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How does the Winchcombe School Governing Body operate?
The governance of the school is structured in accordance with the Department of Educations Governors’ Handbook, which sets out how governance is structured in an academy school. We are an academy trust that is a charitable company limited by guarantee. An academy has two layers of governance:
- The members of the trust (Member Trustees) who are akin to shareholders and have ultimate control of the direction of the academy trust
- The governors, who are also directors and trustees of the charitable company.
There are 12 trustees completing the school’s governing body (2 of which staff) and the Company Secretary who also fulfils the role of Clerk to the Governors. Winchcombe School has four Members (one of which is also a trustee – under review)
The governors are divided into two Committees – Resources (Chair. – Mrs A Peck) and Curriculum (Chair. Mr R Willcock). In addition, every governor takes responsibility for a “Link Governor” role which attaches them to an individual department or curriculum area to ensure high quality links between all school staff and the governing body.
Committees meet at least every half term to discuss, review and consider issues pertinent to their Terms of Reference (i.e. what they are responsible for within the school). Their reports are provided to the Full Governing Body (FGB) which meets as a whole also every half term. Link Governors meet with their allocated department/curriculum area every term and again, full reports are provided to both the head teacher and the FGB.
Governors undertake regular training both in school, online and with external providers. Governors are expected to maintain and expand their knowledge of the education system’s challenges, planned changes and their impact upon Winchcombe School. The governors share training, knowledge and other resources via group communications within the school’s secure internet based network similar to the My Big Campus used by parents and pupils.
Finally, governors are also involved in a variety of other aspects of school life including open evenings, parents evenings, Review of the Year, sports events, assemblies, flexible days, visits to other schools and many more too numerous to mention here. Below is a brief description of each governor and their role within the FGB. Should you have any queries about the work of the FGB or wish to contact the governors directly, please feel free to do so via the Clerk to the Governors who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are the Governors/Members
Head of Science Department (permanent, full-time)
Salary: Teacher Main/Upper Scale £24,373-£40,490 p.a. (depending upon experience)
TLR: Additional responsibility payment TLR2C – £6,829 p.a.
Start date: September 2020
Are you an enthusiastic, innovative and ambitious secondary Science Teacher ready for your next step?
Winchcombe School – a friendly mixed comprehensive school of approx. 500 students aged 11-16 and situated in beautiful Cotswold countryside near Cheltenham – is looking for a permanent full-time specialist Teacher of Science to lead the Department (of four teaching colleagues and a Technician) as the school enters an exciting time of re-development. The Science Department is soon to benefit from a brand new laboratory plus a new demonstration lab, due for completion in 2021.
The ideal candidate will be both a good leader and dynamic teacher; in addition to having the necessary teaching qualifications, you’ll be enthusiastic and able to motivate students to achieve their best. We will consider applications from excellent candidates for whom this will be their first leadership role.
Full details of the main duties and responsibilities of the post-holder are listed on Winchcombe School’s website together with a Person Specification. If you’d like to visit the school or have any questions, please contact email@example.com .
To apply, please complete the school’s standard application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with a covering letter.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Winchcombe School is committed to the safeguarding of young people and an enhanced DBS disclosure and satisfactory references will be required for this position.
Closing Date for applications: Thursday 5th March at 9am
Interview Date: Thursday 12th March