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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 Duncan Beer and his Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Board is routinely appraised of progress and challenges in this respect.

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 to us 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!  

From a financial perspective, Highworth remains in a healthy position despite challenging times. 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. 

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 placed 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.  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

The Structure of The Governing Body

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 Council

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

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 Duncan Beer Interim Headteacher

Staffing & Management/Finance & Buildings

Mrs Clare Archibald Governor Curriculum Development
Miss Izzy Fryer Student Governor Curriculum Development
Mrs Sue Heuch Member Community Development
Mr Alex Longley Student Governor Head Boy
Miss Kirsty Miller Student Governor Curriculum Development
Mrs Ceri Norey Parent Governor Community Development (Chair)
Mrs Colette 
O'Sullivan
Parent Governor Curriculum Development (Chair)
Mrs Linda Patterson Staff Governor Community Development
Mrs Louise Rodgers Staff Governor Curriculum Development
Mr Rob Rose Governor Staffing and Management
Mrs Eileen Sutton Parent Governor

Curriculum Development

Staffing and Management (Chair)

Miss Szimi Szikszai Student Governor Curriculum Development
Mr Steven Wellard Parent Governor Finance and Buildings
Miss Phoebe Willis Student Governor Head Girl


Representatives from the Senior Leadership Team attend meetings.

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