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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 & Will Lunn Co-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.

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.

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Will Lunn - Co-Chair & Parent

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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Amelia Gammon - Co-chair & parent

I joined the Governors team in October 2018. I currently have children in reception, year 2 and year 3 and one 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. 

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