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Higham Lane School

Higham Lane School

Governance

The Governing Board

Higham Lane has a skilled, active and approachable governing board which is made up of Parent Governors, Member-Appointed Governors and Staff Governors. We welcome the perspective and knowledge that this group of enthusiastic volunteers brings to our school.

Each governor is a member of one of our Sub Committees and also attends our termly Full Governors' meeting. We also value the contribution that governors make in their link areas. These cover a range of areas including teaching and learning, finance, health and safety and specific academic subject areas such as English, Maths and Science.

Governor training is important to our school. We hold an annual Governors’ Day every September where members of the Governing Board take part in professional development activities such as visits to lessons, meetings with students and training on a range of relevant topics, some of which governors lead themselves.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the School.  We would love to hear from you.

The Structure and Remit of the Governing Body Sub Committees (GSCs)

Governor scrutiny is very strong, both at Full Governors and Sub Committee level.

Governors do not just nod things through. They analyse the details of the School’s work. This is supported by minutes and link reports. SLT members are assigned to a GSC and governors consider policies and proposals and question SLT on all aspects of the School’s performance.

Areas of Focus Governor Action
Full Governors’ meeting Scrutiny of Leadership Team Report to Governors and School Development Plan (SDP) termly updates and actions.
At least half-termly Chair & Vice Chair meeting with Headteacher including regular email connection on all aspects of the School’s work Consideration of all aspects of the organisation. (Policies, staffing, leadership, communication and idea sharing)
Curriculum & Standards GSC Scrutiny on student progress, curriculum, performance of particular student groups and subjects- Subject Leaders of underachieving subjects are asked to attend and talk through how they are working to maximise progress.
Students, Parents, Community and Safeguarding GSC Scrutiny and support with student voice, attendance, behaviour and safeguarding
Resources and Premises GSC Scrutiny and support with budget, site and health & safety.
Pay & Audit GSC Headteacher and Director of Corporate Services are questioned re pay decisions, staff attendance and other audit matters.
Commissioned External Reviews Governors consider the findings and monitor the follow-up action plans.
Strategy GSC Discussion of and planning towards the School’s strategic direction and consideration of local and national developments

 

Governing Body Link Areas

Our Link Governors monitor particular aspects of the School’s work through their visits, discussions with staff and records of visit. They feed back to the Full Governors’ meeting each term.

Area Sub-Area Governors SLT/Staff Link
Leadership and management  and Overall effectiveness Leadership and Management and Overall Effectiveness

David Buckle

Phil Kelly

  Governance David Buckle Phil Kelly
  Internal Scrutiny Roger Brown

Ben Elliott

 

Safeguarding Safeguarding, including Prevent

James Littlehales

Vanessa Domigan
  Premises / Health and Safety Steve Bibby

Martin

McCracken
  Single Central Record Roger Brown / David Buckle Torz Reynolds
  Single Central Record Roger Brown Torz Reynolds
  Pupil voice and parental engagement Olufunke Awotunde Vanessa Domigan

The quality of

education
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment David Buckle

Kirstie

Robinson
  Literacy intervention Elaine Thornett Tom Ind
  Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Jackie Brooks Donna Greenfield
  Disadvantaged students Keith Hobbs Michelle Meacham
  Student Voice and extra-curricular activities Paulette Adly Alex Ireland
Outcomes for Pupils Achievement and attainment David Buckle

KS3-4: Ian Naisbitt

KS5: Hanif Ladha
  More able students Nafees Khan Ian Bottrill
Behaviour and attitudes Behaviour and attendance James Littlehales Steve Emery
Personal development Mental health Jackie Brooks Vanessa Domigan
  CPSHEEd, SMSC and British Values Rachael Treadwell Emma Mitchell
  Careers Education and Independent Advice and Guidance Musaddika Ahmedabadi Emma Mitchell
Area Governors SLT/Staff Link
Sixth form provision Steve Bibby Hanif Ladha
Other:    
EBAC Subject: English David Buckle Kally Somel
EBAC Subject: Maths David Buckle Natalie Charnell
EBAC Subject: Science Jane Elmer Emma Huxley
EBAC Subject: Geography Joel Nason Dave Turley
EBAC Subject: History Kate Cooke Hayley Doyne- Ditmas
EBAC Subject: MFL Jeffrey Davenport Natacha Finley
Priority Subject: Drama Chris Prees Helen White
Priority Subject: Music Clare Holland-Turner Carolyn Davenport

Priority Subject:

ICT/Computing
Victoria Biffin Judith Dixon
Priority Subject: Design & Technology Chris Emery Adam Temple
PE and Sport Mark Williams Charlie Chinn
Modern Ethics, Health and Social Care and Sociology Farhana Ahmedabadi-Patel Romayne Charles
Art and Photography Sutish Badhan Sarah Beaumont
Business and Economics Nana Darko Sharon McKernan

 

HIGHAM LANE SCHOOL GOVERNING BOARD 2020-21

Parent Governors
Paulette Adly

Musaddika Ahmedabadi

Farhana Ahmedabadi-Patel

Olufunke Awotunde

Victoria Biffin

Jackie Brooks

Kate Cooke

Nana Darko

Jeffrey Davenport

Jane Elmer

Chris Emery

Claire Holland-Turner

Nafees Khan

Sutish Kumar

Joel Nason

Chris Prees

Elaine Thornett

Racheal Treadwell

Mark Williams

Gavin Wrigley

 

Headteacher Governor
Phil Kelly

 

Staff Governors

Natalie Charnell (Teacher)

Hayley Doyne-Ditmas (Teacher)

Torz Reynolds (Support Staff)

Karen Bowers (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)

Romayne Charles (Teacher)

 

Member-Appointed Governors

Keith Hobbs

Steve Bibby (Vice Chair)

Roger Brown

David Buckle (Chair)

James Littlehales

Anildeep Sohal

 

Clerk to the Governors
Lisa Bromage

Register of Interests

Please note: the relevant business and pecuniary interests of members, trustees and senior employees can be found in the Register of Interests in the Annual Reports and Accounts section of our website.

 

Have you thought about becoming a Parent Governor?

Becoming a Parent Governor offers you the opportunity to make a real contribution to the life and work of our school.  School governors play a key role in the leadership of the school and work together with staff and other agencies to make sure that our school provides a supportive, motivating and high-achieving environment for its students.

Don’t worry if you have no experience in education matters, as full training, support and induction are available and your fellow colleagues on the Governing Body will be welcoming and supportive.

 

Who can be a Parent Governor?

All parents and carers of registered pupils are eligible to become a Parent Governor.  Every parent, whether or not you live with the student, is entitled to be nominated as a Parent Governor and to vote in a Parent Governor election.  Someone who has parental responsibility or day-to-day care of a student is also eligible to serve and to vote.

 

How long does a Parent Governor serve for?

The usual term of office is four years from the date of appointment. If you choose to, you can complete your term of office, even if your child has since left the school.

 

Our Governing Body’s Commitment to Safeguarding and the Equalities Act

All of our governors are expected to demonstrate a responsibility for and a commitment to the safeguarding of our students and the goals of the Equalities Act. We will offer you regular, high-quality training to enable you to do this effectively. We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, ethnicity, gender (including issues of transgender, and of maternity and pregnancy), religion and belief, and sexual identity. We are proud that our school has been recognised for its work in supporting equality and diversity in winning an Educate & Celebrate Best Practice Status Award. This important initiative is supported by the Department for Education and the Government Equalities Office. We were the first school in Warwickshire to have received such an award.

 

How is a Parent Governor nominated and elected?

When there is a vacancy, we write to all parents/carers. If you would like to put your name forward, we ask you to complete a nomination form. If more than one nomination is received, an election will be held and ballot papers for this will be sent to all parents and carers.

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor at some stage in the future and would like to find out more, then please contact the Headteacher for an informal chat.  We look forward to hearing from you!