Governors / Trustees

The work of the Local Board of Governors

The Local Board of Governors (LBG) plays a central role in the management of the Academy, with its main aim to drive up standards of achievement for all students, and to make sure that resources are used well to give every student the best possible education. It does not involve getting involved in the day to day running of the Academy, which is the responsibility of the Principal and staff; and it does not carry direct statutory responsibilities and accountability for the performance of the Academy, which are carried by the White Horse Federation (WHF) Board of Directors. Instead the role is to monitor, challenge, support and give advice.

The Three Main Strategic Functions Are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that money is well spent.

The LBG is made up of a mixture of staff, parents and professional governors, to provide a balance of skills, expertise and stakeholder representation. For example, parent governors are vital to the LBG as they ensure that highest priority is given to the concerns and issues which are most important to our parents, and ensure that the LBG is kept in close touch with parent opinion. Professional governors bring specific experience from their working life, such as finance, HR, buildings and governance. In addition, Associate Governors can be appointed to provide advice/support in specific areas, or for specific projects if, and when needed.  A brief summary of the key responsibilities and expectations of governors is shown below:


Governors are appointed to provide:

  • strong links between our academy and the community we serve
  • a wide experience of the outside world
  • an independent view
  • a focus on long term development and improvement
  • accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning within our academy
  • support for the Principal and staff


Governors are expected to:

  • attend meetings of (usually Mon or Thurs 5.15-7.15ish) –
  • the full governing body (6/year)
  • 2 committees (6 meetings/year for each)
  • visit school as a ‘link governor’ and report back
  • work as a member of the LBG (not as an individual) in the best interests of the academy and the WHF
  • show an interest in academy activities
  • become well-informed about education in general and about our academy in particular
  • become familiar with the rules of academy governance
  • keep up to date with changes in education legislation
  • attend training courses, where appropriate


Governors are also involved in:

  • senior staff appointments
  • financial management of the academy
  • tendering panels (purchase of large items such as IT equipment, cleaning contracts etc)
  • student discipline
  • staff discipline/appeals
  • the curriculum
  • community links


Benefits of being a governor:

  • the knowledge that you are helping our students
  • the satisfaction of giving something back to the community
  • a sense of purpose and achievement
  • new skills which may be useful elsewhere
  • broader horizons


What governors give:

  • time (approximately six to ten hours a month)
  • a willingness to learn
  • a listening ear and enquiring mind
  • the ability to assimilate information, ask questions, make judgements and take decisions
  • the ability to work as part of a team

A Word From The Chair (Liz Palfrey)

I have been a governor for the past nine years, and Chair of Governors since February 2013. I am very fortunate to be part of a dedicated team of governors, who are willing to put in time to help ensure the best progress and overall education for every student within the Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College. We see this as a combination of both academic success, and involvement in extracurricular activities (for example: sporting, music & drama and support in the community). On behalf of the governors, I would like to congratulate all of the students for their exam successes over the summer, and wish them every success for the future.

Since becoming part of the White Horse Federation on the 1st October 2014, our statutory obligations as governors are now dealt with centrally by the WHF Board of Governors, and so we as governors of a Local Board of Governors are able to focus on providing challenge and support for improvements in teaching and learning and the curriculum. As the LBG Chair, I meet regularly with the other LBG Chairs within the WHF which allows the Ridgeway governors to feedback directly to the Main Board of Directors. In addition, for this coming year, I have been voted onto the WHF Board of Directors by the other WHF Chairs.

Within the LBG, we have re-organised ourselves this year as four main committees which report back to the full governing board to help us to focus on specific areas in more depth:

Teaching and Learning – Focus on curriculum, educational standards and student progress.

Student Welfare and Community – Focus on behavior, attendance, student welfare, student and parental engagement and links to the community.

Finance, Resources (Premises & IT) and Health and Safety – Focus on overseeing financial performance, buildings, equipment and Health & Safety.

Oversight, Strategy and HR – Focus on strategic vision for the Academy, and HR.

An example of some of the key discussion points over the past few months have been about:

Care, guidance and support to provide the best progress and overall outcomes for each student.

How to ensure all areas of the academy consistently deliver excellent outcomes for all students, for example the consistent application of the homework policy.

Current and proposed changes to the curriculum and what it will mean to our students and staff.

How to improve our buildings –How to improve our buildings – maintain or re-build.

If you have further questions about how we as an LBG works, or would like to know more about how to get involved as a parent, professional, or associate governor, then please contact the clerk to governors



The Role of Local Board or Governors and Terms of Reference ⇓

The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College LBG Registers of Interests and Attendance

WHF Trustee, Members, SLT Register of Interests and Attendance Registers


If you would like to contact the governors about the work of the Governing Body, please email:

The White Horse Federation

Swindon Schools

Wiltshire Schools

Gloucestershire Schools

Oxfordshire Schools

The White Horse Federation