Governing board

Why do we have a governing board? Who are our governors? Governor meeting attendance Register of governor interests Contact us

Message from Chair of Governing Board - Sara Smith

The Governing Board has started this academic year with some new faces at the helm, myself, as Chair and Christine Hansford as Vice Chair. For staff, students and the Governing Board it has been a busy start to this term, our focus has been how we adapt to less stringent restrictions and work with targeted interventions to reduce risks associated with COVID-19 to protect both staff and students. For myself as Chair the first part of the Autumn term has flown past and although it has been extremely rewarding and enjoyable, it has been a steep learning curve.

Our role as a Governing Board is to provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. We do this by overseeing the financial performance of the school, holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

To carry out our roles effectively, we have met on-line through the pandemic, but now we have started to return to face-to-face monthly meetings as well as going into school for catch-ups with the Senior Leadership Team and other staff members. We will continue to keep this under review and will revert to on-line if needed.

Some Governors attended the Open Evening and were very impressed with the way our staff and students presented the college to prospective parents.Sara Smith, Chair of Governors

The Governing Board now has two vacancies for co-opted governors, that is governors who are appointed by the Governing Board itself, please look out for further information about these opportunities after this half-term.

I would like to end by passing on sincere thanks from the Governing Board for the way both students and parents continue to support us, and to all the staff for their hard work and dedication to supporting our young people through this challenging time but especially since returning to school in September.

Sara Smith, Chair of Governing Board

Why do we have a Governing Board?

 All schools are required to have a Governing Board, and like all such bodies our purpose is to:

  • help the college to set high standards by planning for the college's future and setting targets for college improvement.
  • keep the pressure up on college improvement.
  • be a critical friend to the college, offering support and advice.
  • help the college respond to the needs of parents and the community.
  • make the college accountable to the public for what it does.
  • work with the college on planning, developing policies and keeping the college under review.
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Principal and staff.
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the college unless there are weaknesses in the college, then has a duty to take action.

If you would like to contact the Governing Board please email gb@henrycort.org.

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Who are we?

We have Full Governing Board meetings monthly (excluding December, April and August).  The Henry Cort Community College has a Governing Board made up of 12 people from several backgrounds.

  • 7 Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body.
  • 2 Parent Governors - elected by the parents.
  • 1 staff governor - elected by the staff
  • 1 is appointed by the Local Authority (Hampshire County Council)
  • At The Henry Cort Community College the Principal is automatically a member of the Governing Body.

Name

Category

Term of Office Ends

Responsibilities

Pecuniary Interests

Mrs S Smith
Sara Smith

Co-opted 30/11/2024
  • Chair of Governors
  • Safeguarding governor
  • Link governor — Pastoral, student wellbeing and behaviour
None

Christine Hansford

Christine Hansford

Co-opted 05/06/2022
  • Vice-chair of Governors
  • Link governor — Careers and Communications Faculty
None

Mark Badger

Mark Badger

Co-opted 20/02/2022
  • Development and training governor
  • Link governor — Health & Safety 
None

Mr M Brand

Malcolm Brand

Co-opted

16/07/2023

  • Link governor — Finance
None

Mr I Brewerton

Ian Brewerton

Local Authority 15/09/2024
  • Link governor — Maths and IT Faculty
None

Claudia Cubbage

Claudia Cubbage

Staff (Principal)

  • Principal
Employed since Sept 2015

Charlotte Faithfull

Charlotte Faithfull

Parent 09/11/2024
  • Link governor — Staff Wellbeing
 

Jenny Nutt

Jenny Nutt

Co-opted

16/07/2023

  • Link governor — Disadvantaged students
Employed

VACANCY

Co-opted

 

   

VACANCY

Co-opted

     

VACANCY

Parent      

VACANCY

Staff      
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Governing board meetings attendance - 2019/20 

Name

Meetings Attended

Out of a Possible

Mr M Brand

8

8

Ms C Cubbage

8

8

Mr A March

3

5

Mr I Brewerton

8

8

Mrs S Smith

7

8

Mr G Steward

6

8

Mr A Ford

6

8

Mr M Badger

8

8

Mrs C Brown

5

8

Mrs C Hansford

7

8

Mr T Munowenyu

6

8

Mrs J Nutt

8

8

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Register of governor interests - 2020/21

Name

Name of Business*

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date of Appointment or Acquisition

Date of Cessation of Interest

Mark Badger  NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL

Malcolm Brand

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

Ian Brewerton NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL

Claudia Cubbage

Employed at school

Education

Principal

01/09/2015

 

Christine Hansford NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL
Trinity Munowenyu NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL
Jenny Nutt Employed at school Education Teacher of English & HPL 01/09/2017  

Gary Steward

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

Sara Smith

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

George Elliott

Employed at school

Education

Behaviour Support Worker

October 2020

 

 * Including: Governor elsewhere, Related / Married to member of staff, Employed at school

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UPDATED: 22 November 2021

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