Governing Body

Welcome from Katherine Uren, Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governing Body, welcome to Humphry Davy School.

I have been a governor at the school for nearly 20 years and am proud to be the current Chair and one of a great team of governors and staff supporting Humphry Davy School.

The caring and holistic ethos of the school, and its focus on each student as an individual, is an important part of the school’s identity. As governors, our aim is to sustain that ethos, as expressed in our School Vision, while at the same time responding positively and effectively to government and other challenges.

We hear regularly from visitors to the school that they are impressed by the friendliness and atmosphere, and feedback recently from our new senior students, included words such as encouraging, community, friendly, inspirational, welcoming, warm, challenging (in a good way), supportive, opportunities and family.

Maintaining that positive and supportive environment for learning is our highest priority.

The school includes students from across the local area who, with their differing interests, abilities, needs and backgrounds, reflect the differences within our local community and beyond. Governors are committed to ensuring that every student has the opportunity and support to achieve their very best at school and to develop as enterprising and responsible young adults.

The role of the governors is to provide strategic input and challenge to the Headteacher and senior staff to ensure the school provides the best possible environment and opportunities for students and staff.

We have three core functions -:

  • to ensure clarity of Vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • to hold  the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students and the performance management of staff; and
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body includes parents, staff and others from a wide range of backgrounds. We continue to include a number of parent governor places to ensure that current parents are involved in strategic decisions about the school.

Parents have a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills as well as their specific relationship with the school and their contribution alongside co-opted and other governors is valued.
The Governing Body has four Committees.- Teaching and Learning; Finance and Premises; Safeguarding; and Personnel.

Each Committee reports to the full Governing Body at the end of the relevant half term.

Details of Governors’ pecuniary interests, attendance record and Committee membership are available on this page.

I can be contacted by email kuren@humphry-davy.cornwall.sch.uk

or by letter to Chair of Governors, Humphry Davy School, Coombe Road, Penzance .

Further guidance on being a governor is available on the Cornwall Council website at http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools-and-colleges/governors/

 

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