Governance

The JCoSS Governing Body (as reconstituted in 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 2016-17 included the following particular issues, with the impact indicated:

Issue

Impact

Identification of the school’s principal objectives of academic excellence and an inclusive Jewish ethos

Close supervision of academic data, exploring the challenges with the Headteacher and senior staff in committee and occasional school visits.

Critical friendship has helped ensure robust actions by the school in addressing challenges.  The school’s performance management systems are robust, fair and clear.

Academic results in 2017 were the best ever on several measures, and strong in relation to national and community benchmarks. 

Maintaining the unique pluralist Jewish ethos of the school

 

Supporting the creation of new posts of Directors of Jewish Life and Jewish Learning; meeting with the new postholders to develop an ongoing vision and as a sounding board for issues of concern.

The School was rated Outstanding in all categories by Pikuach in an Ofsted s43 Inspection in November 2017.

Supporting the provision for Learning Support and the PSRP

Supporting a restructure of provision to ensure consistency and best practice across these two areas. Surveys 12 months on reveal a very high degree of satisfaction amongst all stakeholders

Monitoring the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

 

Regular review of the school’s finances throughout the year in committee and an annual presentation to the whole Governing Body by the Finance Director. Financial control and procedures for ensuring value for money are excellent

Ensuring the school was prepared for the 6th form results of its first full cohort.

Consistent encouragement and challenge supported the school to excellent results, at A level and in Vocational qualifications which Governors had been especially keen to initiate.

Building a 5-year vision for the forward development of the school in relation to possible expansion, additional 6th form provision and academization.

Strategic discussions with the Headteacher and senior colleagues are helping to hone key priorities for leadership, fundraising and governance.

 Supporting the provision of additional classroom space.

5 additional classrooms of high quality have been added to the school to meet current demand.

Reviewing Admissions Policies for Years 7-11 and Years 12-13, in full consultation with stakeholders

In a changing and uncertain landscape of Jewish secondary provision, policies were left substantially unaltered for 2018 but a more significant change is proposed for 2019.  Policies are transparent, fully code-compliant and support the aims and ethos of the school; the school is the most heavily-subscribed of all Jewish secondaries in London.

 

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

Please click here to view the Governing Body Register of Interests 2017

Please click here to view our Public Sector Equality Document 2018