What can parents expect from the Governing Body?
Parents should have high expectations of the school’s governing body. The Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. The governing body works to ensure it has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
As an Academy School our governing body also has numerous other roles and responsibilities including but not limited to land ownership, acting as employers, an admission authority and a board of company directors.
This all amounts to a demanding role for governors who all seek to ensure the group is comprised of a wide range of skilled volunteers who are able to offer the necessary level of commitment to this role. All governors at Winchcombe School are fully committed to challenging the school to continually bring about improvement, hold leaders to account and maintain a productive and supportive relationship with our head teacher Mr Templeton.
How does the Winchcombe School Governing Body operate?
The governance of the school is structured in accordance with the Department of Educations Governors’ Handbook, which sets out how governance is structured in an academy school. We are an academy trust that is a charitable company limited by guarantee. An academy has two layers of governance:
- The members of the trust (Member Trustees) who are akin to shareholders and have ultimate control of the direction of the academy trust
- The governors, who are also directors and trustees of the charitable company.
There are 12 trustees completing the school’s governing body (2 of which staff) and the Company Secretary who also fulfils the role of Clerk to the Governors. Winchcombe School has four Members (one of which is also a trustee – under review)
The governors are divided into two Committees – Resources (Chair. – Mrs A Peck) and Curriculum (Chair. Mr R Willcock). In addition, every governor takes responsibility for a “Link Governor” role which attaches them to an individual department or curriculum area to ensure high quality links between all school staff and the governing body.
Committees meet at least every half term to discuss, review and consider issues pertinent to their Terms of Reference (i.e. what they are responsible for within the school). Their reports are provided to the Full Governing Body (FGB) which meets as a whole also every half term. Link Governors meet with their allocated department/curriculum area every term and again, full reports are provided to both the head teacher and the FGB.
Governors undertake regular training both in school, online and with external providers. Governors are expected to maintain and expand their knowledge of the education system’s challenges, planned changes and their impact upon Winchcombe School. The governors share training, knowledge and other resources via group communications within the school’s secure internet based network similar to the My Big Campus used by parents and pupils.
Finally, governors are also involved in a variety of other aspects of school life including open evenings, parents evenings, Review of the Year, sports events, assemblies, flexible days, visits to other schools and many more too numerous to mention here. Below is a brief description of each governor and their role within the FGB. Should you have any queries about the work of the FGB or wish to contact the governors directly, please feel free to do so via the Clerk to the Governors who can be contacted at email@example.com
Winchcombe School Association
Welcome to the Winchcombe School (Parents’) Association page – ‘WiSPA’ for short (previously WSA). All parents and carers of students at the school are automatically members and we welcome any new faces at our meetings! We’re the school’s PTA – known as ‘Friends’ in some schools and we help out by:
- organising fund-raising events to buy additional equipment for which the school doesn’t receive government funding and to pay for student ‘rewards’ for achievement
- helping the school on occasions such as open days and performances, where refreshments are needed
- Keeping a stock of 2nd Hand Uniform (all priced at half price or less than new cost) – handy for when your teenager has a growth spurt or you need an extra jumper
We’re glad to have your support – we don’t mind that you can’t always make it to the meetings, as long as we can email you to ask you for help and to promote events, that’s great!
Over the past few years we are proud to have helped buy the following for the school:
- A new minibus
- Laser cutter and 3D printer for D&T Department
- Sewing Machines and printing press for Art – some amazing student work has been created with these
- Main hall Sound and Lighting equipment (for Drama and general use) plus a new projector
- Music composition software, drum kit and public address equipment for Music Dept
- Benches for outdoor classroom used by Science Dept
- Outdoor table tennis table
- E-readers for Library
- Maps for D of E expeditions
- Prizes for students and Christmas treats
We have raised hundreds of £s from recycling – printer ink cartridges and clothes with recycling companies.
In recent years, we’ve organised:
- jazz nights
- jumble sales
- family quizzes and race nights
- British Heart Foundation Cotswold Cycle Ride
We try to organise a bar at most school-run events (music/art/information evenings), so please do bring your wallet and buy a cuppa or a glass of something refreshing. All the profits go towards your child’s school.
For the past few years, we have held a successful House Hamper Christmas Raffle and Chocolate Tombola stall at the Winchcombe Christmas Fayre in December. We love the wonderful and imaginative contributions to the colour-themed hampers – they always look spectacular. The last couple of Christmas raffles and Tombolas have raised a fabulous £1,000 each! Thank you to all who contributed and bought/sold raffle tickets.
We have a beautiful House fund-raising trophy to celebrate the success of the winning House each year. Please look out for our letter requesting donations mid-way through the autumn term.
By the way, you can help contribute really easily to WiSPA funds just by using a special website link to your online retailers. It doesn’t cost you anything, but the companies make a percentage donation to the school depending on how much you spend with them. Please add http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/winchcombeschoolpta to your favourites. You’ll find many popular retailers on their list, including Amazon, Debenhams, Asda, Waitrose, Holiday Inn and loads more. You just visit their sites via the Easy Fundraising one and a donation will automatically be made to the WiSPA account.
Please do make yourself known to us if you can help in any way, either with fund-raising or to support the school during open evenings etc. If you’d like to go on the WiSPA mailing list, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you into the group so that you’ll get minutes of the meetings to find out what’s going on. You’ll also get emails asking if you can help out with refreshments at parents’ evenings or other school events.
Does your employer operate a matched giving scheme for charities? Please ask – if they do, we’d love to know as it would be a great help towards our fund-raising for the school.
Chair: Alyson Platt (child in Year 11)
Vice Chair: Vacancy
Secretary: Jo Marsh (child in Year 9)
Treasurer: Shar Charles (children in Year 9 and 10)
EMAIL: WISPA@WINCHCOMBESCHOOL.CO.UK TO OFFER YOUR HELP
You can get a percentage donation for the school from all sorts of retailers!
SECOND HAND UNIFORM – We have a selection of second-hand uniform for sale at very low prices. If your child has outgrown his/her uniform and it is in reasonable condition, please re-cycle it via the school! We will try to run a stall at parents’ evenings (please volunteer if you are able to spend some time helping with this). All money we receive will naturally be used towards school projects.
Please contact via email to Wispauniform@winchcombeschool.co.uk
Phone: 01242 602233
The Governors encourage use of the School’s facilities, particularly by local individuals, clubs, societies etc. The School Hall can seat around 200 persons (428 standing), and the school holds a Premises Licence from 9 am to 11 pm every day.
Hirers must sign a copy of the School’s terms and conditions of Hire and where they are clubs with Insurance, must hold an appropriate insurance including public liability insurance cover of £5,000,000.
Charities and youth groups will receive 25% discount on the prices below.
|Facility||Hire Charge per hour|
|Gym (including changing rooms)||£20|
|Changing rooms only||£10|
|Hall (for sports use)||£20|
|Netball Court (including changing rooms)||£15|
|Netball Court with floodlights (including changing rooms)||£20|
|Football/Rugby/Hockey grass pitch (including changing rooms)||£35|
Where the site manager is required to unlock or lock up the School, there will be a minimum charge of £30. Please contact the School as multiple lettings on the same night may negate the minimum charge. Charges are due monthly in arrears.
Hall Charges for Social Functions
|Hall (6pm to midnight)||£200|
|Hall (10am to midnight)||£250|
|Hall & Kitchen (6pm to midnight)||£250|
|Hall & Kitchen (10am to midnight)||£300|
A qualified caterer must be in attendance where the kitchen is being used to prepare hot food. A deposit of £100 is required in advance for hall bookings and is refundable after the event assuming no damage is sustained to School property.
All enquiries should be addressed to email@example.com
Winchcombe Tennis Club
Please click on the link to book tennis courts via the Winchcombe Tennis Club website;
Winchcombe School Alumni
Winchcombe School has been thriving for over 50 years and with many of our pupils having parents and grandparents who attended the school, we thought now would be a great time to think about setting up a Winchcombe School Alumni. To this end we would love to hear from you if you were a pupil at Winchcombe School and would like to be part of this new group. It doesn’t matter if you left last year or 57 years ago, we would love to hear from you. Please enter your contact details on this page or alternatively contact the school office on 01242 602233 to provide this information.
We look forward to hearing from you, and please pass this message on to anyone you know who used to attend the school to see if they are interested in becoming part of the group.