Governance for Deer Park School
Deer Park School is overseen by a Local Governing Body (LGB) which has a strong focus on three strategic functions:
- Ensuring the school is governed following the Trust & school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school, ensuring value for money is achieved.
These functions have been delegated to the LGB by the Bellevue Place Education Trust, which is the maintaining authority for the school. Visit the BPET website for information on BPET’s governance structure and how this links with Deer Park School.
Free Schools are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, Deer Park benefits from the Trust – a network of schools under one legal body.
BPET responsibilities are set out in the two following documents that are contracts between BPET and Secretary of State for Education:
- Master Funding Agreement – a contract with BPET, as a multi academy sponsor
- Supplementary Funding Agreement– a sub contract of the above for Deer Park School
The delegation for Deer Park School is set out in the BPET Scheme of Delegation. To support BPET Governors, all are provided with a Governance Handbook that set out the terms of reference, structure along with a code of conduct for BPET governors.
This means that Deer Park School governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
Deer Park’s LGB is made up with the following appointments:
- Five community governors appointed by BPET, which usually includes the Chair – these are governors with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area.
- Two staff governors – an elected staff member and the Headteacher (as an ex-officio appointment)
- Two parent governors
A governor’s term of office is 4 years and no governor will be expected to serve more than two terms.
The LGB meets at least four times a year. To support the role of the LGB, Deer Park School has established a Finance sub-committee. The committee is made up of two governors and the Headteacher – they meet three times a year to support the overall work of the LGB.
All governors are required to complete a Declaration of pecuniary and personal interest every academic year. For 2016/17 declarations, click here.
Claire Delaney – Trust Representative (Chair, effective from 29.03.17)
James Boyle – Parent Governor (Vice-Chair, effective from 29.03.17)
Graham Dearman – Community Governor – Health & Safety
Henry Giles – Community Governor – Headteacher’s Performance Review & Target Setting
Nick Hodgess – Community Governor – SEN and Inclusion
Heather McKissack – Community Governor – Pupil Premium Grant
Alison Colenso – Headteacher
Chris Gallant – Parent Governor
Frances Bracegirdle – Staff Governor
The clerk to the LGB is Beryl Hawkins
To contact any of our governors please email email@example.com
Governor Appointment and Attendance Record
All schools are required to publish each governors appointment date, type of governor, term of office and attendance record. Below is a table of the Deer Park governors and their attendance record this academic year 2016/17.
|Governors||Type||Date appointed/resigned||Meetings attended||Out of a total of expected|
|Graham Dearman||Community||1 Sept 15 - present||3||5|
|Henry Giles||Community||1 Sept 15 - present||5||5|
|Nick Hodgess||Community||1 Sept 15 - present||7||8|
|Claire Delaney||Chair of Governors||1 Sept 15 - present||3||4|
|Heather McKissack||Community||9 Dec 16 - present||4||5|
|Alison Colenso||Staff (ex-officio)||1 Sept 15 - present||8||8|
|Frances Bracegirdle||Staff||1 Sept 16 - present||6||6|
|Chris Gallant||Parent (Appointed)||11 Oct 16 - present||6||7|
|James Boyle||Parent (Elected)||14 Oct 15 – present||6||7|
Approved governing body meeting minutes are available here.