“The governing body has a realistic understanding of the school’s performance and actively seeks to develop its skills in order to better support school leaders.” Ofsted, 2014
Mrs Helen Coulthard – Chair (Co-opted Governor)
Ms Tracey Coles – Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor), Chair of the Teaching Learning & Standards Committee
Mrs Bea Harvey – County Council Governor
Mrs Hannah Gallimore – Parent Governor
Mr Craig Watson – Parent Governor
Mrs Julie Burnard – Co-opted Governor
Mr Tim Habart – Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Student & Staff Welfare Committee
Mr Martin Stockton – Co-opted Governor, Chair of the Finance and Strategic Leadership Committee
Mrs Hilary Dowen – Co-opted Governor
Mr Andrew Smith – Co-opted Governor
Miss Rhiannon Thomas – Staff Governor
Ms Jane Rutherford – Headteacher (ex officio)
Full Governing Body (FGB)
The FGB is comprised of the Governors listed above. It meets four times a year and is supported by a Clerk, Samantha Jones.
There are three regular Committees of the FGB. Each Committee has a Chair appointed from within the membership of the committee and is supported by the Clerk. All three Committees report to the FGB.
The FGB has also established the Headteacher’s Appraisal Committee and the Pay Committee. Each Committee has a membership of three governors, a discrete remit and follows agreed guidelines and policies. The Headteacher’s Appraisal Committee meets twice a year and the Pay Committee meets annually. Other Committees are set up to deal with particular issues such as appointments and appeals, and working groups may also be convened for specific purposes, with membership drawn from the FGB. These will operate according to instructions given by the FGB.
The role of each of the three regular committees of the FGB is summarised below:
- The Finance and Strategic Leadership (FSL) Committee has five members and meets four times a year. The FGB delegates its financial powers to this Committee, but reserves the right to approve the annual budget. The Committee must make financial decisions with reference to the aims and vision of the school, and recommendations from other committees. The FSL Committee also works with the Headteacher and other senior leaders to create, refine and monitor the school’s strategic plan. The Committee plans and monitors the improvement of the school’s accommodation and grounds.
- The Student & Staff Welfare (SSW) Committee has six members and meets three times a year. The FGB delegates responsibility for personnel, welfare and safety matters to this Committee, in relation to both students and staff. Appropriate links with the School Council and other relevant channels are available when required. The SSW Committee also has responsibility for determining the school’s approach to community links.
- The Teaching, Learning & Standards (TLS) Committee has seven members and meets seven times a year. The FGB delegates to this Committee responsibility for planning and monitoring the school’s curriculum provision, in order to maximise student achievement. The Committee must pay due regard to the strategic direction of the school, the scope of the school budget, views arising from other discussions of governors, and information from senior staff. The TLS Committee also monitors student tracking data, examination results, and department planning and reviews.