Governance

Following the Parent Governor election, both Jane Conley and Mark Freedman have been elected as Parent Governors.  Thank you to all the nominees who stood for election and thank you to all those who participated.

The JCoSS Governing Body (as from September 2015) consists of 16 members:

  • 4 Parent Governors drawn from and elected by current JCoSS parents
  • 1 Governor nominated by Barnet Local Authority
  • 1 Staff Governor, drawn from and elected by JCoSS staff
  • The Headteacher
  • 9 Foundation Governors, nominated by the JCoSS Trust; of these, 2 are proposed by Norwood

The full Governing Body usually meets 4 times per year. It has 5 committees which meet prior to each meeting of the full Body:

1.  Finance and Premises – dealing with matters relating to the budget, school buildings, security, and health & safety
2.  Teaching and Learning – dealing with matters relating to the quality of teaching, the progress of students, examination results, and the Jewish ethos of the school
3.  Inclusion – dealing with all matters of student behaviour and wellbeing, Special Educational Needs and the PSRP
4.  Admissions – dealing with matters relating to the Admissions Policy for the main school and 6th form
5.  Personnel – dealing with matters relating to teaching and non-teaching staff, including appraisal and training

The Governing Body acts as a critical friend to the school, receiving regular reports on the budget, premises, expected results and progress towards them, the quality of teaching, admissions, staffing, Jewish ethos, the self-evaluation and planning processes, and all other achievements of the school and its students. It sets the admissions policy, approves the school budget, formally determines the pay of all staff, appoints (and appraises the performance of) the Headteacher, and is responsible for maintaining policies on all aspects of the school’s work.

The Governors, together with the JCoSS Trustees, provide strategic oversight, influence and expertise in a range of fields. In addition to regular, ongoing support and challenge, their work during 2014-15 included the following particular issues, with the impact indicated:

Issue

Impact

Ensuring the readiness of the school for     the first set of GCSE exams

Consistent encouragement and challenge supported the school to excellent results.

Monitoring the performance of each Faculty, with particular focus on any facing challenges

Critical friendship has helped ensure robust actions by the school in addressing challenges

Determining the shape of the expanded 6th form curriculum

A strong vocational offer was ensured in line with the school’s ethos

Monitoring the impact of changes to personnel and systems in Behaviour and Inclusion

Astute questioning and expertise have ensured that the school’s ethos is upheld in both these key areas

Reviewing the school’s support for British Values

A new policy was commissioned to enshrine the school’s work in this area.

Monitoring the implementation of new coach contracts administered by the school

Expertise and support helped ensure a better service and fewer complaints

Addressing the projected shortfall in 6th form funding as the school expands

Advice and expertise led to successful lobbying for the shortfall to be addressed by EFA (tbc)

Addressing the possible impact of changes to Gift Aid on Voluntary Contributions to the school

Technical and strategic advice has supported lobbying activities and scenario planning

Reviewing Admissions Policies for Years 7-11 and Years 12-13, leading to new policies for 2016-7

Both policies are transparent, fully code-compliant and support the aims and ethos of the school

Expanded accommodation for the 6th form, Media and Food Technology (Trustees’ Project)

Generous support in all stages of the process has ensured excellent provision in these areas

Final snagging of initial building works

Majority of items resolved, including replacement of incorrect gas meter with resultant cost saving.

Reconstituting the Governing Body in line with new legislation

A streamlined and more efficient Governing Body, making better use of senior leadership time

 

Please click here to view key information regarding the JCoSS Governing Body.

Please click here to view the Governing Body Register of Interests 2016