The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. Governance has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Within a multi-academy trust such as Lionheart, governance is led by the Trust Board, with some responsibilities delegated to both the Local Governing Body of the school and Hub Governing bodies across a cluster of schools.

Riverside Primary School has a Local Governing Body. Contact the Governing Body via the Chair of Governors, Tricia Owen:

Further Trust and Governance Information

Riverside Governors 2020-2021


Name Governor Type

Date of Appointment

(for 4 years)

Key Responsibilities Skills


Attendance at LGB Meetings 2019 - 20

Mo Cox Parent





SMSC & British Values

HR 3/4
Liz Green Community 05.11.2019

Parent Voice

Education & Data

Education 3/4
Tricia Owen Community 22.09.2017

Pupil Voice


Education & Data

Education 4/4
Nicole Nightingale Parent 05.11.2019

Parent Voice


Business Management

Charity Governance

Chelsea Williams Ex-Officio 01.09.2016 Headteacher Headteacher 4/4
Karen O’Neill Community 19.03.2019

Pupil Premium



Special needs

Dimple Mistry Community





Project development


Julie Thompson Community






Previous Governors 2019 - 2020

Previous Governors 2019 – 2020


Governor Type

Appointment Date

Resignation Date

Attendance at LGB Meetings 2019 - 20

Lorraine Orinda





Chris Swan







 Trust Organisation

Scheme of Delegation

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


Trust across all layers of governance 


Vision and ethos  |  Strategic direction  |  Risks and Opportunities

Finance  |  Overall responsibility







In compliance with the Academies Trust Handbook  

Delegated authority under the Trust Scheme of Delegation  



Teaching & Learning  |  Pupil & Parent & Staff experience  | Safeguarding  |  Business & Community links

Each school

Trust Board

The Trust Board has overall responsibility for all governance in the trust and carries the final accountability for this. The focus of the Board is on the big picture, working with the trust Executive Team to set the overall vision for the trust, lead strategically and identify and respond to risks and opportunities.


Trust Board Committees 

The purpose of Lionheart Committees is to ensure that the Trust adheres to the governance framework outlined in the Academies Trust Handbook and ensures there is a high level of scrutiny and oversight of key areas. 

All Trust Board committees are made up of Trustees with specific knowledge and experience.  The Chairs of Committees have the knowledge and skills to be able to lead discussions and make recommendations to the Trust board for decisions.  The roles and responsibilities of the committees are defined in the terms of reference.  


Local Governing Bodies

Each school has a Local Governing Body, which holds the school to account for the quality of teaching and learning, the experience of pupils, parents and staff, the processes to ensure safeguarding, and informal links with the local community and businesses. LGBs ensure that school leaders are mindful of the school’s context and work within the overall vision of Lionheart Academies Trust.



The Members of a trust are not involved in the practical running of the organisation and do not take part in governing body or Board meetings, except as occasional observers. Their role is to ensure that the Board keeps its core priorities at the centre of its work – providing education for children and young people – and retains its stated ethos and values.

Members appoint some of the trustees and, in exceptional circumstances, can remove trustees who they have appointed.



Local Governing Body: Roles and Responsibilities of LGB Governors

Membership Meetings Key roles Attending
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff governor
  • Head
  • Executive Head (where appropriate)
  • 5-8 community governors

LGB meetings

  • 4 meetings per year in line with data snapshots
  • No committees
  • Working parties as needed

Trust Finance meetings

3 per year, attended by Finance Governor, Head and finance lead, CEO and CFO (or their representative).

  • Business links & careers Community Links
  • Education & Data
  • Finance & grants - Sports Premiu, Catch Up
  • Parent Voice
  • Pupil Premium
  • Pupil Voice
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND & Looked After Children
  • SMSC & British Values
  • Wellbeing – staff and pupils
  • EYFS (Primary) 
  •  6th form (if relevant)
  • Senior leadership team
  • Occasionally and where appropriate: CEO, trustees
Performance Management & Pay
  • Pay Committee – agree pay on recommendation from Head following moderation by trust leadership – one autumn meeting
  • Performance management of Head by CEO, external advisor, Chair of LGB & Chair of Trust
Holding the school to account for standards: Pupil, Parent & Community Compliance Ambassadors & Vision

Receive reports on:

  • Development Plan updates
  • End of year results analysis
  • Data snapshots & KPIs including vulnerable groups, more able etc.
  • Information comparing school to national data
  • External quality assurance reports
  • Pupil Premium impact reports
  • Primary Sports Funding impact reports
  • Catch up funding impact reports
  • Attendance & Behaviour
  • Wellbeing support
First hand knowledge:
  • Learning walks linked to Development Plan priorities, mainly as part of trust reviews
  • Annual learning walk to audit safeguarding
  • Annual SEND learning walk
  • Governor links to key subjects
  • Meet with Ofsted to discuss governance in this school, along wit trustee representative

Stakeholder voice:

  • Parent forums & PTAs
  • School Council
  • Community networking
Pupil Experience:
  • Curriculum offer
  • Enrichment – curriculum and before/after school clubs etc.
  • Support school in ensuring curriculum and pupil offer match the context of the school’s community
Parents as co-educators – hold school to account for:
  • Communication with parents
  • Parent workshops re. curriculum, esafety, etc.
  • Carry out Stage 3 complaints process (meeting with Chair or another governor)
  • Receive and question risk register
  • Escalate concerns to Board
Compliance – hold school to account for:
  • Safeguarding & Prevent
  • British Values
  • Equality
  • Monitor exclusions, behaviour partnership arrangements
  • Receive representations from parents in relation to exclusions
Local Policies:
  • Agree local policies
  • Monitor implementation of trust/hub policies
  • Hold school to account for PR, marketing, pupil recruitment
  • Act as ambassadors for the school
  • Act as ambassadors for the Trust
  • Build positive relationship with PTA
  • Build networks with stakeholders and alumni to benefit the school and build a benevolent community
  • Build networks with businesses & useful community/education providers
  • Encourage school to engage in appropriate fundraising activities and enterprise
Vision & Ethos:
  • Ensure the vision for the school matches the community context, within the wider Trust vision
  • Holding the school to account for a positive, aspirational ethos


Governors Contact

Nicola Tyers
Clerk to the Governors