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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Welcome to this section of our website where you can find out more about our trustees (school governors) and their role.

 

Being a trustee is a voluntary position but it is an incredibly worthwhile role. There is certainly much reward in assisting the school to deliver a high quality education to pupils and in promoting their welfare.

 

Governing bodies (trustees) work closely together, and with the Principal, and are responsible for a wide range of strategic matters including ensuring pupils receive high quality education, setting the aims and objectives for the school, planning for future development and improvement of the school, and for the robust accountability, oversight and assurance of the school’s educational and financial performance.   

 

Together with the Principal and other members of the senior leadership team, trustees work to ensure that Ash Field Academy achieves its vision to provide exceptional education and care/support so every pupil reaches his/her potential. Trustees are actively involved in all areas of the school and bring a range of skills and experience from their personal and professional lives.

 

The Governors Handbook (issued by Department of Education, March 2019) states that a governing body has three core functions:

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation (school) and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation (school) and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Please read the document below for further information about the role of the governing body (trustees).

 

Our Full Governing Board is comprised of a Chair, Vice Chair and further governors. These include parent governors, staff governors (including the Principal) and co-opted governors. 

 

Full details of our structure can be found in our Articles of Association on the Funding section of the website.

Information regarding current governors is given below.

 

We have one committee: the Resources and Audit Committee.  This committee has a particular remit around finance and audit but also has some delegated responsibility for resources, such as staffing and the premises.

 

 

Chair of Governors

 

Kathy Inskip

chairofgovs@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

 

Please direct any written correspondance to:

 

Chair of Governors

Ash Field Academy

Broad Avenue

Leicester

LE5 4PY

Clerk to Governors

Temporary Clerk

currently in role

clerktogovernors@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

 

Please copy one of the following into any messages

for the clerk while we seek to appoint a permanent clerk.

School Office: office@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

Chair of Governors: chairofgovs@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

 

Governors' Details 

 

Governor's Name

Role/s

Business Name

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Post Began

Kathy Inskip

 

MEMBER

Chair of Governors

 

Safeguarding Governor

 

Community Governor

 

Strategic Leadership

 

Resources and Audit Committee

None

 

 

01/12/12

02/12/16

Allan Dunsmore

 

MEMBER

Trust Appointed Governor

 

Vice Chair

 

Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment

 

Chair of Resources and Audit Committee

None

 

 

06/12/13

01/12/17

Barry Moore

Community Governor

 

Residential

 

Curriculum, Teaching and Assessment

 

Resources and Audit Committee

None

 

 

31/10/14

01/11/18

Rupert Mingay

Co-opted Governor

 

 

Nat West Plc

Banking

Treasurer (Started 22/06/18)

09/06/13

09/06/17

Penny Allsopp Parent Governor None     01/03/19

 

Jenny Bone

 

MEMBER

Principal The Well Trust Trust

Director

(Started 23/08/18)

23/08/18

 

Mark Smith

Co-opted Governor Heights Bar Bar & Catering Manager of Franchise 07/06/19 - Term ended 22/06/20
Catherine Gough Teaching Staff Representative Wildfire Folk Youth Folk Ensemble Director of Music & Trustee 06/12/19

 

 

 

Governors' Meeting Attendance 2018/19

 

 

Full Governing Board

 

Out of a possible

Resources and Audt Committee

Out of a possible

Current Gov'nor?

Kathy Inskip (Chair)

3

3

3

3

Yes

Allan Dunsmore (Vice Chair)

3

3

2

3

Yes

Jennifer Bone, Principal

3

3

3

3

Yes

Barry Moore

3

3

2

3

Yes

Rupert Mingay

2

3

0

0

Yes

Sue Orme

2

3

0

0

No

Barney Thorne

0

0

0

0

No

Christopher Fryer

3

3

0

0

No

Jason Swaine

3

3

0

0

No

Mark Smith

0

0

0

0

Yes

Penny Allsopp

2

2

0

0

Yes

 

 

Governors' Meeting Attendance 2019/20

 

 

Full Governing Board

 

Out of a possible

Resources and Audt Committee

Out of a possible

Current Gov'nor?

Kathy Inskip (Chair)

6 6 4 4 Yes

Allan Dunsmore (Vice Chair)

6 6 4 4 Yes

Jennifer Bone, Principal

6 6 4 4 Yes

Barry Moore

6 6 4 4 Yes

Rupert Mingay

2 6     Yes

Penny Allsopp

5 6     Yes
Catherine Gough 4 4      

Sue Orme

1 3     No

Christopher Fryer

0 4     No

Jason Swaine

1 2     No

Mark Smith

0 6     No

 

 

 

 

18 09 20

FGB

06 11 20

FGB

15 01 21

FGB

12 03 21

FGB

23 04 21

FGB

18 06 21

FGB

08 10 20

RAR

11 02 21

RAR

13 05 21

​​​​​​​RAR

17 06 21

​​​​​​​RAR

Kathy Inskip                     
Allan Dunsmore                    
Barry Moore                    
Jenny Bone                    
Penny Allsopp                    
Catherine Gough                    
Rupert Mingay                    
Sue Francis                    

FGB - Full Governing Board Meeting

RAR - Resources, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting

 

Some words from a few of our Governors on why they are doing their roles:

 

  Kathy Inskip  

 

I am Kathy Inskip and I feel it is a privilege to be the Chair of Governors at Ash Field. I am delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the school with such amazing pupils, parents, staff and governors – thank you to everyone.


My initial link with Ash Field was working for Connexions and supporting pupils and parents with the transition from school to young adulthood (e.g. FE college). Having left this role, I wished to maintain contact with the school and later became a Community Governor in 2007.

 
I have worked in social care and independent organisations across a number of different counties for over 25 years, with adults with disabilities and children with disabilities and their families.  I have always lived in Leicestershire. 


I hope that I contribute some of my skills and experience to being a Governor at Ash Field, and know that together we all strive for continued development and improvement to ensure that pupils are supported to achieve the very best outcomes. 

 

 

  Allan Dunsmore  

 

I am Allan Dunsmore and I am now retired after over 40 years working in Leicester city schools as a Science teacher. I have considerably experience at senior management level and for the last six years of my teaching career I was a head teacher. Since my retirement in 2011 as a head I have been working part time at New College as a Community Partnership manager working with DMU and local volunteers organising volunteer placements at the school. I have also worked at Ash Field for a number of years teaching GCSE Science to local Teaching assistants one evening a week. I also had the pleasure of teaching science to a year 11 pupil at Ash Field two years ago.


My hope is that I can bring my considerable experience to support the work of the Governors, senior team and teachers at this amazing school.

 

  Rupert Mingay  

 

I am Rupert Mingay. I live in a village near Market Harborough which is about half an hour away from Ash Field. Most recently I have been working at a bank with business in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. My office is in London and I have to get up pretty early on a Monday morning to get there (5 o’clock!). I also get to travel abroad quite a lot. The hottest place I have been to is Abu Dhabi. The most unusual building I have been to is the Esplanade in Singapore which is shaped like a giant pineapple. When I am not travelling I like cooking, taking our dogs for walks and going to Welford Road to watch the Tigers.

 

I am a Governor at Ash Field Academy because I think it is a brilliant place and I want to be part of it. I hope I can help with some ideas from time to time and I know I can learn a lot. My daughter Philippa was a student here and left a couple of years ago. She loved her time here and likes to come back to visit as well.

 

Catherine Gough

 

I am Catherine Gough and I joined the staff of Ash Field in 2017. After a 15 year teaching career in two schools, I have really enjoyed developing my practice further in a new setting and am extremely lucky to have found such an amazing place to work; I love coming to school to see everyone each day! I've learnt such a lot personally since I arrived and am keen to contribute where I can to our community's drive for self-improvement.

 

 

Page Updated 12/10/20 by CFrancis

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