The Governing Body is a group of volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to the school. They provide a valuable insight into the local community and the challenges and opportunities it faces. Governors work with the Trust and Staff to create the strategic direction, vision and ethos of the school. They are not involved with the day-to-day running of the school, which is the responsibility of the Headteacher. Their role is to support and challenge the Headteacher and school leadership, and hold them to account.

Governors work together to:

  • Make decisions on performance targets, school policies and development plans
  • Monitor the budget and make recommendations on how it should be spent
  • Promote high standards of teaching and learning
  • Monitor pupils’ progress and achievements

Our chair of Governors is Dr Nick Griggs – [email protected]

To view the full list of our Local Governing Body Download LGB Details

Could you become a Governor of Oldbury Academy?

Governors at Oldbury Academy

The Headteacher is automatically a Governor, but all the other Governors are either elected or appointed and their initial term of office is four years.

The Local Governing Body comprises of three staff Governors, three Parent Governors and three further Governors. The Trust deliberately chose these numbers so that a majority of governors must be elected, to make the Governing Body democratic and representative.

Parent Governors

Parent Governors have children at the school and are elected by other parents, but they are not delegates. Their role is not to represent other parents directly, but to use their own judgment and express their own views.

Once a person is elected as a Parent Governor, they will remain on the Governing Body for the full four years of their term of office, even if their own children leave the school during that time.

Staff Governors

Staff Governors are elected by teaching and non-teaching staff and, as with parent governors, they too are not delegates.

Community Governors

These governors are generally selected from other areas of the local community.

They have a wide range of backgrounds and experience; some have education or public sector backgrounds, others have business experience or more specialist professional skills. They all have a great deal of enthusiasm and commitment.

Associate Governors

These governors are selected for the additional expertise they can bring in relation to specific areas. They may serve for one or more years and are appointed by the LGB.

All Governors are equal; no category of Governor or individual is any more important or powerful than any other.


What is involved?

Governors meet as a full Governing Body twice a term.

In addition, they sit on interview panels when staff are recruited, behaviour and attendance panels and disciplinary panels for pupils.

Governors also get involved with the life of the school, attending concerts and productions, and celebrating achievements at our annual Presentation Evening.

Governors with special responsibilities

Some governors agree to take on extra responsibilities for a particular area, such as Special Educational Needs or Looked After Children. These governors build a direct “link” with staff and pupils and report back to the Governing Body.

Could you be a Governor?

To become a governor, you do not need any experience in education, or any special qualifications. We need governors who bring different points of view, from professionals to full time parents. The most valuable thing you can offer is your time and enthusiasm.

Oldbury Academy is a member of Stour Vale Academy Trust