Meet the governors

The governing body of Ascot Heath Infant School exists to ensure high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

    • Setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction
    • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
    • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

To this end the governing body is made up of three committees, The Full Governing Body (FGB) on which all governors sit, The Finance and Staffing (F&S) committee and the Teaching, Leaning and Community (TLC) committee.

To fulfil our requirements as governors we meet regularly as committees as well as visiting the school often to see all that is going on.For more information about what we do please see the document "What the Governors do at Ascot Heath Infant School".

We are:

Nicola Reeves


Parent Governor

Term of Office:

10/2013 - 10/2017

Committees: FGB & TLC

Nicola Down

Vice Chair

LA Governor

Term of Office:

09/2016 - 09/2020

Committees: FGB & F&S

Hello, I'm Nikki.  I'm mum to two girls, one of whom attends currently and the other hopefully to attend in the future.  I have been a parent governor since October 2013. As a parent I believe we are extraordinarily privileged to have such a fantastic local infant school, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff.  As a Governor I value the opportunity this offers me to support the school and to be a small part of the team to ensure we continue to offer the best start for all our pupils. I became Chair of Governors in May 2017.

Hi, my name is Nicola and I have lived in Ascot for 11 years. I have 4 children, 2 who attended Ascot Heath Infant School. I was the bursar at Ascot Heath for nearly 6 years and decided I wished to continue supporting the school and the children when I left and therefore took on the position of Local Authority Governor. I thoroughly enjoy the role and hope that my input makes a difference. I am the chair of the Finance and Staffing Committee.

Catherine Bates



Committees: FGB, TLC & F&S

Laura Barrett

Deputy Head

Associate Member

Committees: FGB & TLC

I have been Head Teacher at Ascot Heath Infants School since September 2007.  I am very proud of our school, the staff, parents, governors but especially the children.  I try very hard to ensure that they are at the centre of everything we do at school. We are constantly trying to improve the school experience for every child.  When I am not working I am learning to play the piano and enjoy reading, sewing and knitting!

Hello, my name is Laura Barrett and I am Squirrels class teacher. I joined Ascot Heath Infant School in September 2011, after studying at Bournemouth and Reading University. I became a Teacher Governor in September 2013 and I am thoroughly enjoying working alongside all the other Governors. During my free time I play netball for my local club. 

John Leitch

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office:

05/2015 - 05/2019

Committees: FGB & F&S 

Rhona Stainthorp

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office:

09/2015 - 09/2019

Committees: FGB & TLC

Hi, my name is John, my two daughters both attend the Infant School. I work as a project manager for an engineering consultancy working in the local area. I am part of the Finance and Staffing committee. I am excited by the opportunity to support our School and I'm looking forward to this challenging role.

Hello.  I am Rhona Stainthorp. I joined the Governing Body in the  Autumn term 2015.  I work as a professor in the Institute of Education at the University of Reading and have been involved in many national initiatives to improve literacy education. Both my children were educated at local state schools and I have a commitment to ensuring all children receive the best possible education in their local communities.

Ollie Clayson

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office:

03/2015 - 03/2019

Committees: FGB & TLC

Paul Finnis

Parent Governor

Term of Office:

06/17 - 06/21


My name is Ollie Clayson and I have been a teacher for over 10 years. I have taught in Prep Schools, Independent Day Schools, and Independent Boarding Schools. My experiences have afforded me the opportunity to see how pupil's develop in different environments and from different backgrounds. Becoming a Governor in 2015 is a very exciting role in what is clearly a very passionate team. I am a sport fanatic and have various other roles in this field. I have 2 sons and live about 300 metres from the school!



Heather Seaton

Staff Governor

Term of Office:

Committees: FGB, TLC






Jackie Frew

Clerk to the Governors



Hi, I'm Jackie and I am the new clerk to the governors. My background is in Market Research project management, and I am also a trained cranio-sacral therapist.  I live in Ascot, have two sons and I have been helping with the school Eco Team for the last two years.  I've been impressed by the dedication of the governors and am really pleased to have joined the team.


What the Governors do at Ascot Heath Infant School

Governor Awards

Every term, we take great pleasure in coming into school to give out our Governor School Value Awards. These awards are given to help the children to understand the importance of our school values.

Our five values are: Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Perseverance  and Curiosity.

It is amazing to see how the children respond to these awards. These are not awards for behaviour or good work, but solely linked to the 5 values of the school. 


Nomination Form for Parent Governor - September 2017


Governor Code of Conduct

Governor Attendance 2016 - 17

Governors' Interests Declarations

Annual Statement - click here to view.

Governor Questionnaire

Every year we ask parents and carers for feedback about our school via a questionnaire. The latest results are attached below. Many thanks to everyone who completed the questionnaire.

2017 Governor Questionnaire Feedback

2016 Governor Questionnaire Feedback 

2015 Governor Questionnaire Feedback