Samuel Ward Academy Governing Body

The role of a Local Governing Body is to offer a mixture of challenge and support to school leaders to help oversee the effective operation of the school. Our 4 key duties are those set out in the Governance Charter for Unity Schools Partnership. They are:

STRATEGIC DIRECTION ensuring the trust's and school's visions, values and ethos are realised

COMPLIANCE & EFFECTIVENESS ensuring adherence to trust, school and statutory policy and guidance

CHALLENGE & SUPPORT through monitoring, dialogue and stakeholder engagement

SAFEGUARDING & WELLBEING putting our pupils, staff and community at the heart of what we do

We meet as a whole Governing Body at least 5 times a year as well as coming in to the school and meeting with staff and students to hep us fulfil our monitoring duties. 

We have up to 7 governors: 2 staff (including the head), 2 parents (elected by the parents), 1 governor from within the Trust and 2 other governors. These 2 governors are people from local business and the wider community who are interested in and want to support Samuel Ward Academy. Some of these 4 governors are, or have been, parents of students but others are not. We can also co-opt to our governing body other interested people with particular skills to offer; they would join us as Associate Members.

Minutes of our meetings are available through the school office.

The Chair of Governors is Sue Kehr                                                 

If you would like to know more about us or maybe join us, please contact