Governing body newsletters
Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do.
Our main role is to support and challenge the Headteacher and the staff to help them set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The key document used for this is the School Improvement Plan (SIP) which now incorporates the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SIP sets out the strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.
The role of the governing board is a strategic one, our legal duties are to:
set the aims and objectives for the school
set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
to be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend).
The full Governing Board meets at least once every term (six times a year). In addition to these meetings we have monitoring pairs who visit the school three times a year and focus on one area of the SIP, meeting with the Headteacher and/or member of staff concerned. Reports are written and fed back to all governors at the next full Governing Board meeting. Also classroom visits are carried out by two governors with the relevant topics, which are linked to the SIP, agreed by governors and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) prior to the visit.
We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. All governors are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.
LISA PORRECA - Chair
Diocesan Board of Education Foundation Governor - Term of Office 02.10.17 to 01.10.21.
Areas of responsibility include; Effectiveness of Leadership and Management; Pupil Premium; Attendance; Head Teacher Performance Management.
I have two daughters at Ash Cartwright & Kelsey.
After 16 years as a research scientist at Pfizer I spent 7 months as a maternity care assistant and more recently set up my own business as a freelance medical collator. During 2012 – 2016 I had been an active member of the PTFA and I care passionately about enhancing and nurturing our children’s educational experience. I hope that I can use my passion and life experience to contribute to the running of the school as a governor.
IAN BELSEY – joint vice chaiR
Diocesan Board of Education Foundation Governor -Term of Office 01.01.15 - 31.12.18.
Areas of responsibility include the Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Health and Safety.
I have lived in the Parish of Ash for 41 years and both my children attend Ash, Cartwright and Kelsey School; Niamh is in Falcons and Edward in Hawks. I hope to use my skills and local knowledge to support the school in delivering its ethos and values to the children. I have a great interest in the school, not just because Niamh and Edward attend there, but because my wife and I also went to Ash Cartwright and Kelsey as children
NICK HASSALL – JOINT VICE CHAIR
Parish Church Council Foundation Governor - Term of Office 01.02.14 - 31.01.18.
Areas of responsibility include Outcomes for Pupils.
Whilst I am a parent of one child at the school and my two eldest daughters both attended this school, I am keen to ensure all pupils get the start in education they deserve and my children have had. I have lived in the village since moving here in 2001 and am an active member of our church family being particularly interested in the church supporting the school and 'values' that it holds and promotes within everyday school life. I am a partner in a small joinery company and enjoy the challenge of triathlon in my leisure time. I am very pleased to serve and be an active part of our school and wider community.
Local Authority Governor – Vacancy
Foundation Governor - Vacancy
Parent Governor - Term of Office 03.11.14 - 02.11.18.
Areas of responsibility include Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment; SEND; Website Compliance and Head Teacher Performance Management.
I have a daughter in Year 5 and work for the local authority within the Special Educational Needs department. I have a deep rooted interest in the continued progression and development of all our children.
I would like to see the school continue to build on its strengths, offering all our children a productive, challenging but happy educational experience. As a Parent Governor I will work enthusiastically and productively with the school to maintain and improve standards to further promote effective teaching and learning.
Parish Church Council Foundation Governor - Term of Office 01.10.16 - 30.09.20.
Areas of responsibility include Early Years Provision and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.
I have lived in the Parish of Ash for 17 years and my three children have all attended this school, my youngest having left at the end of the last academic year.
Whilst my children no longer attend this school, I remain passionate about making a positive contribution to our children's education, ensuring that each and every child reaches their full potential. I have been a serving governor for 13 years and spent two years as Vice Chair and subsequently three years as Chair. This unique rolling program allows governors to gain invaluable experience in these roles and has given me a greater knowledge and understanding of the wider aspect of governance.
Staff Governor - Term of Office 18.11.16 - 17.11.20.
Special responsibilities include the Early Years Provision and Training and Development.
I have worked at the school for over ten years and feel very honoured to be representing the staff on the governing body. I have worked in the nursery right through to year six and have a passion in teaching a love of reading, supporting those with learning difficulties as well as helping every child reach their full potential. My career, spanning over 30 years, has always been working with children including owning and running a successful nursery, afterschool and holiday club for thirteen years. For the past ten years I have been a unit helper at Ash Rainbows.
Both my daughters attended the school. As a parent I was on the PTFA, including being Secretary and Chairperson, and was one of the founding members of the Parent Council. I was also involved in the starting of SNICS club at St Nicholas church.
I hope all my experiences and commitment contribute to ensuring the school becomes the very best it can.
Archdeacon’s Nominee Foundation Governor - Term of Office Ongoing
Area of responsibility include the Head Teacher Performance Management; The Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and SIAMs.
I am a physicist who has worked in the Health Service in Nottingham, as a reader in Physics at the University of Exeter and latterly leading a team in Pfizer; currently I am retired, but still sit on various scientific committees and advisory boards. Through my various responsibilities at St Nicholas’ Church I have close contact with people in Ash, and am keen to serve the local community. Throughout my career I have maintained a close interest in education at schools and universities and seek to continue this as a Governor. My wife, Margaret, and I have 4 children and 12 grandchildren – 9 attend primary schools.
Diocesan Board of Education Foundation Governor - Term of Office: 24.11.14 - 23.11.18.
Areas of responsibility include Outcomes for Pupils and Data Specialist.
I am a 41 years old father of two children who are in Magpies and Eagles. For the past six years I have run a small business in Sandwich where I have responsibility for managing the finances as well as working in a highly analytical role subject to high levels of regulation and oversight from government agencies worldwide. My experience of analysing large amounts of experimental data and access to analytical tool mean that I’m able to provide insights in to the performance of the school that help drive improvements in the outcomes for all pupils in the school.
I have been lucky enough to be able to apply my work skills for the benefit of the school by being Treasurer of the PTFA for the past three years. I have greatly enjoyed this role and the chance to support the school by raising funds to enrich the education of the children in the school.
Headteacher – Appointed 1.9.2017
I am proud to be the Headteacher of Ash Cartwright and Kelsey. Leadership is my passion, I have worked in education for many years; spending 7 years teaching in Early Years as a Leading Early Years teacher before moving to teaching across key stages one and two. I also worked with KCC as a key stage 1 and 2 moderator, so I am able to ensure that data is accurate, meaning we are able to pinpoint what the children need to learn next. I get immense joy from working with children and I am a very hands on Headteacher – working closely with staff to ensure the best teaching and learning takes place.
I am married with two children and live near Dover with my family and pets. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, reading and I am a keen history buff.
Parent Governor – Term of Office 01.12.17 to 30.11.21
Area of responsibility includes Finance.
I am a 34 year old father of three daughters that attend Ash Cartwright & Kelsey School. My children are in Wrens, Magpies and Owls. I have lived in Ash for the past six years. I grew up in a neighbouring village Eastry where my family still live and run their own business. I am an Accountant for a large property investment group.I am very proud to be part of the school and I hope to bring any knowledge / experience I have gained to assist the governing board and to assist the school.
I feel it is vitally important for our children to have the best possible start on their educational journey and to reach their full potential.
Clerk – Term of Office Ongoing