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Haywood Engineering College converted to academy status (Haywood Academy) in August 2012 and then in May 2015 formed a Cooperative Multi-Academy Trust known as the City Learning Trust (CLT). City College is the Sixth Form provision of Haywood Academy. For corporate and governance information relating to the CLT, including financial documents, please click here.

What does the Governing Committee do?

The Governing Committee’s overarching purpose is to:

Work with the Principal and staff to ensure the school provides the best education possible for all its students have a positive impact on learning & teaching and of raising standards & achievement promote community cohesion.

Governors are not expected to make day-to-day decisions about how the school is run, that’s the responsibility of the Principal and senior staff. Governors have three key roles in discharging their duties. These are:

  • setting the school’s vision and strategic aims through agreeing plans and policies and making creative use of available resources
  • monitoring and evaluating performance and acting as a critical friend to the Principal, to support and challenge them in managing the school
  • ensuring that the school is accountable to the learners and parents it serves, to its local community, to the staff it employs and to those who fund and maintain it

This means that Governors are involved in deciding how the budget should be spent, making sure the school buildings are welcoming and safe, setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies, agreeing the curriculum and as a part of the City Learning Trust, appointing and employing its staff.

How does the Governing Committee work?

The Governing Committee work as a team for the benefit of the school. They respect each other’s points of view but always act as a corporate body and accept the decisions reached by the majority.

A good and effective working relationship with the Principal and other staff at the school is paramount and all Governors are committed to maintaining this as an essential part of their success.

How is the Governing Committee made up?

The Governing Body has representatives from various sections of the school and community. The groups from which Governors are drawn are:

  • parents
  • school staff
  • people from the community
  • CLT Board appointed

This mix helps Governing Committees reflect the communities they serve. What’s really important is that they work as part of a team.

Can I be a School Governor?

The Governing Committee is always looking for individuals that have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education. What’s really important is that the School has a good mix of people from their local community and from all walks of life, who can bring different viewpoints, experience, skills and fresh ideas.

You’ll need to be able to give some time to attend meetings and read the paperwork. The school has a Governing Committee meeting every half term.

Being a school Governor is an opportunity to put something back into your community and to make a difference. It is widely recognised that good governance has a positive impact on standards of attainment, quality of leaning & teaching and student behaviour.

School governors can really make a difference in improving standards throughout the school.

How can I find out more?

If you would like more information please contact Mr Heath or Mrs Rigby via the contact page.

For any correspondence to the Chair of Governors, please use the following address:

Chair of Governors, Mrs Kath Smith
Haywood Academy
High Lane, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 7AB

The Governing Committee work as a team for the benefit of the school. They respect each other’s points of view but always act as a corporate body and accept the decisions reached by the majority."

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