Dear Parents/Carers

From 1 September 2020 we are changing the way our academies and college are governed. Please see the letter below for details of the new arrangements and the members of the new Local Governing Body.

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The role of the Local Governing Body at The Ruth Gorse Academy is to help the establishment fulfil its main aim: which is to provide the best possible education for all of its students.

There are many things which governors are expected to do.  The following provides a brief outline:

  • Governors have responsibility with the Principal for deciding, reviewing and monitoring many of the policies, plans and procedures within which the academy operates
  • The governors’ role is strategic. The Principal’s role is both strategic and operational
  • It is important to recognise that governors are part of a team. They all have equal status and though they are appointed by different groups (parents, staff, The Gorse Academies Trust, etc.), their main concern is the welfare of the whole academy
  • Governors make decisions democratically, by consensus. Governors do not have individual powers to act alone
  • Governors have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice at all times
  • Governors share the responsibility of appointing staff with the academy and must act in the same way as any good employee
  • Governors should consider carefully how their own decisions might affect other academies
  • Governors should encourage openness in all of their work for the academy and should welcome enquiries from parents and the general public

The governing body meets five times each academic year. During these meetings they systematically challenge leaders on all aspects of the academy. This includes, but not exclusively, the effectiveness of:

  • Attainment and progress

  • Finance and estates

  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare

  • Safeguarding

  • The quality of teaching and its impact over time
  • SMSC and MBV

  • The use of pupil premium funding
  • Catch up funding

The Ruth Gorse Academy Local Governing Body

Name Category End of Term of Office Area of Responsibility Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the Academy 2018/19 Attendance 2019/20 Attendance 2020/21 Attendance
Dawn Knight (Vice Chair) Community 31/12/2022 Yes None None None Safeguarding (including E-safety) 5/5 5/5 1/1
Ben Mallinson Principal n/a No None None None
Francesca Robinson TGAT 02/12/2022 Yes None TMA/TSLA None CIAG 5/5 4/5 1/1
Helen Davies Community 31/12/2022 Yes None None None 4/5 4/5 1/1
Leanne Griffiths Executive Principal: 11-16 Education n/a Yes None BA/TFA, TMA/TSLA None
Linda Hoult Staff 31/08/2022 Yes None None None 4/5 5/5 1/1
Caroline Ishaq Parent 15/03/2024 Yes None none None 2/2 1/1
Paul Jonsen TGAT 31/08/2022 Yes None None None T & L / Curriculum 4/5 3/5 0/1
Rachael Law Community 01/12/2023 Yes None None TBC SEND (including mental health/wellbeing) 4/4 1/1
Minnie Rahman Parent 15/03/2024 Yes None none TBC T & L / Curriculum 1/2 1/1
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer n/a Yes None BA/TFA, BSA/TRGA, MNA/RA, HA/RHA, SCITT, TGAT Board None
Vicki Franks Community 11/03/2024 Yes None None None 5/6 2/5 0/1
Stephen Hall (Chair) TGAT 31/08/2022 Yes None TGAT Board None Policy Committee 5/6 5/5 1/1
Tony Wildgoose Community 31/08/2022 Yes Openreach/BT – employee and share holder Post-16 None Health & Safety CIAG Policy Committee (reserve) 5/6 4/5 1/1
Debbie Young Parent 11/03/2024 Yes None None None Pupil Premium 3/3 1/1
Adam Ryder Principal n/a No None None None

All company documentation relating to The GORSE Academies Trust can be found on our Trust website at