Avonbourne Boys Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook 2020 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in our Scheme of Delegation which can be seen on the United Learning website.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation

LGB Details

Members who have stepped down

For a list of our current govenors interests please click below:

Lucy Barton-Ridges

Rob Christopher 

Roshana Wickremaisgne

Phil Harris-Bridge – Chair of the Avonbourne Academies Governing Board

Phil is an experienced executive and non-executive director with over 20 years operating at Board level. His career in the commercial sector covered IT, manufacturing and distribution organisations, with considerable focus on change, strategy, development, growth and performance.

For the last 10 years Phil has enjoyed combining consultancy work in sales, operations, strategy, governance and risk management with Non Executive Director/Governance roles in health, education and pensions.

In 2015 he trained as a National Leader of Governance for the schools’ sector. For the past

9 years Phil has worked with the leadership teams and governing boards at a variety of schools and academies. He facilitates identifying, addressing and resolving one or a number of strategic challenges and now also chairs Independent Admissions Appeals panels for both Southampton and Portsmouth City Councils.

He has been a governor for schools and academies for over 30 years and was recognised with the award of Governor of the Year 2023 at the Portsmouth Teach Awards in June 2023.



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