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Ascot Heath Primary School

“Preparing our children for all of their tomorrows”

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:


Steph Eyers

Co-Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 10/2021- 10/2025

Committees: FGB & TLC


John Griffin

Co-Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

Term of office: 11/2021 – 11/2025

Committees: FGB, TLC

Hello, my name is Steph and I’m delighted to be a Governor for Ascot Heath Primary. I’ve been part of the school community for the last 16 years and until recently worked at the school as the Family Support Advisor. Currently, I work as the Safeguarding Coordinator for a local independent school. I have two boys, one of whom attends AHP in Reception. I’m passionate about the school and believe in promoting the best possible outcomes for all children. 

Hi I’m John and I joined as a Parent Governor in Nov 21. My daughter attends the school and I live in Ascot. I have worked for a large IT organisation for 25 years in a number of European and UK roles. My job at the moment is unique in that I work in digital but lead qualification programmes for early professionals. Some of these include governance and are audited by Ofsted.

As Parent Governor I am representing all parents of children at the school. I want to ensure the school is meeting expectations not only in education but also in behaviour which is where I see the school values playing a key part.

Rachel Bradley



Committees: FGB, TLC & F&S

Laura Elston

Deputy Headteacher

Associate Member

Term of Office 09/2023 - 09/2027

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.




Rebecca Maffre

Co-opted Governor


Andrew West

Vice-Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 01/2023 - 01/2027

Committees: FGB & TLC








Hello, I'm Andrew, I am currently the Direct of Network Services at St Mary's School Ascot, having worked in the education sector for the last twenty years.  In addition to this IT skillset, I have a wealth of experience in school support functions, notably human resources, finance, compliance, policy and governance, heath and safety, data protection, capital works project management and facilities management.

I grew up in Jersey in the Channel Islands, before moving back to the UK to Bristol to study for my degree in Business Information Systems.  Since moving to Ascot a little over 14 years ago, I live here with my wife and two young children.  Hobbies/interests include cricket, cooking, photography, live music and walking the dog.


 Mary Williams

Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 12/2021 – 11/2025

Committees: FGB, F&S



Karl Cranswick

Parent Governor

Term of Office 12/2020 - 12/2024

Committees: FGB & F&S


Hello, I’m Mary and I have a son who attends the school. I have over 10 years’ experience working as an account manager within the Energy – Oil & Gas sector for a global company specialising in software, data and analytics. I also own an events and styling company providing bespoke decorating for all occasions. This is an amazing opportunity to give back to the community and use my skills and expertise to assist in the strategic planning. I’m passionate, committed and focused on supporting the school’s objectives and, most importantly, our children to maximise their capabilities and achieve their full potential in maintaining a happy, safe and secure environment.

Hello, 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. I chair the Finance and Staffing committee and the Pay committee.



Lee Grant

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 01/2023 - 01/2027

Committees: FGB & TLC





Hello, I'm Lee, I am currently a Pre-Prep Deputy Head of a local Independence School.  I teach Year 2, lead the wellbeing curriculum in the Pre-Prep and I am Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.  I live with my wife who is also a teacher and my daughter in the local area.  I am passionate about education and delighted to support the teaching, learning and community for the benefit of all pupils at Ascot Heath Primary School.  I chair the Teaching and Learning committee. 






Harriet Vaisey

Staff Governor

Term of Office: 10/2023 - 10/2027

Committees: FGB & TLC

Emily Alder

Clerk to the Governors


Hello, my name is Harriet and I’m delighted to be a Staff Governor for Ascot Heath Primary. New to the Ascot Heath community, but with 10 years of experience across a range of settings, I hope I can bring a helpful perspective to the governing body. Currently, I teach in Year 4 and lead English across the school. I have enjoyed teaching here in the UK and overseas, and am passionate about offering a high quality education for all.


















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


Governor Code of Conduct 2023-24

Governor Attendance 2022-23

Governors' Interests Declarations

Instrument of Government

Election Procedure

Diversity Statement:

As a school we recognise that a diversity of thought, voices and perspectives is essential to good governance and the effective running of any organisation. We are starting to collect diversity information from our governors and can use this to:

  • target recruitment to address gaps in experience and diversity
  • develop and adapt board practices to ensure full participation
  • prioritise training and awareness-raising in identified areas
  • address potential ‘blind spots’ through seeking wider advice and perspectives on current and upcoming opportunities, challenges and risks

We are unable to publish the diversity data as it would mean that individual members of our governing body are identifiable.