I am Brenda Etchells, and am privileged to be the Chair of Governors at Royds School. I have been a Governor here for over 11 years. I am also the proud parent of a student at the school in Year 10 and my son left Royds a year ago having achieved excellent GCSE results.
I am extremely passionate about this school and believe it is now firmly on the path towards establishing itself as THE school of choice in our community. Once again the school can proudly report an impressive increase in outcomes for our Year 11 students this summer as well as yet another set of excellent A-Level results.. This is testament to the hard work and commitment of the leadership team, all staff and most importantly all students and parents.
Equally important to the success of the school is strong governance. The Governing Body conducts its business to take account of the three roles of the Governing Bodies as outlined in the Governance Handbook:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team. As you will be aware the governing body recently appointed a new Headteacher, Claire Robbins, and we are extremely confident in her ability and passion to drive Royds on its journey to being an outstanding school for our community.
The full Governing Body meets four times a year and all meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk. Governors have good attendance at meetings overall. Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; governors are aware through the code of conduct that non-attendance (which includes apologies not being accepted) will result in the removal of a governor six months from the date of first non-attendance.
There are also three committees which meet three times a year and which have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Governing Body.
The initial priority this year is on the forthcoming Ofsted inspection which we expect in the Autumn term. At the last inspection Ofsted recognised the improvements made in the school and that it was well on the way to being established as a Good school. Post 16 provisions has already been recognised as Good which is fantastic for all the students in our community who can access to another strong provider of A-level and Btec courses in partnership with Brigshaw and Temple Moor.
Importantly, Leadership and Management was rated as Good. This category recognises the clear vision and strategy of the previous Headteacher, Mr Kelly, and his leadership team, as well as the strength of all the middle managers across the school who are key to implementing the strategy and embedding all the improvements to policies, procedures and systems. I was very pleased the Ofsted report recognised governance as a strength, which reflects the amount of time, commitment and passion each and every governor puts into Royds School. We will continue to work closely with the leadership team to drive the school towards the overall rating of Good and onwards to Outstanding.
“Governors are effective in supporting and challenging the Head teacher and senior leaders” (Ofsted report May 2016)
To enable us to remain effective all Governors are committed to keeping abreast of changes in education and regularly attend courses and briefings to ensure we too are continuing to develop professionally – that way Royds has the Governing Body it deserves.