GOVERNANCE AT HEATH HAYES ACADEMY
We welcome your comments, questions and concerns, to get in touch with us there are several options:
Call or speak to the school office and leave your details with them for us to call you back or you may recognise some of us on the playground and we will always welcome you approaching us to arrange a meeting or for a quick informal chat.
(please be mindful that this email is accessed by all governors, should you have a confidential concern or complaint please email with a request to be contacted by our Chair of Governors or another governor if you wish).
HEATH HAYES GOVERNOR INFORMATION
Governors at Heath Hayes have a variety of roles within the governing board. Below you will find a summary of our current committee's and the more individual link governor roles that we carry out.
Governor attendance at all board and committee meetings is recorded, our attendance for our last school year is below.
Reach2 schools share the same governance structure and you can find information about the trust on the REAch2 website at www.reach2.org. The Governance page gives details of how the Trust is organised, including the Articles of Association, the Master Funding Agreement and all the documents which relate to how the Trust was founded and how it runs today. You can also find details of who our trustees are.
Our school, like all the schools in the Trust, has a local governing body (LGB). There is a scheme of delegation, which details how the LGB should work. The LGB hold meetings during the year in which they help to support the school, its leadership and pupils whilst challenging to make sure that everyone achieves as much progress as they should.
Our school’s LGB is made up of 4 trust-appointed members, who are volunteers, two parents, two staff and the headteacher. They can invite other members of staff in to meetings to discuss current issues. You can find out about our governors to left right. They have to declare that they are working for the school in an open and honest way and so fill in a declarations of interests form, a summary for all governors is to the right.
The LGB also works alongside a regional board where region-wide issues are discussed. The Regional Board is made up of volunteers, just like an LGB, with head teachers and chairs of governors. There is also a team of regional officers, led by the Regional Director, Tim Culpin. They provide support to the schools in finance, HR, estates and governance.
WHAT WE DO
Governors do not play an operational role in the day to day running of the school but a strategic role, to ensure that the day to running of the school is being effective, improving standards and supporting your children’s progress in their learning, to achieve the best they possibly can. We are not complacent or lacking in our expectations and ask a lot of questions and apply the same level of challenge across the board for all children. The crux of all decisions for our governors and school leadership remains the children and the best possible outcomes and solutions for them.
GOVERNING BODY MEETINGS
Finance, Operations and Personnel along with Safeguarding and Health and Safety committee meetings are held in the first half of each term, full board meetings are held once a term in the second half of each term, Standards and Achievement committee is held once every half term.
Prior to committee meetings governors send out a stakeholder survey, via the school app, inviting comments, questions or queries on all aspects of school life. Submissions are anonymous and will be discussed as a formal agenda item at the meetings, our chair will write to stakeholders informing them on the details specific to this discussion following the meetings.
GOVERNOR LINK ROLES
Each of our non-staff governors are appointed a link governor role to a specific area of operation or learning within school. Link governor roles are delegated based on governor skill strengths, experience or triangulation to committee memberships. This is allows us to develop a stronger all round approach to challenge, knowledge and support of school leadership. We are able to have deeper impact by developing relationships with senior leaders independent of the Head teacher, allowing us to formulate our own self-governing considerations. Link governors carry out school visits and or monitoring within school every half term and report back to committee and full board for discussion with all members.
We currently have a full compliment of governors in accordance with Reach2's governance charter.
We do however have the option to appoint up to three co-opt governors, (a co-opt governor is a person of specific skill or knowledge that could provide support to the school in a governance capacity as a one off or an agreed period for upto a 12 months), should you have an interest in school governance and feel you may have something to offer in respect to any of the committee or link areas mentioned above please contact our chair of governors to discuss this further.
PREVIOUS BOARD MEMBERSHIP
Governors that have served on the Heath Hayes Academy Board of Governors that have ceased membership during the last 12 months:
Carl Cooper, Governor, Trust appointed position, role concluded January 2018
Helen Park, Non-teaching staff governor, role concluded September 2018
Mikkaila Kerry, Vice Chair of Governors, Trust appointed position, role concluded June 2017