The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. John Colet School is very fortunate to have a mix of governors with experience and skills that allow them to carry out their core functions.
All boards, no matter what type of schools or how many schools they govern, have three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Governance handbook for academies, multi-academy trusts and maintained schools, January 2017 (Department for Education)
Governors know the school well, so they exercise useful oversight and provide an effective level of challenge to school leaders.(Ofsted Report, May 2016)
The School Self Evaluation presented to governors in July 2018 outlined strengths and weaknesses against the Ofsted judgement areas grading the school as good in each area. As a result of the self evaluation the following priorities were identified for the 2018-19 academic year:
- Improve outcomes for all students and in particular the key groups: disadvantaged, SEN, high ability.
- Staff manage students’ behaviour highly effectively with clear rules that are consistently enforced.
- Teachers encourage students to try hard, recognise their efforts and ensure that students take pride in all aspects of their work. Teachers have consistently high expectations of all students’ attitudes to learning.
- Students demonstrate key features of successful learning including:
- They love the challenge of learning and are resilient to failure.
- They are curious, interested learners who seek out and use new information to develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills.
- They are eager to know how to improve their learning.
- They capitalise on opportunities to use feedback, written or oral, to improve.
- Students participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities that allow them to enjoy school and have opportunities to demonstrate leadership.
Dr J Hodge, Chair of Governors
Mr P Harty, Headteacher
Academy Trust Members
Dr P Dean
Dr J Hodge
Mrs L Lawrence
Dr C Martin
Dr J Savin
Mr T Ibbotson
Mrs M Bowness
Mr C Brownhill
Mr W Howell
Mrs H Leather
Mrs A Scully
Academy Trust Secretary
Mrs K Hart
Clerk to the Governing Body
Mr J Jennings
You may contact the governors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org