Welcome to the Governors’ page – message from The Chair
Simon Balle became an Academy in November 2013 and we value the fact that we now have greater control over decision-making. We then expanded to Simon Balle All -through School (SBAS) in September 2015 and we now have 2 classes in Reception, Year One and Year Two. We are working on developing deep partnerships with other schools and the wider community, which will enrich all students and lead to greater opportunities and achievement.
The Governing Body ensures that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clear and that everyone understands what this means. It provides a well-informed and sustained challenge to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to ensure the highest standards are met and that the school improvement plan (SIP) is delivered. Governors have the responsibility for formulating, monitoring and reviewing the policies, plans and procedures for the school. The Headteacher is responsible for the implementation of policy, day-to-day management and organisation of the school and operation of the curriculum. Governors also have a very important role in providing oversight of the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent and the best value for money is achieved.
The Governors’ roles are mainly implemented through a committee structure but our Governors are also linked with departments or functions within the school. Through regular, planned school visits we ensure that we are able to question activities and play an active role in school life. Governors attend regular training sessions and we also organise the annual conference. This year the conference challenged the Governors knowledge of the school in a very interactive way via a series of questions on the school that Governors were expected to be able to answer!
Here is a list of specific governor roles – more detailed information can also be seen below:
FGB Chair: Paul Connolly (also chair of H&S Cttee and PREVENT link governor)
Finance Cttee Chair: Ann Orpin (also Vice Chair FGB)
Student Cttee Chair: Alison Mackie
Personnel Cttee Chair: Roy Hardcastle
A&S Cttee Chair: Andrew Porrer
Attendance & Behaviour Link Governor: Tara Bullworthy
Careers Link Governor: John Wiggett
Music Link Governor: Emma Davies
PE and Sports Premium Link Governor: John Wiggett
Pitch Committee Link Governor: Jo Brown
PP, CLA and SEND Link Governor: Rachel Kirk (please note: currently a District Schools Effectiveness Adviser (DSEA) for Herts for Learning)
Primary Focus Governor: Emma Davies
PSA Link Governor: Alison Mackie
Safeguarding Link Governor: Jayne Abery
Our Governors have a broad range of expertise and experience. Please see the table below for governor information – click on the image to see a larger version. If you would prefer to see a pdf copy of the document you can view it here
Chair of Governors
Simon Balle All-through School
Please click on this link to see profiles of our Governors
Committee details – meetings and committee members 2017-18
Tuesday 12th September 2017, Tuesday 7th November 2017, Tuesday 12th December 2017, Tuesday 20th February 2018, Tuesday 15th May 2018.
Inspection: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Full Governing Body
Monday 2nd October 2017, Monday 4th December 2017, Monday 5th February 2018, Monday 30th April 2018 and Monday 25th June 2018.