Governors Information

Please see our Declaration of Interest 2016-17 here.

See the Governors Attendance Summary for 2015-16 here.

Our Governing Body consists of:

Julie Grieve (Chair)

Jane Craig (Vice-Chair)

Liz Webber

Julia Brakewell

Ashley Hewitt

Catherine Stewart

Mike Bennett (Head Teacher)    

Jack Worton (Staff Governor)

Paula Wedgbury (Clerk to the Governing Body)

The governors meet every half term and visit the school on a regular basis.  All governors can be contacted via the school office and you can find more information about each of them below.


Julie Grieve – Chair of Governors

I joined the governing body in March 2006 as a community governor but am now the LA governor.  I became chair about 5 years ago and in the past also chaired the Resources Committee.  My working background was as a primary teacher in Birmingham inner city schools – challenging but I loved it!  For the final ten years of my career I was headteacher of a large primary that I had the privilege of opening.

I believe that all young people deserve the best educational opportunities and should be enabled to achieve their full individual potential.   We must prepare students for the next stage of education and for adult life and they need to have all basic skills, confidence and an enquiring mind to achieve success.

I am link governor for English, Safeguarding, SEND and Equality and meet with the relevant staff for discussions. I meet weekly with Mike Bennett, the headteacher and try to be in and around school as much as possible so that my knowledge is based on actual observation.  I enjoy talking to pupils and meeting parents at Open Evenings and other events.


Jane Craig – Vice Chair of Governors

I joined the governing body as a community governor in November 2009. I have been vice chair for about 6 years and also chaired the Learning and Development Committee before we had a flat governing body arrangement,

My background is in education; I taught science, mostly A’ level physics. I have taught in a community school in Lancashire and for over twenty years, until I retired, at a local College of Further Education.

My connection with Ridgeway started over twenty five years ago when my children attended the school and I used to help in year 5 on a regular basis.

I am link governor for Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography and pupil voice. I go into lessons and have discussions with relevant staff and I attend school council meetings I really enjoy being part of Ridgeway and in particular the interaction with the children. We are regularly invited to take part in many and various school activities including the termly curriculum reviews and this involvement gives you a real feeling of belonging.


Catherine Stewart – Community Governor

I am a community governor, and was appointed in October 2014.  I believe that education should equip children not just with the facts and figures, but also with an enthusiasm for learning, the confidence to question, and the ability to make responsible life choices.  I hope that by serving as governor I can help the school to be the best it can be, for pupils, staff and the local community.  I am privileged to be link governor for science – as a life scientist by training I am passionate about promoting science as not just a dry academic subject but as a vital tool for navigating our very complex world.  An understanding of science – and ethics – will be essential for all our children as they mature to decision makers in the 21st century.

I live in the village and my 3 children all attend school here.  As I see them grow and develop within the wonderful community of Astwood Bank, I hope that serving as a governor is my chance to put something back.


Ashley Hewitt – Members appointment Governor

I joined the governing body in September 2014 as a members appointed governor.  My working background is in youth, sport and community services in the third sector focusing on working in areas of deprivation. I now work in business operation of a charity for young people.

It is my belief that all young people should have access to the very best education to enable them to reach their full and true potential. It is vital that we prepare all students for their future and adult life during their time at Ridgeway and beyond.

I am link governor for Physical Education and aim to meet with teaching, support staff and of course students as much as possible during each term for discussions and lesson observations. I also attend other events such as Open Evenings throughout the school year so I can gain a full understanding of the school.

Since my appointment I have found the school to be nothing but a pleasure and honour to be involved with.


Elizabeth Webber — Members Appointment Governor

I joined the governing body in November 2017 as a Members Appointment Governor. My working background has primarily been in management consultancy, along with holding a number of Board level appointments specialising in human resource management, organisational change and development in both the public and private sectors. My work focus has been on the development an achievement of corporate and workforce performance, and whilst I am new to school education, I have observed the importance of getting an early education right to form the building blocks that ensure people achieve success in their working lives. I believe my contribution as Governor is to constructively challenge the organisation to ensure that strategically pupils are provided with a high level of educational support within financial constraints; staff feel they are valued team members in an open and inclusive work environment; parents are overall content with the institution they have entrusted their children into and taxpayers are assured of the quality and value for money of educational provision provided by the Academy.

I am the Academy’s Link Governor for Business Studies and Art.


Jack Worton

I joined the governing body in March 2018 as Staff Governor.  After working at Ridgeway for 2 years and 2 terms teaching PE and most recently becoming Head of Year 9 I am excited to be involved in the governing body as the school makes its transition to Secondary status.

I am passionate about the delivery of an engaging and inspiring curriculum at Ridgeway and firmly believe we should strive to ensure every pupil can excel in every sense of school life.

I have recently set up the Duke of Edinburgh Award in school and look to see how this can develop Ridgeway pupils further as they progress into KS4.

I look forward to seeing the school change over the coming years and am excited to be part of it.