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Governance

Long Wittenham Church of England Primary School joined the Ridgeway Education Trust (RET) on 1 November 2023, as an academy school in part of the wider Multi Academy Trust (MAT). 

Ridgeway Education Trust is run by a Board of Directors which has ultimate responsibility for running each academy within its structure and for setting the vision for schools within the MAT. You can find out more about Governance in the Trust by clicking this link. Each school retains its own Local Governing Body which includes representatives from the Church, staff, parents and members of the local community appointed for their particular skills and experience. Directors and Governors are appointed for a term of four years.

The schools in the MAT share the core values of high quality teaching and learning, respectful relationships and an inclusive community. These underpin the Trust’s continuing development and support its commitment to excellence.

The Local Governing Body meets as a whole at least five times a year. You can find key documents below.

Local Governing Body

The Local Governing Body is made up of Governors who work together with the Head and other teachers to ensure that Long Wittenham School provides the best possible education for all our children. In particular, governors are responsible for:

  • The overall direction of the school – including the steps it needs to take to continue to develop and improve.
  • The teaching and learning – making sure that the curriculum is broad and balanced and that all pupils are given the opportunities to achieve their potential.
  • Monitoring the progress and achievement that children make.
  • The school’s finances – making sure that the budget is monitored and the money well spent.
  • Appointing staff, overseeing safeguarding, health and safety and ensuring that the school is inclusive for all pupils and staff.

The role of governors is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role. It is their role to set the school’s strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met. They work to support and strengthen the leadership of the Headteacher, and hold them to account for the day-to-day running of the school. Governors must maintain a strategic view, and not get involved in the day-to-day management and operational responsibilities within school. The Headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

Governors

Chair: Catherine Harrison
Vice Chair: Mark Warren

There are five full Governing Body meetings each year.

The governing body is made up of representatives appointed by parents, the community, the church, staff and RET. A list of current governors can be found below.

Governors can be contacted through the school office or via their email governor.3233@long-wittenham.oxon.sch.uk.

Current Governors, and their attendance

NameAppointedType of GovernorTermAppointed byBusiness or financial interestsGovernor role in another educational institutionMaterial interests FGB Attendance (2021/22, 2022/23)Committee Attendance
Jane Manser27/09/23Foundation4 yearsDioceseNoneNoneNone
David Lowe05/01/23Parent4 yearsParentsNoneNoneParent0/0, 1/10/0
Amy Clark27/09/23Staff governer4 yearsSchoolNoneNoneStaff2/2, 3/31/1
Gillian Fraser01/01/22StaffPermanentEx-officio by virtue of office as headteacherStaffNoneStaff4/4, 3/34/4
Lyndi Feather10/11/21Parent4 yearsParentsNoneNoneParent5/5, 3/33/3
Christina Warren09/11/21Co-opted4 yearsGoverning Body MembersNoneNoneFamily5/5, 3/33/3
Mark Warren13/07/21Co-opted4 years Governing Body MembersNoneNoneParent6/7, 3/32/3
Catherine Harrison08/03/21Parent4 years ParentsNoneNoneParent7/7, 3/32/3
Judith Baldwin15/05/19Foundation4 years, reappointed for 4 years (13/4/21), then swapped roleDioceseNoneNoneNone7/7, 2/33/3

Governors with associate positions will not have voting rights in governing body meetings or count towards a quorum. 

Previous governors (last 12 months)

NameAppointedType of GovernorEnd of termAppointed byBusiness or financial interestsGovernor role in another educational institutionMaterial interests FGB AttendanceCommittee Attendance
Clare Winterbourne06/06/22Staff27/09/23SchoolNoneNoneStaff2/2, 3/31/1
Fay Read01/11/22Parent17/07/23ParentsNoneNoneNone2/20/0
Paul Wignall18/03/21Ex-Officio Foundation  31/05/23DioceseNoneNoneNone3/7, 0/30/3
Alistair Higginbottom06/10/20Parent16/01/23SchoolNoneNoneParent5/62/3
Malcolm Banfield07/03/23Co-opted12/12/23LANoneNoneNone

Minutes of Governors meetings

Minutes of the governors meetings can be obtained by contacting the school office or RET Governance Team on Governance@ridgewayeducation.com