Wootton Bassett School became an Academy (within the meaning of section 6 (2) of the Academies Act 2010) on 1st July 2011. On March 14th 2012, the name was formally changed to Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

The Academy is run by a charitable company limited by guarantee known as Royal Wootton Bassett Academy. The Company is subject to company law and to the requirements of the Registrar of Companies.

The Academy is an 'exempt charity'. That is subject to charity law but not registered with the Charity Commission. Regulation is by the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA).

A charitable company has two groups of individuals involved in the corporate governance of the organisation: the Directors and the Members

The Directors – are responsible for managing the affairs of the Academy Trust and are responsible for the day to day running of it. The day to day powers of management are largely delegated to the Head teacher.

All Governors of Royal Wootton Academy are Directors, and in that role will continue to be known as Governors.

The Members – The Members 'own' the Academy Trust in the same way that shareholders of a commercial company would, but Members cannot receive dividends from an Academy Trust. Members have a number of statutory rights reserved to them.

The Members of the Academy Trust of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, in line with DfE policy of a small number of Members, is limited to the following Governors, Chair, Vice-Chair and the three Chairs of Standing Committees.

Description of Role

The Governing Body exercises its functions by fulfilling a largely strategic role by:

  • Settings aims and objectives for the Academy
  • Adopting policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Setting targets for achieving those aims and objectives

The Headteacher has responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy and for the implementation of the strategic framework agreed by the Governing Body. Governors are not involved in the detail of the day-to-day management of the Academy.


The Academy's Articles of Association sets out the total membership of the Governing Body and the number of governors in each category.

The total number of governors is 20 to be formed in the following proportions:

Category Required Proportions RWBA
Staff Not to exceed one third of Governing Body 3
Local Authority One Governor appointed by local authority 1
Parent A minimum of two 7
Headteacher The Headteacher 1
Community At least one tenth 8


Both teaching and support staff paid to work at the Academy are eligible. Volunteers are not eligible. The manner of election (by other staff at the Academy) or appointment (by Governing Body if insufficient nominations) is prescribed by regulations

Local Authority Governor

Appointed to the position by Wiltshire Council, the Local Authority

Parent Governor

Must be a parent (or carer) of a registered pupil at the time of their election or appointment. The manner of election (by other parents at the Academy) or appointment (by Governing Body if insufficient nominations) is prescribed by regulations. Not disqualified from continuing to hold the position when pupil leaves Academy.

The Headteacher

The Headteacher is a member of the Governing Body by virtue of office

Community Governors

Appointed by the Governing Body to represent community interests; will live or work in the community served by the Academy or be a person who the governing body believes is committed to the good government and success of the Academy.




Marion Sweet
First Appointed
SEND Governor

Community Governor F&P Jan 2013 Jan 2020

Tristan Foot
Vice Chair

Community Governor F&P Oct 2013 Oct 2017
Gill Campbell
First Appointed 2007
Community Governor F&P Sep 2016 Sep 2020
George Croxford
Head Teacher F&P N/a N/a
Johnathan Bourne Community Governor Chair F&P Dec 2015 Dec 2019
Enam Chowdhry Community Governor F&P Mar 2016 Mar 2020
Melanie Warwick Parent Governor F&P Mar 2016 Mar 2020
Lindsay Allen Parent Governor Chair C&S Nov 2013 Nov 2017
Simon Wright Community Governor C&S Dec 2016 Dec 2020
Louise Warwick Community Governor F&P Sep 2016 Sep 2020
Melanie Hopkins Staff Governor C&S Mar 2016 Dec 2020

Olivia Thomas

Community Governor C&S Mar 2016 Mar 2020
Emily Nash Staff Governor C&S Mar 2016 Mar 2020

Gill Vaughan
Appointed 1992

Clerk n/a n/a n/a
 Resignations or Expiry of Terms of Office
Sharon Lazenby Staff Governonr   Dec 2014 Mar 2017
Justine Doidge Parent Governor   Mar 2016 Feb 2017
Karen Hanks Parent Governor   Mar 2015 Sep 2016
Darius Erry Parent Governor   Nov 2013 April 2015
Andy Bacon Associate Governor   Oct 2013 Aug 2015
Peter Corrie Community Governor   Jul 2014 Dec 2015
Dave Gardner Community Governor   Sep 2012 Jul 2015
Bradley Hill Parent Governor   Mar 2015 Aug 2015
Mark Hopkins Associate Governor   Oct 2013

Jun 2015

James Miller Staff Governor   Oct 2010 Term Oct 2014
Adam Mills Staff Governor   May 2014 Moved Jul 2015
Clive Parkinson Parent Governor   Feb 2011 Term Feb 2015
Peter Sheppard Staff Governor   Dec 2012 Retired Jul 2015
Phil Tanner Associate Governor   Sep 2014 Jul 2015
Tim Upham Parent Governor   Nov 2013 Nov 2015
Esther Wilkinson Parent Governor   Nov 2013 Nov 2015


Curriculum and Staffing (C&S)
Finance and Premises (F&P)

Royal Wootton Bassett Academy is maintained by

The Education Funding Agency
Freshford House
Redcliffe Way
Bristol, BS1 6NL
Phone: 0845 600 7979