West Somerset College joined the Bridgwater College Trust in February 2016 and is one of four schools that make up this multi-academy trust.
The Trust provides the College, and all the other schools in the Trust with a range of central services which gives a consistent approach, and more cost efficiency, across all four settings. These central services relate to Finance, Human Relations, Information Technology, Premises, Health and Safety and additional expertise in the areas of Child Protection and Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. There are still important local governance responsibilities in many of these areas and the Trust has a Scheme of Delegation for Local Governing Bodies at each setting.
The West Somerset College Local Governing Body is currently made up of a team of eight Governors plus the Head Teacher. We have several appointed officers on our Local Governing Body. In addition to the usual positions of a Chair and Vice Chair, there are also three Governors who are linked to important areas of College activity; Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Health and Safety.
Our Local Governing Body will meet between six and ten times during this academic year (2017/2018) depending upon the volume of business to look at. Our Local Governing Body also has representation both on the Trust Board and the Trust Audit Committee.
The key role of our Governors is to support and challenge the Head Teacher, and the Senior Leadership Team, to ensure all our pupils receive the best possible education and to ensure practices and procedures are followed regarding the safety and well-being of all our pupils.
In broad terms, the main governance responsibilities of our Local Governing Body are as follows:
- all areas of education and curriculum
- safety and well-being of all our pupils
- evaluation and scrutiny of termly Action Plans
- monitoring finances and risks the College may have
- reviewing our rolling three-year Development Plan
- approving local College policies
The role of the Governors and the structures and systems needed to support strong governance continues to evolve and change. This position statement providing a broad overview of governance at West Somerset College will be reviewed and updated, as necessary, for each new academic year.
Chair, West Somerset College Local Governing Body