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The Governing Body

The Role of Governor

Within England there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards it’s set aims and objectives.

Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

The Governors are committed to ensuring that children at the Academy achieve their potential and are well-equipped for life after school. We believe that every child can be successful, and as staff work hard to make sure this happens, we expect our students to do the same.

The Governors’ primary role is to support the Principal and staff; to work with the Academy Leadership Team to agree the short and long term strategy for the Academy; to assist in ensuring they have the necessary resources and review the progress of the Academy towards achieving its aim.

The Academy is a member of the  Venturers Trust, a multi-academy trust. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the of the Trust and governance details and scheme of delegation can be found on the Venturers Trust website but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). The details of the Governors at Venturers’ Academy are shown below and their biographical profiles can be viewed here.

Further information about Venturers Trust Governance can be found on the Venturers Trust website


September 2022 - 2023

Last updated:  March 2023


Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Appointed as

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

w/e from:1.9.2022

Meetings attended


5 meetings

Simon Cooper




4 Years

 Chair of Governors




Kim Gryniewicz

Parent Governor



4 Years Education None


Claire Bayly


5.10.2021 4 years Finance None  

Tom Vodden


19.1.2021 4 years Safeguarding None  

Sam Roberts


11.5.2022 4 years   None  
Philippa Howard 11.5.2021 4 years Education None




Further information about Venturers Trust Governance can be found on the Venturers Trust website