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:

Jane Craig (Vice-Chair)

Julia Brakewell

Ashley Hewitt

Catherine Stewart

Claire Torrington

Susan Cunliffe

Alister Hayward-Wright

Mike Bennett (Head Teacher)    

Jack Worton (Staff Governor)

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.

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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 6 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, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography 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.

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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.

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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.

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Jack Worton

I joined the governing body in March 2018 as Staff Governor.  After working at Ridgeway for 2 years and 2 terms teaching PE and most recently becoming Head of Year 9 I am excited to be involved in the governing body as the school makes its transition to Secondary status.

I am passionate about the delivery of an engaging and inspiring curriculum at Ridgeway and firmly believe we should strive to ensure every pupil can excel in every sense of school life.

I have recently set up the Duke of Edinburgh Award in school and look to see how this can develop Ridgeway pupils further as they progress into KS4.

I look forward to seeing the school change over the coming years and am excited to be part of it.