Governors

We are very lucky to have such active and supportive governors at Ashcott who give up their time willingly. The composition of the Governing Body ensures representation from all sections of the community. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are elected by the governors. There are half termly meetings of the full governing body and termly meetings of working parties to consider a variety of matters concerned with the running of the school.  Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find out more about the governors and their role in school.

Name Type Role Pecuniary Interests?
Mr Wayne Thompson Community Governor

Chairperson

Business Working Party

Mrs Alison Evans LA Appointed Governor

Vice Chairperson

Business Working Party

Alison provides IT support to the school.
Mr Paul Stevens Parent Elected Governor

Health and Safety Governor

Teaching and Learning

Mrs Sarah Jones Parent Elected Governor

Business Working Party

 

Mr Jon Davis Parent Elected Governor

Business Working Party

 

The school employs a sports coach from Mr Davis' sports coaching company.  However, this arrangement began before his commencement as a governor.
Mr Duncan Cameron Parent Elected Governor

Safeguarding Governor

Teaching and Learning

Mrs Freda Prime Community Governor

SEND/CLA Governor

Teaching and Learning

Mr Peter Willis Community Governor

Teaching and Learning

 

Ms Jacqueline McGovern Co-Opted Governor

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead 

Teaching and Learning

Mrs Helen Davis Staff Governor

Teaching and Learning

 

Mr Richard Briar Headteacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Business Working Party

Mrs Debbie House

 

Clerk

 

Wayne Thompson, Chairperson

I have been in place as a Governor since 2011 and as chair since 2014. I believe Ashcott School is a great place with a real emphasis placed upon ensuring that the children come first in everything that is done, this continuing ethos is key to achieving both academically and socially, and an ethos as a governor I fully support. I moved to Somerset in 2000 from Berkshire and two of my children previously attended Ashcott before moving on to Crispin. I am really keen on the role that the school takes within the community, it is important to maintain the really good spirit that is at the heart of what we do at Ashcott both as a school and a superb village.
Previously I ran the youth section at Ashcott FC for a number of years and I am secretary of the Ashcott Beer Festival committee that continues to raise funds for the school, the Playing Fields and for Cheeky Chimps Pre School. I have 4 Children, youngest of which is now 18, I live in Pedwell and work as an engineering Manager for British Airways at Heathrow Airport.

 

 I have lived in Ashcott for many years with my husband and my children who went to Ashcott School.  I have worked in computing for many years, formerly at a branch of Westland Helicopters and currently at the Blue School in Wells as an IT technician.  I have been treasurer at Cheeky Chimps Pre-School and have been on the Ashcott Beerfest Committee.  I was Chairperson of Ashcott School Governing Body for many years.

Alison Evans, Vice Chairperson

Sarah Jones

I was appointed as a Parent Governor here at Ashcott Primary School in 2012. I had previously served on the Governing Body at my sons’ primary school in Reading for four years before relocating here and decided that I again, wanted to play an important role in supporting my children’s school, where best I could.
I grew up here in Somerset and so after 10 years in Reading it is great to be back! I have three children; the eldest currently at Strode College, one at Crispin and the youngest here at Ashcott in Reception. I am very proactive as a Governor and volunteer on a regular basis with school activities, whether this be helping to set up the new library system, helping as a parent volunteer on trips or in class or for swimming lessons. As a qualified teacher myself, I hope that I am able to use my knowledge and experience to help make a positive contribution to the school’s development.

I have been a parent governor since 2011 and I live in the village with my family. My eldest daughter had a great experience at the school before progressing on to Crispin and I currently have 5 other children at the school. As well as representing school parents on the governing body I am an art lecturer and course manager at Strode College and bring twenty years of teaching experience to the role.

I believe strongly in community and working together to achieve collective aims and so I also sit on a number of village committees working to support the school. I have made many friends working with village groups and enjoy working with SOAP, the Neighbourhood Planning group and the Village Beer Fest. I am also an artist and when not attending meetings, or teaching, I work as an illustrator, theatre prop maker and sculptor.

Duncan Cameron

Jacquie McGovern 

I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in September 2013 and have been a teacher at Ashcott Primary School since 1997. I took on the role of SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) in 2008. I was previously a governor at my own children’s school but my children are now grown up and quite independent.
I believe passionately in the whole concept of community, from individual to collective responsibility. I love being involved in the Gardening Club alongside adults from the village community, watching the children and adults working together and learning from each other is a very strong and positive part of our school life.
I was born in Scotland but have spent most of my life in Somerset and felt it was time to join the wider community in supporting the further development of the school within that community.

I have been a governor at Ashcott School since November 2014. As well as undertaking the role of Health and Safety governor in the last year, I have tried to get a grasp of the whole school by being part of the 'Business' and 'Teaching and Learning' working party groups. As a teacher for almost 20 years, I strongly believe in education and wanted to add to the positivity towards learning that my two children have experienced since joining the school in 2012. Having taught in Kent, Hertfordshire and Bristol before returning to the village where my wife grew up, I like the family atmosphere within Ashcott as well as the way my children are challenged to progress and achieve their full potential. My wife is the treasurer of SOAP (the schools PTA) and I am the treasurer of the Ashcott Beer Festival, so you could say, we as a family are dedicated to ensuring that all of the pupils at the school have all they need to succeed.

Paul Stevens

Helen Davis 

My name is Helen Davis and I have been a staff governor since February 2012. Having worked at Ashcott Primary School as a Teaching Assistant since September 2009, I enjoy being on the ‘other side’ of working at the School and I am gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of what goes on behind the scenes.
Both of my children have been lucky enough to have had their primary education at Ashcott School. I feel I can add value as a governor in my role as a member of staff as well as using my past experiences as an ex-parent.
I work 5 days a week at the school and I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of being part of the Ashcott team!

I am a Sports teacher at a local Secondary School and have been a governor at Ashcott for several years.  I have three daughters at Ashcott School and my wife is Chair of the PTA (SOAP).

Jon Davis 

Freda Prime 

My name is Freda Prime and I represent you as a Community Governor and am currently in my second term. I am also the SEN Governor and work closely with the SENCO at the school.
We have lived in the village, in the same cottage, for the past 53 years and I very much enjoy being part of our lovely community. Our children are now grown up with families of their own but both attended Ashcott School as did our eldest grandson. My working life has always been with Somerset County Council Children & Families and I continue to do some work for them from time to time.
I am an active member of All Saints Church and I am keen to ensure that we continue to forge our links between school and community, already a strong aspect of the school ethos.

I am in my second term as Community Governor at Ashcott School. I am a great believer in the community and place the school at its centre. I am actively involved in Ashcott Harvest Fayre, Ashcott Garden Club and help run the school garden club.

I have lived in the village for 36 years and all three of my children attended Ashcott School before moving on to Crispin and Strode College. I am now retired having spent 30 years in primary education, the last 20 years as Headteacher of two schools.

Peter Willis

Richard Briar, Headteacher

I am proud to have been Headteacher at Ashcott School since April 2010.  Prior to this I was Deputy Headteacher at St Cuthbert's Junior School in Wells for nearly 7 years.  I have taught in a variety of schools in Bristol, Street, Wells and now Ashcott.  I have been in Primary Education since 1995.

We have built a strong governing body that performs its role of critical friend effectively and strives to ensure children receive the best education we can offer.  I believe it is the strength of the community in the Ashcott area which enables us to create such a wonderful setting where the children can thrive.