The Governing Body carries out a very important job behind the scenes in supporting and challenging the school staff to improve the outcomes for children.
Governors have three core functions:
We carry out regular audits of our skills in the light of the skills and competences we need, taking account of the Department for Education’s Competency Framework for Governance. We update our knowledge through governor training events, reading, visiting school and presentations at our meetings.
Currently there are 9 members and all have voting rights on their committees and in the Full Governing Body:
2 parent governors (appointed by parents)
Mrs Gail Broadbent - Term of office – 1st December 2016 - 30th November 2020
Mrs Joanne Mitchell - Term of office - 20th June 2019 - 19th June 2023
1 Staff governors (appointed by the staff):
Mr Adam Medlock – Term of Office – 20th September 2017 – 19th September 2021
Mrs Debbie Sweet - Head Teacher
Austin Crowther - Local Authority appointment
4 Co-opted governors (appointed by the Governing Body):
Mrs Christine Graham - Term of office 22ndJanuary 2016 -21st January 2020
Mrs Brenda Montieth – Term of office 3rd December 2018 – 2nd December 2022
Mrs Stella Spencer (Chair) – Term of Office 1st October 2016- 30th September 2020
Mr Kane Hellewell - Term of Office 11 April 2019 to 10 April 2023
Our Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Bev Ashton
Mr Austin Crowther - Governor at Ravenscliffe High School
Trustee of Friends of Highbury
Trustee of Pellon Baptist Church
IEB of the Trinity Academy
Mrs Christine Graham - Works in Highbury school one day a week.
Mrs Debbie Sweet - None
Mrs Brenda Montieth - Senior SEN officer BMDC.
Mrs Stella Spencer - A family member is a pupil at the school.
A member of my family is in a relationship with a member of staff.
Gail Broadbent - Self Employed in childcare business.
Adam Medlock - None
Joanne Mitchell - Trustee of Friends of Highbury
Kane Hellewell - None
“Leaders, governors and staff are highly committed to improving the life chances of pupils. They work together to successfully fulfil their ambitious expectations. They continually adapt to meet pupils’ changing needs.”
Governors were very pleased and proud of the whole school when we received the Ofsted inspection result. The full report can be read through the link on our home page and the Head’s Blog tells you more about it.
As governors we are dedicated to pupils, parents, staff and leaders of the school and Ofsted recognised this in the report. This external scrutiny was very welcome as we strive to improve and move with the challenges and changes in education.