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Ridgeway School Governing Body- 2018 to 2019


The Governing Body at Ridgeway School has always played a supportive and committed role, ensuring that the school meets all of its responsibilities. These include:

  • A strategic role setting the general direction of the school, looking at how it should develop and grow
  • A critical friend, working with the Headteacher and other senior staff to provide support and challenge.
  • Accountability- monitoring the financial progress of the school and approving annual budgets.

There are 9 members of the governing body (plus the Headteacher) who attend 6 meetings throughout the year. Meetings are focused on both business and strategy and allow members to work together on current issues as well as developing new policies for the future. There is a wide variety of skills amongst the governors who include parents, staff, community and co-opted members.

As well as attending full governing body meetings each member attends one (or more) of the sub-committee groups that meet specifically to discuss finance, premises, personnel and curriculum issues.

One of the most rewarding aspects of a governor’s role is to visit the school during the day to monitor the work of the school and observe the children and work alongside the staff.



Karen Chase Chair of Governors Community Governor

Karen Chase   Chair of Governors  Community Governor 1

I am a solicitor with many years experience, advising on Wills, Powers of Attorney, Probate, Trusts, Wealth management, Elderly Client and Court of Protection Work and associated tax issues. I am secretary of Bedfordshire Law Society, a post I have held since 1997.

I am married with two children, a son and a daughter.

Term of office 20/11/13 - 19/11/20 


COMMITTEES SERVED ON- Personnel, Curriculum, Finance and  Premises.



Bernard Crease Vice Chair of Governors Community Governor

Bernard Crease                    Vice Chair of Governors   Community Governor 1

After graduating from Durham University and Imperial College, London, I worked in the Meteorological Office for about 8 years before embarking on a career in education. I taught Physics and Electronics and held various management and administrative roles at schools within Bedfordshire.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit at a local gym and by playing squash. I have been a member of a local film society for a number of years. I am also an avid follower of motorsport and belong to a local racing club.

Having retired in August 2013, I joined Ridgeway School as a Community Governor, hoping to bring my educational experience into a different setting and to help take the school forward.

Term of Office 20/11/13 – 19/11/20 


COMMITTEES SERVED ON- Personnel, Curriculum , Finance and  Premises.


Pat Olney Local Authority Governor

Pat Olney                         Local Authority Governor 1


I have been a borough councillor for Oakley for 29 years. I was a teacher for 30 years working at a number of schools, Balliol Lower, Bedford Road and Rice Trevor Junior in Bromham

Term of Office 8/7/15 -7/7/19

RESPONSIBILITY- Safeguarding, English

COMMITTEES SERVED ON- Curriculum, Personnel , Finance and Premises.


Derek Archer Community Governor

Derek Archer Community Governor 1


I have lived in Bedfordshire since 1999. Initially trained at the Royal College of Music, I have taught in a range of schools both locally and further afield and was Head Teacher of a school in Central Bedfordshire until 2016. I have worked with a number of Governors and Trustees to improve both provision and standards in schools. I currently work with The University of Bedfordshire’s education department, a consortium of local schools and continue to teach music in both private and school practice. I am very much looking forward to working with the school community at Ridgeway.


Term Of Office


Committees Served On

Mim Kendrick Community Governor

Mim Kendrick Community Governor 1

I have always had an interest in special and alternative education. I hold a psychology degree specialising in neuroscience. I have worked for Norfolk, Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire local authorities in SEND teams, youth work teams, and vulnerable children's education teams; working with children and young people from the early years through to further education. 


I have become particularly interested in assistive technology, and the potential for new technology solutions to transform day to day experiences for children and young people with complex needs, and I am currently working for Hertfordshire council to evaluate how digital solutions could support children, parents and professionals in the SEND community.

Helen Roy Staff governor

Helen Roy Staff governor 1

I have been at Ridgeway School for several years and have undertaken many roles. I have been a Primary teacher and have spent much of my time at the school as early years co-ordinator. I have also been head of department , assistant head and, for a period , acting headteacher. I am currently deputy headteacher. As well as carrying out my deputy head role I run Forest School sessions in the Primary department and am currently supporting Purple Class in the Secondary department.


I have accepted the role of staff governor in order to use my experience of the school  to represent the staff on the governing body and to give them a voice.

Governor attendance at meetings 2018 - 19

Previous Governors

My name is Caroline Romain and I have a daughter in Post 16.


I have worked as a Learning Support Assistant for many years supporting children in Special and Mainstream Schools.



Term of Office







Louise Simpson  Ex Staff Governor

I have worked at Ridgeway for nearly 5 years. I have worked with children that have special needs for 20 years, I am passionate about supporting our children both inside and outside of the classroom.

I am The Chairperson of Ridgeway School Association, which is growing each year, I am a bus driver and a first aider

In 2015 I became the manager of Bedford Mencap Playscheme where we support children with learning difficulties for the 1st 3 weeks of the summer holidays.

I was an active Parent Governor for 3 years whilst my children were at Upper school.


Term of office Sept 17-June 18


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