Chair of Governors' Welcome
Hello. I’m Lorna Vickery, Chair of Governors at Amery Hill School. I’m proud to be one of the school’s governors helping shape and guide the strategic direction of the school and ensuring the voices of students, staff, parents and the local community are heard.
Good governance is important to the success of any organisation in fulfilling its purpose, and in the case of schools also ensuring that public money is being spent well. The Governors of Amery Hill come from different backgrounds including engineering, banking, retail and project management, as well as the civil service and education. We adhere to the Nolan principles for standards in public life and strive to use our skills and experience to make a positive and effective contribution to the school; working with the fantastic team at Amery Hill to ensure our students reach their full potential.
If you would like to raise any questions to the Governing Board, or view the minutes of the FGB meetings, please contact us on the email below.
Governors of Amery Hill
|Mrs Oonagh Austin||Chair Standards Committee|
|Mr Philip Canale||Vice Chair FGB/Chair Pay Committee|
|Mrs Lorna Vickery||Chair FGB|
|Mr Simon Cooney|
|Mr Robin Kemp|
|Ms Geraldine Lister||Chair Resources Committee|
|Mr David Hainsworth|
|Mr Jeff Lyle|
|Mr Stephen Mann||Headteacher/Accounting Officer|
|Local Authority Governor||Responsibility|
|Mrs Jacqueline Wild|
The Governing Board has four core functions:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- To hold the school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff
- To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and make sure that public money is well spent
- To ensure the voices of stakeholders (students, staff, parents and the wider community) are heard
The work of the governors is conducted by specific committees:
- Resources Committee, which discusses and agrees the school budget, and covers estates, human resources and health and safety
- Standards Committee which monitors and analyses all information relating to student outcomes, together with staff and student wellbeing and pastoral care
- Pay Committee
- Risk and Audit Committee, with oversight of performance management and the risk register
The Full Governing Board also works together to consider and agree funding for new projects that deliver great benefits for the school community, enhancing our environment and facilities and improving outcomes for all our students. We approved funding for the new dining hall, the recent IT upgrade and are also engaged in planning and supporting many new projects and developments across the school.
Amery Hill Academy Trust
Amery Hill School converted to an Academy in 2011. We are bound by our Articles of Association, which describe how we are organised and provide the ‘rules’ for how we can operate.
As an Academy we have more freedom and flexibility over how we are governed, including how the school spends its budget. The school is managed and led by Mr Mann and the Senior Leadership Team with the governors supporting and challenging in their role as ‘critical friend’ to drive long term development and strategic improvement.
Becoming a Governor
Governors can get a great deal from the work and time they put into the role, from meeting new people to learning new skills, and experiencing decision making at board level. Most importantly you have the chance to help improve the education and life chances of children and young people.
Do I need any professional qualifications to be a school governor?
No. Schools need volunteers with a variety of life experiences, however whilst you do not need qualifications to be a governor, governors will need to demonstrate:
- an ability to work in a team and debate issues in a constructive manner
- good strategic and general financial awareness
- the capacity to shape, implement and monitor policy
- an active interest in secondary education and lifelong learning
- a commitment to participate in training to enhance your effectiveness in the role
Are you looking for any skills or knowledge?
Being a governor is a great opportunity for professionals looking to improve their business or leadership skills, and we are particularly interested in speaking to people with experience in the following areas:
- Health & Safety
- Legal or HR experience
- IT systems
How much time will I need to commit?
The role requires you attend twelve meetings spaced through the academic year and a Governor Day in October. There is a comprehensive training programme available throughout the year, and governors are expected to show a commitment to their own learning and development as well as that of the staff and students at the school.
We are always keen to hear from people in our community who may be interested in becoming a school governor. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact us on the email below