Governors are volunteers who commit to working alongside the senior leadership team of the college to offer support and challenge. They come with skills and experiences which complement those of the staff in college and bring additional perspectives. They have a strategic, big picture role.

Riverside Primary School has academy status, and is a member of Lionheart Academies Trust. Governors form a Local Governing Body within the Trust organisation, with some delegated responsibilities to complement the top level responsibilities held by the Lionheart Trust Executive Board. For more information on Lionheart Academies Trust.

The Trust Governance & Accountability Structure

Click here to see the day to day tasks of governance.

Contact the governing body via the Chair of Governors, Chris Swan, email here chairofgovernors@riversideacademy.org.uk or send a letter via the school office.

For further detail on the structure of governance and how this looks in practice, click here.

Chris Swan  Chair of Governors

Chris Swan Chair of Governors

Governing Body organisation

The Governing Body has six core meetings per year with a focus primarily on quality learning and teaching along with budget monitoring and strategic planning for the local school context.

Riverside Governors 2017-18

Parent Governors(elected by parent vote) Staff Governors(elected by staff vote) Community Governors (appointed by the Governing Body)
Elizabeth Green
LSA (& parent)
February 2013-2017
Chelsea Norman
Head Teacher
September 2016 - onwards
Chris Swan
Chair of Lionheart Board
January 2016-2020
Jenny McGreal
Family support worker
September 2015-2019
Scott Fewster
Executive Head Teacher
November 2013-2017
Tricia Owen
Retired teacher
November 2015-2019
  Hannah Bolstidge
September 2017-2021
Julie Chapaneri
Leicester City Council
September 2016-2020
    Mohbeen Cox
HR Officer DMU
September 2017 - 2021

Previous Governors 2016-2017

Parent Governors (elected by parent vote) Staff Governors (elected by staff vote) Community Governors (appointed by the Governing Body)
Steve Kent
February 2016 - October 2017
  Sharon March
September 2015 - August 2017
    John Walton
January 2017 - July 2017
    Mike Spurr
Retired College Lecturer
March 2016 - October 2017

Governing Body Organisation

The Governing Body has six core meetings per year with a focus primarily on quality learning and teaching along with budget monitoring and strategic planning for the local school context.

Key Responsibilities

Chair Chris Swan
Vice Chair To be confirmed
Finance Chris Swan
Health, Safety & Premises Chris Swan
Safeguarding Chris Swan
Julie Chapaneri
Pupil Premium Jenny McGreal
SEND Tricia Owen
British Values To be confirmed
Pay Committee 
Supplemented by other governors and Trust Board members where necessary
Chris Swan
Jenny McGreal
Website Chris Swan
Parents Liz Green
Jenny McGreal
Anti Bullying & E-Safety Vacancy
Supplemented by other governors and Trust Board members where necessary
Chris Swan
Data Liz Green
Training & Development Vacancy

Attendance Figures 2016-2017

Governor Total Attended Out of a possible % Attendance
Julie Chapaneri 3 5 60
Scott Fewster 5 6 83
Liz Green 5 6 83
Steve Kent 4 6 68
Sharon March 6 6 100
Jenny McGreal 6 6 100
Chelsea Norman 6 6 100
Tricia Owen 6 6 100
Mike Spurr 5 6 83
Chris Swan 6 6 100
John Walton 3 3 100

Trust Organisation

Structure image

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The Trust currently consists of 4 schools:

Highcliffe and Riverside have a Head of School each, and also an Executive Headteacher, Scott Fewster, who has responsibility for standards across both schools.

The CEO is also the Principal of Beauchamp College.

The Trust Board meets regularly to monitor attainment and progress, to ensure financial probity, to plan strategically for the group, and to hold the CEO and Operations Team to account.

The Trust Leadership team is made up of all senior leaders, operations directors and the QLT team and meets weekly to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the schools within the Trust.

Local Governing Bodies

Each school has its own Local Governing Body with delegated responsibilities for strategic planning, financial planning and oversight, and holding the senior leadership to account.

The LGB is made up of at least 2 parent governors, along with staff governors and as many community governors as are needed based on the challenges and skill base of each particular school.

The LGB core meetings are 6 times each year for all governors and have a key focus of monitoring quality learning and teaching.

The table below gives a broad summary of the different layers of responsibility within the Trust.

  Strategy Finance & Compliance Quality Teaching & Learning Frequency
Lionheart Executive Board Trust Development Plan (TDP) drives whole Trust strategy

Raising standards of progress & achievement on all levels in all schools

Staffing:appointment of Operations posts and Heads of School /Principals / Executive Heads; strategies to develop a world class workforce

Building Learning Power:strategies to develop the highest possible quality of teaching & learning

Trust growththrough sponsorship/new schools, ensuring sufficient capacity and balance to maximise benefits for all

Holding to account 

Directly:Executive Principal and Operations Director
Budget: Agree budgets for all schools

Budget monitoring report: review minutes of Board Finance Committee

Core charge for MAT services: agree annually
MAT services provided: agree annually

Alerts and concerns: KPIs and reports from Operations Team alert the Board to non-compliance, financial risks, etc. and actions taken to prevent further instances. Board decides to withdraw autonomy and responsibility where necessary.

Annual Financial Report: agree

Audit Report: receive – monitor via Board Finance Committee

Auditors: agree internal & external auditors

Value for money: ensure

Compliance: health & safety – ensure school health and safety systems are effective and compliant.
Trust Development Plan (TDP) drives whole Trust strategy.

Targets: agree

School Development & Local Development Plans: agree, following recommendation by Executive Principal

School improvement: drive forward school improvement and raising standards through monitoring via KPIs and reports from Operations Team and Executive Principal.

School improvement: where necessary, decision to insist that school improvement partners are appointed to a school to ensure raised standards, or school to school support is arranged. School budget provision must be made in response by the school.

Curriculum:Curriculum decisions impacting several schools across the Trust / several local groups

Staffing: ensure high quality staff remunerated at an appropriate level are in place – ensure effective performance management across the Trust. 

Barriers to learning safeguarding: ensure systems are in place in each school and across the Trust to ensure pupils are safe, safeguarding is in place and barriers to learning are removed.
Half termly
Executive Board Finance Committee   Budget setting: review budgets for all schools & recommend to Board

Budget monitoring: KPIs from Operations Team highlight concerns – agree actions to mitigate, withdrawing financial autonomy if necessary

Contracts: agree & review

Insurance: agree & review


Changes to assets: agree

Mid year changes to budgets: agree

Audit action plan: review

Gifts from Trust:agree, within policy 
Risks: consider and agree mitigations; monitor

Special payments (staff severance, compensation, ex gratia): agree (take larger sums to the Board)

Tender process:agree 

Leases by the Trust:recommend to Board

Leases from the Trust: agree

Core charge: monitoring

Trust-wide finance policies: agree

Financial regulations:agree & review

Benchmarking:receive benchmarking reports
Executive Board Remuneration Committee     Performance management and pay: Carry out performance management of the Executive Principal
and Operations Director. Agrees the pay of the Executive Principal and Operations Director and reports
to the Board. Receive recommendations and agrees pay awards for Heads of School, Principals, Executive Heads and members of the Operations Team. 
Local Governing Body (LGB) - each academy
Local Governing Body (LGB) School Development Plan (SDP) drives an individual school’s strategy

Vision and ethos:agree for local context

Staffing structure: agree, following advice from Head of School & HR Exec

Premises long term plan: agree, following advice from Head of School & Exec Estates

IT: agree developments, following advice from Chief Information Officer

Risk Management: identify risks; agree mitigations; monitor impact.

Report risks to Exec Team.
Stakeholder voice: 
monitor & respond
Budget: align to SDP, agree & recommend to Board

Lettings: agree lettings variations for local context

Value for money: ensure
Core work: Holding the academy to account for quality learning & teaching for all pupils, including vulnerable groups.

Barriers to learning & safeguarding: reduce barriers; ensure targeted funding is spent appropriately; ensure effective safeguarding is in place

Performance management & Pay: ensure high quality teaching and learning through effective performance management. A Pay Committee reviews targets for the coming year and receives recommended pay awards to consider and agree (Head of School / Executive Head / Principal pay awards are agreed by the Board Pay Committee not the school Pay Committee).
Half termly

Declarations of Interest


Governor 2017-2018 Name of business/ charity/ educational establishment Nature of business/ charity/ educational establishment Nature of interest Date interest began
Elizabeth Green - Self Riverside Primary School  Education  Employee  October 2013
Elizabeth Green - Family Riverside Primary School  Governance  Governor  November 2015
Jenny McGreel Grove Primary School  Education  Employee  October 2012
Leicestershire Attendance Service  Education  Employee  September 2017
Christine Swan - Self Swansweb  Governance Consultancy  Director and Shareholder  July 2014
Oadby Baptist Church  Church  Member  December 1991
Birstall Community Stakeholders  Community Networking Group  Chair, within Lionheart role  September 2014
Oadby Community Stakeholders  Community Networking Group  Chair within Lionheart role  September 2012
Lionheart Academies Trust  Multi Academy Trust  Chair, Director and Member  April 2014
Beauchamp College  Education  Vice Chair  September 2011
Cedars Academy  Education  Chair  January 2015
Riverside Primary School  Education  Chair  March 2016
Hallam Fields Primary School  Education  Vice Chair  June 2017
Christine Swan - Husband Helping Hands  Debt Advice & Support, Oadby  Trustee  June 2012
Oadby Baptist Church  Church  Member  December 1991
DHL  Logistics Company  Employee - VP Operations  January 2002
Christine Swan - Family Oadby & Wigston Labour Party  Political Organisation  Chair  February 2016
Harborough Consitiuency Labour Party  Political Party  Vice Chair  February 2016
Chelsea Norman Riverside Primary School  Primary School  Employee  September 2016
Steve Kent Fair-Way Lettings  Letting Agent  Director  October 2015
Trisha Owen None  None  None  
Trisha Owen - Family Riverside Primary School  Governance  Governor  October 2013
Scott Fewster Lionheart Academy Trust  Trust school belongs to  Employee  January 2016
Julie Chapaneri Cafe Bar Fusion  Catering  Director  March 2014
Independent Mediating Consultants  Conflict Management & Resolution  Director  January 2012
Marriot Primary School  Governance  Chair of Governors  March 2016
Mohbeen Cox De Montfort University  Higher Education  Employee  July 2016
Hannah Bolstridge Riverside Primary School  Education  Employee  September 2016


Governor 2016-2017 Name of business/ charity/ educational establishment Nature of business/ charity/ educational establishment Nature of interest Date interest began
Elizabeth Green - self Riverside Primary School Education Employee October 2013
Elizabeth Green - family Riverside Primary School Governance Governor November 2015
Jenny McGreal Grove Primary School Education Employee October 2012
John Walton Green Bottle Consulting Coaching & Consulting Managing Director & Owner February 2016
John Walton - family Hall Orchard Primary School Education Employee September 2015
Sharon March - self LALS Leicester Roundhill Academy Employee September 2015
Sharon March - husband St James the Great Parish, Birstall Church Pioneer Community Worker (Employee) February 2015
Christine Swan Swansweb Governance Consultancy Director & Shareholder July 2014
Oadby Baptist Church Church Member December 1991
Birstall Community Stakeholders Community networking group Chair, within the Lionheart role September 2014
Lionheart Academies Trust Multi Academy Trust Chair April 2014
Beauchamp College Education Chair September 2011
The Cedars Academy Education Chair January 2015
Judgemeadow Community College Education IEB Member  
Christine Swan - husband Helping Hands Debt Advice & Support, Oadby Trustee June 2012
Oadby Baptist Church Church Member December 1991
DHL Logistics Company Employee - VP Operations January 2002
Christine Swan - family Oadby & Wigston Labour Party Political Organisation Chair February 2016
Harborough Constituency Labour Party Political Party Vice-Chair February 2016
Chelsea Norman Riverside Primary School Primary School Employee September 2016
Mike Spurr The Cedars Academy Governance Governor January 2015
Steve Kent Fair-Way Lettings Letting Agent Director October 2015
Trisha Owen None None None  
Trisha Green - family Riverside Primary School Governance Governor October 2013
Scott Fewster Lionheart Academy Trust Trust School Belongs to Employee January 2016
Julie Champaneri Café Bar Fusion Catering Director March 2014
Independent Mediating Consultants Conflict Management & Resolution Director January 2012

Scheme of Delegation

The Trust operates under a Scheme of Delegation agreed by the Trust Board.


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Riverside Community Primary School
Wanlip Lane

Executive Head Teacher: Scott Fewster
Head of School: Chelsea Norman
Chair of Governors: Chris Swan