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26/05/24

What an incredible end-of-term Assembly! Celebrating your amazing stories, friendships, and memories at Guildford County was unforgettable. Despite exams, summer is just around the corner!Good luck on the final stretch! Ace them, then enjoy a well-earned summer break! pic.twitter.com/6bOmKVxKnM— Guildford County Sch () May 26, 2024

26/05/24

🌿 Help us reach our goal! Northmead is thriving but we still need to gain over 10K more points to beat our competitors (friendly competition!). Log your points and make a difference for the environment today! ♻️ us: [https://t.co/XBLRLiuo4i] 🌍 pic.twitter.com/7uz2D38wxe— Northmead Junior School () May 26, 2024

26/05/24

pic.twitter.com/PhOrs8lRlO— Northmead Junior School () May 26, 2024

24/05/24

Read about the amazing triumphs of Fullbrook's U16 girls football team. What an achievement! Congratulations to all involved, we shall be talking about this for a very long time! https://t.co/fFUBThF5Bd pic.twitter.com/XqtTYfulgc

24/05/24

Great way to finish a busy half term! https://t.co/XXgVLmKOMu

24/05/24

Fantastic Friday has been absolutely fantastic. Everyone has had a relaxing day trying new things and enjoyed spending time with different children. See the newsletter for photos, year group updates and some end of year arrangements. https://t.co/eD0sr9hPaN pic.twitter.com/fNobs9M4Sq— Northmead Junior School () May 24, 2024

24/05/24

What an afternoon of house events! Everything from rounders, quizzes, Dance, Music, chess, boardgames, Maths challenges, Art and crafts meant everyone had a chance to win their house some points.Oh, and we had a silent disco for Year 9s as well - just for fun! pic.twitter.com/udEdpObwAr— Kings College () May 24, 2024

24/05/24

What a super sporty week… pic.twitter.com/a4prDbyOka— Boxgrove School () May 24, 2024

23/05/24

4NP enjoyed lunch in the sunshine today on their trip to Shere. What a busy but helpful week it has been for Year 4! pic.twitter.com/B0F7gAgyqh— Northmead Junior School () May 23, 2024

23/05/24

4W had an excellent day yesterday exploring Shere and learning about the speed of the river using dog biscuits! pic.twitter.com/QmqmIXPqev— Northmead Junior School () May 23, 2024

23/05/24

End of term message from Mr Smith. pic.twitter.com/GqTGtJ34kn— Guildford County Sch () May 23, 2024

23/05/24

A few years ago, our caretaker Chris Day embarked on a rewilding project at Wodeland. Alongside recent development work, these rewilding efforts have flourished, as you can see. We are grateful to Chris and his team for preserving and enhancing natural beauty at Wodeland. pic.twitter.com/btgOyEU1Fr— Guildford County Sch () May 22, 2024

23/05/24

Our Battlefield troops have landed and begun their exploration! Despite a slightly damp day, their spirits remain high. There's much to learn and investigate!#weareguildfordcountyschool pic.twitter.com/HEFpEgpz26— Guildford County Sch () May 22, 2024

22/05/24

Please stop by the Astro Turf before and after school tomorrow as staff attempt to cycle from London to Paris to raise funds for The Winter Garden and the growing environment beyond. You can donate via our Just Giving Page https://t.co/T8hUNaw873 🚴🚴🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️🚴 pic.twitter.com/gSguoqcVko— Boxgrove School () May 22, 2024

22/05/24

Busy, busy, busy! https://t.co/cddfnP6jZV

22/05/24

Day 2 Stop 1, we have visited Canadian National Memorial and Bimy Ridge pic.twitter.com/QYajmbXSAq— History Department () May 22, 2024

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Trust Governance

We believe that the best people to govern our schools are their own governing bodies - people who are local to them, know them well, care about the students and have the appropriate professional skills.

 

The board of trustees oversees several committees to conduct its work in depth, inviting additional professionals to these committees to assist.

Local Governing Bodies (LGBs)

The board of trustees believes in the importance of establishing a Local Governing Body (LGB) to oversee each school within the trust, in pursuit of the trust's vision and values, learning from best practice and taking into account the local community context.

Their core purpose is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • Hold school leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Oversee the school’s financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent

The trust's scheme of delegation describes their delegated powers, with further detail in their terms of reference.

  • LGBs are to reflect the view of their stakeholders and therefore include representation from parents, staff and the community
  • LGB members are recruited for a 3-4 year term, on a skillset basis
  • Minutes and supporting papers are made available to the trustees and executive team
  • Membership of LGBs is published on our school websites

LGBs will find that many of their more ‘bureaucratic’ duties (e.g. policy writing) will be carried out by the Trust, freeing up more of their time to focus on learning and teaching.

Governance Leaders Group (GLG)

All Chairs of Governors and Chairs of Committees of the Board meet every term to improve the effectiveness of governance, through:

  • Two-way communication between the board of trustees and the Local Governing Bodies (“communication”)
  • Consultative strategic conversation (“strategic consultation”)
  • Self-evaluation and training (“reflection”)

As set out in their terms of reference, the Governance Leaders Group will be responsible for implementing standards in governance effectiveness, guided by the DfE Governance Handbook.

This will involve (but is not limited to):

  • Strategic Leadership: clarifying the trust's vision, ethos and strategy
  • Accountability: for educational standards and financial performance
  • People: e.g. ensuring that skills audits are undertaken on a regular basis, that the governor training programme is tailored to their needs and that succession planning is in place
  • Structures: ensuring that roles and responsibilities are appropriate and effective
  • Compliance: understanding statutory and contractual requirements
  • Evaluation: e.g. of external reviews of governance, schools causing concern and Ofsted outcomes