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Roles and responsibilities

The Governing Body has a number of duties and responsibilities towards all its stakeholders; students, staff, parents, the local authority and all our partners.

The role includes:-

  • Quality and Standards
  • Ensuring the school fulfils its statutory duties and meets legal requirements
  • Setting challenging targets
  • Ensuring the school has adequate resources to meet the needs of the students and that it uses best value principles in setting its budget
  • Ensuring all students are supported with their transition
  • Leadership
  • Establishing a clear vision for the school and setting the strategic aims
  • Communicating this vision to students, staff. Parents and stakeholders
  • Developing shared values and principles based on an explicit moral purpose
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance and progress
  • Relationships with stakeholders
  • Ensuring the school is accountable to all stakeholders
  • Building and nurturing a close relationship with young people and their families
  • Caring for the welfare of students and staff

The Governing Body is made up of representatives from the Local Authority, parents, staff of the school and co-opted members from the community. Representatives are elected for a period of four years. The Governing Body meets to discuss issues concerned with the school. Minutes of the meetings are available for reference at the school. Members of the Governing Body are always willing to discuss school matters and can be contacted via the school office.

The Governing Body has a programme of meetings throughout the school year, and a committee structure that focuses on specific areas of governance: –

  • Chair of Governors: Marc Smith
  • Vice Chair of Governors: Jo Johnston
  • Parent Governors: Jenny Langley, Nicola Chapman
  • LA Governor: Marc Smith
  • Co-opted Governors: Jo Johnston, Karen Vaughan, Julia Scott, Liz Hole
  • Staff Governor: Sue Schofield
  • Headteacher: Janet Doherty
  • Resources Committee: Marc Smith, Karen Vaughan, Jo Johnston, Janet Doherty, Nicola Chapman
  • Curriculum Committee: Tessa Hutton (Chair), Julia Scott, Liz Hole, Jenny Langley, Janet Doherty, Sue Schofield
Link Governors Governor Staff Link
Safeguarding including attendance Julia Scott Paula Tankard
SEND & Equalities Tessa Hutton Janet Doherty
Business Development Jo Johnston Catherine Charnock
Wellbeing (pupils) Sue Schofield Janet Doherty
Curriculum and standards Liz Hole Joanna Goodfellow
Health and Safety Janet Doherty Catherine Charnock
Post 16 and Careers Jenny Langley Joe Warmington
Stakeholder voice including staff (including staff wellbeing), pupils and parents and medical practitioners Nicola Chapman / Sue Schofield

Janet Doherty

Complaints / Escalation / Hearings committee

Liz Hole, Marc Smith, Tessa Hutton

Appeals / Complaints / Excalation

Jo Johnston, Jenny Langley, Nicola Chapman, Julia Scott

Headteacher Performance Management

Marc Smith, Tessa Hutton, Liz Hole

Pay Committee

Marc Smith, Jo Johnston

If you wish to contact the Chair of the Governing Body, please do so using the following address

Governor Attendance for Academic Year September 2019-July 2020

Governor Attendance

 Governor Attendance for Academic Year September 2020 - July 2021

Governor Attendance

Governor Attendance for Year 2021-2022
Governor Attendance


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