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.
- Individuals who sit on local governing bodies (LGBs) are usually referred to as ‘local governors’
- Trustees delegate governance functions to the local level as per the Scheme of Delegation.
- LGBs only have such responsibilities as are delegated to them by trustees and as indicated in the Scheme of Delegation
- Trustees have complete discretion over what is delegated to each LGB
- MAT leadership and management comes from the MAT executive leaders; governance comes from trustees and (only as a last resort) from members.
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.
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 (10.10.17 – 09.10.21)
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.
I have lived in Urmston for the past couple of years and look forward to supporting the continued success at Acre Hall after expressing an interest to volunteer via Governors for Schools. I am a chartered accountant with several years of experience working within the public sector in audit and assurance, including at MATs, FE and HE providers. I now work for the Regulator of Social Housing focusing on the financial viability of social housing providers. I hope to be able to apply these skills to support the school going forward as they continue to evolve and succeed.
Gillian Marsh (05.02.18 – 4.02.22)
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
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.
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.
Jo Willis – Co-opted Governor (19.11.19 – 18.11.23)
I have lived in the Flixton and Urmston area all my life. I am married with two grown up children who both attended local primary and secondary schools. I am delighted to have been appointed as a co-opted governor and I am very keen to support and be part of Acre Hall Primary school. I am registered Mental Health Nurse and I am passionate about health and well-being of young people. I am currently working full time as a Regulatory Inspector concentrating on young people’s units. I very much look forward to supporting Acre Hall and hope I can contribute positively to its continued success.
Philippa Temple-Heald – Co-opted Governor (10.07.18 – 09.07.22)
I am delighted to be a governor for Acre Hall Primary school. Living close by I have seen the school make some exciting changes to its building and it is now such a lovely learning environment. I like that Acre Hall has such a community spirit and its students, and their families, are at the heart of everything.
I look forward to working with such a great team of Governors and Staff at such a fantastic school.
Register of interests
Download our declaration of interest 20/2021