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Governors are like a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the school is run. They have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They can only act together, they cannot act individually.

How to I contact the governing body?

Please email  to contact the governing body.

Governing Body Structure

February  2021


Elaine Joyce

Vice Chair Wendy Small
Headteacher Governor Ruth Tamsin Hall
Staff Governor Katherine Walsh
Local Authority Governors Sheldon Snashall

Co-opted Governors

Becky Copus

Tom Hadcroft

Karen Herschleb

Tom Matthew McDonough

Wendy Small


Parent Governors

Peter Cordingly

Perag Mukesh Patel

Clerk Andrew Hughes


The Governing Body of West Ashtead Primary School comprises 11 full members.

GB Core Functions

  1. Ensuring Clarity of Vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the HT to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

GB Sub Committees

The governing body has two sub committees:

Finance & Resources

Children, Learning and Community

The chairs of these  two committees meet termly with the Chair of Governors, Headteacher and Bursar as a strategic working group.