CHAIR OF GOVERNORS STATEMENT
Your Governing Body is a committee responsible to the Board of Trustees. Your governors come from all walks of life. We meet several times a term. And individual governors also visit both schools in Colchester, Cherry Tree Primary and Iceni Academy. We visit to see how those schools are being run and to monitor performance. We look to reinforce the positive vision of good learning, to ensure children are provided with a good education and that they are safe and supported at school.
Our responsibilities are set out above and below but they include school performance, safeguarding, delegated budgets and the school environment. But we can be involved in any issue that matters to the school leadership and to parents, as with September 2017 changes to start of the day, the vigorous application of uniform and behavioural policies and changes to access and ‘drop off’ arrangements at schools: which, as tuned with my help, we support.
Your Joint Governing Body can have up to 11 Governors, but as of September 2017 we have two vacancies, for staff and parent governors from Cherry Tree. Applications are welcomed!
The Governing Body includes the two Heads of School, Lisa Corby and James Gough (and the Executive Heads Jane Bass and Simon Webb may also attend). As your Local Governing Body, we look to represent parents and staff and the community so our numbers include staff and parent governors and independent governors. Their details and vision for your schools are set out below. Contact us when you need!
Changes in the governance structure for the Colchester Schools within the Connected Learning Multi-Academy Trust mean one Governing Body covering both Cherry Tree Primary and Iceni Academy. These changes pool governor expertise, and will help raise standards, by encouraging co-operation and the sharing of good practice, whilst retaining a local identity and Head of School.
The individuals are appointed because, in the opinion of the board, they have a range of skills to share with the school and will contribute to the effective governance and accountability of Cherry Tree to all the parties concerned.
All the governors meet once a term as a Full Governing Body to discuss and question the Head of School on the educational performance of the school and to ensure that the strategic direction agreed and planned is being maintained.
The governors also sit on sub- committees which meet regularly to focus on key elements of the school’s business and academic structure. These are made up of a Finance/Premises and Personnel committee, Pay Committee, Performance Management Committee and a Pupil Related Matters Committee. These committees challenge and hold to account allocation of the schools budget and to ensure value for money in all areas of spending.
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