The Governing Board
The Governing Board has a size of 20 full governors plus associate members who attend meetings but have no voting rights. The composition consists: 7 governors elected by parents and carers of students at the school, 8 co-opted governors from outside the school, two co-opted governors elected by the school teaching staff, one co-opted governor elected by the school support staff, one LA nominated governor and the Head Teacher. The Governing Board appoints co-opted and associate members, trying to ensure representation from all groups with children at the school and the wider community. Choices of co-opted governors are also made to ensure that the Governing Board has the full range of required skills. Many of the co-opted governors have children at the school. The term of office is four years with the exception of the Head Teacher.
The current chair (since April 2016) is David Mowbray who has two children at the school plus a third who left in 2015. His background is in higher education as an academic in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield.
If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors, please do so by letter to the school address.
In addition to the full Governing Board, which meets at least once a term, there are three sub-committees listed below with their chairs and vice chairs:
- Learning and Achievement – Penny Thompson (chair), Mike Holland (vice chair)
- Resources - Mohammed Mahroof (chair), Michele Saffer (vice chair)
- Students and Community – Philip Thomas (chair), Simon Price (vice chair)
Remit of the Governing Board
The overarching functions and responsibility of High Storrs’ Governing Board are those set out in the DfE Governance Handbook under ‘The essentials of effective governance’
All boards, whether in the maintained or academy sector and no matter how many schools they are responsible for, have three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
In greater detail the Governing Board has the following core functions / responsibilities
Establishing the strategic direction, by:
- Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school(s)/trust
- Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
- Meeting statutory duties
Ensuring accountability, by:
- Appointing the Head Teacher
- Monitoring progress towards targets
- Performance managing the Head Teacher
- Engaging with stakeholders
- Contributing to school self-evaluation
Ensuring financial probity, by:
- Setting the budget
- Monitoring spending against the budget
- Ensuring value for money is obtained
- Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed
The Governing Board also contributes to other high level appointments and forms panels to consider permanent exclusions and staff grievances and discipline. Significant changes to staffing structure or the curriculum require governor approval. Governors monitor exam results and student attendance and behaviour. The Governing Board’s knowledge of the school is enhanced by a cycle of subject and pastoral support visits. Governors undertake regular CPD. Each house has a link governor who attends Celebration of Success events. There are also link governors covering the following: Child Protection and Safeguarding, Health and Safety, LGBT, SEN and the School Council.
The Governing Board was reconstituted in April 2015 and terms of office for co-opted governors were reset to start on this date.
Please find the list of Pecuniary Interests below:
If you have any enquiries for Governing Board at High Storrs, please contact Alison Faulkes or send in a letter via the post marked for the attention of David Mowbray, Chair of Governors.