School Community

Governors

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about our school's governors and the work of the Governing Body. Each school has its own governing body, which plays an important role in the strategic management of the school.

2019 - 2020 Governing Board & Committee Meetings

Our governors

Ridgeway governing body reconstituted on 1st January 2018 following our conversion to Trust Status. Our Instrument of Government provides for 11 governors made up as follows:

1 x Local Authority Governor

Mrs Pam Potter (Chair of Governors)

Term of Office: 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2021

Re-elected as Chair: 7th November 2018 for a one year term

No business or pecuniary Interests declared

1 x Headteacher

Mrs Joanne Jelves

Term of Office: 2007

Pecuniary Interest declared: Spouse employed by the school

1 x Staff Governor

Miss Laura Gray

Term of Office: 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2021

No business or pecuniary interest declared

2 x Parent Governors

Mr Phil Seager

Term of Office: 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2021

No business or pecuniary interest declared

 

Mr David March

Term of Office: 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2021

No business or pecuniary interest declared

 

Previous Parent Governors:

Mrs Kathryn Harper: Stepped down 31st July 2018

Mr Matt Chalmers: Disqualified 21st June 2017

Miss Libby Thorley: Term completed 6th November 2015

Mr Adam Keane: Stepped down 1st October 2015

2 x Foundation Governors

Mr Chris Ecob

Term of Office: 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2021

No business or pecuniary interest declared

 

VACANT

 

Previous Foundation Governors

Mr Jon Crook: Stepped down 19th September 2019

4 x Co-opted Governors

Mrs Joy Bristow

Term of Office: 19th March 2018 - 18th March 2022

No business or pecuniary interest declared

 

Mrs Jenny Cassell

Term of Office: 1st January 2018 - 31st December 2021

No business or pecuniary interest declared

 

Mr Gary Mulvey

Term of Office: 1st Jnauary 2018 - 31st December 2021

No business or pecuniary interest declared

 

Mrs Maria Harris

Term of Office: 7th November 2018 - 6th November 2022

No business or pecuniary interest declared

 

Previous Co-opted Governors

Mrs Fiona Hamilton Clarke: Stepped down 1st January 2018

Mrs Kirsty Rogers: Stepped down 1st Jnauary 2018

Mrs Kelly Manton: Stepped down 1st January 2018

Mr Adrian Schuck: Stepped down 24th August 2016

Mrs Wendy Smith: Stepped down 22nd June 2016

Miss Nicola Stacey: Stepped down 19th January 2016

Associate Members

Mrs Gemma Middleton

Term of Office: 1st Jnauary 2018 - 31st December 2021

Attends all meetings

No business or pecuniary interest declared

 

Mrs Sally Rate

Term of Office: 18th November 2018 - 17th November 2022

Attends Pastoral Committee and Full Governors Meetings

No business interest declared

Pecuniary interest declared: Mother of Mrs Beth Stringer (Nursery Teacher)


The governors’ role

As Governors we have three roles:

  1. to be strategic
  2. to act as a critical friend in the development of the school;
  3. to be accountable to the whole school community – particularly to pupils and to parents. 

How we work

The governing body has established a number of committees and statutory panels. We meet together as a full governing body every term. Our statutory panels which cover issues such as admissions, discipline and complaints meet as needed.

Each governor serves on one or more committee and in addition, has a linked curriculum area or a specific area of interest – for example: safeguarding, SEN or SMSC & BV each governor also has a link class.

Keeping in touch

All the minutes of the Full Governing Body meetings are posted on the school website (see below) along with other relevant information. The website is a good way of keeping up to date with all aspects of school life. If you have a concern or a point of view to share, please come and speak to us.

There are lots of ways of sharing your views with us. As many of our governors are also parents of children at school, so we can often be found around at the beginning and end of the school day. We will also be arranging specific opportunities and times throughout the school year to hear from you and keep in touch. Alternatively, you can always leave us a note at the school office or drop us an e-mail on p.potter@ridgeway.staffs.sch.uk and we will get in touch with you.

Becoming a governor

Being a school governor is an important role but you do not need to have any particular skills, knowledge or experience to become a governor. What you need to bring is: a commitment to school life; the ability to work with others; patience and enthusiasm; a willingness to learn; a commitment to working openly and democratically; and, most importantly a willingness to spend what time you can offer getting involved in school life. The most important thing to note is that governors are a team, not a collection of individuals or groups with separate agendas. However much we may differ in our opinions and experiences we are united by our commitment to the school and the responsibility we share for its long-term success. In short, we have a common purpose. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a school governor please get in touch with any of our governors.‚Äč

The minutes of the last 12 months of full governing body meetings can be found by clicking on the links below:

Summer Term 2018

Autumn Term 2018

Spring Term 2019