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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.

Tony Anthistle - Chair of Governors

I joined the Easton Royal Academy Local Governing Body (LGB) in December 2018.  I live locally and have 2 grandchildren at the school.

I retired in 2017.   My last role was Service Delivery Director responsible for the servicing  and maintenance of all military air traffic control systems in the U.K. and overseas.  Previous roles included Engineering General Manager in NATS (formerly the National Air Traffic Service) MD of 2 large bus companies and a number of senior roles in the British Army.

Easton Royal Academy has a well deserved reputation as a school of the highest quality. A wonderful place for our young people to learn and develop.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair the LGB, a dedicated group committed to supporting the Principal and her staff as they continue to deliver excellent quality education.

Tony Anthistle







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.

What we don’t do:

1. Inspect the school.

2. Report on the quality of teaching after visiting the school.

3. Authorise expenditure.

4. Share concerns about staff capability.

5. Decide on how pupils are taught different subjects.

6. Have the right to exclude a pupil.

7. Write the school’s policies.


Rob Mead - Parent Governor

I started as Parent Governor at Easton Royal Academy in January 2016.

I have three children at the school. We all care about our children’s education and I see this as an opportunity to have an active role in ERA’s continued successful progression and to help both current and future children to achieve their potential.

In the short time I have been involved, it is clear that the staff and governors are dedicated and committed to ensuring that ERA continues to be a great school and I am really pleased to be a part of it.


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.

Kevin Robinson - Parent Governor

I came onboard as Parent Governor at Easton Royal Academy in May 2017 after wanting to get more involved with the school and the local community after recently relocating to Wiltshire from Reading.  I have one child in Reception at present and hopefully my youngest to join in the future.  I am all about trying to make a difference where I can, and have been welcomed into the school and excited to learn more about how I can help.  My impressions so far of the school are that its an exciting and vibrant place to be, my daughter loves it and I wanted to be part of that journey.


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.

Alison - Governor picture

Amelia Gammon - Parent Governor

I joined the Governors team in October 2018. I currently have a child in reception and 2 more to start in the next few years.

As a new school parent, I have quickly experienced the uniqueness of Easton Royal Academy. It is a very special learning environment and I am committed to supporting the school to continue thriving.

I am a digital business strategic consultant, specialising in film, television and music. 

Angela Ashton - Community Governor

I moved to Wiltshire from Hampshire in 2015 when my husband purchased a small engineering business locally. As a mother of 4 grown up children and grandmother of 5 and having spent my career in education as both a teacher and Assistant Headteacher at various secondary schools across the country, I fully appreciate the importance of learning in the early years. Children deserve to learn in a happy, safe and positive environment, ready for the challenges that lie ahead.


Charlotte Stapleton - Parent Governor

We moved to Milton Lilbourne in 2017. My eldest child started in Reception at Easton Royal Academy in September 2019 and enjoyed it so much that I joined the board of governors to further support the school. I have a background in Education, teaching in independent boarding schools from 2008-2018. I currently coach lacrosse and also examine for GCSE and A-level English Literature.

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