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:


Mike Hook

Local Authority Governor, Health & Safety Governor, Chair of Governors

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 on 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.
Term of Office 1.10.16 – 30.9.20

Jeff Hurran

Governor – Chair of Student Achievement & Welfare

Career: Accountant, Geography and Geology teacher in three Bristol secondary 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 better involved in understanding their learning, raising achievement, supporting school governance.
Family: Daughter and son who attended state schools in Bristol.
Term of Office 1.9.15 – 31.8.19

Sara Frears

Parent Governor – Safeguarding Governor

My background is in Science, but my interests are wide ranging. I currently teach at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and work as a Family Support Worker in a primary school in South Bristol. I have also 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 with Barnados and PACT. I am deeply committed to the Ashton Park School and my three children have all been pupils here.
Term of Office 1.2.17 – 31.01.21


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.
Term of Office 1.9.15 – 31.8.19


Nick John

Term of Office 1.1.16 – 31.12.19

I have worked at Ashton Park school since 2003 as Assistant HT, Deputy HT and now as Headteacher. What attracted me to the school and remains a driving motivational force is the sense of community within Ashton Park. I am committed to work with our Governors and the Gate House Green Learning Trust to ensure all young people in our community have the best possible opportunities to succeed. I believe that schools achieve this best by developing effective partnerships, sharing resources and working in collaboration together. It is crucial that the school is at the heart of the community and that parents, students and partners have a clear voice and involvement so they can help Ashton Park School move forward.

Kirsty Kennedy

Parent Governor
Term of Office 20.2.17 – 19.2.21

Stewart Long


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.
Term of Office 1.9.15 – 31.8.19

Mike Mantegna

Staff Governor

Mike Mantegna has taught at Ashton Park since 2005 and is currently Senior Leader for Student Achievement
Term of Office 1.9.16 – 31.8.20

Beatrice Parry

Co-opted Staff Governor

Beatrice Parry is currently the Head of Sixth Form.

I have been teaching mathematics at Ashton Park School for over ten years now and I am proud to have been co-opted as a staff governor. Before joining Ashton Park, following a law degree and qualification as a Chartered Accountant, I had a long and rewarding career with a global firm of management consultants. In my various roles at school, I aim to use my wide experience for the benefit of my pupils or students as well as my colleagues and the wider community. Working with the 16-19 cohort is both a privilege and a responsibility; it is my major focus now and I am thoroughly committed to providing a high-quality Sixth Form provision for the young people of South Bristol. Outside school, family takes priority but luckily everyone is as much into their sport and music as I am!
Term of Office 1.9.15 – 31.8.19

Lucy Rae

Parent Governor

I became a parent governor at Ashton Park when my oldest daughter was in Year 7 in 2016. I work for Bath and North East Somerset Local Authority supporting the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people through a healthy settings and schools programme. I also work as an independent consultant and trainer focusing on equalities, celebrating diversity and challenging stereotypes to ensure school is a positive place for everyone. I am passionate about ensuring positive mental health, the key factor in educational attainment and have a keen interest in developing PSHE and pastoral support.

Term of Office 1.7.16 – 30.6.20

Chair of Governors:    Tel: 0117 377 2777

Clerk to Governors:       Tel: 0117 377 2774

A Full attendance register of meeting is available by request to the Clerk to the Governors