About  the Governing Board

The Governing Board consists of

  • Parent Governors (elected by the Parents)
  • Staff Governors (elected by the College Staff)
  • The Headteacher (ex officio)
  • Community Governors (appointed by the Governing Body)


The current members are as follows:

Ms J Ford (Community Governor) Ms K McGillycuddy (Principal)
Mrs B Frise (Parent Governor) Mrs S Marshall (Chair of Governors)
Mr P Horrigan (Community Governor) Mr L Morris (Vice Chair of Governors)
Mr J Kilduff (Community Governor) Mrs C Pearce (Community Governor)
Mr M Lawford (Community Governor) Mr L Tuck (Community Governor)
Mr G Wall (Community Governor)

Governing Board Information

Please click on the link below for further information regarding members of the Governing Board – position, committees they serve on, terms of office, voting rights and information regarding any other educational establishments which they govern:

Governing Body Further Information 

What we do

Governors have overall responsibility for the effectiveness and improvement of
Broadoak Academy.

Governors ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the College and its pupils.

They are responsible for setting the overall direction of the Academy and not the day-to-day running which is the responsibility of the Headteacher and the Academy staff.

Governors oversee the financial performance of the Academy making sure its money is well spent.

How we do it

The Full Governing Board meets 6 times a year but much of our work is done through 3 Committees whose roles are defined by their Terms of Reference.  All Governors are members of at least one Committee. Most meetings take place at 6.00 p.m. and usually last for about 90 minutes.

The Teaching, Learning & People Committee oversees the curriculum, its delivery and pupil attainment along with matters relating to students, staff and parents.

The Finance & Premises Committee has responsibility for the budget being correctly managed and spent, and the maintenance and safety of the buildings.

The Pay Committee manages all matters relating to staff remuneration
Agendas and minutes for all meetings are the responsibility of the Clerk to the Governors.

Following the Ofsted inspection in 2017 a new chair and vice chair of Governors were elected. In February 2018, the Governing Body underwent a full review by an external National Leader of Governance, from which an action plan was produced and a skills audit in relation to the National Competence Framework for Governance was carried out. These have led to a more targeted approach to governor activities ensuring that governors have the skills and knowledge to ask challenging questions and hold the school to account.

How you can join us

There are no special qualifications for becoming a governor other than having the interest of Broadoak Academy.

You may already have skills and/or experience in:

Strategic Planning, Decision making, Project management, Human resources, Communications, Marketing, Law, ICT, Buildings and Maintenance,  Statistics, Theories and Methods of Teaching, and Key areas of the Curriculum such as Behaviour Management, Special Needs.

But in any case training is available at no charge to you. There is an excellent Induction Course for all new governors and an existing governor will act as your buddy or mentor.  We also undertake training as a group and there are always specialist courses available reflecting the current trends and needs.

Contacting the Governors

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors or are interested in joining the Governing Body, please email  chair@broadoak.n-somerset.sch.uk

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Additional Information

The attendance record at governing body and committee meetings for the last academic year can be found in the Annual Report.