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Francis Baily Primary School is part of the Equinox Learning Trust, governed by a board of directors. The school itself is overseen by our governing body under the authority delegated to it by the Trust. It is responsible for the strategic leadership of the school, for the school's financial and academic performance, for safeguarding our pupils and for holding the Headteacher to account.


Governors act collectively as the governing body, exercising their powers in a primary strategic leadership role; they do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. The Governing Body meets six times a year; their programme of work focused on the school improvement cycle with the School Improvement Plan at the heart.


As well as attending governing body meetings, governors are expected to engage in appropriate governor and school activities, including 'Challenge Day' visits and meeting with school leaders. Governors also serve on various panels that decide on specific matters such as grievance, complaints and staff appointments. 


Appointing Governors

Governors are appointed in several different ways:

  • Community Governors are appointed by the board of trustees. A community governor is a person appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Equinox Learning Trust.

  • Parent Governors are elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current pupils. A parent governor must be a parent of a pupil at our school at the time of their election and are appointed by the governing body following a secret ballot of all parents/carers of registered pupils at the school.

  • Staff Governors must be employed in that capacity by the academy and will cease to be a governor if they cease to work at the academy; teaching staff governors are appointed by the governing body following a secret ballot of all teaching staff; non-teaching staff governors are appointed by the governing body following a secret ballot of all non-teaching staff.

  • The Headteacher is a governor ex-officio.


All Governors, except the Headteacher, serve for a term of office of four years but can be reappointed. 


Further Information

More detailed information on Francis Baily Primary School's Local Governing Body, such as:

  • Register of Interest

  • Records of Attendance and the Basis of Appointments

  • Annual Report and Financial Statements

  • Gender Pay Gap

can all be found on the Equinox Learning Trust's website >>>


Local Governing Body (LGB)

  • Mrs Ginette Kilroy (Chair)

  • Mrs Rachel Burge

  • Miss Elizabeth Hobbs (Headteacher)

  • Mrs Wendy Lawson

  • Mr Andy Maye

  • Mrs Lucy Roberts

  • Mr Alex Taylor

  • Mr Luke Whelan

  • Mrs Jackie Wood

  • VACANCY x 2

Contact Local Governing Body

Chair: Mrs Ginette Kilroy

Address: c/o Francis Baily Primary School, Skillman Drive, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 4GG



The Local Governing Body meets every half term.