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The Governing Body welcomes you to the Ashleworth Church of England Primary School website.

The Governing Body works hard to support the Headteacher, teaching staff and pupils with the aim of ensuring that Ashleworth Church of England Primary School is able to provide the best possible education for our children and to prepare them for life in modern Britain.  School governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Together with the head teacher they set the future direction of the school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent. Governing bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as school policies and the school’s development plan and act as a "critical friend" to the school.  It is important that governor have all the information they need to properly carry out their role and so we attend Local Authority training courses and purchas an annual subscription for governors to access online training on a range of topics.

The members that make up the Governing Body are chosen by the local authority, the community, staff and parents. All our Governors have their own careers and responsibilities but they dedicate time to the school when they are able. Some are able to be in school on a regular basis, whilst others bring financial and legal expertise, strategic planning and more practical skills. All are hugely valued!

As well as sharing a common desire to be involved in supporting the school, the Governing Body have statutory duties by which they are legally bound. The Governing Body is ultimately responsible for all matters relating to the school including teaching and learning, safeguarding, health and safety, staffing, premises and ensuring financial accountability and sustainability. The full governing body meets once every half term. Two committees (Teaching & Learning and Resources) meet to consider more specific areas of curriculum, finance, staffing and wellbeing.

We are very proud of our partnership with Churcham Primary School and look forward to expanding this further.

If you have any concerns or issues that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of Governors, Bridgette Nulty, or indeed any of the governors listed below:

Ashleworth CE Primary School Governing Body 2023 - 24

For full details of Governing Body membership, roles & responsibilities, attendance and register of interests, please see:

pdf Ashleworth Primary School Governor information 2023 - 2024

Governor Bios:

Michelle Kelly - I have been a governor of Ashleworth C of E Primary School since becoming Headteacher in September 2013. The school works in partnership with Churcham Primary where I am also Headteacher and a governor. Before joining the team at Ashleworth, I taught in Cheltenham and then worked for Gloucestershire as an English Consultant. During this time, I worked in many schools around the county. I’ve lived in Pershore near Worcestershire for over 20 years with my partner and our pets. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the theatre and spending time ‘catching up’ with family and friends.

Roles: Headteacher, member of Teaching & Learning and Resources committees

Bridgette Nulty - Having completed 4 years as the Staff Governor in May 2022, after retiring from teaching I was nominated by the Local Authority, and later appointed by the Governing Board, to the role of LA governor. In September 2022, I became Chair of the Governors, leading a team with wide ranging skills and expertise, who all want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

I have been a Science teacher for more than 25 years, employed at locations around the UK, and on military garrisons overseas. I have been privileged to teach across a wide range of ages and abilities, delivering the full spectrum of National Curriculum subjects. In my new role as Chair of the governors, I hope to support all members of our school family by using this wealth of experience to good effect, as the governors strive to ensure that our school is the very best it can be. My hobbies include volunteering with St John Ambulance as an Advanced First Aider, photography, and gardening. 

Roles: Chair of Governors, member of Teaching & Learning Committee (Chair), member of Resources Committee, Safeguarding lead, SEND lead, Governor Induction

Thomas Boore. O.B.E.  B.A. (Open) - My wife, Sylvia and myself have lived in Ashleworth for almost fifty years and I am privileged to join a team of governors at our local school. I am hopeful that my business, sport and church links will enable me to make some small contribution to the wellbeing and future of the school, its staff and pupils.

Roles: Vice Chair of Governors, member of Resources Committee (Chair), Safeguarding lead, Health & Safety lead

Nicola Killeen - I joined Ashleworth as a parent governor in September 2022. Born in Birmingham and educated in the Midlands, I moved to London to attend Art School in 1989 and continued to work there in the costume and textiles industry until moving out of the city to Ashleworth in late 2019.  I now work in costume from home and travel to London a couple of days a week to manage my workshop there.  Austin and I have three boys who attend the school, and we enjoy the rural active life.  We are keen to encourage the children to embrace all forms of creative activity- from growing plants to cooking, looking after animals, enjoying art and literature, painting, and generally making things.

Roles: Member of Resources Committee

Patrick Akins

Roles: Member of Resources Committee, Pupil Premium lead

Victoria Barnes

Roles: Member of Teaching & Learning Committee


If you are interested or would like to find out more about becoming a Governor, please contact the school for more information.


pdf Governor Code of Conduct

pdf Governor Visits Policy and Protocol