Our Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring the school is run both efficiently and effectively by the Head of School and its staff, by playing the role of “critical friend”.  The Body meets in full four times per academic year and termly as part of two sub-committees, which cover the school’s operational structure – ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Resources’.

The Governors take a full and active role in the monitoring of the School Development Plan.  Each Governor acts as a ‘Link Governor’ to a named member of staff and meets twice per week to focus on particular areas of the curriculum.

Each Governor is appointed or elected for a four-year term of office.

You can contact the Chair of Governors either via the school or email.

David Vanstone – Chair of Governors (01.7.12)
I became Chair of Governors in September 2013 after 17 years as Headteacher of a Trafford-based secondary school. As Chair I am also a Director of the Dunham Trust which enables me to represent the interests of Acre Hall alongside those of the other four local schools run by the Trust. My role is to help coordinate the work of our other governors and support staff and students in this time of tremendous change as the school improves standards, builds its numbers and moves into brand new buildings, all of which is rewarded by the tremendous welcome I get from every class when I visit during a working day.

Jo Appleyard – CEO of The Dunham Trust
I have worked within the primary sector for thirty five years.  I am passionate about primary education offering wide and balanced experiences for the young people in The Dunham Trust.  I have been the Headteacher at Elmridge Primary for nineteen years.  Acre Hall  became an academy in July  2013  and was sponsored by Elmridge Primary to become an academy as part of The Dunham Trust.

Ashlea White – Head of School (01.7.17)
I started my teaching career in City Centre Manchester where I taught for 2 years before moving to Woodsend Primary in 1990 and then came to Acre Hall in 2006 as Assistant Head when the two schools merged. I became Head of School in 2014. As I have taught in this area for 25 years, I know many families well, even teaching sons and daughters of those I originally taught! Acre Hall is a fantastic place to be; there is a lovely family atmosphere in school and everyone works hard to do the very best for our pupils. I am privileged to work with such wonderful governors who have great expertise and are able to bring different dimensions and viewpoints to our work to help and support us in becoming the best we possibly can.

Hannah Jones – Staff Governor
I joined Acre Hall in September 2012 after teaching in Trafford for two years prior. I have since specialised in Early Years and become the Foundation Stage Leader.  I am extremely proud to be part of an evolving, successful and caring school, which always puts children first and foremost. Witnessing our pupils grow into confident, self-assured individuals and the strong links we develop with their families is extremely rewarding. In my new role as staff governor I look forward to supporting the development of our school and further promoting connections with families and the wider community.

Gillian Marsh (06.07.14 – )
I spent all my professional career in education, working in Britain and overseas for the British Council as a teacher, teacher-trainer and inspector of English language learning at different age levels. After retirement I was able to continue my involvement in education as a parent governor at a Trafford grammar school, while also volunteering at a local Citizens Advice Bureau. I was delighted to join the Acre Hall governing body in early 2014 at such an important and exciting stage in its development. I hope that my role as link governor for English and modern language studies will enable me to support our head teacher and teaching staff in this key area of our pupils’ development.

Kerry Mills – Parent Governor (27.01.15 – 26.1.19)
I became a governor in February 2015 and feel passionate in my role, to help to support the rest of the governing body, Mrs White, the teachers, children and their parents in the best way I can. It is a very exciting time for our school. With our new building nearing its completion and my daughter Amy being in Year 2, she will be lucky enough to spend lots of happy years of learning, in what looks to be a stunning environment. I hope that my own experiences of twenty years as a primary school teacher help with my role and give me an understanding of the huge efforts that go towards making the School what it is today.

Thomas Horner – Co-opted Governor (06.3.18 – 05.3.22)
I was appointed a co-opted governor in January 2018 and I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of this role. I will look to support the leadership team, teachers, children and their parents wholeheartedly. I am extremely proud to be a part of this truly unique school and to be a part of the children’s journey in “Learning for Life”. Through my own experiences of being a PE teacher, Assistant Head of Year and Football Academy Co-ordinator at the school where I teach, I hope to contribute to The Dunham Trust with my enthusiasm and commitment to education.

Laura Christie – Parent Governor (15.5.18 – 14.5.22)

I became a parent governor in 2018 having 2 sons at Acre Hall and am excited about supporting the school to continue to grow and develop. I come from a career in health and social care and have spent many years campaigning for the rights of people with learning disabilities in the charitable sector. I am the link governor for SEN. I  feel  passionate that all children have equal access to education. I am looking forward to working with the governing body and offer my skills in any way I can.

Pete Tarry – Co-opted Governor (01.09.16-31.08.20)
I am a governor at Elmridge and Acre Hall, both schools are in The Dunham Trust. I am also Chair of Directors at Wellington School, Timperley. I feel passionate in my role. My own experiences and skills in the construction industry have been put to good use with the new building of Acre Hall and the refurbishment of Elmridge. It is especially rewarding to be involved in a range of different schools. I have learnt a lot about hoe different schools function and I enjoy sharing my experiences of these schools.

As well as being involved with Acre Hall and Elmridge at a Local Governor level I am very keen to contribute my skills and interests at a child-level. I regularly accompany children on their residential trips and support the children with their outward bound activities. It is fantastic to see the children grow in confidence when spending time away from home and tackling activities that they have never done before.

Christine Cooper – Co-opted Governor (27.09.16- 26.09.20)
I am delighted to have been appointed to the governing body at Acre Hall. As an English specialist of over 20 years, I have worked in various senior schools. I have been appointed to several leadership positions over the years, including Director of Key Stage 3 Literacy, with responsibility for transition of pupils from Year 6 to Year 7; Head of the Faculty of Languages; Head of Sixth Form. I currently teach English at Trafford Medical Education Service, a provision which supports students returning to mainstream education. I am passionate about my subject and take great pride in instilling in pupils a love of learning. I feel privileged to teach such a rich and diverse subject, where there is scope for every child to experience success. As English link governor, I very much look forward to forging productive relationships with all involved in the delivery of English at Acre Hall.

Philippa Temple-Heald – Co-opted Governor (10.07.18 – 09.07.22)
Further details to follow.

Committees and attendance at meetings
Our governors form committees which meet several times a year.  See below for more information about these committees and governor attendance at meetings.

Resources committee remit
Teaching & Learning committee remit

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2018/19

Name T&L Sub Com Res Sub Com LGB T&L Sub Com Res Sub Com LGB T&L  Sub Res Sub Com LGB
25.09.18 02.10.18 06.11.18 22.01.19 29.01.19 26.02.19 30.04.19 07.05.19 09.07.19
 Mrs J Appleyard
 Mrs A White
 Mr D Vanstone
 Mrs H Jones
 Mr P Tarry
 Mrs G Marsh
Mrs K Mills
Mrs C Cooper
Mr T Horner
Mrs L Christie
Mrs P Temple-Heald (co-opted)

Attendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2017/18

Name and Role LGB T&L Sub Com Res Sub Com LGB T&L Sub Com Res Sub Com LGB T&L and Res Sub Com
10.10.17 14.11.17 15.11.16 30.01.18 6.03.18 13.3.18 15.5.18 10.07.18
 Mrs J Appleyard  Attended  Attended Attended  Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
 Mrs A White  Attended  Attended  Attended  Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
 Mr D Vanstone  Attended  Attended  Attended  Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
 Mr J West  Attended  Attended Term of office ended
 Mr A Brown Resigned
 Mrs H Jones  Attended  Attended  N/A  Attended Yes N/A Attended Attended
 Mrs P Ratcliffe  Apologies N/A  Attended Resigned
 Mr P Tarry  Attended  N/A  Attended  Attended  N/A Attended No Apologies
 Mrs G Marsh  Attended  Apologies  N/A  Attended  Attended N/A Apologies Attended
Cllr B Shaw Term of office ended
Mrs K Mills Attended N/A Apologies Apologies Attended Apologies Attended Attended
Mrs C Cooper Apologies Attended N/A Apologies Apologies N/A Apologies Apologies
Mr T Horner N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  Attended N/A Attended Attended
Mrs L Christie N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Attended Attended Attended
Mrs P Temple-Heald (co-opted) Appointed 15.05.2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Attended

Download Governor Meeting Attendance-2017-2018
Download Governor Meeting Attendance 2016/2017

Register of interests

Role Name of Business/ Associated Interest Nature of Business Nature of Interest Date Interest Commenced
 Mrs J Appleyard CEO (Trust) N/A N/A N/A N/A
 Mrs A White Head of School N/A N/A N/A N/A
 Mr D Vanstone Director (Trust) Wilmslow Prep School
Independent Schools Inspectorate
Barton Clough Primary School
Trafford Safeguarding Children’s Board
Prep School
Member Director
Member of IEB
 Mrs H Jones Staff Governor Acre Hall Primary Education Employee 2017
 Mr P Tarry Co-opted Governor N/A N/A N/A N/A
 Mrs G Marsh Co-opted Governor N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mrs K Mills Parent Governor Teacher at Broadheath Primary School Primary School Teacher 2015
Mrs C Cooper Co-opted Governor Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council LA Employee 2017
Mr T Horner Co-opted Governor N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mrs L Christie Parent Governor N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mrs P Temple-Heald Co-opted Governor N/A N/A N/A N/A