Welcome from the Chair of the Governing Body
Chelmsford County High School for Girls became an Academy in January 2011. At that time the School’s serving Governors also became directors of the Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Academy Trust has a formal funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education.
Governors are mostly parents of current or former students. There are: up to ten Nominated Governors who are appointed by the Academy Members Governing Body, up to four Parent Governors elected by parents, two Staff Governors, the Headteacher and one Associate Members.
The Governing Body’s role can be explained simply. First, we act as employer to the staff. That includes appointing the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, and holding them to account for the school’s performance and outcomes to ensure the quality of education provision. Matters such as the admissions policy and the curriculum come under our scrutiny. Second, we have a strategic role in acting as a “critical friend”, providing support to the leadership and holding its decisions up to constructive examination in the interests of the pupils. Third, we ensure the school operates within the statutory and legal framework laid down by Parliament and complies with charities and company law plus the funding agreement. Fourth, we manage the land, buildings and finances.
The Governing Body meets four times annually. Three key committees meet regularly:
- Staff & Student Matters
- Facilities & Finance
Other committees meet when required. Each committee is minuted by the Clerk to the Governing Body and has either the Deputy Headteacher or Business Manager in attendance in addition to the Headteacher, who attends all meetings.
A Management Committee meets three times a year. Members include the chairs of the three key committees, plus the Chair and Vice-Chair of Governors and the Headteacher.
I and my fellow Governors are immensely proud of this great school, its outstanding Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and staff, and our high-achieving students. We are sure our parents share our passion to create the very best future for their daughters. I am grateful to my fellow Governors, who voluntarily devote so much time and effort to making Chelmsford County High one of the country’s finest schools.
In the league tables, our achievements speak for themselves. But we will only stay top of the tree by relentless focus on excellence. Our conversion to Academy Status opened an exciting new chapter in our life. It is a sign that a great school never stands still.
Contact the Governors
Contact with the Governors should be made via the Clerk to Governors:
Mrs Wendy Newton