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Governors

The governors of the Ridge Academy are as follows:

Philippa Dancey  - AET Governor - Chair of Governors, Finance and PPG Link Governor (Term of Office: Nov 2012 - Nov 2016 - renewed - Nov 2016- Nov 2020)
Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests: Chair of Governors of The Peak Academy (since April 2014)

Philippa Dancey has lived in Gloucestershire since 1989 and has worked in international event management following a degree in French and Spanish.  She has extensive experience as a governor having been Chair of Governors of a Gloucestershire Primary School from 2002-2014. She is currently Chair of Governors of the Peak Academy, a Special Senior School for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Issues joining the governing body there in April 2014. Philippa has attended the following relevant training courses:

Safeguarding Children, Safer Recruitment, Exclusions, Performance Related Pay, Children in Care, Headteacher Appraisal, Governor Self Evaluation and Outstanding Governorship.



Maddy Owen
- AET Governor - Progress Governor (Term of Office: Nov 2012 - Nov 2016- 
 renewed - Nov 2016- Nov 2020)
Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests: Headteacher of Huntley C of E Primary School 

Maddy is currently headteacher at a small primary school where she has worked for the last 13 years.  She has also worked as a school improvement Partner for Gloucestershire to support other local schools.  






Jamie Orpin
- Parent Governor - Student Wellbeing Governor (Term of Office: Feb 2013 - Feb 2017)
Jamie has been a huge supporter of the Ridge Academy and originally joined the governing body as a parent governor.  His child left the Ridge two summers ago now but Jamie is still playing a really important role at the school and comes into the school every week to coach football to our pupils.  







Steve Yetton
- Community Governor - Safeguarding and CIC governor (Term of Office: January 2015 - January 2019)
Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:  The Ridge Academy's PCSO

Steve has been a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in Cheltenham area for the last 12 years. 

He became the local PCSO for the Ridge Academy when it first moved to Cheltenham in 2012. His weekly visits to the school have continued since then.

He joined as a Governor in January 2015.



Heather Ingram
- AET Governor - Leadership and Staff Wellbeing Governor (Term of Office: April 2015 - April 2019)
Relevant Business & Pecuniary Interests:  Former Executive Headteacher of the Alternative Provision Service

Heather has a long connection with the Ridge Academy having been the Principal of the school since May 2012 until she changed jobs in April 2015.  She is still extremely committed to supporting the pupils and staff at the Ridge and was keen to remain a governor of the school.  







Rachel Bowen
- AET Governor - Finance and Health and Safety Governor (Term of Office: Sept 2015- Sep 2019)

Rachel is a local Gloucestershire girl, having been brought up and educated in Gloucester. She works mostly at Dean Close Preparatory School where she teaches music to children from the age of 3-13. Alongside this work, Rachel runs many choirs in Cheltenham including Cheltenham Youth Choir for children between the ages of 4-18 and two adult choirs. She volunteers with some of the children at The Ridge, teaching music to small groups.




Jaccii Williamson - Parent Governor  - Student Wellbeing governor (Term of Office: Jan 2016 - Jan 2020)

Jaccii has a son at the Ridge Academy and is keen to support the school and joins our governing body to further this role.







Pete Hales
- Principal

Peter has worked for the Ridge Academy since January 2005 when the school was based in Stroud and known as Amberley Ridge School.  Here he was a class teacher.  When the school was relocated to Cheltenham in January 2012 he became the Assistant Principal of the school and on Mrs Ingram's departure from the school in April 2015, he was the natural choice to become our new Principal.





Kate Shepherd
- Clerk to the Governors - appointed: September 2013

I was appointed as Clerk to the Governors in September 2013 and have seen the governing body at The Ridge go from strength to strength. I currently clerk for 6 other schools in Cheltenham and I am also a Chair of Governors at a primary school in Cheltenham. I have been involved in school governance since about 2009 and seen the many changes which have taken place over the years. 








Rob Meggs
- Associate member for teaching and learning issues (no voting rights)

Having taught in mainstream for 16 years, Rob moved to The Ridge Academy in 2012 for one day of cover and has never left! He has taught in Year 5 & 6 since joining and since April 2015 is now Assistant Principal. He still teaches once a week and enjoys his time in Rainbows Class teaching PSHCE and PE. 







Governors that have recently retired from the Ridge Academy Governing Body:
Mike Allen - AET Governor Jan 2012-April 2015
Patrick Fay - AET Governor Jan 2012 - July 2015
Laura Geatches & Claire Gasan - Staff Governors - no staff governors required on the Full Governing Body from September 2016.  Laura and Claire will not form part of the JCC (Joint Consultative Committee) as the link staff members between the school and the governing body.   JCC Terms of Reference can be seen here.
Polly Adams - Community Governor - June 2016-September 2016 - has left the governing body due to time constraints

The Governors of The Ridge Academy have a wide range of experience and expertise. They meet regularly and work in close partnership with the Principal to determine the aims, agree policies, targets, and priorities for the development of the academy in order to continuously improve the standards of education and promote a safe and caring environment for the benefit of our pupils. Academy Governors have legal duties, powers, and responsibilities. However, they can only act together, not individually.

Governors are appointed to help:

·         By working in partnership with the Headteacher;

·         With the implementation of the Academy Development Plan;

·         Advise on spending the budget;

·         Interview and select staff;

·         Ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are taught.

Academy Governors are:

·         Parents;

·         Staff at the Academy;

·         Local and County Council representatives;

·         Community Representatives.

Parent Governors:

·         Have a pupil in the Academy;

·         Are elected by parents of the Academy;

·         Serve, as other Governors, for four years.

Parent Governors bring the views of parents to the Governing Body, but they act and speak as individuals. They have equal status in the work of the Governing Body.

When our Parent Governors reach the end of their term of office, or if an individual resigns, parents will be invited to stand for election onto the Governing Body.

If you have any concerns or issues that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of Governors, Philippa Dancey on pdancey@theridgeacademy.org or the Clerk to the Governors, Kate Shepherd on clerk@theridgeacademy.org or any of the governors listed.

AET supports the Ridge Academy with the following documentation that has been ratified by the Full Governing Body of the Ridge:

 Code of Conduct 

 AET Terms of Reference 

AET Scheme of Delegation

It is recommended that every governing body publishes an Annual Governance Statement on the school website to give an overview of the school year from the perspective of the Governing Body.  Please click on the link to read this: Annual Governance Statement 2015-16

Please see our governor register of attendance at full governing body meetings for 2015-16.