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The Role of the Local Governing Body (LGB)

ERA is a member of the Excalibur Academies Trust which requires each school to have a LGB. The ERA LGB is a committee of the Excalibur Board. We have a strategic role in the development of the school. We do not become involved in the day-to-day management issues with the School - that is the role of the Principal.

Governors are there to :

1. Provide a strategic view to help set and maintain the broad framework within which the Principal and the staff should run the school.

2. Act as a critical friend to provide the Principal with support and offer advice and information, but also provide positive challenge.

In essence the LGB is there to monitor and evaluate the school’s effectiveness. The Principal and staff are accountable to the LGB for the school’s performance and in turn the LGB is accountable to parents, Excalibur Academies Trust and any other stakeholder (eg local council) for the school’s overall performance.

Amelia Gammon (Chair of Governors)

Detailed Responsibilities of the LGB

1. Working with the Principal to ensure the curriculum meets agreed requirements.

2. Working with the Principal on a strategic 3 year plan for the school.

3. Agreeing an annual Academy Improvement Plan (AIP).

4. Working with the lead teachers to ensure objectives for their subjects are met.

5. Visiting the school during term time as part of the above process.

6. Comparing the performance of ERA with similar schools.

7. Asking Challenging questions.

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Will Lunn - Parent Governor

With one child who started at ERA in Sept of 2015 it was clear from the start that the school was a real community with opportunities to get involved with activities and decision making. I am passionate about providing a consistent approach to education in both the home and school and welcomed the opportunity to become a governor in October of 2016.

My mother grew up in the Pewsey Vale where my grandfather farmed since the 50’s. I have a number of family connections and feel a genuine connection and love for the area and its people. I enjoy exploring, mainly on foot and bike, the local area and its rich historic landscape. I have worked, in a technical capacity, for a housing association for the last 13 years.

In my early life I enjoyed a small bit of success in playing the drums – although they stay in the shed more often than not nowadays – and always welcome the opportunity to make some noise and get others involved in doing so.

Alison O'Shaughnessy - Staff Governor

I joined the Easton Royal community as a parent in early 2007 before becoming a member of staff in 2009.

I grew up in Glasgow and, after garaduating from Strathclyde Univercity with aa Geogrpahy degree, I worked in New York, London and Bristol. My husband I moved to the Collingbournes in 1993.

I watched my 3 children grow and thrive at Easton Royal Academy and I have loved working for the school. I felt the time was right to become a staff governor and my aim is to use my experience and commitment to the school to help ensure that it continues to thrive in a challenging climate and provide the next generation of children with the fabulous experience that mine had.

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Rob Faure Walker - Parent Governor

I am a parent at Easton Royal Academy, having moved to the area in 2019, and am pleased to have recently volunteered to support the school as a parent governor. 

I have worked as a secondary school teacher in London for 13 years and am now based at the UCL Institute of Education, where I work as a lecturer and researcher in education.  

Having had the privilege to teach at all levels, from primary school age children to mature students at university, 

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Lucy Turner - Parent Governor

We live locally and our children have attended Easton Royal Academy since 2011. We love the school for the family ethos and its part in the local village community.

I've also had the pleasure to teach in the school since 2015, both full-time and part-time, in a variety of roles. I'm currently assisting with some intensive maths tuition.  

Outside school, I enjoy keeping fit, keeping others fit (as a personal fitness instructor) and singing with the Bluebelles a-cappella choir.

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I have found that the youngest people have the most to teach us. As such, I look forward to learning from Easton Royal Academy and supporting them in whatever way that I can. 

Megan Ashton

Moving to Easton Royal in 2019, I was struck by the amazing community we had become a part of.

As an air engineering officer in the Royal Navy, service has always been a key part of my life and with my son starting reception, I was keen to be able to use my experiences and skillset to benefit the school and community.

I am delighted to have joined the team of Governors in late 2021 and look forward to supporting this excellent academy.

Anne Curry - Community Governor

I am delighted to be joining ERA as a Community Governor.

I come from a tiny village in Wales, and attended Warwick Uni to study law-where I met my husband Mark on the first day!

We have two children, aged 21 and 15.

 

I have a LLM in Criminal Justice, and am a company director and non-practising barrister.

I sing in Andover Ladies Choir, enjoy reading crime novels, and I attend as many plays and musicals as I can.

 

I have lived in Milton Lilbourne for 25 years, and know that ERA holds a very special place in the local community. I look forward to bringing my previous experience as a primary school governor to the governing team, and working with super people who are clearly passionate about the education and well-being of ERA pupils- showing that small can be mighty!

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