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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 09/2019 - 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.



Rhona Stainthorp

Vice-Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 09/2019 - 09/2023

Committees: FGB & TLC


Nikki Reeves

LA Governor

Term of Office:  03/2021-23/2025

Committees: FGB & TLC  

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.







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.





 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.



David Leeper

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 01/2023 - 01/2027

Committees: FGB & TLC




Lucy Broughton

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 01/2023 - 01/2027

Committees: FGB & TLC



Hello, I am David and have been involved in the governance of schools since 2008.  I am looking for consistent sustained excellence in education amongst staff and children at Ascot Heath.  I have been a senior manager in both schools and colleges.  For the past 26 years I have developed an International Executive Coaching and Mentoring business.  In 2016 I founded charitable work in Uganda developing Leadership through education, mentoring and social enterprise.  I am an active member of a local Ascot church.





Hello, I'm Lucy, I am Deputy Head (Communications and Outreach) at Papplewick School and I am very much looking forward to joining the excellent team of staff and governors and Ascot Heath.

Before joining Papplewick in January 2023 I was Senior Deputy Head at Channing Junior School, Highgate, and have experience teaching students from 4-18 years.  My specialist subject is Geography, however, my role is broad and encompasses many aspects of school life.  I am passionate about learning and teaching and believe that well rounded, happy individuals thrive.  As a governor at Ascot Heath I am excited to share my knowledge, experience and passions and work with the talented team to support the pupils in all aspects of their Ascot Heath journey.



Lee Grant

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 01/2023 - 01/2027

Committees: FGB & TLC




Andrew West

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.







 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.




 Jackie Frew

Clerk to the Governors








 Hello, 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 2023-24

Governor Attendance 2021-22

Governors' Interests Declarations



Governor Questionnaire

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