East Barnet, like every other school in the country, has a Governing Body of Governors. Its primary aim is to maintain and improve the quality of education and the standards of student achievement.
East Barnet is an Academy Trust Company. It has five Members who ‘own’ the company – a bit like shareholders in a commercial firm. They have a constitutional role in the running of the Academy. They ensure the company follows our constitution and that it performs its functions in accordance with its charitable objectives.
The majority of people on the Governing Body are not educational professionals, but willing volunteers who bring knowledge, skills and perspectives from the wider community. They are there to represent the public in the running of the school. They are not there to tell the Headteacher how to run the school.
Governors are involved in setting curriculum, discipline, admission and similar major policies. They appoint, reward and discipline staff, but do not decide who should be teaching Year 8 for English on a Monday morning!
The Governing Body is responsible for the overall budget distribution, but not how many pencils are bought.
Our Governing Body has currently 15 Governors.
The Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Associate Deputy Headteachers, and School Business Leader are non-voting members who attend to answer questions and give advice.
A Chair of Governors and Vice Chair(s) of Governors are elected annually by the Governing Body from within this group. Chairs and Vice Chairs of Committees are also elected each year.
There are five Members of the East Barnet School Academy Trust Company: one of the original signatories to the Memorandum of Association, the Chair of Governors and three non-trustee Members.
The normal term of office for governors is four years.
The Freedom of Information Act requires publicly funded bodies, including schools, to be clear about the information they publish. We have produced a publication scheme setting out all the information we publish on a regular basis and where to find it. You can ask the school office to provide you with a copy free of charge and can also download it from our policies page.
The aim of the Admissions Committee is to ensure that East Barnet School meets its legal obligations with regard to admissions arrangements and to monitor and review the Admissions Policy, both in terms of its content and how it is applied on a practical basis.
The Admissions Committee works on behalf of the School Governing Body will review the East Barnet School Admissions Policy every year, with any recommendations sent to the next available Governing Body meeting for ratification. They are in place to monitor the application of the Admissions Policy and to consider any recommendations from the Independent Admissions Appeals Panel. They also ensure that the Admissions Criteria are put out to consultation within the time frames required by law.
The Admissions Committee receive reports and notifications from members of school staff with responsibility for admissions and the Headteacher if necessary, meeting every September and in the Summer Term of each academic year and on other occasions as required.
The Audit Committee will consider matters relating to internal control and auditors. It is there to advise the governing body on the adequacy and effectiveness of the Academy Trust’s systems of internal control and its arrangements for risk management, control and financial governance processes, and securing economy, efficiency and effectiveness (value for money).
The Committee will work on behalf of the School Governing Body to ensure the audit processes and controls comply with financial and Department for Education legislation and requirements for academy schools and report these findings to the Resources Committee. Within that scope, this Committee with advise on the appointment, reappointment, dismissal and remuneration of auditors (both external auditors and internal audit), coordinating between auditors and the school whilst monitoring the effectiveness of auditors using auditor performance indicators.
The Audit Committee will ensure that all allegations of fraud and irregularity are appropriately investigated and controls weaknesses addressed.
The Learning Committee reviews and evaluates teaching and learning; student achievement and standards; and the implementation of ‘Every Child Matters’.
It monitors and reviews academic and pastoral arrangements to ensure the school delivers a broad and balanced curriculum in keeping with the ethos of the school and the requirements of the National Curriculum, ‘Every Child Matters’ and other statutory commitments, including: Religious Education, Collective Worship and Sex Education, then reports outcomes to the Full Governing Body.
Curriculum provision and delivery is regularly monitored by means of faculty presentations during Committee meetings; and from outcomes of internal monitoring, evaluation and reviews. Curriculum related policies and procedures are monitored and reviewed and their effectiveness questioned, at regular and appropriate intervals.
The Learning Committee ensures that, as far as possible, EBS is a place of positive experience and enjoyment for students and that the Rewards system reflects this.
The aim of the Pay Committee is to achieve the aims of the school’s Pay Policy in a fair and equal manner, and to monitor and maintain an overview of remuneration options, including pension provision, for employees as a recruitment/retention/motivation tool.
The Pay Committee will work on behalf of the School Governing Body to review the East Barnet School’s Pay Policy at least every two years (other governors may be invited), with any recommendations sent to the next available Governing Body meeting for ratification and to meet annually to agree outcomes of Performance Management reviews and at other times as necessary.
When appropriate, the Pay Committee will receive reports and notifications from the Headteacher in accordance with the Pay Policy and delegate powers to the Headteacher, if required. Additionally, they will ensure consultation with staff and the recognised Trade Unions before any changes to the Pay Policy are put in place. The Pay Committee ensures, as far as is practical, that Health & Safety issues are appropriately monitored and remedied.
The People Committee promotes the health and wellbeing of all staff and students. It ensures the school manages its employees effectively and efficiently and within employment law; that the school delivers the best possible student welfare service and that the school’s pastoral support strategy meets the welfare needs of all students.
The People Committee ensures the effective management of employees, teaching and learning throughout the school by working with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to secure and maintain quality teaching and support services. It does this by recruiting staff of the highest quality, with equality of opportunity for all; deploying and developing all staff effectively; and ensuring that professional duties are fulfilled, as specified in the terms and conditions of service of teachers including those for the Headteacher.
The People Committee monitors and reviews staffing and student welfare related policies and procedures, including their effectiveness, at regular and appropriate intervals.
The Resources Committee develops a long-term building and accommodation strategy for the school, in conjunction with the School Development Plan; assists the school management on specific building issues; maintains and develops the accommodation of the school in line with the School Development Plan; ensures its efficient use within the budget; and monitors observance and implementation of the Financial Responsibilities of the Governing Body.
The Committee advises the Governing Body on financial strategy and policy within the resources available and reports all major decisions and matters concerning the finances of the school. It monitors the timely submission of any grant applications and financial returns to the DfE, Companies House, Academy Trustees and others. It ensures expenditure remains within the budget limits agreed by the Governing Body and that the school is not exposed to any unnecessary financial risk.
The Resources Committee ensures that the school’s annual accounts are properly signed and presented; and ensures records relating to the accounts are maintained.
The aim of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs Committee is to generally take a more strategic and co-ordinating role than other committees and so increase the effectiveness of the work of the Governing Body in being a supportive, critical friend to the school. This opportunity also provides a forum where Chairs and Vice-Chairs can work together and share knowledge to promote consistent good practice, develop standardised information and reporting systems and feed these back to all sub-committees.
They meet before the Full Governing Body session each term to agree the work of the Governing Body and its committees for that term and beyond, based on known cycles of school improvement, financial management, staffing issues and communicating with parents. They also discuss new ideas on how to take the Governing Body forward.
The Chairs and Vice-Chairs Committee is also responsible for considering training needs for existing Governors; subjects for pre-FGB meeting presentations; and targeting candidates for Community Governor recruitment. Additionally they will make recommendations to the Governing Body to establish exceptional working arrangements where particular circumstances arise e.g., a committee to oversee a building project or an Ofsted inspection. They will always be available and respond to matters of difficulty, sensitivity or emergency and offer advice to the Headteacher.
Statutory information on Governors who have served on the East Barnet School Governing Body during the last 12 months:
When parents have a problem or complaint about school it is often difficult to know where to turn. Usually, the best place to start is with your child’s Form Tutor, or Head of Year. For more serious problems speak to the Headteacher.
If your problem still has not been resolved, please contact Major John Bernard Ireton, the Chair of Governors, care of the school. Please remember that it is best to have an appointment to see anyone at the school. Although every effort will be made to help you, don’t simply turn up and expect to be seen straight away. Please also remember that all members of the school community have a right to be treated in a polite and courteous manner. Aggressive and rude behaviour from anyone is unacceptable and less likely to see grievances dealt with any more quickly or successfully.
Up-to-date information can be obtained from the Advisory Centre for Education. Their website also has sections covering bullying, applying for a school, racism, exclusions, how to complain etc. They are a charity and some information and advice may be charged. This page contains other contact details under ‘Useful Contacts’.
Chair of Governors: Major John Bernard Ireton
c/o East Barnet School, Chestnut Grove, East Barnet EN4 8PU
020 8440 4162
London Borough of Barnet Children’s Service
North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
020 8359 2000
London Borough of Barnet
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Theresa Villiers MP
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
The Local Government Ombudsman
PO Box 4771, Coventry CV4 0EH
0845 602 1983
Equality and Human Rights Commission
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020 3117 0235 (non-helpline calls only)
The Legal Services Commission
0845 345 4345