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 Local Governing Board (LGB)
The Ridgeway School is part of the The White Horse Federation (TWHF) Multi Academy Trust. TWHF Board of Trustees are legally responsible and accountable for the statutory functions, but have clearly identified the areas of responsibility which they have delegated to the LGBs.
The LGB is made up of a mixture of staff, parents and co-opted governors, to provide a balance of skills, expertise and stakeholder representation. For example, parent governors are vital to the LGB as they ensure that highest priority is given to the concerns and issues which are most important to our parents, and ensure that the LGB is kept in close touch with parent opinion. Co-opted governors bring specific experience from their working life, such as Safeguarding, Health & Wellbeing, 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:
Governors are expected to:
Governors are also involved in:
Benefits of being a governor:
What governors give:
A Word from the Chair (Liz Palfrey)
I have been a governor for over ten years, and Chair of Governors since 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).
As part of The White Horse Federation (TWHF), the statutory obligations of governors are dealt with centrally by TWHF Board of Trustees. This allows us as governors of a Local Governing Board to focus on providing challenge and support for improvements in teaching and learning and the curriculum. As the LGB Chair, I meet regularly with the other LGB Chairs within the WHF to share good practice, and feedback to, and receive feedback from, the Main Board of Trustees.
The Ridgeway LGB currently has a main meeting, plus a separate committee meeting each term which reports back to the full Local Governing Board to help us to focus on specific key areas in more depth:
An example of some of the discussion points over the past few months have been about:
If you have further questions about how we as an LGB works, or would like to know more about how to get involved as a governor, then please contact the clerk to governors ClerkToGovernors@ridgewayschool.com .
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WHF Information. (including Current memorandum of association, Articles of association, Funding agreement, Annual accounts (at least 2 years’ worth of accounts should remain on the trust website), Annual report, Register of interests for the accounting officer)