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.

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

Nicola Down

Vice Chair

LA Governor

Term of Office:   09/2016 - 09/2020

Committees: FGB & F&S

Hi, I am Dave and I am the chair of governors. I have been a governor for 7 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, one of whom still attends the school. Hi, my name is Nicola and I have lived in Ascot for 11 years. I have 4 children, 2 who of whom attended the school. I was the bursar at the Infant School 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.

Rachel Bradley



Committees: FGB, TLC & F&S

Laura Elston

Deputy Headteacher

Committees: FGB & TLC

Coming soon...

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 be able to this alongside the wonderful team we have at Ascot Heath Primary School.

Nikki Reeves

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office:  09/2017 – 09/2021

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 who both attend 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; the two oldest ones previously attended the school.

Rhona Stainthorp

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office:

09/2019 - 09/2023

Committees: FGB & TLC

Scott Kelly

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 10/2017 – 10/2021

Committees: FGB, F&S


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 Scott, married to Chie and our daughter attends the school. I worked for 26 years as Group Marketing Director for an international sports organisation, and am now an independent consultant and company director. I’ve lived and travelled internationally all my life, so I’m a great believer in learning from others and we already appreciate the value of the richly mixed community at the school. I’ve been a governor previously, so I recognise it’s an honour to now serve our school and to help enhance our children’s education.

Sarah Jolliffe

Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office 

Committees: FGB & TLC

 Baljit Mayer

Parent Governor

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.

'Hi, I'm Baljit. I work as a Project Manager for an Energy company and have 14+ years experience in delivering technology, infrastructure, and more recently Responsible Business & Transformational change. I have a child at Ascot Heath and believe we are very fortunate to have such a great local school in our community. I am proud to be part of the team of governors who support the children and staff, as well as upholding the values & integrity of the school.'

Jackie Frew

Clerk to the Governors


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, one of whom still attends 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 2019-20

Governor Attendance 2018 - 19

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. Please do keep an eye out for the questionnaire later in the school year.