Excalibur Academies Trust is committed to ensuring that all schools within the Trust maintain their individuality whilst benefitting from the support of being part of a multi academy trust. Every school has an Academy Committee who are volunteers from the parent body and local community. The purpose of the Academy Committee is to support and challenge the Principal to ensure that the best outcome is achieved for every child.

The responsibilities of the Academy Committee encompass: –

Culture, vision and ethos – working with the Principal to formulate the culture, vision and ethos for the school in keeping with the values of Excalibur Academies Trust

Personal development and welfare of the pupils and staff welfare – supporting and challenging the Principal to ensure all activity effectively contributes to personal development and welfare and report to Excalibur’s Board of Directors.

Behaviour and Attendance – supporting and challenging the Principal to ensure behaviour is effective in encouraging learning, inclusion and welfare and report to the Board.

Extra Curricular provision – ensuring extra-curricular provision is appropriate and good quality and report to the Board

Safeguarding – monitoring to ensure that the school is carrying out its statutory duties and supporting and challenging the Principal to do so effectively

Engagement and promotion of the school within local community – promote and champion the school in the local community; helping to build productive links between the school and community, including parents.

Parent Governors are elected by and from the parent community, staff members are elected by their colleagues and community members are local people appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Academy Committee.

The members of Ogbourne’s Academy Committee are:

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Abbie Holmes – Chair, Foundation Governor

I’ve been a Foundation Governor since 2015 when my eldest joined the reception class; he has moved on to St John’s now but my younger son is in Willows class. After a few years as vice-chair of governors, I became co-chair of the Academy Committee with Kayleigh this year. Together we are passionate about supporting the staff to help make Ogbourne the best school it can be for our children, as well as helping the school to be an integral part of the local community.

I work at Nationwide Building Society where I am Director of Business Operations. Work and family life keep me pretty busy, but when I have time I enjoy running and horse-riding.

Michelle Fisher – Parent Governor

Alice Leach – Parent Governor


Mrs Lucy Crump – Head of School / Staff Governor

Mrs Sarah Farley – Parent Governor

I have worked within the public sector for 20 years, and throughout that time with children, young people and families who face a range of disadvantages, impacting on learning and development. I have worked alongside numerous education professionals and most recently in social care for disabled children.  I am pleased to be able to support, in any small way I can, the continuation of the high-quality teaching and learning opportunities for all children at Ogbourne School, and have been a governor since 2019.

Mrs Suzanne Hepworth –  Clerk to Governors

Mr Oliver Illiffe – Foundation Governor

As an Anglican Christian, I have been keen to support the school for a number of years now as a foundation governor – a role that has a special responsibility for preserving and promoting the Christian ethos of this Church of England academy.  The school is also close to my heart as a member of the local community – as a local farmer and also now as one of its parents.  My main pastimes are reading and speed-gardening.


Mrs Gudrun Osborn – Executive Principal