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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.


Caroline Romain Parent Governor

Caroline Romain        Parent Governor 1

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







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

Previous Governors

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


Committees served on:

Jo Grummit Ex Parent Governor

Jo Grummit                       Ex  Parent Governor 1

I have been a parent governor at Ridgeway School since October 2013. My daughter Sophie is currently in purple class and has been at Ridgeway since September 2012. She thoroughly enjoys school, the staff, her friends and the nurturing environment.

My background is as a Chartered Accountant although I now spend my time looking after my family including Sophie’s twin sister.

I like travelling, cooking and reading - when I get the chance!

Now both my daughters are a little older I wanted to give something back Ridgeway and therefore joined the Governing body.

Term of Office 20/11/13 – 19/11/17

RESPONSIBILITIES- English and Safeguarding (Joint)

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


Jane Stynes- Ex Staff Governor

Jane Stynes- Ex Staff Governor 1

I have been at Ridgeway School since January 2014, it is a lovely place to work although it can be very hard work. Prior to coming to Ridgeway I worked in two local Mainstream schools and for 8 years in Barnfield College as a tutor for adults with Special Needs. As a young teacher I taught in Special schools.

In my ‘spare time’ I run 2nd Harlington Brownies and help at a Teen Club for teenagers with Downs syndrome. 

Now my own children ar e grown up I have plenty of time to give to Ridgeway as a governor and hope to build strong links between the Governing body, staff and parents.

Term of Office 10/9/14 – 9/9/17