Our Governors

Local Governing Bodies (LGBs)

Initially Green Ridge Academy has a Transition Governing Body (TGB) which consists of three REAch2 Governors, one non-teaching staff Governor, The Regional Director and the Headteacher.  Over the school’s first year the TGB will be built up into a full Local Governing Body which will include 4 REAch2 Governors, 2 Parent Governors, 1 Teaching staff Governor and 1 non-teaching staff Governor.

The role of a Local Governor within a Multi-Academy Trust is an important one. In developing our governance arrangements, the Trust Board has sought to ensure that the responsibility to govern is vested in those closest to the impact of decision-making and that such responsibility matches the capacity of those assuming responsibility. In conjunction with the Regional Boards, the Trust Board establishes Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies, for the most part made up of individuals drawn from the Academy’s community, both as elected and appointed members.

The Local Governors are accountable to the Regional Board and the Trust Board (who in turn is accountable to the Department for Education) as well as to the communities they serve.

REAch2 now has over 55 schools and is organised into four regions.  Green Ridge Primary Academy is part of the North Central Region.

Schools in the North Central Region
BuckinghamshireGreen Ridge Primary Academy
EssexChigwell Primary Academy;  Dorothy Barley Junior Academy; Langtons Junior Academy; Pemberley Primary Academy; Purfleet Primary Academy; Water Lane Primary Academy
HertfordshireGarden City Primary Academy; Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy
LondonChapel End Junior School; Concordia Primary Academy; Minerva Primary Academy; Summerside Primary Academy; Woodside Primary Academy
ReadingCivitas Primary Academy; The Palmer Academy; Ranikhet Primary Academy

All our schools share the same governance structure and you can find information about the trust on the REAch2 website at www.reach2.org.  The Governance page gives details of how the Trust is organised, including the Articles of Association, the Master Funding Agreement and all the documents which relate to how the Trust was founded and how it runs today.  You can also find details of who our trustees are.

From the summer term 2018, like all the schools in the Trust, Green Ridge will have a full local governing body (LGB).  There is a scheme of delegation, which details how the LGB should work.  The LGB hold meetings during the year in which they help to support the school, its leadership and pupils whilst challenging to make sure that everyone achieves as much progress as they should.

One of the main differences between a transition board and a LGB is that the transition board is often made up of REAch2 staff (for example a regional director or a governance advisor), along with external governors.  The reason for this is that it helps the school become part of the trust quickly, with someone on the spot who can explain how the trust and its regions work, how the curriculum and finances are organised and how we measure performance and progress.  The other main difference is that a transition board will usually only be in place for a maximum of one year.  Then the school will have a local governing body, as most of our schools do and one of the jobs of a transition board is to recruit the LGB members.

Our school’s LGB will be made up of four trust-appointed members, who are volunteers, two parents, two staff and the headteacher.  They can invite other members of staff in to meetings to discuss current issues.  You can find out more about our current governors in the pen portrait document below.  Governors have to declare that they are working for the school in an open and honest way and so fill in a Declarations of Interests form (441KB).

The transition board and LGB also work alongside a regional board where region-wide issues are discussed.  The Regional Board is made up of volunteers, just like an LGB, with head teachers and chairs of governors.  There is also a team of regional officers, led by the Regional Director, Gill Ellyard.  They provide support to the schools in finance, HR, estates and governance.

We have to share this information with you about our governors and governance:

REACh2 Trust website

Transition Board Terms of Reference (471KB)

Governor Pen Portraits – Transition Board.pdf

Leading our School – Autumn 2017 Newsletter (3MB)

Our governors’ names and roles and responsibilities on the LGB, including any declarations of interest and their attendance at meetings during the last academic year:

Transition Governing Body

Full NameDate of appointmentRoleTerm of officeAppointing bodyRelevant business and pecuniary interestResponsibilitiesAttendance at LGB meeting 2016/2017
Aaron WanfordBy virtue of officeHeadteacherN/AEx-OfficioNoneBehaviour and Attendance
Curriculum & Standards
Assessment
3/3
Gill Ellyard23/05/17Regional Director4 yearsREAch 2 TrustRegional Director, North Central Region3/3
John Shirley23/05/17Chair of Governors4 yearsREAch 2 TrustNoneSEND
Health and Safety
3/3
Rachel Leach23/05/17Governor4 yearsREAch 2 TrustTeacher at Aylesbury Vale AcademySafeguarding
Pupil Premium
2/3
Gayle Harrison28/06/17Governor4 yearsREAch 2 TrustAdministrator, North Central RegionFinance2/2
Tara Erdos28/06/17Staff Governor (non-teaching)4 yearsStaffSchool Business Manager2/2