'Governors are passionate for the school to continue to be good and serve the local community well. They are knowledgeable about the many strengths of the school and the areas that need to be further improved. Processes for the induction of new governors are effective. Governors are fully involved in the life of the school. Each governor has an area of responsibility and regularly monitors the effectiveness of that area alongside the teachers. For example, governors were able to clearly articulate changes in the way mathematics is taught at the school and how that has led to increased pupil outcomes.' Ofsted October 2018
Welcome to our Governors’ section
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Role and Responsibilities
School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality of education. Their key responsibilities are:
Members of the governing body include parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community. Full governing body meetings are held each term and the minutes are available for inspection. In addition, there are several committees which meet during each term:
Current Governing Body Membership
Term of Office
|01/09/15 - 01/09/19||None declared||None|
|Dianne Maughan||Co-opted||P||Health & Safety||01/09/15 - 01/09/19||None declared||None|
|22/05/19 - 22/05/23||None|
|16/01/19 - 16/01/23||None declared||None|
|Rev'd Judy Polkinhorn||Foundation||S&F||
|09/11/16 - 09/11/20||None declared||None|
|21/03/18 - 21/03/22||None declared||None|
Website & Social Media
|Emma Capstick||Staff Representative||P||
|01/09/19 - 01/09/23||None declared||None|
|Wendy Swinbank||Clerk to governors||N/A||N/A||N/A||
P - Premises
S&F - Staffing & Finance
SG - Safeguarding
PM - Performance Management
* Full details about governor interests, committee membership, and meeting attendance are provided below - scroll to bottom of this page.
Committee Terms of Reference - including current members – 2019/2020
Staffing and Finance Committee
Members: Graham Parkin (Chair), Wendy Swinbank (Secretary), Michelle Clark, Jackie Smart, Rob Braithwaite, Carol Cozens & Rev'd Judy Polkinhorn
Purpose: The purpose of the Committee is to ensure that the Staff and Governors have in place effective systems and procedures for the financial management of the school and to contribute towards the raising of standards.
Period of Review: Terms of reference should be reviewed annually by each committee and recommended for approval to the Governing Body in the first meeting of each academic year.
Membership: Membership shall consist of no fewer than four Governors including the Headteacher. The committee should meet at least three times a year. The Committee must elect a chair at the first meeting of the academic year. A quorum is a minimum of three members of the committee.
Responsibilities Delegated to the Committee:
Responsibilities Delegated to the Headteacher:
Responsibilities delegated to the Small School business manager (SSBM):
Premises Committee including Health and Safety
Members: Dianne Maughan (Chair), Emma Capstick, Jennifer Baker, David Freak & Donna Campbell
Role and Responsibilities:
Meet as and when necessary, at least once every academic year.
To maintain and develop a safe School environment.
Monitor use of School premises by outside groups.
Report back regularly to main Governing Body.
Minimal of 4 members - quorum of 3.
Communicate any decision & associated costs to appropriate chairs of other committees.
Delegated powers to co-opt as necessary. Work within framework of policy of delegation maintained by the main Governing Body.
Members: Chair & Vice Chair of Governors; nominated safeguarding governor; Lead Safeguarding Designated Person
Roles and Responsibilities:
Meet as and when necessary.
Ensure the school’s policies and procedures safeguard and promote the welfare of the children at the school, and that appropriate training is undertaken.
Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s safeguarding arrangements.
Report to the main Governing Body relevant safeguarding issues.
Annually review the school’s safeguarding policy.
To conduct the annual safeguarding audit
Annually review equality objectives
Chair of Governors
Local Authority Appointed Governor
I was brought up in London. I went to London University to take my B.Ed teaching degree. I have three sons and we moved as a family to Wiltshire where I taught, for more years than I care say, at Wootton Bassett, (Royal), Comprehensive School, 11 to 18, my specialist subjects being Religious Studies and Philosophies and Ethics. In 2006 I took a Teaching Dyslexia degree and taught students with Dyslexia and poor Literacy skills.
Currently I help pupils at Asby school who will benefit from help with their literacy. I am responsible for monitoring English, RE and Collective Worship within the school.
Vice-Chair Of Governors (Interim Chair)
I am vice-chair of the Governing Body and serve on the Staffing & Finance committee as the Chair, as well as monitoring assessment within the school.
I believe Asby Endowed to be an excellent school providing quality learning within a stimulating, nurturing and safe environment, and I hope to be able to contribute to its continuing success.
I live on the outskirts of the village of Great Asby, and I have one son, who attended the school. I have been cleaner in charge at the schooI since October 2003. I am Chair of the Premises Committee.
I moved into Great Asby in 2017 having served as a RAF Officer for 32 years. Most of my RAF career was spent as an Education and Training officer, covering a wide scope of roles. It included support for Service Children's schools whilst I was based in Germany and also overseeing the small primary school, not dissimilar in size to AES, whilst in the Falkland Islands. I have been responsible for the RAF's policy on Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDD) for service personnel and I also dealt with Ofsted in my final RAF appointment running the RAF's aeronautical apprenticeships scheme.
I am passionate about education and understand the importance of the primary years in providing a strong foundation for the future. AES clearly provides this and I see it as a privilege to be able to assist the school's staff as they educate our future generations.
Having moved to Little Asby 18 months ago, I have recently been appointed as Foundation Governor and am very much looking forward to supporting Asby Endowed School.
I graduated from Greenwich University in London and taught in challenging schools mostly in year's 2,3, and 4. I enjoyed meeting individual needs and went on to work with Looked After Children and Children with Special Needs.
Rev'd Judy Polkinhorn
I completed my PGCE teaching training in 2008 after graduating from Bournemouth University with a degree in Archaeology. I have taught in a number of different school, both large and small schools in Coventry, Cyprus, Italy and North Yorkshire. I moved to Cumbria in 2016, and returned to teaching after maternity leave at Long Marton Community School. I started teaching at Asby Endowed School in September 2017 as the Senior Teacher teaching KS2. In September 2019 I was appointed the school's headteacher.
My name is Robert Braithwaite and I am a farmer in Great Asby with two young children. Our family has farmed here for over 60 years. My eldest child is the fourth generation of our family to attend Asby Endowed School.
Originally from Cambridge, I have lived close to Great Asby for the past 25 years. My two children are both in class 2 at the Asby Endowed School. I have worked in Graphic Design since the age of 17 and now I work full time in Marketing.
I qualified from St Martin's, Carlisle and worked in a small Eden school for a short time before joining Asby Endowed School in 2006. During my time at Asby I have also completed a PGCE in special educational needs.
When not at school I enjoy spending time with my three young children.
Clerk To The Governors
My name is Wendy Swinbank I am clerk to Asby Endowed School Governors. I am a farmer's wife and we have three children. I also work as Small School Business Manager and Clerk To The Governors at Long Marton School.
Full details about governor interests, committee membership, and meeting attendance are provided below.