Nicholas Chamberlaine School is a school within the Griffin Schools Trust. The Griffin Schools Trust is a family of primary and secondary schools in the Midlands and the South East of England. We are committed to providing an outstanding education for all students, whatever their starting points, backgrounds and needs. Trust Heads lead communities focused on finding and nurturing talents so that children enjoy personal fulfillment as well as achieving their best in classroom. Trust schools educate world citizens, preparing them to make a difference wherever their futures may take them and offer staff a wide stage to use their talents and grow their careers across and beyond GST.
Governance is a key element of the leadership and management of the Trust itself and of the schools individually and collectively. We take it very seriously indeed.
The Trust (itself accountable to DfE) is the ultimate body to whom schools are directly accountable and it delegates autonomy to each Local Governing Body (LGB) according to the Scheme of Delegation. The more successful a school is in serving all its pupils, measured by outcomes for pupils, their engagement in school life and the richness and breadth of the experiences offered to them, the more autonomous its LGB.
The Trust Board is made up of experts in UK and international education as well as public and private sector leadership, so that the quality of its not for profit business management is supported and challenged at the same time as its core purpose of improving education and life opportunities for all pupils. The Board is strengthened in its connection to and relationship with schools by the fact that a number of Chairs of LGBs serve two year terms on the Trust Board.
Serving as a governor in a GST school requires a commitment to the seven principles of public life and to a code of conduct which puts the school and its pupils at the centre. GST governors meet formally every thirteen weeks (i.e once every school term) and much of the real work is done between these meetings, through Working Groups and individual contributions to the school’s life according to each governor’s skills and the needs of the school.
The role is very different from that of a governor in a Local Authority school, recognising that the Head is the school’s Chief Executive and the Board is there to advise, support and challenge through appropriate channels and to show the impact that governance is having on the school’s progress. As in the world of non-executive directors, GST governors are expected to bring their skills to bear and to work in co-operation and collaboration with the staff team, the whole Local Governing Body and the Trust to bring about rapid and lasting improvement for the pupils they serve. Schools are treated equally and equitably and there are no hidden agendas. In practical terms governors usually meet less frequently with the Head, have fewer committees serviced by the school and more Working Groups run by the LGB itself according to their own and the school’s Development Plans.
The Trust is responsible for the quality, performance management and professional development of the Heads and all governors, though the LGB’s work has a vital role to play in highlighting and evidencing the impact that the Head and governors are making through their termly meetings, at which they discuss in detail the Head’s updated School Self-Evaluation and reports from LGB Working Groups. Through these and their work in and for the school, governors come to know well the school community and its performance, able to talk about it confidently and accurately to the Trust, to Ofsted, to parents and to interested local groups.
We very much appreciate the work that governors do and the part they play in the success of the schools they serve and indeed of the Trust, as one of only twenty four sponsors in England responsible for more than ten schools. We hope that governors find reward in the impact they make on young lives, the friendships they form as part of their service and their individual experience of the living reality of the GST motto: Proud Traditions Wide Horizons High Achievement.
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The Governing Body of Nicholas Chamberlaine School is:
Phill Clark – Chair
Tracey Headley – Clerk
Tracey’s contact details:
02476 312 308