Governance at Swindon Academy is multi-level, thereby providing rigorous challenge and support to school leaders. The Academy is part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.  

The Department for Education's Governance Handbook 2019 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff, and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation

Further information about the governance of United Learning can be found at

Swindon Academy and Nova Hreod Academy are a United Learning School Cluster.  The Cluster has one Governing Body who hold Cluster school leaders to account.  The Local Governing Body (LGB) ensures there is consistency and cohesion across the Cluster, taking a strategic view across the schools.  Members of the LGB are responsible for specific areas at each school.  Each school retains its separate budget and admissions arrangements.

The Local Governing Body provide a wide-range of expertise that enables high-level challenge and provides support for improvement and change.  The LGB as a whole meet six times each year whereby governors review school improvement, achievement and progress.  Additionally, members of the governing body hold responsibility for specific areas and are allocated to governor committees, which meet six times each year.  Committee members are as follows:

Swindon Cluster Primary Committee

  • Mr Nic Allott (Chair)
  • Mrs Emma Hatherall
  • Mr Simon Halls
  • Mrs Carol Shelley
  • Mrs Hayley Pike

Swindon Cluster Secondary Committee

  • Mr Kevin Logan (Chair)
  • Mr Stephen Shrigley
  • Mr Nigel Needs
  • Mrs Helen Thorne

Swindon Cluster Finance and Staffing Committee

  • Mr Kevin Logan
  • Mr Stephen Shrigley

Governor responsible for safeguarding and SEN: Mrs Carol Shelley

Currently our Vice Chair, Mr Logan, is acting Chair of Governors.  Parents can contact Mr Logan, the Chair of Governors, by writing to him at the school address as follows: Mr K Logan, Chair of Governors, Swindon Academy, Beech Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1JR.  Please mark your letter as confidential.  Alternatively, please send your correspondence for Kevin's attention to the Clerk to Governors, Miss Mollie McQuade at 

United Learning’s annual statements of accounts can be viewed here

LGB Details

Members who have stepped down

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