Ernest Bevin College Mission Statement.
Ethos – Our values of Opportunity, Happiness, Respect, Tolerance and Resilience are at the heart of all that we believe in at Ernest Bevin College. The ethos of the college is one of high expectations of behaviour and learning in conjunction with a warm, friendly and supportive environment. We are inclusive and are proud to have a community of students of all backgrounds, prior attainment and needs. We aim to ensure that we can deliver an education so that everyone is able to fulfil their potential.
Chair of Governors- Aleks Leimanis
The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
DFE Core functions of governing boards
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Ernest Bevin College Instrument of governance
Ernest Bevin college board of governors consists of the following: –
- 2 Parent governors
- 1 Staff governor
- 1 LA governor
- 1 Principal
- 9 Co-opted Governors.
Totalling 14 governors. These elected and co-opted Governors have voting rights on the Governing Body and the committees that they serve on.
There are 3 key committees
Resources: – Robert Harris, Chair
Its core responsibilities are: Budget; Audit; School Financial Value Standards; Buildings; Staff Performance Management; Shadow Structure.
Impact of this committee is to ensure all the resources available to the school have been accounted for appropriately, and the correct structures are in place to ensure the school remains financially stable during a climate of austerity and cuts to schools’ overall budgets.
Curriculum and Achievement: – Anne Wilson, Chair
Its core responsibilities are: To monitor and evaluate pupil achievement and the quality of teaching, ensuring the school provides a high-quality learning experience and delivers a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with the school’s aims, all pupil needs and legal requirements.
To monitor and evaluate relevant Equality Objectives, policies and assigned sections of the Self Evaluation Form and linked issues in the school Development Plan /Ofsted Action Plan.
Community engagement committee:- Madhu Chohan, chair
Its core responsibilities are: to monitor the extent to which pupils enjoy and have a positive attitude to learning, the extent to which pupils, including those from different groups, contribute to the school and wider community and engage in decision-making or consultation about issues which affect the quality of their learning; the effectiveness of partnerships in promoting wellbeing; the effectiveness of support structures in promoting personal development and wellbeing. To monitor incidents of bullying, the school’s risk assessments and ensure adequate strategies are in place to prevent risks through the internet and social media.
To ensure that effective safeguarding practices are in place, that relevant staff have access to up to date training and that procedures take account of the Prevent Duty and relevant guidance. To make appropriate links with the College Council and to ensure that the governing board is informed of pupils’ views and responds appropriately. To monitor and keep under review the school’s policy for wellbeing for both teachers and staff. To keep under review a policy for communication with parents/carers and monitor the effectiveness of the school’s engagement with parents/carers, including “parent view” and other internal surveys.
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Aleks Leimanis became Chair of Governors in September 2019 and brings with her a wealth of experience both in school governance and in education communication and publishing. Aleks works as a communications consultant and lives locally. She was chair of Earlsfield Primary School’s governing body for five years and helped this school on its journey to an Outstanding Ofsted report. She works with organisations to create strategies for improvement and deliver their vision. She has financial planning and budget management skills both as a governor and in managing multi-million pound budgets for previous employers. Aleks is trained in coaching and mentoring and, as a freelance consultant, is able to give time and energy to the college. She is committed to supporting the Principal, the Senior Team and the governing body on the college’s journey to implement rapid improvement.