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 Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the academy Specific Responsibility 2018/19 Attendance 2019/20 Attendance
Dawn Knight Chair Community 31/12/2022 Yes None None None Safeguarding / PPM 5/5
Barbara Kempf Community 17/03/2023 Yes None None None 1/2
Francesca Robinson Community 31/12/2022 Yes None TSLA None PPM / Safeguarding & Inclusion 5/5
Helen Davies Parent 31/12/2022 Yes None None None 4/5
Karl Pease TGAT 31/12/2022 Yes None None None Numeracy 4/5
Leanne Griffiths Executive Principal: 11-16 Education n/a Yes None TFA, TMA, BA, TSLA, BSA None PPM
Linda Hoult Staff 31/12/2021 Yes None None None SEND 4/5
Loraine Hawkshaw Parent 31/12/2019 Yes None None None SEND / Celebrating & Embracing Difference 3/5
Paul Jonsen TGAT 31/12/2019 Yes None None None Literacy 4/5
Rebekah Taylor Principal n/a Yes None None None PPM
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer n/a Yes None TGAT, TFA, TMA, EHC, MNA, HA, RA, BA, SCITT, BSA None PPM
Stuart Dykes Community 17/03/2023 Yes None None None 1/2

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