Governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children's education. Ruislip High School has four parent governors (elected by parents) and two staff governors (elected by staff). In addition, there are nine community governors chosen for their broad range of skills. Governors are volunteers who have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of a school. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.

The Local Governing Body's main duties are to:

  • Set the strategic direction, policies and objectives of the school
  • Set appropriate targets for student achievement at each Key Stage
  • Critically review the school's budget and development plans
  • Review progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • Challenge and support the Headteacher

If you believe you have the skills, experience and the time needed and would like to become a governor please contact Emma Jordan, Clerk to the Local Governing Body, via the school’s office for more information.

Detailed below is information about the governance of both the school and Vanguard Learning Trust of which we are a member. 

Vanguard Learning Trust

Vanguard Learning Trust was first established as Vyners School Academy Trust in October 2011. When Ryefield Primary School joined the Trust on 1st February 2015 the name was changed to Vyners Learning Trust. The name was changed again to Vanguard Learning Trust on 29th March 2018, to facilitate further schools joining the Trust.

Whilst Trust schools retain their individual identities and their own Local Governing Body, they operate as the same legal entity with a single Board of Trustees who have responsibility to ensure that the vision and values of the Trust are lived up to at each school and that each Local Governing Body is held accountable for the highest levels of teaching and learning within their schools.  

The Trust has its own website, with full details of its governance arrangements.

For more information please visit the Vanguard Learning Trust website.

Key Roles – Trust

The Chair of the Board of Trustees:
Mr Peter Davies
The Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees:
Mrs Pamela Nash
The Chair of the Trust’s Finance and Resources Committee:
Mr Alan Hague
The Chair of the Trust's Audit and Risk Committee:

Key Roles – Ruislip High School

The Chair of the Local Governing Body for Ruislip High School:
Cllr Eddie Lavery
The Vice-Chair of the Local Governing Body:
Joanna Wagstaffe
The Chair of the Curriculum Committee:
Joanna Wagstaffe
The Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee:
John Garner
The Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee:
Mark Bedwell
The Chair of the Pay/Personnel Committee:
John Garner

Any of the Trustees or the Chair of the Local Governing Body at Ruislip High School may be contacted directly by writing to them c/o the School address (Ruislip High School, Sidmouth Drive, Ruislip, HA4 0BY)). Alternatively, please email the School (, clearly stating in the title box the name of the individual to whom you wish it to be forwarded.