) - To monitor and agree the school 3 year budget annually, ensuring spending complies with national and local requirements. Benchmark spending to ensure best value as well as spending in line with school improvement plan targets.  To monitor the staffing structure and ensure efficient and well managed personnel to maximise school results with well established well being of the staff is maintained.  Agree school policies relevant to the committee.

Attendance in school

During the last academic year 2016/17 the Governing Board met 11 times where the Head teacher reported to Governors on the Curriculum, Finance, Health and Safety, Premises and Staffing matters to be challenged, discussed and reviewed.


In addition to meetings the Governors visited the school last year to:

  • take part in training,

  • observe Phase leaders, pupils and staff,

  • Carry out health and safety inspections

  • confirm the implementation of school policies,

  • become acquainted with the school,

  • monitor attendance, child protection and school financial procedures,

  • meet local residents, community groups and parent forums

  • take part in school events and support the school, staff and volunteers

  • Engage in Learning walks during the school day to monitor the school Improvement Plan.

Health, Safeguarding and Well-being

The Governing Body and school are committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people, and require staff and volunteers to demonstrate this commitment in every aspect of their work.

We have extensive Safeguarding, Child Protection, Behaviour Management policies and procedures in place to safeguard our students from harm. Throughout the year staff and the Governing Body received Child Protection and Safeguarding training to up date on existing skills and this is kept under review annually or earlier if there are changes to government legislation.

Our security and access systems have been designed to ensure the safety of the children whilst on the school premises.  All visitors to the school are also issued with visitor badges with signing in and out procedures in place.

The school continues to carry out DBS checks for staff and volunteers to the site in order to safeguard our pupils. The school reports annually to Governors on Safeguarding and Child Protection processes which are in place at the school.

The school carries out regular health and safety risk assessments for the premises. Fire drills take place each half term and rigorous risk assessments are also carried out for all visits and trips.

From small acorns ...

The governing body this year has set targets to improve student academic progress across all areas, embed our successful interventions and processes from last year, increase excellence around the school and begin a journey to evaluate our children’s social, emotional and well-being to ensure our children have all their needs highlighted and improved where possible.  This is from our belief that it is our responsibility to best prepare our children for KS3 and beyond regardless of their beginnings.

Rob Cooke

Chair of Governors 


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Board of Governors for Ashford Oaks Primary School and Governors with specific responsibility as follows:         

Oak Tree Road  Ashford  Kent  TN23 4QR  📞01233 631259

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