Governors

In September 2017 a new style of governance has been introduced at the Ridge by the Department of Education through our Multi Academy Trust, AET. The governors of the Ridge Academy are as follows:

The Ridge - Governing Board Composition and Key Information

Malcolm Reeve

Malcolm Reeve, the AET’s National Director of Education for Special Needs and Disabilities, has worked in the field of SEND for thirty years. In that time he has worked in adult provisions, mainstream schools and special schools. He has worked in with children throughout the age range and with learning difficulties ranging from moderate to profound.

Malcolm has been Headteacher of three schools and one federation. He was Chief Executive of Columbus School and College from its establishment to December 2012, leading it to Outstanding.

Malcolm is a National Leader of Education and Chair of the Federation of Leaders in Special Education.

Maria Taylor

Maria has worked in education since 1998 and has been working with pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH) since 2002. She is currently Co Principal at Wishmore Cross, an SEMH academy in Surrey. Maria is a national trainer in Managing Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA) and has recently completed a BSc in Restraint Reduction with the University of Wolverhampton. She also has a Masters Degree in Education Leadership from the Institute of Education.

Kate Shepherd - Clerk to the Governors - appointed: September 2013

I was appointed as Clerk to the Governors in September 2013 and have seen the governing body at The Ridge go from strength to strength. I currently clerk for 6 other schools in Cheltenham and I am also a Chair of Governors at a primary school in Cheltenham. I have been involved in school governance since about 2009 and seen the many changes which have taken place over the years.

The local governors have now formed a body called the Parent and Community Advisory Board (PACB) and meet every half term as a forum for parents and the local community to have an input into the smooth running of the Ridge Academy.

This information is fed back to the full governing body. The Terms of Reference for the PACB are here. The members of the PACB are:

Philippa Dancey

Philippa Dancey has lived in Gloucestershire since 1989 and has worked in international event management following a degree in French and Spanish. She has extensive experience as a governor having been Chair of Governors of a Gloucestershire Primary School from 2002-2014. She is currently Chair of Governors of the Peak Academy, a Special Senior School for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Issues joining the governing body there in April 2014.

Steve Yetton

Steve has been a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in Cheltenham area for the last 12 years.

He became the local PCSO for the Ridge Academy when it first moved to Cheltenham in 2012. His weekly visits to the school have continued since then.

Jaccii Williamson - Parent Governor - Student Wellbeing governor (Term of Office: Jan 2016 - Jan 2020)

Jaccii has a son at the Ridge Academy and is keen to support the school and joins our governing body to further this role.


Rachel Bowen

Rachel is a local Gloucestershire girl, having been brought up and educated in Gloucester. She works mostly at Dean Close Preparatory School where she teaches music to children from the age of 3-13. Alongside this work, Rachel runs many choirs in Cheltenham including Cheltenham Youth Choir for children between the ages of 4-18 and two adult choirs. She volunteers with some of the children at The Ridge, teaching music to small groups.

In conjunction with the PACB the Ridge also has a JCC (Joint Consultative Committee) as a forum for staff to give their views to the governing body.

The JCC meets once a term prior to full governing body meetings to provide views to the governors. JCC terms of reference can be found here. All staff are welcome to this meeting but our JCC representatives are:

Bev Keen

Sarah Loveridge

Governors that have recently retired from the Ridge Academy Governing Body:

Mike Allen - AET Governor Jan 2012-April 2015

Patrick Fay - AET Governor Jan 2012 - July 2015

Polly Adams - Community Governor - June 2016-September 2016 - has left the governing body due to time constraints

Jamie Orpin - Parent Governor - Feb 2013- Feb 2017 - has left as he is no longer a parent at the school.

Heather Ingram - AET Governor - Apr 2015- Sep 2017 - has left due to the new AET governance arrangements

Maddy Owen - AET Governor - Nov 2012-Sep 2017 - has left due to the new AET governance arrangements

The Governors of The Ridge Academy have a wide range of experience and expertise. They meet regularly and work in close partnership with the Principal to determine the aims, agree policies, targets, and priorities for the development of the academy in order to continuously improve the standards of education and promote a safe and caring environment for the benefit of our pupils. Academy Governors have legal duties, powers, and responsibilities. However, they can only act together, not individually.


Governors are appointed to help:

· By working in partnership with the Headteacher;

· With the implementation of the Academy Development Plan;

· Advise on spending the budget;

· Interview and select staff;

· Ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are taught.


Academy Governors are:

· Parents;

· Staff at the Academy;

· Local and County Council representatives;

· Community Representatives.


Parent Governors:

· Have a pupil in the Academy;

· Are elected by parents of the Academy;

· Serve, as other Governors, for four years.


Parent Governors bring the views of parents to the Governing Body, but they act and speak as individuals. They have equal status in the work of the Governing Body.

When our Parent Governors reach the end of their term of office, or if an individual resigns, parents will be invited to stand for election onto the Governing Body.


If you have any concerns or issues that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of Governors, Malcolm Reeve on mreeve@theridgeacademy.org or the Clerk to the Governors, Kate Shepherd on clerk@theridgeacademy.org or any of the governors listed.

AET supports the Ridge Academy with the following documentation that has been ratified by the Full Governing Body of the Ridge:

Code of Conduct

AET Terms of Reference

AET Scheme of Delegation

It is recommended that every governing body publishes an Annual Governance Statement on the school website to give an overview of the school year from the perspective of the Governing Body. Please click on the link to read this: Annual Governance Statement 2016-17

Please see our governor register of attendance at full governing body meetings for 2016-17 below.

Telephone Number

01242 512680

The Ridge Academy

Clyde Crescent, Cheltenham, GL52 5QH