School Governance

Parrot Trevor

Notley High School & Braintree Sixth Form is the lead academy in the North Essex Multi Academy Trust (NEMAT). Our Local Governing Body (LGB) comprises 17 governors representing parents/carers, staff and the local community, and it has delegated authority from the NEMAT Board for governance of the day-to-day running of the school.

In general terms, governors are required to:

  • Set the strategic direction and ethos for the school, (in our case this is done in conjunction with the NEMAT Board).
  • Hold the school to account for its actions and achievements by monitoring its performance across a broad range of criteria.
  • Act as the ‘critical friend’ of the school, by offering support, guidance, and praise when appropriate and constructive criticism and challenge where necessary.

To this end, the LGB meets termly and is supported by various committees who are delegated to look in detail at particular areas of school life, eg Teaching and Learning, Finance, HR, Student Outcomes, etc and Governors sit on one or more of these committees in addition to the LGB. We are also ‘linked’ to Houses, and make visits to the school to meet staff, watch lessons and support school events. All these activities allow us to develop a far greater understanding of how the school works, as well as the challenges it faces, and we are therefore able to have more informed discussions, and make much better decisions, about its future.

Members of our LGB have a wide range of expertise and experience from many walks of life, and we endeavour to use these skills to help the school whenever possible. We are also very aware of the ever changing education environment, and governors attend training sessions to ensure that our governance work complies with the latest requirements.

We are proud of the progress that has been made at the school over many years and remain committed to our primary purpose of ensuring that the school continues to secure the best possible outcomes for each and every one of its students. We also firmly believe that this is best achieved through a close partnership between students, their parents/carers and the school staff and governors.

From time to time, the school does have vacancies on its governing body; if you are interested in becoming a governor, or would like further information on this or any other school matter, please feel free to contact me via the school.

Thank you for your interest in our school and its governance.

Trevor Parrott
Chairman of the Local Governing Body

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