The Governing Body at Ashleigh Primary School

The Governors are responsible for policy and strategy and the Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and ensuring that the policy and strategy agreed by the Governors is implemented. The Governing Body has a large number of legal responsibilities and amongst these are ensuring that the National Curriculum is properly delivered, arranging for religious education to be carried out, deciding how to spend the delegated budget and approving the many different school policies, such as those referring to discipline and behaviour and health and safety.

In this section of the website you can find out who the governors of our school are.

If you would like to contact the governors, please do so by phoning the school at the number on this website’s front page or by emailing the school.

Governance Statement

Ashleigh Governance Statement April 2017 – August 2019

Terms of Reference

Governing Body Structure and Terms of Reference

Governing Body

Governor Name Category of Governor Key Responsibilities/ Monitoring roles Term of Office Expires    
Sam Nixon Headteacher N/A I joined Ashleigh as Headteacher in January 2015, just as it was about to begin its transition to become a primary school.  Before that, I was an Executive Headteacher of a partnership of small primary schools.  I have taught across a wide range of different ages in schools in England, America, Spain and China.
Tara Riddle LA Governor

Equalities & Policies

Premise Committee

26-06-20 I taught special needs at Ashleigh for 21 years.  I have been a governor there since 2001 – now responsible for equalities, and collating school policies.  Since retiring, I am busy with my local choir, and looking after 1-year old twin granddaughters!
Jo Satterley Parent Governor

Safe Guarding

Premise & Safety Committee Chair


I live in Wymondham with my husband Chris and two daughters who are in Year 5 and Year 2 at Ashleigh.  I have been a Parent Governor since October 2013 and have recently been re-elected for a second term of office.

I joined the Governing Board because I care about my local community and want to give something back.

I am the Governor responsible for Safeguarding, an area that is very important to me.

Hayley McRobbie Staff Governor Premises and Safety Committee 24th July 2022 I have worked in primary education for the past 15 years and joined Ashleigh in 2014 as a Year 1 teacher. In addition to this, I lead English across the school. In 2018 I was elected as staff governor and my role involves providing a staff perspective to any discussions and decisions regarding the strategic leadership of the school.
Kate Wood Co-opted Governor


Finance and Personnel Committee


02-06-19 I’ve had a lifetime of hands-on involvement in education as classroom teacher, LEA adviser and Ofsted inspector. Now retired, I’m on my third term as an Ashleigh governor. I’m currently vice chair and take a particular interest in literacy, assessment and the governors’ programme of monitoring the performance of the school.
Melissa Marfleet-Collins Parent Governor

Chair of Governors

Vulnerable Groups (LAAC, SEND, EAL,

G&T, Pupil Premium)

School Improvement Committee.

05-02-21 I have two children at Ashleigh Primary School and have been a Governor since 2017. I am an Educational Consultant having been a secondary History Teacher for 14 years, and am currently involved in Initial Teacher Training. I’m passionate about ensuring children have every opportunity to succeed.
Danni Lacey Co-opted Governor Finance and Personnel Committee. 10-11-19 I have worked at Ashleigh Primary school for 14 years, I have teaching responsibilities within our maintained Nursery  and am also the school Inclusion Manager.   I am a co-opted Governor, and have worked as part of the governing body for 6 years, I work alongside the governors for SEN, LAAC and Equalities, providing strategic direction and challenge to the governing body.
Lisa Bramford Co-opted Governor

Health & Safety

Premise Committee

25-01-20 I live in Wymondham with my 2 year old daughter Matilda. I am the Health and Safety Governor and have enjoyed being part of the Governing board since joining in January 2016.
Gavin Tash Co-opted Governor Finance & Personnel Committee Chair 06-03-21 I am one of the co-opted governors and chair the Premise sub-committee which covers Safeguarding, Site and Equalities. I have worked in education since 2008 and have experience of supporting students and teaching staff as well as developing polices and regulations. I currently work for UEA supporting institutions the University jointly runs courses with. This role has given me substantial experience of education governance and quality assurance.
Becky Mizon Co-Opted Governor Finance & Personnel Committee 04/12/2022

In my current capacity as Director of Creative Studies at Ormiston Victory Academy and Cultural Arts Leader in Academies and Schools (CALSA), I have a passion for building a love of the arts. I believe that all children have the right to experience a cultural education as I believe it helps them grow as people and supports confidence and wellbeing.

Being a mum of a three year old, I have an interest in how we use the arts as a learning tool from a young age. I would be interested in seeing how learning is approached at a primary level and would love, if possible to share my experiences.


Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for School Governors

The following summarises the current register of interests held by Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery.

Governor Date Register of Interest Last Updated and Signed Business Interest Declared Personal Interest Declared
Lisa Bramford 15.10.18 None None
Kate Wood 15.10.18 None None
Tara Riddle 15.10.18 None None
Jo Satterley 15.10.18 None None
Sam Nixon 15.10.18 None None
Melissa Marfleet-Collins
15.10.18 None I consult “Troops to Teachers” and Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training.  Brother – Scott Cannon teacher at Earlham Junior.
Danni Lacey 15.10.18 None None
Hayley McRobbie 15.10.18 None None
Gavin Tash 15.10.18 None Wife is secretary to Ashleigh Friends and is a Scholastic Book Champion occasionally working with schools
Carolyn Ellis-Gage
(Vice Chair)
15.10.18 None None

Governors’ Attendance Record for 2017-18

Full Governor Board Minutes