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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 the Department of Education) 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.

 

                                  Link-to-Governance Handbook

 

The document below provides further information about the role of the governing body (trustees).

 

Any PDF document can be translated into another language by Google Translator, a link to the translator and instructions on how to use it can be found in our policies section, by clicking on the link below:

Our Full Governing Board comprises of a Chair, Vice-Chair and other governors. 

These include an ex-officio governor (the Principal), parent governors, a staff governor 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.

 

       Link-to-Funding Agreement which includes the Articles of Association

 

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

 

Kathryn Inskip

chairofgovs@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

 

Please direct any written correspondence to:

 

Chair of Governors

Ash Field Academy

Broad Avenue

Leicester

LE5 4PY

Clerk to Governors

Mark Shaw

 

clerktogovernors@ashfield.leicester.sch.uk

 

Governors' Details 

 

Governors Name

Role/s and Responsibilities

Business Name

Nature of Business 

Nature of Interest

Post

Began

Ms Kathryn Inskip

MEMBER (12.03.12)

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding Governor

Community Governor

Strategic Leadership

Resources Audit and Risk Committee

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

   Reading and Maths

   CLA

   Careers and Enterprise

   Arts Mark

None

None

 

Has declared a Friendship

 

01/12/2012

02/12/2016

06/11/2020

 

 

Mr Allan Dunsmore

 

MEMBER (01.12.17)

 

Trust Appointed Governor

Vice-Chair of Governors

 

Chair of Resources, Audit & Risk Committee (RAR Committee)

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

   Effective Structures to Maximise

   Progress

   Health and Safety

   Teaching and Learning

   (including remote learning)

   Teaching School

 

None 

None

None

 

06/12/2013

01/12/2017

Miss Jenifer Bone 

(Prefers Jenny)

Principal

Ex-Officio Governor

The Well Trust (Leicester)

 

Challenge Partners

 

Director

 

 

Senior Partner

 

23/08/2018

Mr Charles Barry Moore

(Prefers Barry)

Community Governor

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

   Residential

   Staff Well-being

 

None 

None

None

 

31/10/2014

01/11/2018

Mr Rupert Mingay

Co-opted Governor

RAR Committee

Nat West Markets PLC

Banking

Treasurer Started

22.06.2018

 

09/06/2013

09/06/2017

 

Ms Penny Allsopp

Parent Governor

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

  Parent engagement

 

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Professional Nurse

Member

 

01/03/2019

Miss Catherine Gough

Staff Governor 

Teaching Staff Representative

 

Frozen Light Theatre

The Arts

(Company Charity)

Trustee and Director

 

06/12/2019

Mrs Susanne Francis

(Prefers Sue)

Co-opted Governor

RAR Committee

 

Link Governor responsibilities:

   Pupil Premium

   Reading and Maths

Rosebank Services Ltd

 

Woodland Grange Primary School

 

Managing Director

 

Governor 

 

28/09/2020

 

 

Ex-Governors' Details (retained for one year after the date of resignation)

 

Governor's Name

Role/s

Business Name

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Post Began

 

Mark Smith

 

Co-opted Governor

 

Heights Bar

 

Bar & Catering

 

Manager of Franchise

 

07/06/19 - Term ended 22/06/20

 

 

 

 

Governors' Meeting Attendance 2020/21

 

GovernorssNamessssss

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 

Ms Inskip (Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Mr Dunsmore

(Vice-Chair)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Miss Bone, Principal

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Mr Moore

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Mr Mingay

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Ms Allsopp

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Gough

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Francis

Yes

Visiting (Member)

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Clerk to Governors

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

 

 

No

Yes

 

 

 

FGB - Full Governing Board Meeting 

RAR - Resources, Audit and Risk Committee Meeting (Please note – Governors with ‘grey rows’ are not members of the RAR committee) 

 

 

Governors' Meeting Attendance 2019/20

 

 

 

 Full Governing Board

(FGB)

 

Out of a

possible

Resources and Audit Committee

(RAR)

Out of a

possible

Current

Governor?

Kathy Inskip

(Chair of FGB)

8

8

7

7

Yes

Allan Dunsmore

(Chair of RAR Committee

from Feb 2020)

8

8

7

7

Yes

Jennifer Bone

Principal

8

8

7

7

Yes

Barry Moore

8

8

6

7

Yes

Rupert Mingay

3

8

 

 

Yes

Penny Allsopp

5

8

 

 

Yes

Catherine Gough

6

6

 

 

Yes

Sue Orme

1

2

 

 

No

Christopher Fryer

0

3

 

 

No

Jason Swaine

1

1

 

 

No

Mark Smith

0

6

 

 

No

 

 

 

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 considerable 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  15/12/20 by CFrancis

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