Governing Body

Governors play an important part in the operation of the education service. They are like a Board of Directors and make decisions about how the school is run.  They meet as a body at least once a term at school. They act as a vital channel of communication between the school and the community it serves. They also provide a link between the school and the Local Authority and support the Headteacher and staff in maintaining high standards at the school.

  • Since April 1994, Governors are legally responsible for the financial, curriculum and personnel management of the school

Governors are appointed to help

  • decide what is taught
  • set standards and guidelines on behaviour and discipline
  • interview and select staff
  • decide how the school budget is spent.

School Governors have legal duties, power and responsibilities.

School Governors are

  • parents
  • staff at the school
  • local authority representatives
  • community representatives.

Parent Governors

  • have a child in school
  • are elected by the parents of that school
  • serve, as do the other Governors, for 4 years.

At Riverwalk the work of the Governors is divided into four Management Teams covering Teaching & Achievement, Strategy, Resources and Buildings & Community.

Minutes of all Governors’ meetings are available for parents to see.

Governor and Committee Structure

Name Position Type Committee Membership Pecuniary Interest declared Governor of another school FGB Meetings attended 2016 -2017
Mike Hemingway Governor Co-opted Buildings & Community None No 1 of 6 - Joined during the year
Chris Hodgson Chairman Co-opted Buildings & Community (Chair), Strategy, Resources. None No 4 of 6
Carol Phipps Governor Parent Teaching & Achievement (Chair), Buildings & Community. None No 6 of 6
Robert Fenner Governor Co-opted Buildings & Community None No 4 of 6 - Joined during the year
Jan Hatchell Governor Headteacher   First Aiducate Ltd No 6 of 6
Louise McKenzie Governor Staff Teaching & Achievement None No 5 of 6
Claudiu Radu Governor Staff Teaching & Achievement None No 5 of 6 - Joined during the year
Carrie Irvine Governor Co-opted Resources. Scope No 1 of 6 - Joined during the year
Lucio Hammond Governor Parent Resources (Chair), Strategy. None No 4 of 6 - Joined during the year
Mark Merriam Governor Co-opted Resources. None No 3 of 6 - Joined during the year
Richard Standen Governor Co-opted Teaching & Achievement None No 3 of 6 - Joined during the year
Tony Marchant Governor Co-opted Buildings & Community None No Newly appointed
Kerry Richmond Governor Co-opted Resources. None No Newly appointed
Claire Hall Governor Co-opted Teaching & Achievement None No Newly appointed
Kenneth Spence Governor Deputy Headteacher Buildings & Community. None No Newly appointed
Andrew Severn Governor Deputy Headteacher Resources. None No Newly appointed
Samantha Clarke Governor Deputy Headteacher Teaching & Achievement None No Newly appointed

For more information on the governors terms of office please see the schools information on the GOV.UK 'Get information about schools'.

If you wish to contact any of the Governing Body please call the school on 01284 764280 or e-mail

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