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 LGB 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 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. Professional governors bring specific experience from their working life, such as Health and Safety, Human Resources, 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:
I have been a governor for over ten 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).
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 Trustees, and so we as governors of a Local Governing Board are able 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.
Within the LGB, we have three committees which report back to the full Local Governing Board to help us to focus on specific key areas in more depth:
Teaching and Learning – Focus on curriculum, educational standards and student progress.
Student Welfare and Community – Focus on behaviour, attendance, student welfare, H&S and student and parental engagement and links to the community.
Oversight, Strategy and HR – Focus on strategic vision for the Academy, and HR.
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 .