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The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT) is overseen by a Board of Directors who are responsible for the managment and administration of DBAT and schools run by DBAT.  DBAT is accountable to external government agencies including the Department for Education, the Education Funding Agency and the Charity Commission, for the quality of the education provided by the schools and its management of public funds and it is required to have systems in place through which it can assure itself of quality, safety and good practice.

In order to assist in the discharge of these responsibilities the Board of Directors of DBAT appoints Local Governing Boards for particular schools.  The Local Governing Board for Lydiard Millicent CE Primary and Ridgeway Farm CE Academy has been established to ensure the good governance of both schools and to ensure that the business of the Academies is conducted in accordance with their purpose and ethos.  The people appointed to the Local Governing Board have connections to the schools and/or communities and churches they serve.  

The Local Governing Board of Lydiard Millicent CE Primary and Ridgeway Farm CE Academy meet six times a year.  It monitors progress, ratifies policies, plans future work and discusses issues relevant to the schools.  Much work is carried out by sub-committees who give feedback at these meetings on the work they have carried out. 

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Sub-committees and working parties meet frequently to look at matters relevant to Curriculum, Staffing, Finance, Special Educational Needs, Site Management, Target Setting, Travel Planning, etc.  In addition to this, individual governors are also designated a subject responsibility and they spend time in class and with teachers learning more about this.


Types of Local Board Members (generally called Governors):

DBAT Members - appointed directly by the Main Board of Directors;

Foundation Members - appointed by the appropriate Parochial Church Council in accordance with such Diocesan procedures as may be in place from time to time but subject to the prior written consent of the main Board;

Ex-officio Foundation Member - the principal officiating minister of the parish in which the relevant Academy is situated or, if he/she declines to act, a person appointed to act in his/her stead by the Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry in which the Academy is situated;

Community Members - appointed by the Local board with the consent of the Main Board, provided that the person lives or works in the community served by the Academy or, in the opinion of the Local Board, is committed to the government and success of the Academy;

Staff member - elected by employees of DBAT working at the relevant schools in accordance with such procedure as the Main Board may direct;

Parent Members - elected or appointed by parents of registered pupils at the relevant academies in accordance with such procedure as the Local Board may determine;

 * Principal/Head Teacher - the Principal/Head teacher of each Academy shall be an ex-officio Local Board member;

 * Co-opted Governors - appointed by the Local Governing Board these are people with specific skills chosen to help members with their responsibilities or as potential members to ensure succession planning.  Co-opted Governors are not full members of the LGB and do not have a vote.


Who we are



Governor Type


End of 4 year term

Voting Rights

Pecuniary & Non     

Peuniary Interests  


Mr Richard Coleman

Chair of Governors

Ethos Governor



Staff Performance and Leadership

14 July 2020


Director of Lydiard Consulting Limited from 6 October 2010 

Mr David Cain

Vice Chair of Governors 

Pupil Outcomes Governor


Staff Performance and Leadership 

30 August 2020 


Self employment as Management Consultant since 1980.

Director of Ducklet Limited since 2006.

Chairman of Exeter Diocesan Board of Finance since 2010.

Chairman of Exeter Diocesan Property Services Ltd since 2010.

Director and Member and Finance Portfolio Holder of All Saints Church of England Academy since 2011.

Member (Diocesan Synod) of Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance Limtied since 2015.

Chairman of Exeter Diocesan Trust since 2010.  Trustee of All Saints Church of England Academy, Plymouth since 2011.

Custodian Trustee and Hon Treasurer of St Luke's College Foundation since 2011.

Mrs Carly Luce*


Head Teacher

Staff Performance and Leadership 




Rev Tudor Roberts* 


Collective Worship and RE Governor

Ex-Officio Foundation




Vicar of All Saints Church from 2007.

Mustard Seed Christian Bookshop, Marlborough from 2009.  

Mrs Jeanne dos Santos





9 Mar 2019



Mrs Elaine Mills

Communications Governor

Ridgeway Farm Parent Governor 


19 Dec 2021


Parent of child attending Ridgeway Farm School




 Parent Governor Lydiard Millicent


Miss Joanne Lakin

 Premium Sports Funding and Leadership and Wellbeing Governor


Staff Performance and Leadership (Chair)

6 July 2020 


Parent of children attending Lydiard Millicent School. 

Mr Peter Vernon




19 September 2022



Mr Luke Maddison





4 July 2018


Head, South Marston Primary School. 

Mrs Victoria Burton

 Vulnerable Pupils



1 Feb 2021 



Lt Col John Blakiston




15 May 2021 


Director of Nameco.


Mr Stuart James

Safeguarding & Prevent Governor



15 March 2021



Mrs Heather Large







*Statutory Positions due to post held

 All Governor roles have a 4 year tenure (date of appointment is 4 years prior to end of term) except the ex officio roles where there is no start or finish.


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