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Welcome to Heronswood School Improvement Board - Governance

The main role of the School Improvement Board (SIB) is to provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Our Head Teacher, Mrs Pierpoint is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. She is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the SIB. 


Governance at Rivers CofE Academy Trust: Moving Forward 


During the last eighteen months, Rivers conducted its first external review of governance since the trust was established in 2014. The review was commissioned because trustees and school improvement boards recognised that the governance needs of the trust have changed as a result of its rapid growth over the last five years. Nationally, multi-academy trusts are recognising that trust governance needs to evolve as trusts develop and grow and many are now looking to implement new governance structures. Rivers is committed to being a leader and champion of innovative and sector-leading governance practice. 


Historically, the trust’s local governance has been provided through local governing bodies and, more recently, school improvement boards. The new structure will create advocate roles at local level to replace the existing school improvement boards. The aim of the proposed new governance structure is to define clearly the roles and responsibilities of the different governance tiers to avoid duplication, to strengthen communication between governance tiers and to maximise the use of the skills, knowledge and expertise of everyone within the governance team in order to ensure impactful governance across the trust. The new structure will ensure that pupils remain at the core of all decision-making. Trustees recognise the importance of the local voice and are committed to ensuring that the local tier contributes to the development of organisational thinking. Importantly, the election of two parent representatives per school will ensure that the voice of parents/carers will contribute to decisions made at trust board level. 


Please do not hesitate to contact Kate Brunt, CEO of Rivers CofE Academy Trust, if you have any further questions or comments about our proposed new governance structure:  


The role of the SIB Members is a strategic one, its key functions are to:


  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support as a critical friend to the Head Teacher


See below for more information.


All Governors provide their time on a voluntary basis. They are expected to attend Local Governing Body meetings which are held once a term and in addition attend workshops and school visits on a regular basis. Our Local Governing Body consists of the following individuals: 


RepresentingNameAppointed byDate AppointedTerm ExpiresLink Governor Role
Head Teacher

Mrs Pierpoint

RMAT 4.9.14
conversion date to Academy


Community Governors

Phil Coldicott






Computing & E-Safety,  NQTs, Leadership and Management

Lindsey Hyde




Website and Policies

Sue Mills
RMAT and LSIB  26.11.19 26.11.23



SEND, EAL, Behaviour and Learning Attitudes

Vanessa Eyles RMAT and LSIB 28.1.20 28.1.24



Attendance, Safeguarding and Legal

David GristRMAT and LSIB  28.1.20 28.1.24


Data, Curriculum, Growth and HR


 Parent Governors  

Sarah Poole

Vice Chair

Parents through election process  13.11.18 13.11.22



Early Years


Nicholas Watson

   Parents through election process





Finance, Pupil Premium, LAC and PLAC



Staff Governors  


Mrs Crockett


 Staff through election process







Health and Safety


Mrs Kingston



Staff through election process  11.11.19 11.11.23





Clerk Tracy BarnesRMAT5.9.16 NAGovernor Training