The Governing Body
Thank you for showing an interest in our School. This page provides more information about our governance arrangements.
On 1 November 2017, we joined Castle Rock High School and Newbridge High School to form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) under our corporate name of ‘The Apollo Partnership Trust’. Our ambition is to work together to provide a seamless education for pupils in the local area, between the ages of 4 -14, by offering new opportunities and a broader curriculum, to bring out the best in every student.
Who are governors and what do they do?
The MAT is run by a Board of Trustees who are also known as governors or directors. Their role is to support the Executive Head by agreeing the future direction of the partnership, its principle aims and values and by endorsing the plans the senior leaders develop to deliver those goals. The Trustees meet each term to monitor progress against the plans and there are sub-committees to look at topics such as resource management and educational standards in more detail.
Within Broom Leys Primary School, we have a ‘Local Governing Body’ or LGB, which is another committee of the Trust. We have 10 members and our role is to look at the ways in which our school will deliver the MAT’s priorities. We work with our Head Teacher, Robert Prior, to agree the long term aims for the School. For us that means where we want to be in five years’ time and what we need to do to get there. We monitor the work of the School and make sure it is on track to reach our ambitions for the future. We don’t run the School on a day-to-day basis – that is the role of the Head Teacher.
As a LGB, we have our own role to play. This is summed up in the three areas we oversee:
- Ensure clarity of our School vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and its pupils, and the performance management of its staff; and
- The financial management of the School –to make sure our money is properly and well spent.
Our committee members are a mix of people who bring different skills to the School. The Head Teacher is a governor and brings extensive knowledge and experience of the education system to our work. Other governors bring experience from sectors within industry, local charities and our community. Between us, we try to make sure we offer skills and an understanding of all the areas involved in running a school today: from education, finance; personnel; asset management; business continuity; marketing and so on. All these elements combine to make sure our pupils have a happy and fulfilling time at Broom Leys. Governors are appointed from our community, by the local authority, or elected by staff and parents.
A list of the members of the governing body, their attendance at meetings and any interests they have declared can be found on the website of the Apollo Partnership Trust
Academy Trust requirements
The Apollo Partnership Trust is an academy which means we receive our funding direct from the government to run our School (as opposed to one run and maintained by the local authority at County Hall in Leicestershire). To make sure we act responsibly, it is a registered company, and also classed as a charity, so we have to follow both company and charity laws in the UK. As well as the Board of Governors, which oversees the regular business of governance, we have an additional tier of Trust Members, who are responsible for making sure the Board observes the relevant laws and requirements of our funders, the Education Funding Agency.
A list of our members can be found on the website of the Apollo Partnership Trust.
There is a requirement to compile and declare a Register of People with Significant Control within limited companies. In our case, this refers to the number of Members who have voting rights which exceed 25%. Currently we do not have any members whose rights exceed this limit but we will continue to keep the situation under review.
How we work and our committees
The full LGB committee meets for up to five times a year to monitor the children’s progress and school finances overall and to make sure the School is on track to deliver the ambitious plans we agree for the future.
Governors visit the School to monitor progress in all these areas, report back to the committees and GB, and work with the senior leadership team in School to get the best results for our pupils.
We hope this brief summary has given you a better insight into our governance arrangements. If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone about becoming involved, please leave a message for our clerk by telephoning the school office.