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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.
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy is proud to be a part of Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust.

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

The Academy Trust 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 Trust 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 Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust, 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.

THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY

The Governing Body is made up of representatives of the Staff, Parents/Carers and the Community. We are volunteers and we have various legal responsibilities and duties. The role of governor is largely a thinking and questioning role and ideas from outside education can be useful; the day to day decisions about the running of the school is the role of the Head Teacher, supported by the staff. The main focus of our governors is on:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Additional involvement with the school

There are many opportunities for governors to support school activities to develop understanding of the students and staff’s experience of teaching and learning, and of pastoral care.

It is recognised that, as volunteers, governors cannot necessarily attend school activities during usual working hours, but relevant events are not limited to those hours. Activities governors might consider attending or supporting are:

  • Participating alongside staff in a pre-arranged programme of activities
  • School trips and local visits
  • Evening events
  • Spending time in the school during the school day to familiarise themselves with the environment (classrooms; labs; specialist facilities; staff room) and meet staff and students
  • Governors with special skills or interest may like to develop close links with relevant areas in the school

Individual governors will be expected to commit to:

  • Attendance at the Local Governing Body meetings, usually held on Wednesday evenings
  • Spending a certain amount of time in school each year at school events or activities of interest to them and in support of school needs
  • Taking a Champion Role to individual areas and reporting back to other governors at LGB

Governor Development and Training

The LGB has developed an induction programme for new governors, and in addition governors are asked to attend formal training courses from a variety of sources. We subscribe to Wiltshire Governor Support Services which provides a full programme of governor training, some of which is available on-line. The LGB may organise information/training sessions prepared by staff, or invite external experts to give short courses/presentations at meetings.

Individual governors are expected to:

  • keep abreast of training opportunities through the regular correspondence circulated by our clerk
  • attend at least one formal course a year, chosen to reflect personal interest and school needs
  • provide feedback on the course to other governors at a sub-committee or FGB meeting

If you would like further information about the work of the Governors or like to consider becoming a governor, we like to hear from you. Please contact the clerk to the governors.

CONSTITUTION

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
STAFF

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.