The Ainslie Wood Governing Body is made up of 9 members. Included in this count, we have:
2 Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
and the rest are made up by Co Opted governors who bring particular skills to our team.
Chair of Governors
Our Chair is also a parent governor who was voted in by the parents of our school: Marc Brown. Marc works for Her Majesty's Government (HMG) and now has all 3 of his children at Ainslie Wood. You may see him to struggling to get Harry to Year 6, Fred to Year 3 and Otis into Reception on time in the mornings but he wants everyone to know that he is happy to talk to anyone who'd like to share any governor related issues.
Our Vice Chair was co-opted onto our Governing Body as an expert in education. Bruce Roberts is a serving headteacher at a secondary special school in Waltham Forest. Bruce has been a part of our Governing Body since November 2020 and makes sure he asks all of the tricky questions of Ms Scott and the team.
Local Authority Governor
Our brand new Local Authority Governor is Sally Davies. Sally is the Senior Philanthropy Manager at the Altzheimers Society. She has previously worked as an Account Executive at KPMG and as a Case Worker and Researcher for the Shadow Minister for Children and Families. We are excited to work with Sally over the next four years.
Our other elected Parent Governor is Neil Nute. Neil joined our governing body in January 2019 and is the dad to Conrad in Year 2. Neil is also an active member of the Ainslie Wood Partnership (AWP) so you'll find him at most of our community events (usually working really hard).
Co Opted Governors
Ashley Sydney is a co opted governor who you may recognise as the parent of Jasmine in Year 3. Ashley was co opted onto our Governing Body as he brings a wealth of skills and knowledge associated with Careers Related Learning and is our Lead Governor for Anti-Racism.
Sandra Onwsuiri is the co opted governors who makes sure all of our financial and business affairs are in order. Sandra is a Project Manager for Mastercard and has previously worked for Deloitte and the NHS. We are looking forward to working together over the next four years.
You may recognise our co opted governor, Tom Gregory. Tom used to be the Assistant Head, Leader of Learning and a Year 6 teacher here at Ainslie Wood and was appointed to our Governing Body by the board - he currently holds our Governing Body responsibility for Safeguarding. Tom has previous experience as a Chair of Governors at another school (he was, in fact, the youngest CoG in the country at that time!) and he still sits on the governing body of another school. Tom now works for the Department for Education and brings lots of education expertise to the board.
The person representing our staff at the Governing Body meetings is Ms Hare. Ms Hare is a Year 4 teacher at the school and has the job of representing all of the staff at the meetings - which is lucky for them because Ms Hare genuinely loves being a governor and finding out and sharing all the news with the staff - that's why they voted her to represent them.
And finally, I'm sure you all know the Headteacher (find her info on the SLT section of the 'Who's Who' page). Ms Scott sits on the Governing Body, reporting everything about the school, how we are doing and what our plans are and then answers lots of questions. She takes an automatic position on the board, but would have worked hard to have been elected if she weren't as she loves finding everything out about Ainslie Wood all the time.
Our full governing body meets about once every month. For this reason, we are able to work without most committees. The committees that we do have are:
Staff Pay and Headteacher Performance
While these are 2 separate committees, they are made up of the same group of Governors. The Chair of both committees is Neil Nute.