The Governing Board has three main functions:
(i) To set the school strategy in collaboration with the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team
(ii) To exercise critical oversight over all aspects the school’s performance, in particular pupil progress and quality of education, but also Safeguarding, behaviour and wellbeing of pupils and staff.
(iii) To ensure financial responsibility, spend our income wisely and run a balanced budget.
The school is in a sound financial position and the quality of education is improving. As you can see from the School vision, the learning and wellbeing of our students is our first priority. Our strategy is to promote and achieve excellence for all our students by offering a diverse and challenging curriculum. We maintain high standards or behaviour and actively promote ethics, citizenship and British values. We believe and promote an inclusive school valuing diversity and equality among all our students and striving to achieve the best education for every individual.
An important part of our strategy is to maintain a ‘small school’ ethos to deliver a personalized education with a supportive, inclusive culture where staff can teach students as individuals. To deliver the diversity and challenge in education we have adopted a curriculum structure which enables a wide choice of GCSE and technical subjects.
We have recently reviewed our curriculum to ensure it is challenging for all students, with a focus on providing the confidence, knowledge, skills and in Maths and English as well as preparing them for post 16 education within a wide spectrum of science, humanities, arts and technical/vocational subjects.
We have made considerable progress since our last OFSTED inspection. We have commissioned external reviews of Governance, Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged students and appointed an expert school advisor covering all aspects of school performance.
Our results are a tribute to the hard work of staff and the leadership of Richard Hedge (Head Teacher) and the Senior Leadership Team.
The GCSE grade 4+ in Maths and English was the best since the Academy opened in 2012, also we have substantially improved progress for all students which is demonstrated in our P8 score of -.09 as well as closing the gap between disadvantaged and other students. We look forward to continue our journey of improvement towards a Good OFSTED grade.