Wordsworth Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 7NG

01793 332107

Ruskin Junior School

Meet the Governors

The Local Governing Body of Ruskin Junior School advises on the overall development and management of the school in areas of curriculum, special educational needs, and staffing. Finances and premises come under the remit of the Blue Kite Multi-Academy Trust and are dealt with during meetings of the Trust Leadership Team.

The Governing Body meets regularly and issues an annual school profile which can be found online. The body consists of elected parents, the headteacher, community members, co-opted governors, an elected teacher and a member of the support staff.

Parents can raise any concern with the Ruskin Junior School Board of Governors, although it is usually more appropriate to contact the Headteacher in the first instance.


Governor Name Role Capacity Appointed
Paul Cooper Governor Co-Opted 18/12/2012
Matthew Cook Governor Parent 01/01/2018
Pauline Miller Chair BK Trust 01/10/2020
Jan Milson Governor Community 01/10/2020
Val Houldey Governor Community 01/10/2020
Andrew Beadnell Staff Governor Headteacher 01/09/2016
Julie Hewitt Staff Governor Co-Opted 01/10/2020
Hayley Ward Clerk 25/02/2019


Governors who have resigned in the past 12 months
Lee O'Donnell: Co-opted; resigned July 2020

Mark Fraser: Parent; resigned July 2020

James Burgess: Staff: resigned October 2020

              Governors can be contacted via the clerk at clerktogovernors@ruskin-jun.swindon.sch.uk

Meetings are held once per term, minutes of these are available on written request from the Clerk either via email or in writing.

              Information on Blue Kite Academy Trust Governance Structure

Instrument of Government

Scheme of Delegation


Becoming a Governor

If you feel that you would like to offer more to the school and join its governing body, we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact the Clerk to Governors by email at: clerktogovernors@ruskin-jun.swindon.sch.uk.

Click here to find out more about school governance or watch this fantastic video created by the Department for Education which was filmed in Swindon.

Terms of Reference

The main functions of the local governing body are divided between the wellbeing of staff and pupils and education standards and progress. The terms of reference for these remits are detailed below. As well as this, each school will receive a delegated budget which is devolved from the Trust bank account. Governors will be expected to monitor the effectiveness of the spending in each school to ensure maximum impact and value for money. This includes the use of Pupil Premium and PE premium funding.


  • to be involved in the appointment of staff and ensure recruitment, selection and appointments meet statutory and safeguarding requirements
  • to monitor staff job descriptions to ensure fairness, legality and that they are up to date
  • to be involved in the monitoring and recruitment of Governors
  • to review and monitor the staffing and leadership establishment of the school
  • to ensure school networks delivers quality staff development
  • to monitor and review staff training
  • to instigate, monitor, review and evaluate Governor training
  • to monitor and review Performance Management/Appraisals
  • to instigate capability procedures as and when appropriate
  • to oversee disciplinary/grievance procedures
  • to monitor and review all aspects of staff wellbeing (including Health and Safety eg maternity.)
  • general protection of staff welfare e.g: stalkers, violent people, e-safety
  • to investigate allegations against staff
  • to investigate allegations against pupils
  • to ensure the medical, emotional and social needs of all pupils are met
  • to monitor behaviour log, bullying log and racist incident log
  • to monitor and review the Academy’s involvement with the wider community

Education Standards and Progress

  • to ensure that to raise standards is acted upon, using the objectives set out in the School Improvement Plan
  • to review and analyse the performance of the school, against national and local indicators, and to advise the Governing Body on any action required in order to sustain improvement.
  • to approve the school’s curriculum statement and to ensure that it is being met.
  • to ensure that School Improvement Plan reflects the requirement to raise standards, and to monitor and evaluate it accordingly. 
  • to monitor the implementation of any Action Plan resulting from OFSTED Inspections, in order to maintain progress.
  • to recommend or approve the annual key stage targets to be set.
  • to establish with the assistance of the Head, information about how the curriculum is taught, evaluated and resourced.
  • to ensure that the requirements of pupils with SEND are met.
  • to receive regular reports from the Head and/or SMT on the quality of teaching and learning, to identify areas for improvement, and ensure that any necessary action is taken to maximise outcomes for pupils.
  • to ensure that other relevant policies (i.e. for Teaching & Learning, Behaviour, Attendance etc.) which support learning and improvements in attainment are in place and regularly reviewed.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted in the following ways:

In writing:

Chair of Governors
C/O Ruskin Junior School
Wordsworth Drive, Upper Stratton
Swindon, Wilts, SN2 7NG

By email: clerktogovernors@ruskin-jun.swindon.sch.uk