West Row Academy

Governing body

Local Governance at Unity Schools Partnership

The Unity Schools Partnership Trust Board, through the Articles of Association, has committed to Local Governing Bodies to work in partnership with the Executive and Leadership Teams to fulfil the three core responsibilities of Governance.

These are:

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

We have married these to our Governance Charter and our Scheme of Delegation. These documents, together with the USP Handbook for Local Governance, clearly set out the role and responsibilities of our Local Governing Bodies (LGBs). You can access these documents from the links below or directly from the Unity Schools Partnership website.


Our Local Governing Body

The school governors at West Row Academy are local people representing the parents and public in important matters involving the school. The governors, in co-operation with the headteacher, are concerned with the educational facilities, the maintenance of the school building, the appointment of staff, and the general administration of the school curriculum. The day-to-day details of teaching and management are the responsibility of the headteacher and the teaching staff.

Governors and trustees are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board.

Regular meetings are held, which coupled with frequent visits to the school, mean that the Governing Body is able to carry out their growing responsibilities. A range of Working Parties and Committees operate to enable the governors to contribute to the administration of the school and support the teachers in their work. 

Our Governors

 First AppointedTerm EndAttendance Record 2022/23
Committee Chair  
Evan King 30/10/201930/10/2027100%
Parent Governors
Jonathan Osbourne24/3/2023100%
Community governors  
Barrington Haynes25/3/202225/03/2026
Chris Pamplin  30/10/2023 30/10/2027100%
Elisabeth Close 30/10/2023 30/10/2027100%

Contact Our Chair of Governors

Our Chair of Governors, Evan King, can be contacted via the School Office.


Further Information