A very warm welcome to our Governors’ website page.


School Governors are essential for the effective management and development of a school. They help to provide strategic management, make executive decisions and are there to support and challenge the school leaders.

Governors get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the school, understanding the challenges it faces, and are directly involved in setting appropriate priorities for improvement. They engage regularly with staff, pupils and parents and respond quickly to their views and any significant concerns they may have. They carry out their statutory duties and ensure that the pupils and staff are safe.  So, from finance to site management, staffing to marketing and pupil welfare to curriculum development, every School Governor is guaranteed to use their experience and broaden their skills and knowledge in some way, with training and support always available.


Mrs Janet Bird (Chair)  

Mrs Julie Winwood (Headteacher)

Mrs Jenny Stevens ( Vice Chair)

Mrs Jane Andrews

Mrs Barbara Hartwell

Mr Terry Reed

Mr Azubukie Onita

Mrs Charlotte Claydon

Mrs Lianne Holmes

Miss Carol Skull

Mrs Joyce Asemota

Mrs Chris Howroyd


School FundWhat is the school fund? Aston St Mary’s is a Voluntary Aided school.  Voluntary Aided status allows Aston to be run as a Church of England school, but also means that there are additional responsibilities for Parents/Carers. Governors and the Diocese.

For more information on our School Fund download the PDF file below:

Aston The School Fund


The Governing Body are divided into different committees. These are (click to expand):

Church, Safeguarding, Premises and Community (CSPC)

The Curriculum (Curr)

Personnel and Finance (P&F)

The Governing Body consists of 4 different types of Governor: 

Foundation Governor – These are appointed by the Church at Parish (PCC) or Diocesan Level. These Governors have the particular responsibility of upholding the Character and ethos of the school, following the trust deeds of our Anglican School.

Parent Governor – These are elected by the Parents of the school.

Teacher Governor – This will be a serving teacher at the school.

LA Governor – This Governor will be appointed by the Local Authority

Elections and appointments of Governors take place every four years if becoming a School Governor is something that interests you please do not hesitate to contact the School office for further details.

The full Governing Body meets five times a year. The agendas are full and the discussions are lively.

Parents can raise any concern with a governor at any time, although it is usually more appropriate to contact the Headteacher in the first instance. Information on contacting a governor, or requesting a copy of a particular school policy can be obtained from the school office.

Volunteers do not have to be parents or need first-hand experience of the education system. Anyone aged 18 or over, who can attend an average of two meetings per term, can add tremendous value to the school`s governing body. If you would like to help provide our children with the best possible education by considering becoming a School Governor, or by helping the school in any other way, please contact Julie Winwood, the headteacher, for further details.


If you would like the opportunity to speak to a member of the Governing Body please contact Christine Haigs in the school office, or speak to a Parent or Staff Governor.


Governors Name Type of Governor Committee Term of Office Further informationDeclaration of Interests
Mrs Janet Bird
FoundationFGB18/10/2018 to 17/10/2022
Works closely with the Diocese
Mrs Julie Winwood Headteacher
All committees
Curr (Chair)
01/01/2013 to date
Mrs Jenny StevensVice ChairP&F16/09/2019 to 15/09/2023Retired Headteacher of a small schoolNone
Mrs Jane AndrewsLA GovernorCurr 3/4/13 to 2/11/23English Teaching and Learning Advisor for Herts for Learning
Mrs Barbara HartwellFoundationP&F Chair17/05/21 to 16/5/24
Schools Finance Manager (HfL)
Retired (July 21)
Mrs Charlotte ClaydonGovernor at another SchoolP&F18/05/20 to
Experience of working with older, international studentsGovernor at another school
Mrs Lianne HolmesFoundationCSP9/3/2017 to 25 Jan 2025
Qualified teacher from the schoolNone
Chris HowroydFoundationCurriculum 16/9/2019 to 15/09/2023Background in SEND provisionNone
Miss Carol SkullStaffCurric.9/5/19 to 8/2/23
LSA in KS1None
Mrs Joyce AsemotaParentCurriculum Committee 7/11/21 to 7/11/25
Children in schoolNone
Azubukie Onita ParentCSP16/11/2021 to 15/11/2025 Children in schoolNone
Mr Terry ReedAssociateP&F24/7/21 to 23/7/25
Background in finance and computing



Governing Board Member03/10/2216/05/2214/03/2210/01/228/11/2120/09/2117/05/2115/3/2125/01/219/11/2021/09/2020
Jane AndrewsTBCYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Joyce AsemotaTBCYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Janet BirdTBCYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Charlotte ClaydonTBCYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Barbara Hartwell
Lianne Holmes
Chris HowroydTBCYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesNo
Jenny StevensTBCYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Carol Skull
Julie WinwoodTBCYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Terry Reed
Azubukie Onita TBCYesNoYesN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Roy Falder

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