Governance

Introduction from the Chair of Governors

Governors' are responsible for making sure that Great Baddow High School provides the highest possible standard of education for its pupils, with a very clear focus on raising standards of achievement.

Small photo Andy OadesWe do this together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. The governors believe that a successful school requires good leadership and the commitment and cooperation of the pupils, the parents and the teaching staff all working together to get the best out of each pupil’s time at Great Baddow High School.

The governors are made up from representatives of the parents, staff and local community. We are fortunate here at Great Baddow High School to have an energetic, capable and committed group. We work together as a team, setting the school’s aims and agreeing its policies, which are designed to promote the most effective ways of teaching and learning.

When we meet to discuss the school’s budget, staffing, pupils’ welfare or building developments on the site, we always consider what impact our decisions will have towards improving the pupils’ learning. We plan the future direction of the school; make sure the National Curriculum is taught; decide how best the school can encourage pupils’ cultural, moral and spiritual development and make sure that we provide for all our pupils. We work closely not only with the Headteacher but all members of the Leadership team and we are able to ask relevant questions, challenge recommendations where appropriate, and offer support when needed.

To help us make the best possible decisions in our meetings we involve ourselves as much as possible in school life. We do this in a variety of ways, including linking each governor with a curriculum team, visiting the school, helping to make staff appointments, meeting with the student council, attending school events and accompanying school trips. This not only makes us better informed, but it is also very rewarding and enjoyable.

The Ofsted definition of an Outstanding Governing Body is:

'Governors make a highly significant contribution to the work and direction of the school. They have high levels of insight, are extremely well organised and thorough in their approach. They are vigorous in ensuring that all pupils and staff are safe. In discharging their statutory responsibilities, they have highly robust systems for evaluating the effectiveness of their implementation, keeping the work of the school under review and acting upon their findings. Governors are innovative, flexible and adapt to new ideas quickly, supporting the work of the staff in improving outcomes for all pupils. They are confident in providing high levels of professional challenge to hold the school to account. Governors engage very effectively with parents, pupils and the staff as a whole and are well informed about users’ views of the school. They use these views to inform strategic priorities for development'.

Takes some doing, but we try!

Are you interested in becoming a Governor?

Governors do not need to have any special skills or qualifications and the Local Authority provides the necessary training. If you think you might like to become a parent governor you will need to be a parent of a pupil in the school.

We meet once a term as a full body and then individually as members of one or more of the committees which are delegated to look after specific areas of school life. The committees look at specific issues such as the school’s staffing, curriculum, finance, and premises and the Governing Body makes its decisions based on the recommendations of these committees. Governors are asked to serve on a committee where they have an interest or feel they can make a contribution.

Your main task is to attend meetings of the school Governing Body and to serve on one of the Committees. In addition each Governor is assigned to an area of the curriculum (e.g. Science, Maths, English etc) that they visit on a regular basis reporting back to the Governing Body. There is also a time commitment in keeping up to date with the vast amount of literature that will come your way from the school, the local authority and the government.

If you would like to know whether there are any current vacancies please contact the Clerk to Governors.

  Name & Role Bio
Small photo Andy Oades Andy Oades: Chair of Governors Andy Oades has been a Governor at Great Baddow High School for the last 4 years and became the Chair of Governors on the 1st December 2015. Previous to taking over this position, he chaired the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, a role which he continues to fulfil. He lives in Great Baddow and both his children have attended Great Baddow High School. Andy is a company Director for his own pharmaceutical business and has been in this industry all his working life.

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Carol Evans: Vice-Chair of Governors / Responsible Officer Carol Evans has been a governor at the school over 25 years, joining when her daughter was in Year 8. Originally from the north of England, she has lived in Great Baddow for 30 years and has seen the school develop from one that had falling numbers of students to one that is now oversubscribed. 
 
Carol works closely with the Chair of the governing body to ensure that administrative tasks are completed, including the structure of the governing body, overseeing the induction of new governors and until recently, the training and development of all governors.  On conversion to an Academy in 2011, she chaired the Personnel Committee until it became part of the Finance and Premises Committee. 

For more information about Governors click on - www.governornet.co.uk - the new school governors' website that has recently gone live and provides up-to-date information on all aspects of school governance and features links to other useful sites.

Contact

Mrs M Bradshaw-Pearce, Clerk to the Governors

01245265821

Correspondence Address for the Chair of Governors

Mrs M Bradshaw-Pearce, Clerk to the Governors
Great Baddow High School
Duffield Road,
Chelmsford,
Essex,
CM2 9RZ

Mrs M Bradshaw-Pearce

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