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

Francesca Robinson

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 Committee Membership Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the academy Specific Responsibility
Helen Davies Parent 31/12/22 n/a Yes None None None
Leanne Griffiths

Executive Principal: Secondary

n/a n/a Yes None


Loraine Hawkshaw Parent


n/a Yes None None None CLA and Safeguarding
Paul Jonsen TGAT 31/12/2019 n/a Yes None None None
Karen Lawson TGAT


n/a Yes None TMA, TFA None
Karl Pease TGAT 31/12/2018 n/a Yes None None None
Frankie Robinson
Community 31/12/2018 n/a Yes None TSLA None SEND, Safeguarding and Inclusion
Claire Smith Community 31/12/21 n/a Yes None None None Pupil Premium, Literacy, Numeracy, PPM
Linda Spurr Staff 31/12/2021 n/a Yes None None None
Rebekah Taylor Principal n/a n/a Yes None None None
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer n/a n/a Yes None TGAT, TFA, TMA, EHC, MNA, HA, RA, BA, LTSA None

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