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Michael Ashcroft Chair of Governors


I have been a governor at Willingdon Primary School since November 2013. My two daughters either have been or remain pupils at the school. Although my eldest is now enjoying life at Willingdon Community School, my youngest is still at this school.

Since taking up the role I have been impressed with the dedication of the leadership team and staff in constantly driving for higher achievement and overall quality of education for the children. During my time as a governor the school has continued to improve and achieved a GOOD Ofsted rating across all areas at the most recent inspection.

I have taken a very active role in monitoring safeguarding and child protection as the lead governor in this important area. More recently I have been the Vice Chair of the Governing Body’s resources committee.

My working life has been dedicated to public service. I have over 25 years’ experience in the police service. Being a senior leader has included leading child and public protection teams in East Sussex as well as a wealth of experience working with a variety of partners that include Children’s services, the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), health services and schools.

Willingdon Primary School continues to make huge improvements. The governors, leadership team and teachers are determined to achieve outstanding status. I feel privileged to support these in my role as joint chair of governors. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the coming year.

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