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 was the Ofsted inspection which took place early in the Autumn term. I am delighted that Leadership and Management was once again recognised as a strength of the school. This includes the governing body, 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.
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.
"Governors are skilled and well informed about all aspects of the school’s performance. They carry out their statutory duties effectively, taking full advantage of the training and support provided by the local authority."
(Ofsted report September 2018)