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 Welcome to the Governors' section!

Meet the Governors


Ashperton's governors are proud to be part of this fantastic school! We support the pupils, staff and parents in making it even better.

Ashperton School has 13 governors. The full governing body meets four times a year, and subcommittees deal in greater detail with particular areas. There are three sub-committees:
· Finance and Resources - which includes finance, pay & personnel, health & safety, pupil discipline & exclusions, and the new building project
· Curriculum
· Headteacher's Performance Management Committee

Parent governors  (2) elected by the parents

Tony Freeman  started as a parent governor in November 2010 and was re-elected unopposed in November 2014 for a second term. He has two children in school, which he declares as having an interest (see note below) and another at high school. He has special responsibility for Science and Looked after Children and is a member of the finance & resources committee.

Ruth Nolan  Became a parent governor in May 2015.  Ruth has governor responsibility for SEN and is a member of the curriculum committee.  Ruth has been teaching for 25 years and currently working at a local residential special school. Ruth is also manager of Ledbury under 8's rugby team and vice chair of the Friends of Ashperton School.  Ruth has a child at the school, which she declares as an interest.

Staff Governors (4) teaching and non-teaching staff elected by the teaching staff 

Chris Bandfield The Headteacher has the choice whether to be a governor or not; in either case has the right to attend meetings. Chris has opted to be a governor, he has special responsibility for staff training, and is a member of the finance & resources and curriculum committees. Mr Bandfield's partner, Miss Thomas is also employed by the school as a senior teaching support assistant and this is made clear on Chris's declaration of interest.

Caroline Bullock  Deputy Head and Teacher of Year 6.  Caroline joined the governing body in April 2018 and has 2 children in the school. She is the Mathematics Co-Ordinator and is a member of the curriculum committee.

Catherine Bushnell Teacher of Year 2. (details to follow)

Kate Bishop - Teaching Assistant  (details to follow)



General Governors (7) appointed by the governing body 

John Taylor (Chair) is a retired biology teacher and lives very near to the school. He became a governor in 2004 and has also agreed to stay on for two more terms since then. John also chairs the Finance & Resources and Curriculum committees and has responsibility for Science. John has no declarations of interest.

Eleanor James  is a retired teacher who lives in Ashperton.  She joined the governing body in March 2009. Eleanor has a special responsibility of Child Protection/Safeguarding and is on the curriculum committee,  no declarations of interest.
Alex Coppock is a local architect and was appointed by the governors onto the governing body in July 2008. He has a son at school which he declares as an interest.  Alex has special responsibility for RE. He is a member of the Finance & Resources committee and has been very helpful advising the governing body with matters concerning the new build.

Elliot Bee has been an EYFS governor since May 2015.  Elliots personal interests in sport and physical activity have shaped the development of his own company that offers others the opportunity to develop a passion in sport.  Alongside this he coaches a local rugby team, and enjoys his weekends travelling far and wide to see the countryside and sea sides around the UK. Elliott is a member of the Resources and Curriculum Committees. Elliot is also employed to undertake PPA cover in Red Class once a week.

Jon Nicklin became a governor in October 2016. Jon has a special responsibility of Literacy and is a member of the Curriculum Committee.

Phil Hagger  is a Software Developer in charge of Intranet at npower and was appointed as a governor in April 2018. He has children at school which he declares as an interest

Jacqueline Dodds - (Vice-Chair) Jacqueline joined the Governing Body in December 2015 as a community governor.  She is a former accountant who lives locally in Munsley.  Jacqueline has special responsibility for Numeracy Strategy and is also a member of the Finance and resources Committee and Curriculum Committee.




Declarations of Interest, Pecuniary or Otherwise

Legislation requires all governors to declare any interest in the decisions made by the governing body, pecuniary (financial) or otherwise. We keep a record of annual declarations,  as well as those that crop up at meetings, in the office. Governors who are also parents of pupils at the school, including any staff governors, declare this as an interest and all governors who work or are related to those that work at the school declare this.
Clerk to the Governors is Claire Brown  

The governors and the clerk can be contacted via the school office or email
John Taylor (Chair) can be contacted c/o Ashperton Primary Academy, Ashperton, HR8 2SE and an email for his attention can sent via The Clerks email address.

Governor Photos

Governor Photos 1 Ruth Nolan
Governor Photos 2 Catherine Bushnell
Governor Photos 3 Kate Bishop
Governor Photos 4 Chris Bandfield