Governors Information

Please see our Declaration of Interest 2016-17 here.

See the Governors Attendance Summary for 2015-16 here.

Our Governing Body consists of:

Julie Grieve (Chair)                      Jane Craig (Vice-Chair)

Nadia Rashid                                  Sara Wakelam

Ashley Hewitt                                 Catherine Stewart

Mike Bennett (Head Teacher)    Paula Wedgbury (Clerk to the Governing Body)

The governors meet every half term and visit the school on a regular basis.  All governors can be contacted via the school office and you can find more information about each of them below.


Julie Grieve – Chair of Governors

I joined the governing body in March 2006 as a community governor but am now the LA governor.  I became chair about 5 years ago and in the past also chaired the Resources Committee.  My working background was as a primary teacher in Birmingham inner city schools – challenging but I loved it!  For the final ten years of my career I was headteacher of a large primary that I had the privilege of opening.

I believe that all young people deserve the best educational opportunities and should be enabled to achieve their full individual potential.   We must prepare students for the next stage of education and for adult life and they need to have all basic skills, confidence and an enquiring mind to achieve success.

I am link governor for English, Safeguarding, SEND and Equality and meet with the relevant staff for discussions. I meet weekly with Mike Bennett, the headteacher and try to be in and around school as much as possible so that my knowledge is based on actual observation.  I enjoy talking to pupils and meeting parents at Open Evenings and other events.


Jane Craig – Vice Chair of Governors

I joined the governing body as a community governor in November 2009. I have been vice chair for about 4 years and also chaired the Learning and Development Committee before we had a flat governing body arrangement,

My background is in education; I taught science, mostly A’ level physics. I have taught in a community school in Lancashire and for over twenty years, until I retired, at a local College of Further Education.

My connection with Ridgeway started over twenty five years ago when my children attended the school and I used to help in year 5 on a regular basis.

I am link governor for Maths and French and pupil voice. I go into lessons and have discussions with relevant staff and I attend school council meetings I really enjoy being part of Ridgeway and in particular the interaction with the children. We are regularly invited to take part in many and various school activities including the termly curriculum reviews and this involvement gives you a real feeling of belonging.


Sara Wakelam – Parent Governor

I joined the governing body in December 2013 as a parent governor.

My working background is in IT Sales and product management, however, when I had the children I left work to become a full time Mum.  I had nine years at home with the children and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  During this time I project managed the build of our own home and was the Chair of the Parents and friends committee at the children’s first school.

I went back to work in 2011 in an IT consultancy role which lead to my current position as Accounts Manager which I have been in for four years.

I became governor because I believe that all children should have an enriched and rounded education.  Every child has the right to opportunities and experiences that brings out their full potential within a nurturing and safe environment.

I am the link governor for music and data. I have had the opportunity to be involved in teaching reviews and interview the children to get their unique insight into how they are taught and what is expected of them.  To this end, I’ve been very fortunate to see inside the class room and spend time with the children and staff.


Catherine Stewart – Community Governor

I am a community governor, and was appointed in October 2014.  I believe that education should equip children not just with the facts and figures, but also with an enthusiasm for learning, the confidence to question, and the ability to make responsible life choices.  I hope that by serving as governor I can help the school to be the best it can be, for pupils, staff and the local community.  I am privileged to be link governor for science – as a life scientist by training I am passionate about promoting science as not just a dry academic subject but as a vital tool for navigating our very complex world.  An understanding of science – and ethics – will be essential for all our children as they mature to decision makers in the 21st century.

I live in the village and my 3 children all attend school here.  As I see them grow and develop within the wonderful community of Astwood Bank, I hope that serving as a governor is my chance to put something back.



Ashley Hewitt – Members appointment Governor

I joined the governing body in September 2014 as a members appointed governor.  My working background is in youth, sport and community services in the third sector focusing on working in areas of deprivation. I now work in business operation of a charity for young people.

It is my belief that all young people should have access to the very best education to enable them to reach their full and true potential. It is vital that we prepare all students for their future and adult life during their time at Ridgeway and beyond.

I am link governor for Physical Education and aim to meet with teaching, support staff and of course students as much as possible during each term for discussions and lesson observations. I also attend other events such as Open Evenings throughout the school year so I can gain a full understanding of the school.

Since my appointment I have found the school to be nothing but a pleasure and honour to be involved with.