The Governing Body supports the school in its strategic development and scrutinises the key aspects of the school’s work such as pupil progress, public examination results and the school’s curriculum as well as ensuring that the school complies with the law and good practice relating to education.
The governing body is a mix of Parent, Community, and Staff Governors. The community governors are members of the local community and are often nominated for the specific skills which they bring to the governing body. A number of the community governors have formerly been parent governors and know the school very well. The Governing Body meets twice a term and also has a number of Committees which oversee the various aspects of the school’s work such as Achievement and Behaviour and Finance and Premises. A list of governors and a pen portrait of each is given below, as is an overview of the work of the Committees.
The school converted to academy status on 1 August 2011. As a converter academy, the school is both a registered company and a charity. All governors are directors of the company. The trust consists of five ‘members’ (who are often referred to as trustees). The memorandum and articles of the Trust require that there should always be a balance of parent and community governors as members (i.e. there will always be 3 community governors and two parents or vice versa).
The Chair of Governors is Rebecca Hanley who is a Parent Governor. If you wish to contact the governors about any matter, letters or emails should be sent to the school office and they will be forwarded promptly to the Chair of Governors. We hope that you will not have cause for complaint, but if you do and have already raised your concerns with the school, complaints may be forwarded to the governing body. The process for this is laid out in detail in the Complaints Policy (under the policies area of the website).
The governing body is keen to hear from parents and other members of the school community and continues to hold an Annual Parents’ Meeting in the Autumn term each year so that parents can discuss the examination results and any other major issues affecting the school.
As an academy, the school is funded directly by the government (via the Education Funding Agency). The school’s finances are subject to external audit. The key documents relating to the governing body can be found below.