George Abbot School is governed by a local governing body, which is a committee of the board of trustees of Learning Partnership Academy Trust, who have overall responsibility for governance of the school.  The committee comprises a group of volunteers who give their time and expertise freely to support the school by:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
  • Holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the school’s financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent.

The specific responsibilities of the governing body are detailed within the trust’s scheme of delegation and Local Governing Body terms of reference.

Governors meet regularly through the term to discuss all main aspects of the school and visit the school regularly to understand, support and monitor school life. We follow government guidance, are supported by the trust and adhere to a code of conduct in all that we do.  For further information please see the contact details below.

Membership

Our Local Governing Body is based on a stakeholder model, with representatives of parents, staff, and the local community.  Members are recruited for a three-to-four-year term on a skillset basis and/or through parental election.

Registers of Interest

We manage personal relationships with related parties to avoid both real and perceived conflicts of interest, promoting integrity and openness in accordance with the seven principles of public life.

We publish this information on our trust and school websites.  Please find below our most recent register of interests for the local governing body:

School Visits

As governors we conduct school visits to observe how they operate, how the curriculum is delivered and to learn about the organisation and its ethos. We consider that strong strategic leaders have a good understanding of its school(s) and the organisation that they support, and that they actively contribute to improving the learning and outcomes for all children.

Our visits serve a number of purposes including:

  • Improving knowledge of the school, its staff, needs, priorities, strengths and areas for development.
  • Observing children’s behaviour and their engagement in the school’s activities.
  • Acquiring knowledge to enable governors to act as critical friends.
  • Monitoring and evaluating plans, budgets, and achievement.
  • Observing the condition of the school’s buildings, facilities, its grounds and its security arrangements.
  • Monitoring and assessing how the school’s and trust’s priorities are being delivered.
  • Helping the local governing body and the trust to fulfil their various statutory duties.

Code of Conduct

As governors we follow the trust’s code of conduct, of which are few highlights are below:

  • We will encourage open governance and will act appropriately.
  • We will actively support and challenge the school and executive leaders.
  • We will accept and respect the difference between strategic and operational leadership, ensuring that we work collectively for the benefit of the organisation.
  • We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the school and local community, as well as other schools.
  • We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
  • We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside meetings.
  • We agree to adhere to any rules, policies and procedures agreed within the trust or as required by the law.
  • We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of the trust and its schools.

KEY DOCUMENTS

Committees

There are also evenings set aside for training and planning. Please click on the following to review the duties undertaken by each committee:

Curriculum and Outcomes Committee – Terms of Reference

Operating Model

Code of Conduct 2019-22

Learning Partners Academy Trust Documents

To view the documents below, please visit the following pages of the Academy Trust website:

Learning Partners Academy Trust Governance

For information on the governance of the trust (members/trustees) please click here.

Trustees and Governors

For each trustee and local governor who has served at any point over the last 12 months please click here.

Becoming a Governor

Becoming a governor is an incredibly rewarding experience. You will be joining a movement of over 250,000 people nationwide and team of over 100 Learning Partners’ governors, all skilled individuals who give their time freely to support children and young people in their community.

Please consult our trust website page on becoming a governor and contact our Chair of Governors for more information.

Contact Details

For further information on governance at the school, please contact Miss Lauren Hughes, via email: clerkga@gepacademies.com

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, Nicola Mead, please contact the school office on 01483 888000 or email: chairga@gepacademies.com in the first instance, for them to redirect your query.