What We Look Like!

People who have served on the Governing Body in the past twelve months

Mrs Lesley Chance (Co-Opted Governor, from Sep 2014, left Mar 2017 then Nov 2017, left Jul 2018)
Mrs Hayley Collett-Gorton (Co-Opted Governor, from Nov 2017, left Jul 2018)
Mrs Helena Marks (Co-Opted Governor, from Sep 2013, left Jul 2018)

Governing Body Meeting Dates 2018-2019

Meeting Dates - Full Governing Body 2018-2019

  • Monday 22/10/2018
  • Monday 17/12/2018
  • Monday 04/03/2019
  • Thursday 09/05/2019
  • Monday 15/07/2019

The Impact of the Governing Body of The Collett School

There are many ways the Governors of The Collett School impact on the development and accountability of the school:

The Governing Body of The Collett School has conducted skills audits, used to support the retention and targeted recruitment of new board members in order to ensure the school is supported as best it can be.

Meetings are regular and seek to challenge the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership on the data about school finances, children's progress, staff development and the quality of the provision for each child. At Full Governing Body meetings and, the sub-committee meetings; Curriculum and, Finances & Resources, there are full and frank discussions, rigorous challenge as well as recognition of the great work undertaken the team at The Collett School. The Governors are confident in their forensic interrogation of data in order to ensure the school leaders are investigative and thorough in their analyses. Governors understand their roles and take a strategic view of the school and needs for further development.

Guidance and support form a significant role of the governors. The wealth of experience and talents the governors collectively share, inform and shape the development of the school. Skills from Governors' roles in other aspects of the community and careers are brought to ensure benchmarking and guidance is effective.

All governors undertake visits to the school - some planned and some drop-in visits, in order to validate what they are informed about. Their reports show governors interview staff, pupils and parents about the school in order to ensure a rounded view of what happens here on a daily basis. Several of the governors are also parents of children in the school and they triangulate their experiences with the reports on the school and the impact of decision making. In all, we have a very strong team of governors who, like the staff and pupils, love the school and want to ensure they make a difference in consistently striving to improve and make life a better place for each and every child here.

The governing body has three main objectives to fulfill its role in supporting the school.
  • To hold the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Headteacher (Head) to account for the performance of the school
  • To contribute to, and seek clarity on, the strategic vision and direction of the school
  • Exercise oversight of the financial performance of the school

  • Outlined below are the key activities which the governing body members have followed for the last academic year to carry out their role.

    Holding the SLT and Head to account.
    The Head has a standing agenda item at governing body meetings. A Head teacher’s report is circulated prior to the meeting and covers a wide range of points on the day-to-day operation of the school. The governors can monitor changes over time and ask challenging questions.
    Two governors are responsible for the Head teacher’s annual performance and appraisal.
    The governing body established a working group to scrutinize and question the re-organization plans.
    The governors, Head and SLT have established and Ofsted file, detailing up-to-date information on the school and its performance.

    Strategic Vision and Direction
    Governor input to, and monitoring of, the School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP) which sets out the schools focus and how it plans to thrive in a changing educational landscape.
    The Governors ensured that proper consultation was carried out before the changes to school hours took effect in January 2017. The original proposal, communication and follow up actions and impact have all been subject to governing body scrutiny.

    Financial Oversight
    A Finance & Resources committee exercises the main governing body duties with respect to the financial status of the school.
    This includes budget reviews through the year, budget planning, governor approval for spending of larger amounts and detailed questions on spending areas that do not match the budget.

    Other activities to support the school
    In addition to the above:
    Governors have attended safeguarding training and other courses in order to remain current and contribute more widely to the school.
    Governors have supported new members of staff and assisted at interviews.
    All governors make two visits to the school per year and reports for these visits are written up.
    Governors attend parents evenings, end of term productions and other events throughout the year.