Swindon Academy is part of the United Learning Multi-Academy Trust, whose Trustees hold the ultimate legal responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.  Further information about the governance of United Learning, including its Trustees, can be found at

The Trustees of United Learning delegate certain responsibilities to a Local Governing Body (LGB) for each school.  The main purpose of the LGB is to provide support and challenge to the Academy on behalf of United Learning, drawing on local knowledge of the school and the communities it serves.

Information about which responsibilities are retained by Trustees and which are delegated to the LGB are described in the scheme of delegation.

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Swindon Academy is part of a United Learning school cluster with Nova Hreod Academy.  The cluster has a single LGB which works with the leadership and staff of both schools to promote shared strategic view and encourage the adoption of good practice and common approaches where it makes sense to do so. Each school retains its separate budget and admissions arrangements.

The LGB meets five times a year and acts as a critical friend to the leadership teams at Swindon Academy and Nova Hreod. It is the governors’ job to ask difficult questions, examine attainment and learning outcomes, and offer constructive challenge to help ensure that all pupils receive an excellent education and are able to succeed in life.  Governors also support the behaviour for learning policy (taking part in hearings and appeals for exclusions), helping with the recruitment of senior roles, and hearing escalated complaints.

All governors are volunteers and largely drawn from the local community in and around Swindon.

Membership of the LGB:

Ms Helen Thorne (Chair)

Mr Nicholas Allott

Mr Simon Halls

Mr Kevin Logan (Deputy Chair)

Mr Nigel Needs

Mr James Scragg

Mrs Carol Shelley

LGB Committees

The LGB has two Committees which enable a deeper scrutiny of primary and secondary education across the cluster. The Committees meet in advance of each LGB meeting. Committee members are as follows:

Swindon Cluster Primary Committee

Mr Nic Allott (Chair)

Mr Simon Halls

Mr Nigel Needs

Mrs Carol Shelley

Swindon Cluster Secondary Committee

Kevin Logan (Chair)

Mr James Scragg

Ms Helen Thorne

LGB nominated governors

In addition, the LGB has a number of nominated governors. Nominated governors work closely with school leaders and support staff to provide additional support and challenge in certain areas and have additional responsibilities on behalf of United Learning. Our nominated governors are:

Safeguarding and child protection: Mrs Carol Shelley

Special Education Needs: Mr Nigel Needs

Early and Foundation Years: Mr Simon Halls

Join us:

Would you like to become a governor at Swindon Academy? We are always interested in hearing from people would like to join us and help make a difference to the lives. If you’d like to find out more about what being a governor entails and the rewards it offers please contact Trish Grimes, the Clerk to Governors at

Contact us:

You can contact the Chair of the LGB by email or in writing.  Email correspondence (addressed to Ms Helen Thorne and marked as confidential) should be sent to the Clerk of Governors at 

Letters should be addressed to Ms Helen Thorne, care of Trish Grimes, the Clerk of Governors, Swindon Academy, Beech Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1JR. 

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