School Governance

Dr Claire Hooks, Chair of Governors

Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form joined Bridge Academy Trust on 1 April 2021.

Our Local Governing Committee (LGC) currently comprises of 12 governors representing parents/carers, staff and the local community, and it has delegated authority from Bridge Academy Trust for governance of the day-to-day running of the school.

In general terms, the LGC is required to:

  • Set the strategic direction and ethos for the school; in our case this is carried out in conjunction with the Head of School and Bridge Academy Trust Board.
  • Hold the school to account for its actions and achievements by monitoring its performance across a broad range of criteria in conjunction with the Trust Board.
  • Act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school, by offering support, guidance, and praise when appropriate and constructive criticism and challenge where necessary.

The LGC meets four times a year.

Some governors take on additional roles to enable the governing body to fulfil its statutory responsibilities in areas such as safeguarding and SEND. We also have ‘links’ to other key areas and specific subjects within the curriculum, and make visits to the school to meet staff, watch lessons and support school events. All of these activities allow us to develop a good understanding of how the school is performing, as well as the challenges it faces.

Members of our LGC have a wide range of expertise and experience from many walks of life, and we endeavour to use these skills to help the school whenever possible.

We are also very aware of the ever-changing education environment, and governors attend continuous professional development to ensure that our governance work complies with the latest requirements.

Governors are committed to our primary purpose of ensuring that the school continues to deliver a high standard of education in a safe and secure environment, and in doing so secures the best possible outcomes for each and every one of its students. We also firmly believe that this is best achieved through a close partnership between students, their parents/carers, the school staff and governors.

We hope our students make the most of the many opportunities on offer to them at Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form and that their time with us is both successful and enjoyable.

Dr Claire Hooks
Chair of Local Governing Committee

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