Huish Sixth

The Directors

Huish Academy

 

The Governor's role at Huish Episcopi

 "The role of the Governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role."

As the largest voluntary body in the UK school governance has three core functions in order to provide the highest standards of education:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Principal (Headteacher) to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and ensuring financial probity

A Governor's role is to advise and support the Principal and other members of the Senior Leadership Team and act as a 'critical friend'.

Schools granted Academy status are expected to incorporate as a Limited Company and the members of the previous Governing Body become Directors of that Company and are registered with Companies House as such. As such they are required to attend a Full Board Meeting at least once each term; they will also be asked to serve on one or more of the committees that advise the Full Board in specific areas.

These committees monitor three specific areas:

  • Finance, Audit and Premises
  • Pay and Personnel
  • Teaching and Learning

Additionally, at any one time, there may be a number of bespoke working groups researching and advising on such matters as Governors' training, Governors' monitoring and intervention, pupil admissions and marketing. Governors also play an important role in the interviewing and appointment of new teaching staff.

Governors have the facility and responsibility to visit the Academy to witness its day-to-day activities, in order to assess and understand the progress made and the issues encountered by the Senior Leadership Team. These visits are arranged in conjunction with the relevant members of the Senior Leadership Team and are structured in a way that is not disruptive to the Academy's daily activities.

The recently established Feedback Forum allows Governors and the Senior Leadership Team to meet regularly with parents, students and other users to discuss any issues or suggestions they may have. There is routine interaction with teachers and staff, and also parents and pupils, during visits and events in the school calendar such as Prize Giving, concerts and theatrical productions. In addition, Governors have the opportunity to link with a department within the Academy to better understand its workings. All of these extend the Governors' understanding of how the Academy is performing which in turn helps to steer the strategic direction of the Academy.

A number of Governors, alongside others, are also responsible for the management of Huish Leisure - the onsite community sports and leisure facility.

Why become a Governor?

If you have an interest in helping Huish to become the best Academy possible in terms of providing education for young people from 11-16 years of age and at Huish Sixth, then offering your services as a Governor will allow you to contribute directly to this end.

If you had a good experience of education you may be driven by wanting to contribute to a similar experience for today's young people; equally if your experience was less than good you may wish to contribute to improve the educational experience of students today.

What is involved in becoming a Governor?

There are eighteen Governors of Huish Academy - three drawn from the Academy staff, a minimum of two drawn from parents and the remainder drawn from the local community who bring with them skills and experience relevant to the role. The term of office for all Governors is four years.

Parent Governors - are elected by the parents of students at the Academy.

Co-Opted Governors - are approved by the Board. These are people with a particular skill set such as financial, business or legal acumen, or other experience and qualifications, which will help them assist in the decision making processes of the Board.

What is involved?

  • There is an expectation that you attend Full Board meetings - normally one per term
  • You will be asked to sit on one or two committees, as well as working groups as issues arise.
  • Induction and on-going training is provided, some of which - such as that related to child protection - is mandatory.
  • A committed Governor will ordinarily attend at least three routine, typically, two hour meetings per term, with approximately an hour of pre-reading and preparation (consideration of the issues) in your own time required. Academy visits are approximately one full or half day per year, plus a couple of evenings annually at events such as Prize Giving. You may, later be encouraged to take more lead roles within the Full Board such as Chair or Vice-Chair of one of the committees or working groups.

All Governors are encouraged to make active contributions to all meetings.

What do you get?

  • First and foremost, opportunities to help shape the education of our local young people, with a view to giving them a greater chance of a successful ongoing career, whatever their interests.
  • Huge personal satisfaction that you have been involved in the development of the Academy and the students' education.
  • Personal development opportunities to gain some skills and experience that your working life may not have provided. These may contribute to your ability to enhance your own work experience and will certainly broaden your skill set.
  • Involvement in the management and improvement of one of the area's largest businesses.

If anything above prompts you to offer your services as a Governor of the Academy, please send a brief CV, along with the completed form below to our Clerk of the Academy Board, Zoe Leach, at zleach1@educ.somerset.gov.uk adding 'GOVERNOR-DIRECTOR INFORMATION' in the subject line.  Please let us know if you would like to chat with our current Chair of the Academy Board

It is, if course, not always possible to offer a post to volunteers if particular skill set or experience already exist within the Board and other subject experience is missing.

There are other committees that meet as necessary to consider issues such as parent complaints, staff dismissal, pupil discipline and the Principal's performance management. From time to time working parties are formed for specific, time limited work.

On rare occasions when parents feel they have a complaint that cannot be resolved within the Academy, there are procedures in place to ask for Governors' assistance. This is outlined in the Complaints Policy.

Please return your CV with the whole form (click here)

Please give details of your experience and knowledge in the following areas that will contribute to effective governance, if you have none in a particular area please indicate as these are useful to the Board in utilising your skills and knowledge effectively should you be successful.

It is, if course, not always possible to offer a post to volunteers if a particular skill set or experience already exists within the Board and other subject experience is missing.

All Governors are contactable via the Academy Office (01458 250501) and by post.


ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mr C Wall

Finance/Audit/Premises Committee, Pay & Personnel Committee, Health & Safety, ICT link

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Mr T Settle

Responsible Officer

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Mrs C Ahmed

Pay and Personnel Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee, Maths Link Direct, Principal's Performance Review Panel

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Chair: Mrs S Wright

Teaching and Learning/Finance, Audit and Premises/Pay and Personnel

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Mrs S Baker

Teaching and Learning.

Safeguarding Lead Director.

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Mr R Clark

Teaching & Learning Committee, Finance/Audit/Premises Committee

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Mr R Foster

Chair of Finance, Audit and Premises

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Mrs S Harris

Pay and Personnel, Teaching and Learning, Finance/Audit/Premises

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Ms C Mortimer-Ford

Teaching and Learning

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Ms L Robson

Teaching and Learning

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Mr G Rumary

Finance, Audit and Premises, Training Director


Click here for Director information

Summary of Directors' Declarations of Interests 2016-17

Click here for Director attendance information

MINUTES OF THE FULL BOARD

2017-18
26 September 2017

4 December 2017
25 January 2018
12 March 2018
19 June 2018

2016-17
26 September 2016
5 December 2016
26 January 2017
13 March 2017
22 June 2017

2015-16
29 September 2015
14 December 2015
28 January 2016
14 March 2016
23 June 2016

2014-15
30 September 2014
16 December 2014
29 January 2015
19 March 2015

2013-14
25 September 2013
10 December 2013
30 January 2014
19 March 2014
19 June 2014

MINUTES OF COMMITTEES

Committee Terms of Reference 2016-17

2016-17
Finance, Audit and Premises 11-10-16
Teaching and Learning 18-10-16
Finance, Audit and Premises 23-11-16
Teaching and Learning 9-2-17
Finance, Audit and Premises 23-2-17
Finance, Audit and Premises 25-4-17
Teaching and Learning 23-5-17
Finance, Audit and Premises 22-6-17

2015-16
Teaching and Learning 13-10-15
Finance, Audit and Premises 20-10-15
Finance, Audit and Premises 2-12-15
Teaching and Learning 11-2-16
Finance, Audit and Premises 1-3-16
Finance, Audit and Premises 25-4-16
Teaching and Learning 24-5-16
Finance, Audit and Premises 13-6-16

2014-15
Finance, Audit and Premises 15-10-14
Teaching and Learning 21-10-14
Finance, Audit and Premises 3-12-14
Teaching and Learning 12-2-15
Finance, Audit and Premises 12-3-15
Finance, Audit and Premises 30-4-15

To view Academy policies, please click here

View the most recent Ofsted Report

To view the Annual Directors' Finance Report 2014-15 click here
To view the most recent Annual Directors' Finance Report click here

To view the Summary of Declaration of Interests 2016 click here

To view the Academy Funding Agreement click here

To view Academy Articles of Association click here

To view the Academy Memorandum of Association click here

 

Board of Directors at Huish Episcopi