I am Brenda Etchells, and am privileged to be the Chair of Governors at Royds School. I have been a Governor here for over 10 years. I am also the proud parent of a student at the school in Year 9 and my son has just left Royds 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 its best ever A Level results this summer and an impressive 5% increase in pupils receiving 5A*-C (or equivalent) at GCSE. 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:
- 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.
The Governing Body’s focus this year is on the forthcoming Ofsted inspection which we expect around May 2018. 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 on their doorstep. This provision is being further expanded with a newly formed partnership with Brigshaw and Temple Moor.
Importantly, Leadership and Management was rated as Good at the last inspection. This category recognises the clear vision and strategy of Mr Kelly and his leadership team, as well as the strength of all the middle leaders 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)