Newsletter from the Governing Body

CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2017

I hope you had a very relaxing Christmas break and as the old year becomes a distant memory I would like to mention some of the events which took place in the previous half term.

Senior Awards Evening took place on 10th November 2016 and as always this event gives governors an opportunity to join students, parents and staff to celebrate the students’ achievements and efforts.  Governors enjoy seeing the students’ hard work paying off and their efforts acknowledged in this way.

In November Governors were invited to attend the school’s production of “Grease” and it was an amazing show from the staging right the way through to the professional singing and dancing of the cast.  Everyone present enjoyed it and my congratulations go to all of the students and staff involved for the hard work and commitment to the performance.

Heath students took part in lots of events last term; The Heath Debating Society entered a team to compete in the annual Halton Mayoral Debate Competition in December. Four Year 9 students: Alex Winstanley, Ella Redmond, Alex Anderson and Dominic Williams competed against Year 11 students from other schools and members of Halton’s Youth Cabinet and they won the competition receiving a trophy.  On behalf of the governors I would like to offer them my congratulations.

I would also like to say well done to Year 10 student, Amy Forster who made it through to the first team squad for Cheshire under-16’s football and played in her first full match in November.

As always, should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on  mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth Chair of Governors

 

CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2016

At their first full governing body meeting held on 15th September governors received a full exam results review and data analysis and I look forward to attending the Year 11 Awards evening in November when governors can formally congratulate the class of 2016 on their fantastic results and achievements.

The governing body ended the first half term with their annual Governors’ Conference held on 21st October and it had a full agenda.  Members of the senior leadership team provided presentations and updates on topics such as the school priorities and framework for learning; Teaching School; School Direct/Teaching Training; Quality of Teaching and Learning; Pupil Premium; Sixth Form; Financial Benchmarking; SEN; Attendance and Safeguarding and the curriculum.

On behalf of the governing body I would like to welcome to The Heath the following new members of staff: James Workman – Head of Design, Technology and Engineering

Rebecca Ellison – Teacher of Drama

Claire McGough – Teacher of English and Media

Chris Kendrick – Teacher of Science

Benjamin Cobner – Teacher of Maths

Christopher Mooney – Teacher of IT

Ashleigh Stirzaker – Teacher of Psychology

Louise Draper – Teaching Assistant

Ryan Kahn – Unqualified Teacher on School Direct Programme

Sara Griffiths – Unqualified Teacher on School Direct Programme

We wish them well in their careers at The Heath.

Should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on  mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

 

Jane Ainsworth Chair of Governors

 

CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER APRIL 2016

As part of my role as Pastoral Critical Friend I was delighted to be invited to attend the Y11 mock results day.  It was an interesting experience to see the students receive their results in the Sports Hall, from their Form Tutor.  I then joined them in the hall to hear a very inspiring talk from ex-student and former Head Girl, Jess Rigby.  A week later governors were invited to join Y11 at The Heath Business Park when Y11 underwent an interview process.

At a recent inclusion meeting governors were advised that The Heath had achieved the Young Carers’ Award.  This is a testament to the hard work and support which staff offer in the Centre for Student Intervention.

As this year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Mrs Jones took part in the Diamond Challenge and governors offered their congratulations to her for completing her Silver Assessment Expedition which involved 3 days hiking, 2 nights at different campsites, and carrying everything she needed for the duration in her rucksack!

Governors were also pleased to hear that The Heath was awarded top place for Health and Wellbeing at the Halton Business Awards 2016 recently and passed on their thanks to Mrs Jenkins for the work she does in co-ordinating the school’s health and wellbeing programme.

On 20th April Governors attended an information open evening for the new school with the builders, Carillion, architects and local residents which was both informative and well attended.

As always, should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on  mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth Chair of Governors

 

 

CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2016

I hope you had a peaceful and relaxing Christmas; as we move into the next term I should like to briefly reflect on the last one.

On Sunday 8th November Mr Jardine, Mr Mansfield and members of the Junior Leadership Team attended the Remembrance Sunday Service at Runcorn Cenotaph and laid a wreath on behalf of The Heath School.  Governors appreciated staff and students giving so freely of their time on a weekend to take part in the service and join the local community at such an important event.

Senior Awards Evening took place on 18th November 2015 and afforded governors the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students with parents and staff.  It is always a pleasure to see the student’s hard work pay off and be able to recognise it in this way.

Additionally I would also like to highlight in particular the achievement of one of our Year 8 students, William Callan who in November took part in the Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival.  His achievements were many and included first place in each of the following – novice solo acting; senior solo acting; senior duologue; duet; group song; second place – musical theatre and then won the overall championships for his solo acting and duologue in the evening finals. Congratulations William on your fabulous achievements!

In December Governors were invited to attend the school’s production of A Night on Broadway and it was an absolutely fabulous show; with songs from Mary Poppins, Blood Brothers  and the Lion King to name but a few.  All the students involved gave outstanding performances and a particular highlight was during the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” section when the “Umpa Lumpas” handed out chocolate to the audience members!  It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and governors would like to thank staff and students for their hard work in producing such a wonderful show.

As always, should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on  mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth Chair of Governors

 

CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2015

The governing body began the new academic year with their annual Governors’ Conference held on 2nd October which had a packed agenda.  Members of the senior leadership team provided presentations and updates on topics such as the school priorities and framework for learning; Teaching School; School Direct/Teaching Training; Quality of Teaching and Learning; Pupil Premium; Sixth Form; Financial Benchmarking; SEN; Attendance and Safeguarding and the curriculum.

At their full governing body meeting held on 8th October governors received a full exam results review and data analysis and were pleased to hear that The Heath was, yet again, the highest achieving school in Runcorn with 5A*-C including Maths and English is 65%.    I look forward to attending the Year 11 Awards evening in November when governors can formally congratulate the class of 2015 on their fantastic results and achievements.

Our recent Open Evening for Year 6 students and their parents was an outstanding success and very well attended.  I was particularly pleased to note how well the new Junior Leadership Team performed speaking to parents and students from the stage and congratulate them on their confident performance.

I would like to congratulate the following students who went down to London on Wednesday, 23rd September with Miss Dale and whose performance opened the two PiXL Learning Conferences at Westminster Hall.  They were a credit to the school and were very warmly received by all present.  Year 8: Zak Langdon; Stella Willcox; Katie Heeley; Ella Collins; Millie Peddle; Sam Hendry; Jacob Greenhalgh; Year 10: Ashleigh Willcox; Codi Jaques; Year 11: Jade Dawber.

On behalf of the governing body I would like to welcome to The Heath the following new members of staff: Sarah Perraton – English Teacher; David Kociuruba – Physics Teacher; Christopher Ditchburn – Teacher of English and Progress Leader; Daniel Riley – Head of Physics and Progress Leader; Kirsty Law – Teacher of Mathematics and Charlie Graves – Teacher of Mathematics together with new support staff: Shaun Jardine, Simon Valentine, Julie Egerton and Jacky Roberts.  We wish them well in their careers at The Heath.

Should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on  mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth Chair of Governors

 

CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER JULY 2015

As we approach the end of the summer term students have now completed their external examinations and governors wish them good luck and look forward to receiving the full results analysis in their first meeting of the new academic year.  Governors recognise and appreciate the commitment and support offered to students by staff at The Heath and were delighted to see the range of revision classes in place and noted how well attended they were by students.  I believe Year 11 had a wonderful evening at ‘The Prom’ on 3rd  July.  I am also looking forward to the upcoming Awards Evenings for Years 7 and 8 on 14th July followed by Years 9 and 10 on 15th July; these events give governors the opportunity to join in the celebration of the hard work and achievement of our students.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate students Ronnie Ayres, Arron Carroll Harry Comer, Joe Dursley, Owen Hughes, Cameron Lloyd, Morgan Molyneux, Charlie Pinnington, Ben Purvis, Jack Swanwick and Jack Wright who took part in a band night at the Cavern Club on 28th April organised by the Music Department.  This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to play at this iconic venue in front of their families and friends.

I was pleased to hear that student Abbie Fisher of form 9RYY was selected as Guard of Honour for the International Netball series at the Liverpool Echo Arena in May when England v Trinidad and Tobago played.  I would like to congratulate Abbie on being chosen to do this further to her love of the sport and the commitment she has shown in her volunteering work.  I was also delighted to hear that Lewis Diprose of form 10HFG was chosen to visit Normandy in June as a member of Woolton Air Cadets.  I would like to congratulate Lewis on this privilege; what a brilliant chance to gain a wider understanding of World War II.  Congratulations should also be given to Will Callan of form 7JBRG who was chosen to perform on stage in ‘Grease’ with the LHK Theatre Company at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool on 2nd – 4th July 2015.

It is always lovely to hear of the students taking part in charity work and thanks must go to our Sixth Form students who took part in a charity walk on the last Learn 4 Life Day and raised the magnificent sum of £362 for Halton Haven Men’s Shed Project.  Well done.

At our last full governing body of the year on 2nd July we said farewell to the members of the current Junior Leadership Team and the new members of the JLT were introduced to governors who wished them well in their new roles.

Governors were invited to an evening of celebration of visual and performing arts at The Heath on Monday, 29th June at 7pm in the school hall.  It was a most enjoyable night with performances taking place from students in the Dance, Drama and Music departments and there was also an art exhibition of students’ work.

On Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd July the following students represented our schools as Taiko Drummers in the PiXl’s Got Talent competition in London – Year 7: Jacob Greenhalgh, Zak Langdon, Katie Heeley, Stella Willcox, Millie Peddle and Ella Collins; Year 9: Ashleigh Willcox, Codi Jaques; Year 10: Jade Dawber.  I am delighted to hear that they are now through to the final on 23rd September which is a fantastic achievement and on behalf of the governors I wish them the best of luck in September.

At the end of term governors will say farewell to six members of staff; two of whom are retiring – Mr Cummings from the Mathematics Department and Mrs Knight, Examinations Officer – best wishes are also sent to cleaner Mrs Kirwan who left us in July and Miss Flynn, Mrs Davies and Mr Davidson who leave us in August.

I wish all students and their families a happy and relaxing summer break.  As always, should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on  mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth
Chair of Governors


CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER APRIL 2015

As you may be aware from my last newsletter the Governing Body had a vacancy for a Community governor and advertised this position in the local community. I am pleased to advise that Michelle Cotgreave has been appointed to the position and attended her first full governing body meeting on 26th March 2015. Michelle lives and works in the local community and also has a son at The Heath and we look forward to working with her.

One of the governing body’s priorities is to have regular contact in school and in March I convened several governing body behaviour panel meetings in association with the school’s two Assistant Principals for Behaviour and Attendance. At these meetings the Vice Chair and I had the opportunity to meet with parents and students; we not only discussed behaviour but were also able to offer formal praise to students who had done particularly well or shown improvement.

Myself and other governors sat on the interview panels in March to assist in the recruitment of new teaching staff who will commence their appointments in the new academic year, September 2015. This is always an interesting experience to be involved in but as a governor a very crucial one also as safeguarding recruitment is of paramount importance at The Heath.

On Tuesday, 3rd March the Dance Department held their annual GCSE and BTEC Dance showcase (amongst other dance performances) in the School Hall. Governors were invited to attend and it was a very enjoyable evening and the perfect platform to highlight the work and commitment of some very talented students.

Year 10 Parents’ Evening took place on Thursday, 5th March and was attended by one of our parent governors who expressed her views to myself and the Principal on the evening. I was particularly pleased to hear that, as always, students looked so smart and proud walking round school in their uniforms and also that the information she had received from individual teachers was extremely beneficial and valuable. Parents’ Evenings are important events in the school calendar and there is always a really good atmosphere there as parents, staff and students come together in The Heath community.

School held a non uniform day for the Comic Relief Charity on Friday, 13th March 2015 with lots of activities taking place on the day with the theme ‘Make your face funny for money’. Governors were very impressed to hear that students and staff managed to raise the grand total of £1,225.20.

The following week on Friday, 20th February students were incredibly lucky to experience the solar eclipse; Mr Jardine extended Form time so that they could view the BBC live web cam broadcast which had a live feed showing the eclipse starting at 9am. Staff also gave a power point presentation and question and answer session to students which provided a full explanation of the eclipse.

The summer term is always a busy one in the lead up to external examinations for both Years 11 and 12 and on behalf of the governing body I should like to thank the staff at The Heath who have given so freely of their time during the recent Spring break to offer extra revision sessions for students in a variety of subjects to support them as they move towards the exam period. The support and commitment from both staff and students is both recognised and appreciated by the governing body.

As always, should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth
Chair of Governors


CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2015

I hope you had a peaceful and relaxing Christmas; as we move into the next term I should like to briefly reflect on the last one.

The second Governors’ Annual Conference took place on 3rd October 2014 and governors received updates on the school’s Framework for Learning; School Direct and Teacher Training; the curriculum; Sixth Form; Pupil Premium; Attendance and Safeguarding and Teaching and Learning.  This event helps ensure that governors can act to support the school as best as possible but also challenge as Critical Friends.

Governors also said farewell to Carl Fitzsimons who resigned recently from the governing body due to work commitments.  Carl’s resignation left a vacancy for a Community Governor and an advert was placed in the local community; we are hoping to appoint in the very near future.

Our new governors were offered induction training and are looking forward to the year ahead and working with members of the Senior Leadership Team as Critical Friends.

Year 11 Awards Evening took place on 18th November 2014 and afforded governors the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students with parents and staff.

I would also like to highlight in particular the achievements of two of our students: Megan Hooper in Year 11, who is the English, British & European Thai Boxing Champion; she is a silver medallist in the World games and has appeared and won on the biggest Muay Thai show in the UK in October at the Reebok Stadium that was viewed worldwide.  As well as competing Megan is a trainee Instructor in a local Thai boxing academy and has been teaching alongside the instructors for some years and has shown great maturity, confidence, kindness and focus to help adults and junior students progress in martial arts and she is also an anti bullying ambassador, helping all those who attend the club regularly and have been bullied and are in need of help and support.

Congratulations must also go to Grace Bamber in Year 9 who has recently won the Cheshire Young Person’s Award; she was invited to the Cheshire Pride event and also had an award presented to her in Year assembly.

Our last full governors’ meeting in November was held in the new Sixth Form Centre which gave an opportunity to view the new facilities and governors received curriculum presentations from the PE and Geography departments respectively.

Governors also held an extra meeting to discuss the new Governors’ Action Plan and to develop targets for 2014 – 15.  We are particularly excited to be working with the Principal and Heads of Faculty as Curriculum Critical friends.

At the Inclusion Focus Group meeting in November Governors were delighted to hear that The Heath attendance is currently the highest in Halton at 97.2% and we would like to join the Principal in thanking parents for their commitment and support in ensuring students arrive in school on time and in their full school uniform.

In December Governors attended the school’s production of Little Shop of Horrors and it was an absolutely fabulous show; the whole cast gave outstanding performances; it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

As always, should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth
Chair of Governors


CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER SEPT 2014

You may recall in my last newsletter the governing body held elections for the vacancies of parent governors and support staff governor.  I am pleased to announce the appointment of two new parent governors – Alison Hough and Paula Robinson and the new support staff governor – Julie Hayes.  All new governors have now received their induction and look forward to attending the first full governing body meeting of the new academic term on Thursday, 17th September 2014.  This meeting will be a one item agenda, to discuss the summer 2014 GCSE results.

Further to the summer 2014 GCSE exams governors were delighted to see that The Heath’s headline figure is 65% A*-C including English and Maths  – another outstanding set of results for The Heath and a credit to the staff and students of our school.

On 15th and 17th July governors attended The Heath’s Awards Evenings – these were two extremely enjoyable evenings celebrating the achievements of our students.  They were very well organised and it was a pleasure to sit with the families to witness the subject, progress, attendance, special awards being awarded.

On 9th July the PE department held their Heath School Sports Personality of the Year Awards evening, the purpose of which was to celebrate all of the hard work and commitment our students demonstrate during both curricular and extra curricular time.  Governors were delighted to have the opportunity to hear about the students’ achievements and to see the special guest, Mr Paul Sculthorpe, MBE.

As we commence a new academic year plans are in place for the second Governors’ Annual Conference which will be held on 3rd October and at which governors will receive updates on  the school’s Framework for Learning; School Direct and Teacher Training; the curriculum; Sixth Form; Pupil Premium; Attendance and Safeguarding and Teaching and Learning.  This event helps ensure that governors can act to support the school as best as possible but also challenge as critical friends.

This term we will be focused on developing our Critical Friend roles, looking at aspects of the School’s Framework for Learning, working in partnership with the School’s Senior Leadership Team and the Multi Academy Trust Board.

Governors have also liaised with the school’s Head of E-Learning to develop a secure site for governors’ use and training has already taken place so that governors can now operate their own forum and access documents directly and more effectively.

You will be aware that The Heath Sixth Form opened this term to a very positive start in their new Sixth Form Centre and the students look very smart.  Together with the Head of Sixth Form and three members of staff I accompanied the Year 12 students to Hope University in their first week of term.  They had two sessions with University Ambassadors on Study Skills and Futures Thinking and Planning and a tour of the Campus looking at all aspects of University life.

On Wednesday 17th September The Heath held their annual Open Evening for Year 6 prospective students which was a great success with a presentation by the Principal, talks by members of the Junior Leadership Team and a video giving an overview of the school and its faculties.

On a personal note I would like to thank you all for your support in continuing to ensure that the school’s uniform standards are kept high; the students look smart in their new uniforms and it is lovely to see them walking to class with an obvious pride in their school and uniform.

I visited the school on 5th September 2014 and walked around the site with Mr Jardine meeting new members of staff and the new Year 7 and found that the atmosphere was a pleasant, calm and positive centre of learning as always.

As always, should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth
Chair of Governors


CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER JULY 2014

This half term we have said goodbye to two long serving members of the Governing Body, John Adams (parent governor) and Dawn Brown (support staff governor).  On behalf of the governing body I would like to thank them for their commitment and support over their years of service.

We have therefore undertaken an election for the vacancies of parent governor and support staff governor and I will advise you of the appointments made in my next newsletter.  I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Richard Young as teaching staff governor and he will be warmly welcomed at his first governors’ meeting on 3rd July 2014.

At our full governing body meeting in May Assistant Principal, Mrs McNamee provided governors with a comprehensive update on Y11 school data following their mock examinations results and governors look forward to receiving the full outline of GCSE results at the first meeting of the year in September 2014.

On 19th July 2014 several governors attended a training event facilitated by Halton Borough Council at the Select Stadium in Widnes to discuss the reforms currently taking place in Special Education Needs.  On the same evening further training took place for the governors to have their own secure site on the school network to enable smoother internal communication and instant access to documents and current information.

As a member of the National Governors’ Association the Governing Body were invited to join the pilot scheme of the Welcome Trust’s exciting new project “Questions for governors to ask about Science and Maths in English secondary schools”. The pilot officially launched in May and governors will take part in the survey during the autumn term.

Governors always try and support extra curricular activities in school whenever possible and were delighted to be invited to the school’s Performing Arts Evening on Tuesday 1st July.  It was an excellent evening which showcased the talents of our students and was well supported by parents, staff and governors.

As we approach the end of the school year I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing summer holiday and, as always, should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on  mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth

Chair of Governors


CHAIR’S NEWSLETTER MAY 2014

It has been another busy half term for the governing body.  Several governors attended safeguarding recruitment training on 5th February at Hallwood Park, Runcorn.   Governors have also been involved in interviews for new staff as we get ready for the new Sixth Form to open in September.  There have also been some internal interviews for new Progress Co-ordinators in Year 7 and Year 10.

Myself and the Vice Chair met with the School Improvement Partner on 7th February 2014 and his full report was discussed and noted at our full governing body meeting in March.

At a recent inclusion focus meeting governors received a Special Educational Needs update and the data tracking and monitoring of student progress was shared with governors.  Success of the homework club and early bird readers workshop and its impact was seen.

Governors also continued to hold their Critical Friend review meetings.  Mrs Newcombe provided details of the Pupil Premium and how good practice and strategies have been disseminated to other departments and faculties.  Mr Dance, Assistant Principal provided an attendance update and discussion about alternative provision, interventions and attendance surgeries.   Mrs Rowlands, Assistant Principal updated governors on student behaviour and presented a whole school exclusion analysis for the autumn term.

A Critical Friend review meeting was also held with Mrs Rowlands to obtain a safeguarding update, an audit was completed and governors made a check on the school’s central record.  Governors will also be undertaking safeguarding training together with Weston Primary School and Bridgewater Park Primary School Governors on the evening of 15th May 2014 at The Heath School.

As governors we take a keen interest in the welfare and behaviour of students and have recently held several Behaviour Plan meetings with parents and students in conjunction with Mr Jardine, Mrs Rowlands and Mr Dance.

Governors have also been working towards the Governor Action plan and have met twice with Andy Kent, School Liaison and Governance Manager to ensure that a full working document is in place and this will be reviewed again at the end of the summer term.

An extra full governing body meeting took place on 6th May 2014 to facilitate a training session with a Consultant and experienced Ofsted Inspector with regard to checking if there is anything governors need to put in place to improve their governance and also preparation for any future Ofsted inspection and this was well received by all governors and a very useful evening.

The Governing Body was pleased to hear that The Heath School’s application to become part of the Music Ambassador Scheme had been successful and governors were invited to join member of the Music Department to celebrate this by attending a presentation ceremony on Monday 31st March at Warrington Town Hall and spent a very enjoyable morning there.

As always, should you wish to contact me please do so in writing either by sending a letter in to school care of Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors at the school address or by email to Marie on  mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

Jane Ainsworth

Chair of Governors


24th January 2014

Welcome to my first Governors’ newsletter in which I hope to provide a little information about the governing body and update parents and carers on what we having been working and focusing on recently.

Members of the Governing Body are all volunteers and the group is made up of individuals from across a wide section of the community – parents, staff and other members from the locale.  We meet as a whole body once every half term and members also attend a finance sub-committee and an inclusion focus group.

We started the school year by holding our first ever full day Governors’ Conference in September.

Governors were given the opportunity to receive current information regarding Ofsted – the role of governors in the new framework and they were provided with a full curriculum update by Mr Rogers, Vice Principal.

Mrs Gargan, Head of Sixth Form gave a presentation to governors explaining how plans for The Heath Sixth Form are moving forward and Mr Byrne provided an update on teaching and learning in school.

The conference was a great success and Mr Jardine plans to make the conference an annual event.

At our first governing body meeting in the new academic Year in September 2013 Governors were presented with an overview of the GCSE summer 2013 results and were delighted to note that students had received 69% A* – C which puts The Heath in the top 20% of schools nationally.

At our meeting in November we invited Mrs Green, Head of Religious Studies to provide governors with a presentation of the work she and her team are currently undertaking and their departmental plans for the future.  Mrs Newcombe, Assistant Principal also provided governors with an update on the Pupil Premium and its impact on key areas in school.

Governors were invited to attend the Christmas show on 9th December 2013 at school which showcased the incredible and varied talent that Heath students share and those governors who attended had an enjoyable evening culminating in an audience participation session to join staff in singing the Band Aid Classic – Feed the World!

In December 2013 Year 11 took their mock exams and at our January meeting Mrs McNamee, Assistant Principal provided governors with an overview of the mock examination result data.  This is always a useful process which provides governors with key areas to focus on over the coming months.

With this in mind governors have been attached to members of the senior leadership team to act as ‘Critical Friends’ this gives us the opportunity to have an overview of certain areas: Leadership/Performance Management; Safety/Behaviour/Attendance/ Inclusion; Teaching and Learning; Achievement; Curriculum/Collaboration; Literacy/SEN/Pupil Premium; Buildings and Finance.  Governors see this as an important aspect of their role to liaise with the Senior Leadership Team but also to provide a robust challenge to the Principal and team on a regular basis.

On the school website you will find the names and details of all members of the governing body; however should you wish to contact me then in the first instance please do so via Marie Wadsworth, Clerk to Governors and Principal’s PA at the school – her contact details are: 01928 502131 or mwadsworth@heathschool.org.uk

I hope this has given you a flavour of who The Heath Governors are and what we do and I shall be providing further updates on the school website on a regular basis.

Jane Ainsworth (Mrs)

Chair of Governors

The Heath School