Instrument of Government
Composition of the Governing Board:
• 4 parent governors
• 1 head teacher
• 1 staff governor
• 1 local authority governor
• 10 co-opted governors
Committees of the Governing Board:
• Pay Review
• Disciplinary (Pupils)
Chair of Governors:
Mr C Berry
Vice Chair of Governors:
Mr J A Cresswell
- Martin Meling – Who was appointed by the LEA – Stepped down in July 2015
- George Jolley – Who was a parent Governor – Stepped down in July 2015
- Stephen Brown – Who was a co-Opted Governor – Stepped down in July 2016
- Tina Roach – Who was a co-opted Governor – Stepped down in September 2017
The Annual Statement
The head teacher and governors moved swiftly to reorganise leadership and management in the school after the previous inspection which was held in spring 2015. A more effective team of senior and middle leaders has been established. Consequently, the school is improving strongly.
Governors provide good challenge and support for the school. They are aware of the difficulties created by the staffing instability and have a good understanding of how well teaching and students’ progress are improving.
The head teacher, senior leaders and governors share and ambitious vision for the school’s development. Decisive action by senior leaders and governors following the previous inspection led to a complete restructure of the school’s leadership and management. Following this, there was a significant reduction in the number of school leaders. There is now a greater clarity of expectation in the roles of senior and middle leaders and of their accountability for the schools improvement.
Governors show high levels of commitment to the school’s drive for improvement. They have played a significant role in the restructuring of leadership and management, and in reducing staffing since the previous inspection. They have held the school to account robustly over the decline in performance in 2014. Governors have a good understanding of achievement data and are well informed about the work of the school, including its performance, the quality of teaching, and the impact of staffing turbulence since the previous inspection. This equips them to challenge the school over variations in performance.
School performance has improved in recent years and the number of students gaining 5+ A*-C GCSE including English and mathematics is currently 58%, slightly up from 2015 and ‘The Basics’ measurement is 61.4% – both of these measures are above national averages.
Governors ensure that funding is allocated well to achieve good value from spending decisions, For example, they know how pupil premium funds are spent, and continue to challenge the school to improve the achievement of the group students for whom its intended. Governors manage the head teacher’s performance effectively and are involved in agreeing the salary progression of only those staff who meet their performance targets fully. Governors’ commitment and dedication to the service of the school could not be stronger.
(Ofsted, March 2015)
The governing body hold senior staff to account with reference to student outcomes. This is evidenced by the improved performance and behaviour of our students.
The school is awaiting an Ofsted inspection and is working very hard towards securing a ‘good’ judgement. External school reviews during the last academic year support this outcome.
Recent reorganisation to improve outcomes for students and to reflect the current position for the school have continued in 2015-16 and the school is now in a strong position to continue its upward trajectory of performance.