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Governors

The Governing Body takes a strategic role by agreeing, monitoring and reviewing school policies, targets and priorities. It consists of: parent governors; staff governors, including the Headteacher; community governors and student governors.

The Full Governing Body (FGB)

The FGB agrees constitutional matters; recruits new members; holds at least three meetings a year; approves a balanced budget; reviews a number of school policies, including the Health and Safety policy; delegates functions to committees and receives reports to decide if further action is necessary. 


The functions of the Governing Body are delegated to the following committees and groups:

Finance, Buildings and Audit Group

The group ensures the sound management of the school's finances and resources. It ensures the building, fabric and grounds of the school are well maintained and implements a process of continual appraisal. The group also fulfils the functions of an audit committee.

Staffing and Management Group

The group monitors all matters related to staffing and management. It ensures that a fair and equitable system is in operation for all staffing matters, such as the annual pay review and any staffing structure consultations. It also establishes and reviews an Appraisal and Performance Development policy for all staff.

Curriculum Development Group

This group monitors and advises on: the provision of the Statutory Curriculum and Religious Education; the school's curriculum offer; the timetable; student performance; and assists the Headteacher in promoting aspects of the broader curriculum such as spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, physical and mental wellbeing and the delivery of effective careers education and advice.

Community Development Group

This group monitors, evaluates and advises on: the extent to which students feel safe, adopt healthy lifestyles and contribute to the school and wider community; the views of students and how these are taken into account; the effectiveness of communications with parents and carers, including the promotion of school events; and wider community links. This group also maintains close contact with the Friends of Highworth.

Student Voice

The Head Girl and Head Boy provide a report from the Student Voice meetings to the Community Development Group for discussion and consideration of further action.

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of Highworth’s Governing Body, may l welcome you to the Highworth Grammar School website.

Our priority is, and will always remain, the delivery of a high quality education for all students and to equip them for a life beyond school that allows them to realise their ambitions and to live successful and productive lives. We pride ourselves on the provision of a safe, nurturing and supportive environment that allows all students to gain confidence and realise their full potential. 

As a school, we consistently achieve excellent results at both GCSE and A Level public examinations.  Despite our successes, we continuously strive to improve our outcomes through close scrutiny of results and doing our utmost to address any perceived deficits in a timely manner. This activity is led by Paul Danielsen and his Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Board is routinely appraised of progress and challenges in this respect.

Our academic performance against the current Government measures, which were introduced in 2016 (Progress 8 and Attainment 8), reflect excellent standards of achievement.  These capture the progress of students from the end of primary school right through to the end of their time at Highworth and focus upon eight core subjects, with double weighting applied to both English and Mathematics.    

Highworth Grammar School maintained its standards as an ‘Outstanding’ school following the last Ofsted visit in 2013. In particular, the school was praised for the quality of teaching, excellent results, exemplary Sixth Form leadership, an inclusive atmosphere and strong Senior Leadership Team.

The Governors and the school’s Leadership Team operate in an open and transparent manner and this is evidenced by the depth and regularity of meetings and communication that occurs formally and informally through the existing Board and supporting committee structures. From the Headteacher, there is very much an ‘open door’ policy for students, staff and governors alike to express any concerns or views.   

The students' opinions are always important and our Student Governors have continued to play an important role on our committees and Board. They often express views and positions that only they are fully aware of, being at the sharp end of what the school endeavours to achieve.  They don’t hold back!   Apart from attending all of the meetings of the full Governing Body, they also sit on the sub-committees where their views contribute to all aspects of the school’s well running and Governance. 

From a financial perspective, Highworth remains in a comfortable position despite challenging times, with a significant sum in reserve at the start of the current school year. Our robust financial planning, supported by an excellent finance team, allows us to forecast our cash position over a four year period and this facilitates informed decision making relating to expenditure and future commitments. Our Auditors, who act for a large number of academies, have consistently noted and documented that Highworth’s accounts and the related infrastructure are of the highest quality and accuracy with no material control deficits. The efforts of our Finance Manager, Lynn Wilson and her team, have played a major role in this outstanding achievement.  Whilst historical cuts in Government funding in education do represent significant challenges, we remain confident in our ability to maintain our standards of excellence for all of our students. Governors always assume a cautious approach to future financial planning and routinely challenge, in a constructive manner, any proposed expenditure or projects. 

We recently opened The Vink Centre Sports Hall. This incredibly impressive state of the art complex is a wonderful addition to the school’s existing complement of high quality educational facilities and will be of immense value for generations to come.  We are currently bidding for central funds to support our expansion project in order to better accommodate the school’s increasing student population and popularity. We will as previously, be working closely with a third party who will be managing the project on our behalf, should we be successful in our funding bid.  Within this relationship, we have ensured that the design and functionality of the proposed expansion remains conducive to the overall physical aspects of the existing school.  

As the safeguarding of our student remains paramount, we continually enhance site security and access. CCTV coverage has been improved and all entrances are now secure with access codes. The school’s buildings are in good condition but will require ongoing expenditure to maintain over the next few years.

As a Governing Board, we are fortunate to enjoy the input of a wide range of professional skills. The Board works extremely well to both challenge and support the Head and his Senior Leadership Team in ensuring effective governance and oversight of the school. A blend of maturity and pragmatism, underpinned by transparency and responsiveness, mean the Governing Board are well place to meet and discharge the significant responsibilities assigned to it.   

On a personal note, three of my children have had the privilege of passing through Highworth in completing their education.  One is still in the Sixth Form and enjoying her time immensely.  My long-term association with the school as both a parent and a governor has given me a first-hand opportunity to appreciate the support and nurturing environment that Highworth has always provided, underpinned by academic excellence. I remain dedicated to Highworth in every respect and enjoy working with all of the governors, staff and management team. Above all, I have had the pleasure to work closely with some of the students who have needed occasional support, from time to time, and they continue to be my main priority. That is my driving passion at Highworth.

Amer Khalil, Chair of Governors

A Full List of Highworth Governors

 

Name

Type of Governor

Committee Membership

Mr Amer Khalil Chair of Governors/Member

Staffing & Management/Finance & Buildings

Mr Daniel Valentine Vice Chair of Governors/Member Staffing & Management/
Finance & Buildings (Chair)
Mr Paul Danielsen Headteacher

Staffing & Management/Finance & Buildings

Mrs Clare Archibald Governor Curriculum Development
Mr Harry Capstick Student Governor Head Boy
Mrs Levina Fowler Governor Community Development
Miss Izzy Fryer Student Governor Curriculum Development
Mrs Sue Heuch Member Community Development
Miss Amy Joy Student Governor  Head Girl
Miss Kirsty Miller Student Governor Curriculum Development
Mrs Ceri Norey Parent Governor Community Development (Chair)
Mrs Colette 
O'Sullivan
Parent Governor Curriculum Development
Mrs Linda Patterson Staff Governor Community Development
Mr Rob Rose Governor Staffing and Management
Mrs Eileen Sutton Parent Governor Curriculum Development
Miss Szimi Szikszai Student Governor Curriculum Development
Mr Steven Wellard Parent Governor Finance and Buildings
Mrs Vicki Wise Member Curriculum Development (Chair)/
Community Development 


Representatives from the Senior Leadership Team attend meetings.

To contact the Chair of Governors, please email Mrs T Brobyn - Clerk to the Governors: clerk@highworth.kent.sch.uk 

 

Latest News from the Governors

 

For those of us who know and love Highworth, and have seen our daughters (and sons) thrive and achieve there, it is not really a surprise to see the school awarded 5 stars in a recent rating. The ratings have been produced by the Schools Guide, who have awarded 29,000 schools across the UK with up to 5 stars based on Ofsted reports, exam results and Department of Education performance tables.

We must pay tribute to the staff, managers and all the support staff for their endless hard work in enabling the school to perform so well in all areas of academic and non-academic life. They provide lots of support to the students, a huge variety of extra-curricular activities, and work tirelessly to help students achieve their potential.

We mustn't forget the students, most of whom work hard to achieve their place at Highworth, and then continue to aim high while they are there, responding to the encouragement and support of the staff.

All the Governors would like to congratulate the staff and students on this fantastic achievement, and encourage them to keep going with their varied and numerous activities that make Highworth such an excellent school.

More information on these rankings can be found at schoolguide.co.uk