Governing Body Performance Statement 2016-17
Most governors had excellent attendance records in 2016-17. A new Chair of Governors was elected in November 2016 following the completion of a three year period in office of the previous Chair, who remains on the governing body. Five new governors were recruited and appointed as a result of some long serving governors standing down. Governors agreed to adopt the use of standing orders for their meetings. New terms of reference and membership of all committees were reviewed and updated where required.
Governors made a number of individual visits to the school for events and meetings or for structured purposes to observe or monitor daily school activities. They were also available throughout the year for remote-working on school business.
Work carried out during the year included:
Oversight of leadership transition as the new senior team settled in to their roles
Ensuring the school was compliant across the full range of areas relating to legal requirements and health and safety
Having input to and then monitoring implementation of the School Improvement Plan and holding the school to account for its progress.
Monitoring and reviewing termly data relating to student progress and achievement
Reviewing first year arrangements for how the school was working alongside the Michael Tippett College which opened in September 2016 and assessing the impact of these developments.
Continued working with the local authority over student funding arrangements and acquiring the extra funds required to support our students’ learning needs and to keep them safe at school
Ensuring that the needs of TMTS students were communicated clearly to the local authority and other agencies.
Undertaking induction for new governors, or further training to ensure governors knowledge and skills remain relevant and up to date
How our Actions Benefited the School
TMTS has adapted to changing regulatory demands placed on it and improved its provision accordingly.
Changes have been made to the curriculum and timetabling with the aim of achieving improved learning outcomes.
Students have generally made good progress and we have contributed to this by interrogating data and encouraging high standards.
Strong demand from our 6th form students, their parents and carers to transition to Michel Tippett College at post-19 and to remain within the Michael Tippett ‘family’.
A number of areas identified for improvement have been worked on and developed as a result of scrutiny from governors. Through the School Improvement Plan and Self-Evaluation Document we have a good understanding of what the school still needs to do to improve further.
The school’s revamped management structure is enabling it to meet the challenges and the opportunities of the future.
Improvements to the layout and room usage in the school building will enhance our school’s provision
Ensuring that students have access to a range of support, activities and experiences through partnering with other agencies and providing strong home/school links.
We have ensured the school’s policies are compliant, relevant and focused.
Governing Body Performance Statement 2015-16
Most governors had excellent attendance records in 2015-16 and the terms of reference for each committee were reviewed. Governors made a number of visits to the school as well being available for remote-working related to school business.
Work carried out during 2015-16 included:
Completing leadership transition as our new Headteacher began her first year at the school.
- Ensuring the school was compliant across the full range of areas relating to legal requirements.
- Reviewing every policy ensuring they reflect the needs of the school as part of the school audit in February 2016.
- Monitoring and reviewing the data relating to student progress.
- Reviewing plans for the Michael Tippett College, which opened in September 2016. We oversaw and approved plans for the college and how it will work with the school. As part of that, we also appointed a new Deputy Headteacher of the school.
- Partnership working with the local authority to agree funding arrangements.
- Monitoring the implementation of the School Improvement Plan which included a range of building works and ensuring appropriate learning resources were purchased for students. It also covered the development of post-16 provision.
- Ensuring the needs of TMTS were communicated clearly to the local authority and other agencies.
How our Actions Benefited the School
- We have ensured TMTS has a new Headteacher allowing for a seamless transition between leaders and enabling the school to continue in its progression.
- TMTS has adapted to changing regulatory demands placed on it and improved its provision accordingly.
- Students have made good progress and we have contributed to interrogating data and raising standards.
- A number of areas identified for improvement have been worked on and developed as a result of scrutiny. Through the School Improvement Plan and Self-Evaluation Document we have a good understanding of what the school needs to do to improve further.
- The school now has a new revamped management structure that will enable it to meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities of the future.
- Building improvements will enhance our school’s long standing vision.
- We have ensured the school’s policies are compliant, relevant and focused.