Governors
Governors

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, Chris Swan.

 

Further Trust and Governance Information

Riverside Governors 2020-2021

Local Governing Body Details 2020 - 2021

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Name

Governor Type

 

Date of Appointment

(for 4 years)

Key Responsibilities

Skills

Attendance at LGB Meetings 2019 - 20

Name of Organisation

Nature of Interest

Date from which involved

Date interest ceased

Chris Swan

Ex-Officio

16.09.20

LAT Governance Professional

Education

Governance Strategy

N/A

Self Swansweb Ltd

Director & Shareholder

Jul 2014

Chris Swan

Oadby Baptist Church

Member

Dec 1991

 

Operations GB

Ex-Officio Governor

Sep 2020

 

All LAT Schools

Ex-Officio Governor

Sep 2020

 

Birstall Stakeholders

Chair

Sep 2014

 

Oadby Stakeholders

Chair

Sep 2012

 

Husband Helping Hands

Trustee

Jun 2012

 

Beauchamp City Sixth Form

Governor

Mar 2020

 

Oadby Baptist Church

Member

Dec 1991

 

Family Beauchamp College

Employee & Governor

Sep 2020

 

Mo Cox

Parent

01.09.2017

Chair

SMSC & British Values

HR

3/4

De Montfort University

Employee

Jul 2016

 

Operations GB

Governor

Sep 2020

 

Liz Green

Community

05.11.2019

Parent Voice

Education & Data

Education

3/4

None

None

 

 

Family

Riverside Primary School

Governor

Sep 2017

 

Tricia Owen

Community

22.09.2017

Pupil Voice

SEND & LAC

Education & Data

Education

4/4

None

None

 

 

Family

Riverside Primary School

 

Employee

 

Oct 2013

 

Nicole Nightingale

Parent

05.11.2019

Parent Voice

Anti-bullying

Business management

Charity governance

2/2

Fothergill Wyatt Ltd

Director

Apr 2016

 

Soft Touch Arts

Voluntary Director

Nov 2019

 

Hannah Bolstridge

Staff

01.09.2017

Staff Voice

Primary education

2/4

None

None

 

 

Chelsea Williams

Ex-Officio

01.09.2016

Headteacher

Headteacher

4/4

Hallam Fields Primary School

Executive Headteacher

May 2018

 

Karen O’Neill

Community

19.03.2019

Pupil Premium

Finance

EYFS

IT

Special needs

4/4

Highcliffe Primary School

Governor

Sep 2019

 

Hospital School

Governor

Sep 2019

 

Community Integrated Care

Covid Support Worker

Apr 2020

 

Husband

Farrow Walsh

 

Employee

 

Jun 2017

 

Dimple Mistry

Community

05.11.2019

Wellbeing

Project development

IT

2/2

None

None

 

 

 

Previous Governors 2019 - 2020

Previous Governors 2019 – 2020

Name

Governor Type

Appointment Date

Resignation Date

Attendance at LGB Meetings 2019 - 20

Lorraine Orinda

Community

24.05.2019

27.09.2020

0/1

Chris Swan

Community

19.06.2020

31.08.2020

4/4

 

 

 Trust Organisation

Scheme of Delegation

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

 

Trust Governance across all layers

 

Trust Board

Vision and ethos  |  Strategic direction  |  Risks and Opportunities

Finance  | Overall responsibility

 
Operations Governing Body (OGB)

HR  | Estates  |  IT  | Marketing & Communications | Enterprise

|  Operations  |  Business

 
Local Governing Bodies (LGB) 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.

 

Operations Governing Body

The Operations Governing Body is made up of trustees, governors and community governors with specific skills, experience and insights linked to the operations work of the trust.

 

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.

 

Members

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
Ofsted:
  • 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.
Complaints:
  • Carry out Stage 3 complaints process (meeting with Chair or another governor)
Risk:
  • Receive and question risk register
  • Escalate concerns to Board
Compliance – hold school to account for:
  • Safeguarding & Prevent
  • British Values
  • Equality
Exclusions:
  • Monitor exclusions, behaviour partnership arrangements
  • Receive representations from parents in relation to exclusions
Local Policies:
  • Agree local policies
  • Monitor implementation of trust/hub policies
Ambassadors:
  • 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