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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Picture 1 Lucy Wright - Chair of LAC
Picture 2 Sue Wedgwood - Vice Chair of LAC
Picture 3 Hannah Davies - Staff Governor


Schools are run by a governing body working with the Principal and senior leadership team to ensure that pupils get a good education.


Who can become a school governor?

All types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed.


Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don't need to have a child at the school.


What do school governors do?

School governors make important collective decisions and the governing body is answerable to parents and the community.


The responsibilities of the governing body can be summarised as providing strategic management, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability.


Specific responsibilities include:


  • Promoting high standards of education and achievement
  • Planning the school’s long-term future
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior staff, including the Head Teacher
  • Budgetary allocation and control


The day to day management of the academy is the responsibility of the Principal.


The governing body of Bishop Lonsdale Academy is made up of:


  • Parent governors (voted onto the governing body by other parents and are usually parents of children who attend the school)
  • Foundation governors (appointed by the organization that set up the school to represent their interests, in this case, appointed by the Diocese of Lichfield)
  • Staff representatives (elected by staff within the school)
  • Local authority governors (appointed by the Local Authority that maintains the academy, in some cases these appointments are made on a party political basis)