Introduction from our Chair of Governors

I am delighted to have been elected to serve a second year as Chair of Governors of our Local Governing Body. As governors we continue to support and challenge the school to be the best that it can be, on its journey to excellence.

We welcome the ongoing opportunities presented by us being part of the River Learning Trust and by the appointment of new members to the senior leadership team. The vision and mission of the school has been redeveloped with our guidance and we are very proud of the way in which staff and students alike have embraced the new Kingsdown School. 

Lynne Scragg

The Governors of Kingsdown School

Member of the Academy Trust
Lynne Scragg (Chair) Matthew Bradley (Vice Chair)
Local Governing Body
Member appointed Governors Lynne Scragg Linda Bacon
Member appointed Governors cont. Stuart Leach Bernard Baker
Staff Governors Lisa Scotford Danielle Masters Lee Hathaway
Parent Governors Vanessa Edwards Ian Gough Carole Dunning / Paul Loveday
Headteacher Emma Leigh-Bennett

Register of Businesss Interest

Governance Structures

Scheme of Delegation Governors Review

Governing Body Attendance Record:



While there are several types of governors, the role of each governor is to work as part of a team supporting a school and the Headteacher to decide school policy, help recruit staff and manage budgets.

The governors meet as a full body 4 times per year where they are updated on the performance and status of aspects of the school.

Additionally individual governors sit on one or more of the various sub-committees. These meetings are usually 4 times per year, just prior to the full governors meetings.

The subcommittees are:

Committee Role and Membership
​Admissions Committee To discharge the functions of admissions of a child as a registered student at the school in accordance with the admissions policy. 4 named governors (quorum 3 governors)
​Resource Committee ​To discharge the functions of staff discipline and procedures, to deal with the budget and school lettings. To oversee buildings, maintenance and all related issues. 8 named governors (quorum 4 governors)
​Impact Committee ​To review curriculum policies eg Religious Education, Sex Education. To organise governors into faculties and review the curriculum in action. Includes subject evaluations and Education/Business Partnerships. To ensure a broad and balanced education to m
​Pay Committee To consider pay recommendations of Kingsdown staff, take decisions regarding the pay of the Headteacher. 4 named governors (quorum 3 governors)

Becoming a Governor

Schools need people who have energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to support them as governors. You don’t need to have had any previous experience or knowledge. Common sense, a genuine interest in education and commitment are the most important qualities required.

Becoming a governor could be a way of contributing to your local school and learning new skills. You don’t have to have a child at a school to become a governor.

More information about becoming a governor is available on the Swindon Borough Council website.

Contacting the Governors

Parents, staff and members of the community may wish to contact governors to express views, and governors very much welcome any such messages, as we are keen to keep in touch with and take account of these views. It is important to say though, that any day to day queries relating to named students should always be directed to school staff first, so that they can discuss and deal with matters in the normal way. Similarly, staff should use their usual line management and communication links in the first instance. Additionally, if you have a complaint, please follow the official procedure outlined in the following document:

If you would like to contact governors on a particular issue they may be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors:

Clerk to Governors : Ms J Carter (

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