East Barnet, like every other school in the country, has a Governing Body. 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 and Associate Deputy Headteachers, Business Manager 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.
John Ireton, Chair of Governors
East Barnet School, Chestnut Grove, East Barnet EN4 8PU
Statutory information on Governors who have served at 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 Mr Ireton, the Chair of Governors, c/o 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. A shortened version of their complaints procedure is copied below, with their kind permission. At the bottom of this page are contact details you might find useful.
London Borough of Barnet Children’s Service
North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
020 8359 2000
London Borough of Barnet
North London Business Park , Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
020 8359 2000
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
3 More London, Riverside Tooley Street, London SE1 2RG
020 3117 0235 (non-helpline calls only)
The Legal Services Commission
0845 345 4345