Governors

The Governors work with the head teacher and senior staff to maintain the focus on the vision and strategic direction of the school, and to ensure the educational experience for young people at Ashton Park School is of the highest standard.

Given the pressures of everyday life, it is commendable that we have such a skilled body of dedicated people from the catchment area around the school and from the wider professional community within Bristol, who are prepared to commit some of their spare time to supporting the head teacher and the staff of Ashton Park School.

In addition to the statutory requirements of the governing body, we see our role as that of “critical friend” – probing decisions, challenging ideas, exploring different perspectives, and offering advice – with the overarching aim of ensuring that the pupils receive the best education possible and that the working environment for staff is effectively resourced.

Since Ashton Park is a Foundation school, the governing body is responsible for the overall management of the school and the employment of all staff.

There are twelve governors, including elected parent governors, teacher and support staff governors, and local authority governors and community governors. In addition, the South West Bristol Co-operative Trust, of which the school is a member, has representation on the governing body. Pen portraits of each governor are provided below.

The Governors meet as a full governing body at least four times a year (twice in the autumn term), and every governor is a member of one of two sub-committees, which focus respectively on Learning, Teaching and Achievement, and Leadership and School Management. The Chairs of these two sub-committees, together with the chair and deputy chair of governors, meet with the Head teacher and Strategic Leadership Team twice a term as the Finance and Planning Committee.

In addition there are designated Governors with responsibility for Special Educational Needs, Children in Care, Health and Safety, and Safeguarding, and many Governors take an active role in interviewing new staff, attending parents’ evenings, and supporting events and ceremonies to celebrate pupil achievement.

Currently the following people are chairs of the respective committees and sub-committees:

Williams Mark

Chair of Governors, Trust Board

Mark is the Chair of Governors who lives with his family in Ashton. His children are at Ashton Gate Primary School. Mark was previously a governor at a local sixth form college for 4 years. Mark works in a senior human resources management role with Bristol City Council.

Stewart Long

Governor – Chair of Finance sub-committee and Deputy Chair of Governors

Stewart has been a Governor at the school since 1996 and both of his daughters attended the school. Stewart works in Information Technology and held senior management positions with both Avon County Council and Bristol City Council. He now works as a freelance ICT consultant, lecturer and interim manager.

Mike Mantegna

Staff Governor

Mike Mantegna has taught at Ashton Park since 2005 and is currently Head of Year.

Mike Hook

Local Authority Governor, Health & Safety Governor

Mike has been a Local Education Authority Governor at Ashton Park for more years than he cares to remember. He has previously served as a Governor at other schools in South Bristol from 1986 onwards. Mike was a teacher in Hastings from 1978 until 1983 when he stopped paid employment to look after his first and subsequent children. Having returned to Bristol – where he is originally from – and resumed his teaching career he decided n another change of direction. He began working for the Probation Service in 1994 and continued there in a number of operational and management roles until early 2016. Mike is currently retired. He has no business interests.

Lucy Rae

Parent Governor

Beatrice Parry

Co-opted Staff Governor

Beatrice Parry is currently the Assistant Director of Sixth Form.

Nick John

Headteacher

Zoe Welsh

Parent Governor – SEN Governor

I have been a governor at Ashton Park since my elder son joined in 2008. He is now in his first year studying History at Kings College, London. My younger son is currently in year 9. I was Deputy Headteacher at a large Bristol Primary from 2004 – 20015 and since then have been working part time as a tutor supporting trainee teachers at Bath Spa University. I also occasionally teach in and around Bristol and Gloucestershire. I have recently started a small business Moon on a Stick which provides camping opportunities for schools and groups. I am passionate about inclusion, about teaching children and young people to enjoy our diverse society and about creating opportunities for children to thrive through new experiences.

Jeff Hurran

Governor – CIC Governor

Career: Accountant, Secondary Geography and Geology teacher in three Bristol schools, Deputy Head Teacher in Swindon, Senior Lecturer Sustainable Development and International Development UWE (Bristol) and Associate Lecturer The Open University, Education Consultant in Environmental Education, Governor and then Chair of Governors Henleaze Junior School, retired.
Interests: Gardening, choral singing, walking, travel and languages, books, theatre, music – classical, jazz, world and folk, community development, understanding environments, climate change.
Educational priority: supporting teachers in encouraging children to be involved in understanding their learning, raising achievement, supporting school governance – member of the core group of the Association of Bristol Governors.
Family: Daughter and son who attended state schools in Bristol.

 

Rory Gunter

Co-opted Govenor

Between 1980 and 2016 having worked within various public sector roles, I have spent the last four working within Pupil Support at Ashton Park School. Being a Govenor at this excellent school has provided me the opportunity to continue to serve the local community.

Roger White

Trust Governor

I have been involved with community initiatives in BS3 since the early 1980s (when I helped run a number of Job Creation projects in the Old Robinson Building) and my wife (Christine Gray) ran Movement Magic classes for pre-school groups in the Southville Centre until the early 1990s. Our three children all attended Ashton Park School and I had the privilege of being Chair of Governors from 1999 till 2015. I am still closely involved with the BS3 area through such projects as the Handfuls of Harmony choir. To illustrate the maxim that “it is never too late to learn”, I have recently qualified as a Paraglider pilot, and am learning how to drop gently to the ground from a great height – always a useful skill!

Sara Frears

Parent Governor – Safeguarding Governor

I have three children at Ashton Park School. My background is in Science, but my interests are wide ranging. I was a primary school parent governor for 5 years and have trained as a Teaching assistant. I have been involved in a variety of voluntary work over many years, including teaching music, running a school gardening club, being on the board of an Industrial History Museum and working in family support with Barnados. I currently work as a Museum Educator at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery running natural history workshops for parties of schoolchildren. I am deeply committed to Ashton Park School and its pupils and staff and really value the opportunity to be involved in its continued development and evolution.

Ian Collinson

Parent Governor

I am proud that both my sons attend Ashton Park School. They arrived from Southville Primary where I was also a Parent Governor for four years. In my day job I am a Chartered Town Planner with over 22 years experience working mainly in Bristol. Having recently joined the Governing Body I am looking forward to representing parents and helping to shape the quality of education for the children in this fantastic school of ours.

Chair of Governors: chairofgovernors@ashtonpark.net    Tel: 0117 377 2777

Clerk to Governors: jacquisheehan@ashtonpark.net       Tel: 0117 377 2774