Governors at Asquith Primary School


Our Governing Body

In accordance with the Government’s requirements the Governing Board has three core functions for our school, as set out in the 2014 Department for Education’s Handbook:

  • Setting targets and promoting high standards of educational achievement.
  • Setting the strategic framework within which the school operates.
  • Management of the school’s delegated budget.

Governor Mission Statement 2023/24

The Governing Body of Asquith Primary School aims to support the ethos of the school in providing a safe environment where achievement is high and every child is able to develop and thrive within a supportive atmosphere.

We will achieve this through both an active involvement in the daily life of the school, where appropriate, and by working closely with the school’s senior leadership team:

  • To set the strategic direction and appropriately challenging aims and objectives and support school leaders in achieving them through the establishment of the school Development Plan and careful monitoring of its implementation.
  • To agree policies, priorities and performance targets in order to achieve these objectives.
  • To receive evidence that these objectives are being achieved and challenge leaders where appropriate.
  • To ensure that the school sets and works within a sensible financial plan.
  • To ensure that all relevant statutory requirements are met.

The Governing Body will always act in the best interests of the school and its pupils. We will be prepared to explain clearly our decisions in an open and transparent way to staff, parents, pupils and others in the wider community and listen to their views.

We will be united in a common vision for the school shared by the Head Teacher in promoting the highest possible academic standards.

The Governors will act as a corporate body with integrity, objectivity and honesty in the best interests of the school and its pupils.


If you would like to contact the Governors, we politely ask that you do so by sending an email for our attention via the school office email:

Governing Body Constitution


Chair of Governors

Ms Michelle Robinson

SEND & Complaints


I have been associated with Asquith Primary School since 2014 when providing playwork services alongside the school, I then became a co-opted governor in February 2020.
I work as an Operations Director for two community interest companies which provide Early Education, Childcare and Forest School within the Leeds area. Within my role I am a designated safeguarding lead and work with Educators to provide unique approaches to learning. I have a keen interest in children developing lifelong skills and an inclusive education for all.

Committee Chairs

Resources Chair

Mr Peter Withington 

 Stakeholder Voice




I have been a Parent Governor since January 2021 and currently sit as Chair of the resources committee and Vice Chair of the governors as a whole, a position I share Matthew Costello. 

My experience with Asquith Primary began with my eldest child who has now progressed to high school. However my interest in the school continues with my youngest who is still in attendance. 

As a software developer I have a keen eye for solving problems with technology and a school environment offers plenty of opportunities to do this. I have a solutions focused approach with strong collaboration with stakeholders and partnership working and I hope this experience allows me to have a positive impact on the school.



Standards Chair

Mr Matthew Costello 

 Pupil Premium & Child Looked After (CLA)


I joined the Asquith Primary governing board in October 2021 as a co-opted governor. I have two boys who both attend Asquith Primary. I live very local to the school and have the luxury of working from home, giving me the flexibility to attend school frequently and fulfil my duties as a governor. In 2022 I became vice-chair with specialties in looked after children and pupil premium.

Away from school I work for a Global Travel company and manage a European team of people focused on processes and strategic operations.

In my spare time we love to get out as a family, with our dog, into the Countryside for walks.



Co-opted Governors 

Ms Paulette Bywater

Health & Safety