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Governors

Welcome from the Chair of Governors        

If you are new to The Dorcan Academy or considering sending your child here, I would like to welcome you.

You are joining us at an exciting time. We have recently had another really encouraging set of GCSE results confirming that the academy is seeing the fruit of the changes that have been brought in over the last two years.

In the last year we have seen the introduction of our new school uniform. It is really good to see the students look smart in it and being proud to wear it.   We have also seen the introduction of a new Behaviour Policy which has eliminated most of the low level disruption. The vast majority of our students have welcomed this change as it means that they are able to get on with the serious business of learning.

In addition, we have been working closely with the Excalibur Trust which is based at the outstanding St John’s School Marlborough. The trust has provided a great deal of support to the academy.

However, what really makes Dorcan stand out is that it is truly “An academy of Opportunity”. The range of out of school activities on offer is amazing. The staff give up much of their time voluntarily to ensure that our students have so many opportunities to experience a wide range of visits and activities. 

Along with the academic opportunities, there are other activities to help each student to develop fully as an individual. In turn this gives a great foundation for when they move on to the next stage of their education.

All these changes are working towards our aim of making Dorcan Academy an outstanding school of first choice at the heart of our community.

During the last year, we have strengthened our team of Governors. They are all committed to providing the best environment for each of our students to thrive in.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor do please contact the Clerk to the Governors at the school or by emailing governors@dorcan.co.uk.   Becoming a governor is rewarding and an important way of making a contribution to the school.  Governors are also encouraged to attend training courses as part of their continuing development.

As Governors we would encourage every parent and carer to support the academy in every way possible and in so doing enabling their child to get the most from their time with us.

I can be contacted at the following email address:  governors@dorcan.co.uk.

Phil Baker

Chair of Governors

 

Purpose and objectives of the Governing Body

The Governing Body has a number of responsibilities. The Governing Body acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the school’s senior leadership team, however governors are not involved in the day-to-day operational management of the school.

Establishing strategic direction: set the vision, values and objectives for the school; agreeing the school improvement strategy/plan with priorities and targets; meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability: appointing the Headteacher; holding the Headteacher to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening the Headteacher’s leadership; performance managing the Headteacher; engaging with stakeholders; contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity: setting the budget; monitoring spending against the budget; ensuring value for money is obtained; ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

Composition

The Governing Body consists of 20 posts:

9 Community Governors: these are volunteers from the local community and are elected by the rest of the Governing Body, in line with national guidelines. They provide experience and continuity and the opportunity to ensure there is the right skill set on the Governing Body

7 Parent Governors: nominated and elected by parents/carers

3 Staff Governors: nominated and elected by staff

The Headteacher

All Governors are subject to re-election every four years (with the exception of the Headteacher). Governors attend training to equip them to fulfil their role. 

If you have any queries about the Governing Body or an interested in becoming a Governor please contact us at governors@dorcan.swindon.sch.uk




Available Downloads For This Page Upload Date
Governor Profiles.pdf 17-Oct-2017
Governors List with pecuniary interests October 2017.pdf 06-Oct-2017
Scheme of delegation 2016-17.pdf 03-Feb-2017
Funding Agreement.pdf 17-Apr-2015
Articles of Association.pdf 06-Nov-2014