In 2015 following the conversion to Academy status a decision was made by the Governing Body to undertake a review of the governance of the Academy. A team of three governors was established and a series of planning meetings took place involving the three key governors along with the Principal, the Chair and Vice Chair of Governors and also the Chairs of the Committees.
The following decisions were made:-
•Every newly appointed governor receives an induction visit to the Academy.
•From 2014, new governors will undertake a skills audit which will ensure the Academy benefits from the knowledge and experience from members of its governing body.
•The Academy has joined both the local (Hartlepool) Governors’ Association and the National Governors’ Association so that all governors have the opportunity to stay abreast of educational developments by way of regular communications and opportunities to attend training and conferences both locally and nationally.
•Through the NGA all Governors receive bi-monthly magazines and have access to their web site.
•Governors have access to termly training organised by the Local Authority. These training courses take place both during the day and in the evenings.
•The Academy has enrolled with “Ten Governor Support” which is an on-line training resource for governors enabling them to manage their own training from home.
•The Chair of Governors spends at least half a day in college every week meeting the Principal and students.
•The Chair of Governors is actively involved in pupil support matters and meets with identified pupils on a half termly basis.
•Governors take every opportunity to offer both challenge and support and the Chair of Governors constantly encourages this from the governing body.
•Governors’ subject links have been re-established. Link governors visit the college termly and feed back to the relevant committees, the outcomes of their visits
•A Governors’ steering group has been established and meets regularly with the Head teacher and other key personnel to discuss school improvement and pupil performance.
The Vice Chair of Governors (Achievement & Progress) meets with each Curriculum Leader to discuss performance in their areas.