Welcome to the Governors section of Heanor Gate Science College. We do hope that you enjoy browsing through our website and learning more about us.
Who are our Governors?
Each Governor has a set of different skills, expertise and experience. We will be developing our Governor profiles on an on-going basis. Click on the name of each Governor, for their profile...
Mr Stephen Huntington
Vice Chair & Community Governor (Appointed: 1 September 2013)
Miss Rebecca Baker
Staff Governor (Appointed: 1 October 2016)
Parent Governor (Appointed: 1 January 2017)
Staff Governor (Appointed: 1 November 2017)
Community Governor (Appointed: 1 January 2019)
Mr Dean Watson
Parent Governor (Appointed: 1 January 2019)
For details about our Chair of Governors, please contact the Clerk to the Governors in the first instance.
We said farewell to the following governors this Autumn:
Steve Midgley, resigned on 1 August 2018
Tracey Langton-Ballard, resigned on 18 September 2018
When do we meet?
The Full Governing Body meets twice during the Autumn term, twice during the Spring term and once during the Summer term.
What do we actually do?
During each academic year, Governors will conduct monitoring visits to see how the overall performance of the school is doing. During these visits, Governors get the chance to speak to staff and students and see the school in action. Our Governors are invited to attend a range of school events and productions such as awards events, end of year productions, celebratory events etc.
The core functions of a Governing Body are:
The Handbook was last updated in January 2017 (Click here to download)
The DfE also launched in January 2017: ‘A Competency Framework for Governance’. This document outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for effective governance, but in brief can be shown as:
In addition, we:
- Provide a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.
Appoint and conduct the performance management of the Principal.
Agree the school's improvement strategy, which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budges and staffing structures.
Monitor and evaluate the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Principal, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy.
Sign off the self-evaluation process and respond to Ofsted reports as necessary.
During the Spring Term 2018, we focused on:
- Our statutory duties and strategic planning including progress against school priorities; reviewing admission arrangements, policies and Governor school visits/monitoring
- Tracking the progress being made of all our students in terms of our expectations and targets, across all the year groups and with different groups of students
- The school's processes for reviewing safety, behaviour and personal development of students including attendance
- Reviewing Stakeholder views
- Starting the planning process for next year's budget, looking at the staffing structure needed to develop a broad, balanced and appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of our students
During the Autumn Term 2017, we focused on:
- Our statutory duties and strategic planning for the forthcoming year including elections, reviewing terms of reference and confirming our monitoring framework
- 2017 Performance Information/Data - looking at how our students did compared to national expectations
- The school's strategy for the use of the forthcoming Pupil Premium, Year 7 Catch Up Funding and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Funding that the school receives
- Approval of the School Improvement Plan - ensuring our strategic direction and school priorities are accurate and reflect data and stakeholder views
- Reviewing the finances for the school
- Reviewing safeguarding arrangements
We discussed a range of other ongoing themes such as Health & Safety, Policies and determining our role in external reviews such as Challenge Partners.
We also welcomed 2 new Governors in January 2019: Richard Havill and Dean Watson. All new Governors receive a Trust welcome information pack and meet with the Principal and Chair prior to starting their role.
Our Chair meets with other Chairs in The Spencer Acadmies Trust and provides a feedback report to the Directors of the Trust on the work of the Local Governing Body (LGB), including celebrations and challenges. This network provides the opportunity to find out what's new and what the expectations are on Governors going forward - both from the Trust, Government and Ofsted. The Chair has also undergone the Leadership Development Programme for Chairs. This also provides an opportuntiy for our Chair to network, learn and share with others across the region.
Since September 2016, the following Training has been undertaken by one or more Governors:
- Safeguarding / FGM / Prevent / Safer recruitment
- Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) - to keep abreast of latest legislation
- Induction - Effective Governance - an induction refresher on the role of school Governor
- Inspection Dashboard - how to interpret performance data
- Preparing for an external review/inspection
- Conducting a school visit
- Health & Safety - the role of Govenors
The Trust has supported our school with memberships to the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools - National Association (FASNA) networks to ensure that we are as up-to-date as possible with any changes in policy and/or legislation in school governance.
In September 2016, we welcomed Kylie Burbage as our new Clerk to Governors. Our Clerk also attends the Trust's Clerks briefings and has access to a network of support through the Trust.
Clerking Competency Framework
Introduced in April 2017 the new Clerking Competency Framework outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide a professional Clerking service to the Governors.
Four competency areas covered in the new Framework are:
- Understanding Governance
- Advice and Guidance
- People and Relationships
The new Framework recognizes the value of professional quality clerks and realises they are critical to the effectiveness of a governing board in fulfilling its core strategic functions.
To read the full framework, please click here.