Governors

DEBDEN PARK HIGH SCHOOL AND KING HAROLD BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE ACADEMY GOVERNING BODY

Debden Park High School is an academy as part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010.  It’s constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation.  TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation.

The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.

To view details of our governing body, download the attachment: Governors-2016

DPHS and KHBEA share a board of governors across both schools.  The Chairman of Governors is Mr James Lillingston and the Vice Chairman is Mrs Valerie Metcalfe.

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the headteacher
  • To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors you can write to him at the school and mark your envelope confidential.  Alternatively, you can email him James.lillingston@gmail.com

Application Process

All parents are contacted as and when a parent governor vacancy rises and invited to apply.  If more than one application is received we undertake a ballot.  If anyone is interested in becoming a governor that is not a parent of a student at either King Harold Academy or Debden Park High School they can contact the Clerk to the Governing Body Mrs Josie Wood jwood@dphs-tkat.org 02084181208.

Teacher governors are invited to apply to be a Staff Governor as and when a vacancy arises and should the school receive more than one teacher application we undertake a ballot.

The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body are elected annually.

Terms of office are reviewed every 4 years.

For further information on matters relating to the Governing Body please contact the Clerk, Mrs Josie Wood on 0208 4181202.

Governors

DEBDEN PARK HIGH SCHOOL AND KING HAROLD BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE ACADEMY GOVERNING BODY

Debden Park High School is an academy as part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010.  It’s constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation.  TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

Click here to view the Scheme of delegation.

The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.

To view details of our governing body, download the attachment: Governors-2016

 

DPHS and KHBEA share a board of governors across both schools.  The Chairman of Governors is Mr James Lillingston and the Vice Chairman is Mrs Valerie Metcalf

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Governors have three main roles:

To provide strategic direction for the school

To act as a critical friend to the headteacher

To ensure accountability

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

Determining how the school’s budget is spent

Hearing appeals and grievances

Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship

Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline

Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe

Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors you can write to him at the school and mark your envelope confidential.  Alternatively, you can email him James.lillingston@gmail.com

 

Application Process

All parents are contacted as and when a parent governor vacancy rises and invited to apply.  If more than one application is received we undertake a ballot.  If anyone is interested in becoming a governor that is not a parent of a student at either King Harold Academy or Debden Park High School they can contact the Clerk to the Governing Body Mrs Josie Wood jwood@dphs-tkat.org 02084181208.

Teacher governors are invited to apply to be a Staff Governor as and when a vacancy arises and should the school receive more than one teacher application we undertake a ballot.

The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body are elected annually.

Terms of office are reviewed every 4 years.

For further information on matters relating to the Governing Body please contact the Clerk, Mrs Josie Wood on 0208 4181202.

Information on Governors at DPHS

Impact Statement 2016/ 2017

Over the last year governors have worked collaboratively across both schools, meeting regularly to review targets and set School Development Plans. Governors also reviewed a comprehensive report each term ‘Know Thy Impact’ for each school which gave them an overview from each leadership area detailing specific action to be taken and their outcomes.  At these meetings governors have followed the policy review schedule and have approved policies for both schools that cover every aspect of school life from Health and Safety to Learning to specific TKAT procedures. 

Governors have instigated topics for presentations to ensure that staff and student wellbeing is paramount, to gain a better understanding of new curriculum models and recent changes to the examination requirements and awards system.

They have monitored school finances regularly to ensure that they continue to be robust and that both schools have operated within the budgets assigned. 

Governors have supported events and carried out various monitoring visits of specific areas of school life. Each governor has been assigned a link role that they have investigated to gain an insight and knowledge of each school and how it operates on a day to day basis.  This has also allowed them to gain a better understanding of how improvements can be made and successes be recognised.

Governors met with Ofsted Inspectors as part of their most recent inspection of Debden Park High School in January 2017 whereby they were awarded Outstanding.  Governors also met with Ofsted Inspectors and played a key role in monitoring the improvements made by King Harold Academy which was also recognised by Ofsted who awarded them Good.   As part of both these inspections Ofsted carried out student and staff surveys which were both positive. Governors have also encouraged parents to participate in Ofsted’s online Parent View surveys throughout the year.

Both school examination results have improved and are recognised as above National Averages.

Governors have supported Debden Park High School in their successful application to become a Sixth Form and have celebrated the achievements of the first cohort of Year 13 exam results.

All governors have undertaken Level 2 Safeguarding Training and been DBS checked. 

Josie Wood

PA to Christian Cavanagh

If you require any urgent assistance Wednesday to Friday please email djames@dphs-tkat.org

 

GOVERNING BODY

TERMS OF REFERENCE 2016/17

 

1. The Governing Body will adopt and follow The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) Scheme of Delegation effective 1st September 2016 and reviewed annually

2. A minimum of 3 governors (non officio) must be present in order for the meeting to be quorum.

3. The purpose of this Governing Body is challenge and support the academy and to:

  • set and monitor an academy annual budget for both academies from September 2016 to August 2017:monitor Human Resources across both academies
  • monitor the maintenance of all buildings and facilities
  • monitor academic targets across both academies as agreed with TKAT Board
  • monitor whole academy GCSE targets including Maths and English and Year 13 ‘A’ Level targets for DPHS.
  • monitor student levels of progress across both academies
  • monitor end of Year 11 and Year 13 progress measures targets in all subject areas.
  • monitor both academies Development Plans
  • monitor progress measures for all subject areas across all key stages
  • monitor quality assurance to meet targets set in relation to teacher performance.

 

4. The Business Manager will act as Professional Adviser to The Governing Body and will:

  • At all times seek to keep the Senior Leadership Team informed of matters discussed at Governing Body meetings.
  • Ensure that the financial management of both Academies complies with the DFE Self Assessment Financial Management Standards
  • Advise the Governing Body on financial strategy and policy including long term planning.
  • Receive, consider and present to the Governing Body an annual budget within the resources available that reflects the development priorities as set out inboth Development Plans and in particular ensure that the funding for staff salaries is sufficient to support the Curriculum Plans.
  • Receive regular reports on both academies income and expenditure showing comparison of these against the annual budget and report to the Governing Body each term.

5.      The Governing Body will:

 I. Ensure that appropriate accounting and financial regulations and procedures are in place for the supervision and control of accounts, income and expenditure relating to both public and non-public funds and ensure that such procedures comply with the requirements of the Educational Funding Agency (EFA) and complies with TKAT Scheme of Delegation.

II. Ensure that the non-public funds received by the academies are audited within the recognised timescales.

III. Receive the annual reports from internal and external auditors and ensure that any appropriate action is taken.

IV. Consider and make recommendations to the Governing Body regarding any proposals for the acquisition or disposal of buildings or land or parts thereof.

V. Suspend from duty or end the suspension of any member of staff where appropriate, including the Headteacher.

VI. Determine whether any person employed to work at the academy should cease to work there, in accordance with academy policies right of appeal to an Appeals Panel of the Governing Body.

VII. Consider and determine staff grievances relating to their employment.

VIII. Act as the academy’s reference body in the curriculum complaints procedure

IX. Determine, approve and keep under review all policies adopted by the Governing Body

X. Will at all times have due regard to relevant legislation and will seek external professional advice where appropriate.

 

6.  Under normal circumstances the academies will use their own Governing Body to sit on panels or hearings. However, on occasion to ensure unbiased treatment, academies within TKAT will collaborate and use governors from within the Trust to sit on panels or hearings when necessary.

 

DPHS / KHBEA

FINANCE COMMITTEE

TERMS OF REFERENCE 2015/16

 

The Finance Committee (the Committee) has delegated authority by the Governing Body to make policy and decisions about the financial management for both academies.

 

7. The Committee will meet at least three times per year between 14 and 7 days prior to the main Governing Body meetings. 

 

8. The Committee can only ratify decisions when 3 or more governors are present (not inclusive of Headteacher or School Staff).

 

9. The purpose of the Committee is oversee the finances and any related financial implications of both academies by

  • setting and monitor the academy annual budgets
  • monitor the maintenance of the buildings and facilities
  • monitor the School Development Plan financial implications
  • ensures all TKAT procedures are adhered to

 

10.    The Business Manager will act as Professional Adviser to the Finance Committee and will:

  • Generate the agenda of the Finance Committee in consultation with the Chairman of the Committee.
  • At all times seek to keep the Senior Leadership Team informed of relative matters discussed at Finance Committee meetings.
  • Ensure that the financial management of the School complies with the DFE Self Assessment Financial Management Standard in Schools
  • Advise the Governing Body on financial strategy and policy including long term planning.
  • Receive, consider and present to the Finance Committee the annual budgets within the resources available that reflects the development priorities as set out in the School Development Plan and in particular ensure that the funding for staff salaries is sufficient to support the Curriculum Plan.
  • Receive regular reports on the academies’ income and expenditure showing comparison of these against the annual budget and report to the Finance Committee each term and the Chairman of the Committee monthly.

 

11.    The Finance Committee will

 XI. Ensure that appropriate accounting and financial regulations and procedures are in place for the supervision and control of accounts, income and expenditure relating to both public and non-public funds and ensure that such procedures comply with the requirements of the Educational Funding Agency (EFA) and with TKAT Scheme of Delegation.

 XII. Ensure that the non-public funds received by the schools are audited within the recognised timescales.

XIII. Receive the annual reports from internal and external auditors and ensure that any appropriate action is taken.

 XIV. Consider and make recommendations to the Governing Body regarding any proposals for the acquisition or disposal of buildings or land or parts thereof.

 XV. Determine, approve and keep under review all policies adopted by the Governing Body.

 XVI. Will at all times have due regard to relevant legislation and will seek external professional advice where appropriate.

 

12.      Under normal circumstances the school will use their own governing body to sit on panels or hearings. However, on occasion to ensure unbiased treatment, schools within TKAT will collaborate and use governors from within the Trust to sit on panels or hearings when necessary. 

 

Please click the links below for information on TKAT

Trust’s Annual accounts (no later than the end of January following the financial year to which the accounts relate)

 

Relevant business and pecuniary interests of trustees and members

 

The structure and remit of the members , board of trustees and its committees and the full names of the chairs

 

The trust’s scheme of delegation for governance functions

 

For each member who has served at any point over the past 12 months, their full names, date of appointment, date they stepped down (where applicable), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions

 

Health and safety policy

 

Annual reports relating to the Academy Trust.

 

Memorandum association

 

Articles of Association

 

Funding Agreement (including Supplemental Funding Agreement, where applicable)

 

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