The Purpose of the Governing Body

The Ryleys School is owned by a special type of company. In some ways it is the same as any other company limited by guarantee, but the constitution of The Ryleys allows the school to enjoy charitable status.

The Governing Body is in fact a Board of Directors, who are charged with the running of the school, protecting the school in a financial sense so that it survives to fulfil its purpose in the future, and ensuring that it does what is needed to protect and maintain its Charitable status. The Charitable Status is important because it provides  the school with some valuable financial benefits.

The Governing Body as Directors therefore oversee the financial and educational performance of the school, however the great majority of the executive management of the School is devolved to the Head Teacher who reports regularly to the Governors.

The Members of the Board of Governors

All of the Board members are volunteers who give their time without remuneration to support the school.

Many of the Governors are past or current parents, and they are selected according to the skills and competences they can bring to the Board.

Chair Of Governors - Mr Michael Benson

Michael is a Managing Partner of Murray Smith LLP, a Cheshire based firm of Chartered Accountants and Wealth Advisors. Non executive chair of alternative baking company, Suits Me Ltd. 

He is a mathematics graduate of Imperial College London and gained a PhD from Manchester University in Computational Fluid Dynamics. 

He is a parent of two sons who gained enormously from their time at The Ryleys, eventually progressing to Cambridge and Nottingham Universities. Michael enjoys tennis, running and family time. 


Further Governors

Mrs Anne-Marie Hudson - Education 

Mrs Jenny Limond - Education 

Mr Daniel Lampard - Finance, Premises, Health & Safety

Mr Ian Brown -  Finance, Premises, Health & Safety

Mr Steven Percy - Premises & Leadership