KING HAROLD ACADEMY AND DEBDEN PARK HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY IMPACT STATEMENT 2016/17

Over the last year governors have worked collaboratively across both schools, meeting regularly to review targets and set School Development Plans. Governors also reviewed a comprehensive report each term ‘Know Thy Impact’ for each school which gave them an overview from each leadership area detailing specific action to be taken and their outcomes.  At these meetings governors have followed the policy review schedule and have approved policies for both schools that cover every aspect of school life from Health and Safety to Learning to specific TKAT procedures. 

Governors have instigated topics for presentations to ensure that staff and student wellbeing is paramount, to gain a better understanding of new curriculum models and recent changes to the examination requirements and awards system.

They have monitored school finances regularly to ensure that they continue to be robust and that both schools have operated within the budgets assigned. 

Governors have supported events and carried out various monitoring visits of specific areas of school life. Each governor has been assigned a link role that they have investigated to gain an insight and knowledge of each school and how it operates on a day to day basis.  This has also allowed them to gain a better understanding of how improvements can be made and successes be recognised.

Governors met with Ofsted Inspectors as part of their most recent inspection of Debden Park High School in January 2017 whereby they were awarded Outstanding.  Governors also met with Ofsted Inspectors and played a key role in monitoring the improvements made by King Harold Academy which was also recognised by Ofsted who awarded them Good.   As part of both these inspections Ofsted carried out student and staff surveys which were both positive. Governors have also encouraged parents to participate in Ofsted’s online Parent View surveys throughout the year.

Both school examination results have improved and are recognised as above National Averages.

Governors have supported Debden Park High School in their successful application to become a Sixth Form and have celebrated the achievements of the first cohort of Year 13 exam results.

All governors have undertaken Level 2 Safeguarding Training and been DBS checked.