Governing Body 2019/2020
The Governing Body has a wide range of duties and powers with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement in the school. The Governing Body ensures clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, holds the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff and oversees the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Body owns the premises, employs the staff and has responsibility for admission arrangements. The school receives its revenue from the Department of Education DfE.
1. Information about the Governing Body
Hendon School is a single convertor academy and a company limited by guarantee. The company was incorporated on 7 October 2011. As an academy, Hendon School is responsible for its own governance and management. The Academy is the employer of its staff, owns the building assets on its main site and retains responsibility for its own admission arrangements, working in conjunction with the Local Authority on this. Funding comes primarily from the Education Funding Agency (an agency of the Department for Education) and also from the Local Authority (Barnet).
Hendon School has up to twenty members; one founder member and up to nineteen other members appointed by the members or elected by the parent body.
2. How Does the Governing Body Operate?
The Governing Body normally holds four meetings a year, one per term with two in the autumn term, including an AGM in December. The Head Teacher provides a report on the work of the school to each of these meetings. At the meeting, the Governing Body will go through the report from the Head Teacher, the work of its various committees and determine the outcome of discussions on pertinent topics relevant to governance. The Governing Body appoints various committees whose work is to review in more detail various activities that support the Governing Body regarding key decisions to ratify. The Committees are as follows:
- Admissions Committee: Responsibility includes developing and approving the Admissions Policy and reviewing the school’s standard number of admissions, supporting the school in pupil recruitment activities
- Audit Committee:The Audit Committee’s purpose is to monitor internal controls and risk management systems, the effectiveness of internal and external audit activity and the integrity of the financial statements.
- Chairs’ Committee: Considers and advises on any matters within the remit of the Governing Body, particularly those that involve the interests of more than one of the Governing Body Committees. Takes decisions in areas that do not require approval by the full Governing Body and which are not the responsibility of the Governing Body Committees with delegated powers.
- Curriculum Committee: The Curriculum Committee explores developments at the school with regard to the curriculum as well as monitoring the work of the school with regard to examination results and other key performances, the progress of special needs and looked after children, and the progress of the Equality Plan.
- Finance & General Purposes Committee: Its purpose is to oversee finance, premises, IT, human resources, health and safety and other business management issues; approving the annual budget, medium term plans and virements against budget.
- Staffing Committee: Its purpose is to promote and maintain the effective use of resources to ensure the highest standards of attainment for all pupils by supporting the school in the recruitment, selection and retention of staff.
- Performance Monitoring Group: Its purpose is to ensure the implementation of the pay policy, monitor the performance management process by receiving an annual report from the Headteacher, agree performance based changes in salary for members of the leadership team other than the Headteacher consider and agree any changes in salary for teachers on the upper pay range and report annually to the Staffing Committee on its activities.(Note: This group is currently being run from within staffing committee)
- Student Welfare Committee: Considers on matters involving student interests; determines and monitors strategy and policies in respect of student support including SEN, minority ethnic, disabilities looked-after children; monitors and evaluates Pupil Premium, Behaviour, Discipline, exclusions and Attendance
3. Do you want to contact the Governing Body?
Sometimes parents/carers wish to contact the Governing Body directly. Sometimes parents/carers wish to contact Parent Governors about a school matter that is affecting them. Please contact the Head Teacher in the first instance. The Head Teacher is operationally in charge of the school, not the Governing Body, so on most matters, it is the Head Teacher who can most effectively deal with the issue. The Head Teacher is also a governor and, if the matter is more strategic, is in the best position to bring it to the attention of the Governing Body.
There are formal processes to deal with admission and exclusion and parents/carers involved in those processes will be contacted directly over those matters and informed on how to appeal.
If you are still of the view that you want to contact the Governing Body, please contact the Clerk to the Governors, at the school for advice about how best to pursue the matter.
Sometimes parents/carers wish to contact the Governing Body directly.The Governing Body can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors c/o Reception Office, Hendon School. Alternatively, email the Headteacher's PA Email: email@example.com
A number of Parent Governor positions are currently available. The role of the school governor is absolutely vital. School governors form the largest voluntary force in the country and the influence they have over the development of children’s education is immense and contribute to the success, strategic development and running of the school. No specific skills are required but it is important to have an interest in young people’s education, enthusiasm and commitment and be able to work as part of a team. The school manages a significant publicly funded budget so experience or skills in finance, IT, planning and premises is welcome. Becoming a governor is an exciting opportunity to acquire new skills, work as part of a team and make a difference to children’s lives. Please do contact the Headteacher, one of the Governors or the Clerk to the Governors c/o Reception Office, Hendon School or email the Headteacher's PA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or would like to find out more.
Member of F & GP Committee
Chair of Staffing Committee
Member of Audit, Chairs’ and Staffing Committees.
Member of Finance & General Purposes and Staffing Committees
Member of Curriculum and Student Welfare Committtees
Chair of Governing Body
Ex Officio Member of All Committees
Member of Chairs’, Curriculum, Finance & General Purposes, Head Teacher's Performance, Staffing and Student Welfare Committees.
Member of Admissions, Finance & General Purpose, Head Teacher's Performance Review and Staffing Committees.
Chair of Student Welfare Committee
Member of Audit, Chairs' and Student Welfare Committees.
Link Governor for Pupil Premium, Safeguarding and Child Protection
Ex Officio Member of Admissions, Chairs’, Curriculum,Finance & General Purposes, Staffing and Student Welfare Committees
In Attendance at Audit Committee
Member of Curriculum & Student Welfare Committees
Chair of Curriculum Committee, F& GP & Health & Safety Committees
Member of Admissions, Chairs’, Curriculum and Finance & General Purposes Committees.
Link Governor for Health & Safety.
Vice-Chair of Governing Body
Chair of Admissions and Audit Committees. Ex Officio Member of All Committees.
Member of Admissions, Audit, Chairs’, Curriculum, Headteacher’s Performance Review and Staffing Committees.