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Welcome to Boughton Heath Academy Local Governing Body

Boughton Heath Academy (BHA) is part of the multi-academy trust known as Cheshire Academies Trust (CAT). Our governing body at BHA works from the Scheme of Delegation by the Trust Board of CAT and is known as the Local Governing Body. Governance of BHA is split between those matters decided at CAT level and those matters delegated to the Local Governing Body.

Our governors come from various walks of life, including parents, staff and members of the community. Governors will serve a 4-year term of office and a maximum of two terms. Trustees can, in exceptional circumstances, authorise up to a maximum of a further single third term of office. The Local Governing Board is constituted in accordance with the requirements set out by CAT which shall include:

  • Principal,
  • Up to 2 staff governors,
  • At least 2, and up to 4, parent governors,
  • Up to 8 co-opted governors,

The role of the governing body is strategic, not operational. The day-to-day running of the school is for the Principal rather than for governors. We have three main responsibilities:

  • To set the vision and values of the school;
  • To hold the Principal to account for the performance of the school;
  • To manage the school's finances.

We also consider it very important that we listen to our stakeholder voice.

The governing body supports the school but also challenges it to maintain and improve standards for the benefit of all pupils. We do this by getting to know the school and the wider educational context, reading meeting paperwork and attending meetings where we ask questions to ensure that the best possible decisions are made for the benefit of the children in the school, attending training and development events to improve our skills and knowledge and adhering to the trust’s code of conduct.

Our governing body meets at least nine times a year as a full governing body. From time to time we may have various sub-committees, for example a committee to deal with performance related pay, and / or working groups to look in more detail at specific issues that arise in our school.

As well as attending meetings and training courses, governors visit the school through 'link' visits, during which we consider the focus area for which we are a link between the school and the governing body. The link areas may change because they are driven by the school's strategic and development plan and priorities. At the moment, we have link governors for areas including Safeguarding, Finance, Health and Safety, SEND, Data Protection, Pupil Premium and Looked After Children, Governor Training and Strategy and School Development. During link visits, governors learn how policies are being implemented and speak to staff (including subject leaders) and if appropriate, pupils.

As governors we also learn more about the broader life of the school by joining information evenings to parents to learn how subjects are being taught, or by attending performances. We also evaluate feedback from parents, pupils and staff through surveys.

The information that we gather through link visits, surveys and other visits combines with the school's own data, national test results, reports from the Principal, reports from external education advisers and the questions we ask in governing body meetings provide the evidence for our decision making as a governing body.


Meeting dates for 2020 - 21

Meeting dates for 2020 - 21 are as follows:

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Wednesday 14th October 2020

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Wednesday 20th January 2021

Wednesday 17th February 2021

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Wednesday 12th May 2021

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Wednesday 14th July 2021

Contact the Boughton Heath Academy governors

If you have any ideas or comments for the governors in relation to the strategy or vision of the school, please do get in touch with us at kate.lee@boughtonheath.cheshire.sch.uk

Any questions regarding the day to day running of the school should be addressed to the Principal in the first instance

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