Highsted Academy Trust
In keeping with other schools rated outstanding by Ofsted, Highsted Grammar School was invited by the Secretary of State to convert to academy status through the Government’s fast-track process in 2010.
The school undertook an extensive consultation exercise in the summer term to gauge interest in the proposal and the potential advantages of such a move. In particular, we sought to explore how the new freedoms associated with the initiative could be used to benefit the children of Swale directly, by meeting local need at a local level.
As a result of this process, on 1 October 2010, Highsted Grammar School joined the first wave of schools benefiting from the flexibility offered by academy status. Highsted Academy Trust is the charitable company limited by guarantee, to which the governing body of Highsted Grammar School reports. Registered in England: 07348116.
Click to access the Trust’s audited accounts for 2015/16. Copies of previous years' accounts are available by following the relevant link here: 2014/15 and 2013/14. Further information about academies can be found on the Department for Education website: www.education.gov.uk/academies. To view a copy of the Academy Trust's Memorandum or Articles of Association, click these links. The school's Funding Agreement can be obtained through this Department for Education link.
In practice, students and parents will see little change in the first instance: the school will continue to be Highsted Grammar School, a girls’ selective school with entry through the Kent 11+ testing system – that will not alter under the new status. In the fullness of time we shall use these new levels of trust to review our operation of the national curriculum and the way in which we use resources to meet the very particular needs of the most able girls. We shall build on our partnerships with other schools and seek to extend our role both within and beyond the immediate local community. We believe that our students deserve the very best and this exciting development will enable us to take up those opportunities on their behalf.
In order to achieve our educational aims, the school is committed to the principles of best value through each activity that we undertake.
Highsted Grammar School Governing Body 2015-16 (31/08/2016)
Highsted school governors are volunteers who are appointed or elected to their position. Their key roles are to set the strategic direction of the school, to challenge the school and to work with the school’s leadership team in order to secure high standards of achievement and care for students.
Together they identify and introduce strategies that lead to the highest quality education. Governors also set and monitor targets, the school budget and the effectiveness of policies to ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
Members of the governing body are appointed from a variety of sources to ensure it benefits from a wide range of skills, strengths and experience. They comprise of:
At least two parent governors – elected by parents and carers of pupils at the school.
Ten governors – appointed by the Highsted Academy Trust. This will include a community element – proposed by the governing body as representative of the local community and up to two staff governors, proposed by teaching and support staff.
The headteacher as an ex officio governor.
Up to three co-opted governors – appointed by governors who have not themselves been so appointed.
Associate members – invited by the governing body because of particular skills and experience. They attend meetings and contribute to discussion but are not able to vote.
Governors serve for four years and provide vital links between the school and the community.
The work of the governing body is carried out through three key committees: Strategy, Curriculum & Performance and Finance & Resources, each of which meets at least three times annually. All governors are expected to serve on at least one committee and to develop links with staff in a chosen subject area.
Parent Governor Election 2015
The count for the recent Parent Governor election took place on Monday 5 October 2015 with the result that Mrs Sarah Drury was elected to fill the vacancy. My thanks to all the candidates who put themselves forward for the role and for their interest in school governance.
Martin Hydes, Clerk to the Governors
Communications to the Governing Body should be sent to the Clerk to the Governors at
email@example.com or by post to the school address.
To download the current declaration of Governors' Business Interests, please follow this link.