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The Governing Body

The Role of Governor

Within England there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards it’s set aims and objectives.

Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

As part of Venturers Trust, the Local Governing Body (LGB) operates under a Scheme of Delegation from the Board of the Trust. Two Governors act as representatives of the parent body, the staff are represented by one elected Staff Governor, with co-opted appointments being made directly by our sponsors based on skills and experience. 

For more information about the role of Parent Governor, please click here:-

The Role of a Parent Governor

 

The Governors are committed to ensuring that children at the Academy achieve their potential and are well-equipped for life after school. We believe that every child can be successful, and as staff work hard to make sure this happens, we expect our students to do the same.

The Governors’ primary role is to support the Principal and staff; to work with the Academy Leadership Team to agree the short and long term strategy for the Academy; to assist in ensuring they have the necessary resources and review the progress of the Academy towards achieving its aim.

The Academy is a member of the Venturers Trust, a multi-academy trust. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Trust and governance details and scheme of delegation can be found on the Venturers Trust website but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). To view biographies of our Governing Body, please click here.

The Chair of Governors (Lesley Freed), can be contacted in writing via the Academy office in a sealed envelope marked "Chair of Governors - Private and Confidential"
 

Name

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed as

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Meetings attended 2020/21

Lesley Freed

02/10/14 -1st Term

02/10/18 - 2nd Term

30/09/20 - 3rd Term

 

4 years

Chair of Governors

None

2/6

Richard Wynn-Jones

02/10/14 - 01/10/19 - 1st Term

4 years

Co-opted Governor

None

2/6

Tony Dunhill

05/05/15 - 04/05/19 - 1st term

30/09/20 - 2nd Term

4 years

Co-opted Governor

None

1/6

Celia Jenkins

03/10/16

4 years

Co-opted Governor

South Gloucestershire LA

Lighting Up Learning Education Consultancy

 

2/6

Nigel Pickersgill

07/01/15 - 06/01/19 - 1st Term

30/09/20 - 2nd Term

4 years

Co-opted Governor

Bristol Grammar School Governor
 

2/6

Jen Morgan 22/01/18 4 years Co-opted Governor University of Bristol 1/6

Alia Williams

23/10/20

4 years

Parent Governor

 

0/6

Annabelle Morrison

07/10/19

4 years

Parent Governor

None

2/6

Bernard Langton

15/10/17

4 years

Teacher Governor

None

2/6

 

Further information about Venturers Trust Governance can be found on the Venturers Trust website