"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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
All Governors are encouraged to make active contributions to all meetings.
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, Sue Harwood, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Chair: Mrs S Wright
Teaching and Learning/Finance, Audit and Premises/Chair of Pay and PersonnelFind out more
Mrs S Baker
Chair of Teaching and LearningFind out more
Mr R Clark
Leisure Centre BoardFind out more
Mr J Elliot
Finance, Audit and PremisesFind out more
Mr R Foster
Chair of Finance, Audit and PremisesFind out more
Mrs S Harris
Pay and Personnel, Vice Chair of Teaching and LearningFind out more
Ms C Mortimer-Ford
Teaching and LearningFind out more
Ms L Robson
Teaching and LearningFind out more
Mr G Rumary
Finance, Audit and Premises
Vice Chair: Mr D Smith
Responsible Officer, Teaching and Learning/Finance, Audit and Premises/Pay and PersonnelFind out more
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Finance, Audit and Premises 11-10-16
Teaching and Learning 18-10-16
Finance, Audit and Premises 23-11-16
Teaching and Learning 9-1-17
Finance, Audit and Premises 28-2-17
Finance, Audit and Premises 25-4-17
Teaching and Learning 23-5-17
Finance, Audit and Premises 12-6-17
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
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
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