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The Local Governing Body supports the key areas of Academy life


The Local Governing Body is responsible for the conduct of the Academy, and promotes high standards of educational achievement.


It is the Academy’s accountable body and as such:


  • Provides a strategic view of the Academy by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the Academy within an agreed policy framework.


  • The Governors appoints the Headteacher and carries out performance management reviews


  • Agrees the Academy Improvement Plan including setting academic targets with supporting budgets and staff structures.


  • Monitors and evaluates the work of the Academy by reviewing performance, effectiveness and targets.


  • Signs off the Self Evaluation process (SEF) and responds to Ofsted reports as necessary


  • Holds the Headteacher to account for the performance of the Academy


  • Ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.


In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how the Academy operates. This is through  attending meetings and training courses and getting to know the Academy. Governors carry out  a number of visits to the Academy throughout the year to scrutinise a variety of key result areas such as Literacy, Numeracy, Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Health & Safety.


The structure of Ridgeway’s Local Governing Body


The Local Governing Body is broken down into smaller committees who scrutinise and hold the Academy to account.

These committees meet once a term.  These are as follows:


  • Strategy 
  • Performance & Standards
  • Resources


The Local Governing Body meets after the meeting 'cycle' towards the end of each term.


In addition to the above smaller working groups often exist to deal with key projects - such as Communications.

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