The governors are parents, teachers and people who live in our wider community.
Their individual profiles are below.
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Jane Bickley, deputy head, adviser to GB, attends all committees
Jane has been deputy head at Ashmead since January 2011. Prior to that she was an advisor for the Local Authority working in schools across Lewisham Borough and has taught in Lewisham for almost 20 years.
“Since joining Ashmead as Deputy Head in January 2011 I have been privileged to be part of the Governing Body in an ‘advisory’ role. This enables me to have an input to the governance of the school as well as day-to-day and strategic impact. I attend all the governing body committees. I am proud to be part of a hard-working and dedicated team of governors who are passionate about ensuring that our children and families receive the very best from their time at Ashmead.”
Sean O’Flynn, headteacher, attends all committees
Sean has been the headteacher at Ashmead since September 2011. Prior to that he was the deputy head of a school in Tower Hamlets where he attended all governing body meetings.
“As the headteacher I want to provide the governing body with the information it needs – for example, our analysis of key performance data – so that they are able to challenge and support us to help provide an excellent education for all of Ashmead’s children.”
Dean Johnstone, co-opted governor, Chair of Governors, member of CFC Committee
Dean is Senior Manager at Place2Be, the leading charity for mental health support for school children. Dean works with partners to deliver mental health training across the children’s sector. Previously Dean worked in Leadership Development at Teach First and was a former Chair of Governors at a primary school in Leeds. Dean is the link governor for those children who are eligible for the “Pupil Premium”, additional money from central government for children from families with the least financially. Dean joined the governing body in January 2014.
“My motivation is aimed at ensuring all children succeed, especially those who face additional barriers to learning”
Harriet Becher, co-opted governor and Chair of Resources Committee
Harriet has been a parent governor since November 2012 and has a daughter in the school. As well as being vice-chair, she also chairs the Curriculum and Achievement Committee, which oversees children’s learning and progress. Harriet works in central government, in the Department for Education, where she is currently an assistant director in the Qualifications and Curriculum Division.
“I try to bring the learning and insight I get from my day job, to help Ashmead stay one step ahead of national policy changes and do the very best it can for all our children. If you have any views or questions about what the new national curriculum will mean for Ashmead, (or anything else!) please do talk to me – I am in the playground for drop-off and pick-up every Monday and Tuesday.”
Kevin Jeffrey, co-opted governor, Resources Committee
Kevin joined Ashmead Governing body in the autumn term of 2013 and prior to this has been a governor in Lewisham for many years and has served on the governing bodies of primary, secondary and special schools as a Local Authority and Parent governor. He is also involved in delivering training for Lewisham governor support services.
“Lewisham is a great place to be a school governor with lots of support from governor services and all schools and children are making progress. I joined Ashmead in the autumn term of 2013 as a Local Authority governor. My first impressions are that the school is very ambitious for the children to make progress and gain high attainment. There is a real sense of teamwork and partnership between the governors and the senior team at the school and transparency in the schools progress and areas for improvement.”
Richard Smith, associate Governor, Resources Committee
Richard has been on the governing body at Ashmead for many years, and was the previous chair of governors and a community governor which means he was appointed by other governors to provide an external view and an independent perspective on the school. He is now an associate governor and continues to give his time and experience to Ashmead Governing Body.
“I became a governor at Ashmead to ensure every local child got a fair chance and the best education we can give – in all its ways – and that remains my ambition for Ashmead. The most important job for any governor is appointing the head teacher and I am immensely pleased to see Sean’s success since his appointment. Perhaps second to that has been the success of our new building. It seemed optimistic when governors first suggested to Lewisham that the solution to a leaking roof was a new building, but after many years of pressure and hard work we eventually got the fantastic building we now have.”
Jon Clements, Parent Governor and Chair of Curriculum and Achievement (C&A) Committee
Jon has been a parent governor since February 2017 and has a daughter and son at the school. A former journalist and TV reporter, Jon is now a director at a consultancy which advises businesses, charities and public sector bodies involved in criminal justice and policing how to think, speak and act with clarity. He is currently helping the school implement the OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) Project and a member of the Curriculum and Achievement Committee.
“I’ve spent years asking questions, sometimes tricky ones, to try to understand what is going on and why and then explain it to other people. Being a parent governor will let me to put this to good use, particularly as the school faces a period of change. If you’ve questions, points or ideas for me, please try to find me at drop-off or email me”.
Gerri Peev – Parent Governor and Joint Chair of Children, Families and Community (CFC) Committee
Gerri was elected as a parent governor in November 2017. She is a journalist who has covered politics at Westminster and beyond for 17 years. After working at national newspapers, she is now freelance and developing several projects. Her experience in grilling politicians on a daily basis means she is ready to challenge authority and stand up for Ashmead whenever the need arises. She had a globe-trotting childhood, being a political refugee at age five, before eventually settling in New Zealand. She has lived in London for 18 years and has two children at the school.
“Having often been the new kid in the class, I am passionate about making sure every child reaches their potential, no matter what their background. English only became my main language at age eight and I went on to build a career on the back of it. If I can do it, anyone can with the right support”.
Chris Dearmer – Community Governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Body
Chris joined the governing body of Ashmead in 2019, and serves as vice-chair. Chris has been teaching in London for ten years, and is currently Director of Music at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich. In this role, Chris oversees all the academic and co-curricular workings of the department, and is additionally a sixth-form tutor. He works with pupils, colleagues, senior leaders, and governors to support other areas of school life including marketing and admissions, as well as various partnership and outreach programmes.
Hacer Ozmindek – Community Governor and member of the Resources Committee
Hacer joined the governing body of Ashmead in 2019, and sits on the Resources committee and as a financial professional for over 20 years she feels she can contribute to the committee in a highly effective way.
“I have over 20 years banking experience and also as a people manager. I am committed and enthusiastic for the school to strive for excellence and have a great impact on every student so they can achieve over and above”.
Anna Ward was elected as a parent governor in November 2017
Anna is a primary school teacher and has worked in the boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich for over twenty years, teaching across both key stages as well as a spell working in museum education. She currently teaches a year two class in a job share position. Anna has two daughters at the school. She is a member of the curriculum and achievements committee.
‘I am excited to be a part of the Ashmead governing body and look forward to combining my experience as a teacher and as a parent in my role as governor, helping to ensure that all children receive the education they deserve and leave Ashmead feeling ‘lovable and capable’. I am at drop off and pick up on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays so feel free to come and talk to me. ‘
Nicole Cox was elected teacher governor in December 2018
I have been teaching for 7 years but I’m still learning every day and that desire to keep learning is what made me want to join the Governing Body. I am very proud to work at Ashmead and want the absolute best for our children and our community.
Joy was elected as a staff governor in January 2018.
Hi I’m Joy Valizadeh and for over 20 years I’ve worked in various support and HLTA roles in SE London primary schools. At present I am one of the HLTAs at Ashmead with my main focus being pastoral care, children’s well being has always been my priority and is central to my practice. I am also the school’s in-house coach for the ‘ParentGym’ classes.
Although my children are now grown up, I do have grandchildren in primary school, so feel that gives me an insight into what parents are presently getting from the education system.
As a member of the support staff was co-opted onto the governing body. I find the whole process of how the governing body works, and the skills they bring to the school, fascinating. Although I think primarily my role is to give the viewpoint of the support staff, I also believe I’m there as the children’s advocate (as I’m sure all governors do).