Local Governing Committee (LGC)


Ashley CofE Primary School is an academy in the Good Shepherd Trust, a family of church school academies within the Diocese of Guildford. For more information on the Trust please click here.



In accordance with the DfE’s current guidance for Governance of academies and multi-academy trusts, our Local Governing Committee is responsible for:

  1. Setting the vision and strategic direction of our school, ensuring all statutory duties are met and to setting an ethos of high expectations of everyone in the school community. This includes high expectations for the behaviour, progress and attainment of all pupils and for the conduct and professionalism of both staff and governors
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff and  ensuring that the Headteacher implements the strategic framework established by the board.
  3. Overseeing the school’s financial performance and ensuring that money is well spent and in line with the school’s strategic priorities.

The Local Governing Committee meets four times per year (more if required and at least once per term) and all Members are expected to attend. We have three main subcommittees that meet to focus on particular aspects of School life: The Safeguarding Sub-Committee (LGC and Staff members, meets monthly); The Resources and Finance Sub-Committee (meets twice per term); The Admissions Sub-Committee (meets two to three times per year). Other ad-hoc committees meet when appropriate (eg Pupil Discipline Committee).

LGC Members and Responsibilities 2019/20

REVD CATHY BLAIR (Foundation Member) Incumbent

  • Vice chair of LGC
  • Chair of Resources Sub-Committee
  • Member of Staff Appeals Committee
  • Subject lead Member for Religious Education and Upper Key Stage 2


  • Member of Resources Committee
  • Lead Member for EYFS and Physical Education
  • Lead Member for Communication and Engagement

MR ALEX CLARK (Ex-officio - head teacher)

MR CHRIS HOWARD  (General Member) Chair of LGC

  • Chair of Admissions Committee
  • Member of Resources Committee 
  • Member of Pupil and Staff Disciplinary Committee
  • Lead Member for English and Lower Key Stage 2

MR MARTYN McCARTHY (Foundation Member)

  • Member of Resources Committee and Admissions Committee
  • Lead Member for Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Chair of the Pupil and Staff Disciplinary committee

MR MELVYN MILLS (General Member)

  • Member of Resources and Staff Appeals Committee
  • Lead Member for Mathematics and Key Stage 1



Vacancy (General Member)

Vacancy (Parent Member - filled and awaiting compliance checks)



  • Clerk to Governing Committee  

Statutory reporting of members of the Local Governing Committee (including terms of office) is on Get Information About Schools.

Members’ contact details: governors@ashley.surrey.sch.uk


Members' Attendance at Local Governing Committee Meetings 2018-19

Members' Attendance at Local Governing Committee Meetings 2017-18

LGC Members' Register of Interests



Local Governing Committee Meeting Dates 2019-20:

6pm on Monday 16th September 2019
6pm on Thursday 21st November 2019
6pm on Thursday 19th March 2020
6pm on Thursday 25th June 2020

Open meeting protocol

Good Shepherd Trust Board membership