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ASHGATE SPECIALIST SUPPORT SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY
The composition of the Governing Body of twelve members is as follows:

The Headteacher
Two Parent governors
One Staff governor
One Local Authority Governor
Seven Co-opted Governors  

The following people are serving governors:
Diane Wolstenholme (Headteacher)
Margaret Blowey (Chair)
Joan Holt (Vice Chair)
Ralph Moses, (Local Authority Governor)
Sheila Millar, Kevin O’Brien, Alan Scott , Samaneh Maysami, Claire Churchill (Co-opted Governors)
Clara Merritt (Staff Governor)
Farah Horan (Parent Governor)

The term of office is for four years, with the provision for re-election.

The Governors meet as a full governing body each term and there are two sub committees who meet each term also:

Teaching and Learning
Resources

The details of the individual governors
Headteacher, Diane Wolstenholme, was appointed as Headteacher in 2013, following being Deputy Headteacher at Ashgate School. Diane serves on both committees.

Ralph MosesLocal Authority Governor, is a retired  Manchester secondary school teacher. He was on the Education Committee as a Secondary Teachers' representative, elected by secondary teachers and co-opted by the committee. Ralph’s current term of office lasts until 25th November 2017. Ralph serves on  both Committees.  

Margaret Blowey, Co-opted  Governor, is Chair of Governors and  Chair of the Resources Committee. Her current term of office lasts until 1stDecember 2018.  A former secondary school history teacher, Margaret is retired from a career in education with the major school examination and awarding bodies, and latterly was Clerk to the Governing Body at FE Colleges in the North West. She is also a Governor at Manor High School in Sale, and was formerly a governor at Flixton Junior School.

Joan Holt, Co-opted Governor ,  and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Joan is a former primary school Headteacher whose current term of office expires on 1st December 2018.  Joan is also a Governor at Piper Hill School.

Sheila Millar, Co-opted Governor, is a member of the Resources Committee. Sheila was formerly a school secretary and her grandchild was formerly a pupil at the school.  Sheila’ s current term of office will expire on 1st December 2018.

Kevin O’Brien, Co-opted Governor, is a member of the Resources Committee. Kevin is Professor of Orthodontics and Director of The Healing Foundation Cleft and Craniofacial Clinical Research Centre. Kevin’s term of office will expire on 23rd June 2019.

Alan Scott, Co-opted Governor, is a former secondary Headteacher in Bury LEA. Alan serves on both committees and his current term of office will expire on 1st December 2018. Alan is also Vice Chair of Governors at Burnage Academy for Boys.

Claire Churchill, Co-opted Governor, is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Claire is Customer Relations Manager with Ombudsman Services. Claire’s term of office will expire on 17th November 2019.

Samaneh MaysamiCo-opted Governor, is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Samaneh is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Samaneh is postdoctoral Research Associate at Manchester University. Samaneh’s term of office will expire on 17th November 2019.

Clara Merritt, Staff Governor, is a Teaching Assistant at Ashgate School. Clara is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and her term of office will expire on 29h November 2020.

Farah Horan, Sarah Thurogood, Parent Governors, are members of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Their terms of office will expire on 23rd January and 23rd March 2022 respectively.

Sarah Cochrane, Associate Governor is a parent and is a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee

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