This committee is responsible for ensuring the welfare of our students and scrutinising the school’s performance against the following signposts:
- Students feel safe, supported and included
- Preparing everyone for their future
- A popular school of choice in the local community
A crucial focus has been attendance. The Pupil Support Committee scrutinises attendance the data and analysis on this, which included a review from an external agency. As the number of students on role increases each year (with intakes of over 220) we will have more students coming from outwith the catchment area. This in itself can cause issues with attendance, given reliance on bus providers and we will continue to do all we can to ensure pupils have the means to travel to and from school safely.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
This committee is responsible for overseeing the school’s safeguarding and child protection arrangements. They will never get involved in the details of individual cases but will make sure that the school has robust systems and complies with Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Additional Needs Provision
The committee also ensures that all provisions are in place for our SEND students (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and those who are CLA (Looked After Children). We have a governor whose role is dedicated to this.
In addition we have some students who are educated offsite and the committee ensures that their safety and wellbeing is being catered for.
A new Behaviour Policy was implemented a few years ago and has been very successful providing teachers and students with a very clear and consistent framework. This framework is in the students’ planners which also helps parents to understand that any disruption in the school will not be tolerated. Governors receive regular reports on the numbers of warnings issued, isolations and exclusions given and will look for any patterns and challenge on the interventions being put in place to resolve any areas of concern.
Monitoring Pupil Premium Impact
Another key area for this committee is to understand how the Pupil Premium funding is being allocated and to monitor the effectiveness in closing the gap between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students. This is such a key focus for the Governors that this is covered at all the committees. Governors receive briefings from senior leaders about new strategies being implemented to close the gap further.