Rhododendron Walk, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8PN

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Ascot Heath Primary School

“Confident learners in a happy, safe and secure environment”

Meet the Governors

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

    • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
    • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
    • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
    • Ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard 

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, Learning 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 Primary School".

 We are:


Dave Rogers


Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 05/2018 – 05/2022

Committees: FGB, TLC


Rhona Stainthorp

Vice Chair

Term of Office: 09/2019 - 09/2023

Committees: FGB & TLC


Hi, I am Dave and I am the chair of governors. I have been a governor for 10 years. I live and work in North Ascot. I am passionate about our community and particularly seeing our children flourishing and getting the best start to their education. In my work as a pastor of a local church I am experienced in creating an environment where everyone, mostly volunteers, can be involved and use their skills and abilities to make the biggest difference. I am also on the Leadership team for larger group of churches which involves setting vision and strategy and working through transformation programmes and empowering churches to impact in their towns/cities. It is a privilege to serve on such a dynamic governing body in such a fantastic school. I have two sons, who previously attended the school. 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.

Rachel Bradley



Committees: FGB, TLC & F&S

Laura Elston

Deputy Headteacher

Associate Member

Term of Office 09/2019 - 09/2023

Committees: FGB & TLC

Hello, I'm Rachel, I joined Ascot Heath in September 2019 as the Infant and Junior schools amalgamated to become one primary school.    Prior to joining Ascot Heath I was Head Teacher of a primary school in Surrey for 7 years, where the school was also expanding to become a primary school.  I am committed to primary school provision and the many benefits it provides to children.  This is why I was so excited to join Ascot Heath to be part of a similar journey. It is a privilege to work with such committed staff, children and parents.  

Hello, I’m Laura and I am Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Lead at Ascot Heath Primary School. Prior to this role I worked at Ascot Heath Infant School for 7 years as a Class teacher, Deputy Headteacher and Interim Headteacher.  I am passionate about providing children the best start in their education and I am incredible lucky to work this alongside the wonderful team we have at Ascot Heath Primary School.

Nikki Reeves

LA Governor

Term of Office:  03/2021-23/2025

Committees: FGB & TLC  

John Leitch

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office:

05/2019 - 05/2023

Committees: FGB & F&S 

Hello, I'm Nikki.  I'm mum to two girls, my eldest is in year 8 and my youngest attends Ascot Heath Primary School.  I have been a governor since October 2013. As a parent I believe we are extraordinarily privileged to have such a fantastic local 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 am chair of the TLC committee. Hi, my name is John. I work as a project manager for an engineering consultancy in the local area and bring these skills to the Finance and Staffing committee, which I chair. I am enjoying the challenge and opportunity of supporting our school. I have three daughters, who previously attend the school.


Sarah Jolliffe

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office 03/2020-03/2024

Committees: FGB & TLC


Karl Cranswick

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office 12/2020 - 12/2024

Committees: FGB & F&S


Hello, my name is Sarah Jolliffe and I have been a teacher for over 10 years and am currently a Deputy Headteacher at a school in Camberley. I am passionate about teaching, learning and the curriculum and have been lucky enough to work across a number of schools with this as my focus. I am a trained safeguarding lead and have taken on the role of Safeguarding governor at Ascot Heath Primary School and am a member of the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum committee. I am really looking forward to working with a dedicated team to ensure that all Ascot Heath children receive the very best education.

I'm Karl and I have two children, the oldest of which attends the school.  I work as a management consultant for a global company and specialise in the financial services sector.  My expertise is in analysis, services procurement and delivery of large programs of change.  I'm committed to using these skills to help the school meet its objectives and to help the staff maximise what our children achieve during their important early years.






Jackie Frew

Clerk to the Governors




Hi, I'm Jackie and I am the clerk to the governors. My background is in Market Research project management, and I am also a trained cranio-sacral therapist.  I have two sons, who used to attend the school.  As clerk, I support the governing body administratively and help to ensure best practice.


Click below to read further information about the Governing Body at Ascot Heath Primary School.


Governor Code of Conduct 2021-22

Governor Attendance 2020-21

Governors' Interests Declarations

Governors' Newsletter Dec 2020


Governor Questionnaire

Every year we ask parents and carers for feedback about our school via a questionnaire. Please click here to see the results.

Governor Questionnaire

Every year we ask parents and carers for feedback about our school via a questionnaire. Please click here to see the results.