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 2017-18

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.
Louise Carolan Staff Governor

Teacher Governor

Premise Committee

25-11-19 As a Teacher Governor I represent staff members and bring a staff viewpoint and perspective to Governance discussion and debate.
Tara Riddle LA Governor

Equalities & Policies

Premise Committee


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


Premise Committee


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.

Kate Wood Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair of Governors


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.


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.


Martin Taylor Co-opted Governor


Curriculum – Maths


25-01-20 Father of two boys in the school, I am a lecturer in the School of Biological at the University of East Anglia. I have been a Governor since 2015 with responsibility for maths.
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.
Beth Brais Member Curriculum – English 02-06-19 I’m a mother of three boys, and having worked in education as a Thrive Practitioner and LTA are currently studying a Post Graduate Degree in Education at the University of East Anglia. I strongly believe in understanding and supporting the holistic learning and growth of a child.
Matthew Poole Co-opted Governor


Finance and Personnel Committee


Husband and father of 2 energetic boys. Proud Welshman. Moved to Norfolk from Wales in 2009. Lover of all thing technological. Head of Governance at a local NHS Trust. Part nerd, part professional.


Gavin Tash Co-opted Governor


Premise Committee


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.



Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for School Governors

The register should set out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.

Governor Date Register of Interest Last Updated and Signed Business Interest Declared Personal Interest Declared
Lisa Bramford 18.9.17 None None
Kate Wood 18.9.17 None None
Tara Riddle 18.9.17 None None
Jo Satterley 18.9.17 None None
Sam Nixon 18.9.17 None Great Ellingham & Rocklands Federation – Co-opted governor
Martin Taylor 18.9.17 None None
Melissa Marfleet-Collins 18.9.17 I consult “Troops to Teachers” and Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teacher Training.  Bother – Scott Cannon teacher at Earlham Junior.
Danni Lacey 18.9.17 None None
Louise Carolan 18.9.17 None None
Gavin Tash 5.3.18
Matthew Poole 5.3.18

Governors’ Attendance Record for 2017-18

Full Governor Board Minutes