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  • The Governing Body

The Governing Body for Viewley Hill Academy is a very hard working and committed group of people who give their time voluntarily to oversee the management of the school and to ensure that an excellent quality of education is provided for our children. Governor term of office is four years.  The governors meet regularly throughout the year and are made up of a range of representatives from the local community.  We are fortunate to have a very strong skill set amongst our governors including a school business manager, a retired senior school improvement adviser, a serving and a retired head teacher, a local minister and primary school staff.  Our parent governors are key members of the governing body as their knowledge and understanding of the school community is invaluable in helping us develop and grow. The Governing Body is accountable for the academy’s performance and takes a key and active role in shaping the school’s future.

All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:

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

Governance Structure

The Governing Body meets as a whole once a term to consider the work of two main committees, to fulfil statutory duties related to policies and procedures and to work together in forward planning for the school.   The Finance and Resources Committee and School Improvement Committee meet at least once a term and these groups have very specific roles and responsibilities.  For further information on the scheme of delegation for governance functions, please open the PDF below. In addition to this, governors have regular review days in school where aspects of school improvement planning, teaching and curriculum evaluation and training take place.

Scheme of Delegation

Appointment of Governors

  • Community Governors are appointed by the Members or Governing Body
  • Parent Governors are elected by parents
  • Staff Governors are elected by staff

Individual governors are contactable via the Viewley Hill Academy office.  Please make any request through Mrs Frost at reception and she will be happy to pass your message to the appropriate governor.

Resignations within 2014-2015: Mrs G Oakley – Parent Governor & Mrs L Sinclair – Umbrella Trust Governor

Resignations within 2015-16: Rev R Desics – Community Governor

Resignations within 2016-17: Mr A Rice – Parent Governor & Mrs K Maughan – Parent Governor

End of Term of Office within 2017-18: Mrs H Turley and Miss L Robson – Staff Governors,  Mrs T Brown – Parent Governor


Full Governing Board Finance & Resources School Improvement Performance Management Safer Recruitment Trained Governor Responsibility
27/09/18 14/11/2018 20/11/18
23/01/19 03/02/19 06/03/19
12/06/19 16/06/19 10/07/19
Mrs Helen Malbon x x 17/10/14 Headteacher
Mr Paul Cowley  –  –  –  –  Partnerships
Mrs Gillian Dorman-Smith Chair x  17/10/14  Achievement & Attainment/Maths
Mrs Joanne Measor Chair x  –  x  Jan 2012  Finance
Mrs Rachel Moffat  – x  –  17/10/14 Reading
Mrs Lesley Sinclair  – x  x  –  Safeguarding
Rev Ken Stone (Chair) x x x 17/10/14  SEND
Mrs Jane Thirkell x  Writing
Miss Paula Bowler x  –  –  –  Maths/H & S
Miss Leah Shadforth x  –
Mrs Wendy Atkinson x


Governing Board Type Appointed by Term of Office Start Term of Office End Attendance 2016/17
Mrs Helen Malbon Headteacher Ex-Officio  12/12
Mr Paul Cowley Umbrella Trust GB 01/06/2015 31/05/2019 4/6
Mrs Gillian Dorman-Smith Community GB 01/01/2018 31/12/2021 7/9
Mrs Joanne Measor Community GB 11/02/2018 31/12/2021 7/9
Mrs Lesley Sinclair Community GB 01/01/2014 10/02/2020 5/9
Mrs Rachel Moffat Community GB 01/01/2018 31/12/2021 9/9
Pastor Ken Stone Community GB 01/01/2018 31/12/2021 11/12
Miss Paula Bowler Community GB 07/12/2016 06/12/2020 8/9
Mrs Jane Thirkell Parent Parents 07/12/2016 06/12/2020 9/9
Miss Leah Shadforth Staff Staff 01/01/2018 31/12/2021 7/7
Mrs Wendy Atkinson Staff Staff 01/01/2018 31/12/2021 7/7
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