Governance and Financial Information
THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BODY
The governing body provides non-executive leadership. Its role is to operate as a board akin to the board of trustees of a charity, or the board of directors of a company. In all matters, the ‘board of governors’ operates at a strategic level, leaving the headteacher responsible and accountable to it for the operational day-to-day running of the school.
“As the strategic leaders of their organisations it is vital that boards are connected with, and answerable to, the communities they serve, particularly parents/carers...
Boards should ensure that their organisation is regularly communicating with parents and carers and that parental engagement is used by the board to inform their strategic decision-making.”
Department for Education Governance Handbook (2019)
As a governing board we are answerable to all our stakeholders, and in particular to the parents and carers of the children who attend our school. Clear and effective communication between governors, the school, and the home is essential to enable schools and parents to work together and thereby help our children achieve more.
We therefore want to hear what you think of our school, both the good bits and any ways you think we could make it better. We also want to hear any particular concerns or worries you may have – in many instances the staff and head teacher will be best placed to deal with these, but if there is anything specific you would like to tell us about then please do get in touch.
You can contact the governors by email (see details below), grab us in the playground, write to us (letters can be handed into the school office) or sit down and chat with us at one of our soon-to-be-implemented once-a-term coffee mornings. Certain governors have specific responsibilities that may be relevant to your question, or alternatively just get in touch with one of the parent governors whose primary role is to represent yourselves, the parents! All emails and letters will be treated with full confidentiality and will be responded to by the governor(s) addressed.
Jo Bevis (Staff Governor)
Jo joined the Governing Body in 2008 and is the Staff Governor. She has been a teacher at Aspley Guise Lower School for 14 years. In addition to this Jo has been the Special Education Needs Co-Ordinator for 4 years and has both a personal and professional interest in this area. Prior to teaching, she worked in both the property and financial sector before becoming an office manager for a local Building Society.
Richard Bendall (Co-opted Governor)
Richard joined the Governing Body in 2015, having spent several years supporting and raising money for the AGLS PTA. Richard moved to the area in 2006, is married to Sam and has two children who both attended the school. Richard is always open to listening to parents, openly or confidentially, to discuss and assist with any ideas, queries or concerns across all matters related to the school and the children’s well-being.
Natasha Clewley (Parent Governor)
Nat joined the governing body in 2021. She is a mum of three children with two at the school and lives locally. Nat is an accredited counsellor and clinical supervisor. Nat specialises in safeguarding, working with trauma, CYP issues (risk, abuse, self harm, etc.) and diversity and inclusion. She has taken a leading role in supporting practitioners in shaping counselling and support provisions for children and adults locally and at a wider level. Nat believes in balance, humanity and laughter. She wants to be a governor to see how she can help.
Paul Dixon (Parent Governor)
Paul joined the Governing Body in 2021. Paul is a Statutory Director and Chartered Accountant with ~20 years experience in top consultancy firms, publicly listed businesses, and high growth start up environments. He currently leads a ground-breaking health technology company, and has oversight for a wide range of activities including finance, HR, legal, governance, health & safety, premises, IT and information security.
Brian Glover (Co-opted Governor)
Brian joined the Governing Body in 2019 and is Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Brian is retired, having spent 40+years working in education, including as Principal of a community college, a Chief Education Officer for a Local Authority, and a Project Director for a national school building project. He also worked in the private sector advising multinational companies about their engagement with the government, both national and local.
Matt Lonsdale (Parent Governor)
Matt joined the Governing Body in 2018 and is the School’s Sports Governor. Matt has worked in financial services for 20 years, both his children have attended Aspley Guise School, and when he’s not working or parenting he likes to go out cycling.
Lorraine King (Co-opted Governor)
Lorraine joined the Governing Body in 2016 and has acted as Chair of Governors for the last four years. She lives in the village and her son attends the school. As a governor, it is most important to her that the children who go to Aspley Guise are happy, healthy and successful.
Jamie Ross (Local Authority Governor)
Jamie joined the Governing Body in 2016 and is Chair of the Resources Committee. Jamie has lived in Aspley Guise for the past nine years and has two children who attended the school. He currently runs his own consultancy business alongside other various business interests. Prior to this he had a 20 year financial career across multiple business sectors with 10 years spent at The Walt Disney Company.
Abigail Schofield (Parent Governor)
Abigail joined the Governing Body in 2018 and is the Vice Chair of Governors and Health & Safety Governor. She has two daughters at the school. Before having children she worked in the investment banking and asset management industries for 13 years but these days spends much of her time in the garden.
Rohit Shah (Co-opted Governor)
Rohit joined the Governing Body in 2020. He has a 20 year career working as a head-hunter, specialising in finance, human resources and business transformation. He is also a Board member of Investigo, part of Career International, a listed business in China. Rohit has two daughters, loves the colour pink and is a huge Leicester City fan.
Eleanor Shawcross Wolfson (Parent Governor)
Eleanor joined the Governing Body in 2020 and is the SEN Governor. She is also a Trustee of COSMIC, a charity which supports the neonatal and paediatric intensive care units of Imperial Trust. Previously Eleanor was on the board of BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Eleanor has spent her career in public policy, working at HM Treasury, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department of Work and Pensions.
Maria Spearing (Co-opted Governor)
Maria joined the Governing Body in 2020 and is the Safeguarding governor. She is also on the Board of the Greensands Trust, is Chair of Ridgemont Parish Council, and has in the past been on the Governing Board of Ridgemont Lower School. Maria lives locally and is highly active in the community, supporting a number of charitable causes.
Information on how the school spends relative to other schools can be found here.
No employees have a salary greater than £100,000/year.