Five Islands School Completes Changes To Governing Body

The Five Islands School

The Five Islands School

The Chairman of the Five Islands School Board says he’s “relieved and excited” to finally have a new governing body in place.

For the past six months, Ben Julian has been leading a restructuring of the group, which has seen it slim down from 17 members to 12, and adopt a new constitution.

It’s part of the recommendations of a Department for Education investigation into governance at the school.

Ben says the intention is to move away from the system where members represent individual stakeholders like staff or parents, to one where skills are highlighted.

They’ve introduced a new category of co-opted governors, which allow the board to appoint individuals on the basis of particular talents, such as finance, communication, performance management, or health and safety.

And he says that in the new body, governors will act corporately, in the best interests of the school.

That means driving improvement in the education of the children and holding the school and headteacher to account.

Ben says the smaller group will also be more efficient and allow better decision-making.

There are now two governors from the mainland. Gill Boreham works as a Governor Trainer for Cornwall Council, which Ben says has already been an enormous benefit.

And Lyn McNamara, who has only just been appointed, is the headteacher of a primary school in Cornwall.

In addition to the two new appointments, the Governing Body is also comprised of the Chairman Ben Julian and Vice Chair, Carol Hicks, together with headteacher Linda Todd, Chris Simmonds, Duncan Graham, Sarah Whittaker, Heather Terry, Keith Grossett, Gina Smith and Lindsay Rodger.

Ben says there’s still some outstanding work to do in reviewing the committee structures, as well as an enormous number challenges for the governors in their new role.

He feels that, with the outstanding leadership of Mrs Todd, the school can look forward with confidence to a positive judgement by Ofsted when they return.

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