An Academy is a good deal freer than other types of school, to spend its own money, design its own curriculum, and take its own direction – as long as it is for the educational benefit of all the young people in the area. And the people responsible for setting the strategy to achieve this successfully are the Academy’s Governors.

The government has charged Governors with three over-riding tasks:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its students
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and ensuring financial probity

We do these through meetings of the full governing body twice a term and in our three committees:

Curriculum and Standards which has responsibility for all the teaching and learning which takes place in the Academy, including the curriculum and the academic success of all students.

Business and Finance which monitors the budget, balancing the demands of the resources needed for successful learning with responsibility for ensuring that the premises provide an excellent working environment for all.

The Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team run the school. A member of the Senior Leadership Team attends each committee meeting and we work closely with them, but always keep sight of our strategic function.

For the full 'Terms of Reference' of these committees Click here

Membership of the Governing Body

There are up to 18 governors who sit on the Governing Board and they are both governors and directors of Ansford Academy, a limited company.  

7 elected parents
2 elected members of staff
8 Director/governors
The Headteacher

Members of Ansford Academy Trust

Ansford Academy is a charitable trust with five current members.

Chris Culpin  - Chair of Governors
Terena Harrison
John Stalley
Mark Woodlock
Caroline Kitchiner

Why become a Governor?

If you have an interest in helping Ansford build on its successes and continue to provide excellent 21st century education in our community, then why not join us?

It’s a team. You will join a team of friendly and experienced Governors. You don’t have to be an expert in education. We are looking for enthusiastic people, willing to give time (a minimum of four meetings a term, mostly in the early evening) to shaping our Academy’s future. You may well have experience and talents which we need - maybe in business or finance, in dealing with people, making things happen or tackling change. It’s a responsibility – but very rewarding.

Induction and on-going training will be provided.  Why not come and talk to us about it?