This year, we have reorganised our committees, so as to meet the challenges faced by the modern school. What follows gives a flavour of what each committee does.
Community, Values and standards; Monitoring (Chair, Sophie Russell)
This is the newest committee and focuses on the school’s policy and practice related to communications (including the website). Matters relating to the values and ethos of the school such as special needs, behaviour and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) aspects of the curriculum are also covered. We also look for ways to increase parental engagement with the school.
This committee ensures effective self-evaluation (which reflects Ofsted inspection criteria), agrees priorities for the school development plan, makes recommendations on strategic development to improve standards of pupil achievement and school effectiveness.
Finance and Operations (Chair: Michele Orpen)
We consider and approve the annual budget plan proposed by the Head and amend it as appropriate (ensuring it is in accordance with the priorities of the School Development Plan). Any proposed revisions to the budget are also approved by this committee, as are capital projects and any major expenditure.
The committee also monitors health and safety, risk assessments, data protection, safeguarding and whistleblowing.
This committee approves the school’s staffing structure and levels, staff development planning and other staffing matters.
It oversees the pay (and pay appeals) committee and, deals with complaints and grievances and approves arrangements for staff appointments.