Governance for Halley House School
Halley House School is overseen by a Local Governing Body (LGB) which has a strong focus on three strategic functions:
- Ensuring the school is governed following the Trust & school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher and senior leadership team to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school, ensuring value for money is achieved.
These functions have been delegated to the LGB by the Bellevue Place Education Trust, which is the maintaining authority for the school. Visit the BPET website for information on BPET’s governance structure and how this links with Halley House School.
Free Schools are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently, but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, Halley House benefits from the Trust – a network of schools under one legal body.
BPET responsibilities are set out in the two following documents that are contracts between BPET and Secretary of State for Education:
- Master Funding Agreement– a contract with BPET, as a multi academy sponsor
- Supplementary Funding Agreement– a sub contract of the above for Halley House School
The delegation for Halley House School is set out in the BPET Scheme of Delegation. To support BPET Governors, all are provided with a Governance Handbook that set out the terms of reference, structure along with a code of conduct for BPET governors.
This means that Halley House School governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
Halley House’s LGB is made up with the following appointments:
- Four community governors appointed by BPET, which usually includes the Chair – these are governors with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area.
- Two staff governors– an elected staff member and the Headteacher (as an ex-officio appointment)
- Two parent governors
A governor’s term of office is 4 years and no governor will be expected to serve more than two terms.
The LGB meets at least four times a year. To support the role of the LGB, Halley House School has established a Finance sub-committee. The committee is made up of two governors and the Headteacher – they meet four times a year to support the overall work of the LGB.
All governors are required to complete a Declaration of pecuniary and personal interest every academic year. For 2016/17 declarations, click here.
Governor Appointment and Attendance Record
All schools are required to publish each governors appointment date, type of governor, term of office and attendance record.
Below is a table of the Halley House governors and their attendance record for this academic year 2017/18.
|Governors||Type||Date appointed/resigned||Meetings attended||Out of a total of|
|Florence Moran||Community||1 Sept 15 - present||3||3|
|Helen Cooper||Community||1 Sept 15 - 28 Sept 16|
20 Feb 17 - present
|Mark Greatrex||Community - Trust Rep||1 Jan 18 - present||3||3|
|Claire Syms||Headteacher||1 Sept 15 - present||1||1|
|Hugo Hutchison||Chair of Governors|
|7 Oct 15 - present||3||3|
|An Porter||Parent||7 Oct 15 - present||3||3|
|Alywn Williams||Parent||Sept 17 - present||3||3|
|Daniella Hutchinson||Staff Governor||1 Sept 15 - 1 Nov 16, |
1 Jul 17 - 15 Apr 18
|Jennifer Malone||Interim Headteacher (Maternity Cover)||9 Oct 17 - 20 Apr 18||2||2|