• Sarah D. Young, Headteacher : telephone 01263 578144

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community. 

Our aim is for pupils to leave Sidestrand Hall with nationally recognised qualifications having exceeded their expectations and ready to take their place in society as well adjusted and happy adults.

Below is information on our Governing Body, it’s members, meetings, and structure.

 

Full Name Governor Type and Term Roles Declaration of Interest and Attendance at Full Gov and sub-committees

Roger Billings

roger

I was born in Leicester and leaving school worked for Midland Bank for 18 years in a variety of branches across the Midlands. I then left and trained for the Anglican Ministry and served in Tunbridge Wells, Chatham and Brize Norton and Carterton. I retired in 2006 and moved to Cromer. Over the years I have been Chair of Governors at four schools and a Governor at another. I joined the Governors of Sidestrand Hall School some nine years ago and have been chair for seven years. I am married with three children and six grandchildren.

Co-Opted

5.11.13 to 4.11.17

Chair of Governors

Residential

Safeguarding

SMSC

Sex Ed Monitoring

HTPM

Data

SIS/PDBW/FPP Committees

None

3/4

7/7

Angela Wrighton

angela

Hello there, my name is Angela Wrighton and I have been a Governor here at Sidestrand Hall for nearly 4 years. Before that I was a full time teacher for many years at Cromer High/Academy, where I was also a staff governor with responsibility for SEN and Educational Visits, and took part in staff interviews and appointments.  I am still involved with the Academy on a part-time basis, helping with Exams Invigilation, as well as doing occasional supply teaching.

My experience in education makes it easier to understand the role of the Governing body, the importance of being involved in the life of the school, and how Ofsted inspections work. My particular interest is in helping to monitor Pupil progress, improving standards in Teaching and Learning, and monitoring the school curriculum.

 I enjoy travelling, holidaying In France where I have many friends and contacts. I like classical music, reading, gardening, swimming and cycling [when the weather is warm!] and attend Church regularly. I have 3 children who are married and all living away from home now, and 3 grandchildren.

Foundation

2.9.16 to 1.9.20

 

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of PDBW

Literacy/Numeracy

Teaching and Learning

Educational Visits

Residential

SIS/PDBW/FPP Committees

None

4/4

7/7

Patrick Bennett

peter

My name is Paddy Bennett and I am married with 5 children. I live in Cromer and have been in the area since 1979.  I work as a youth worker based at the churches in Reepham. I have previous been a governor at another school. I also am a parish councillor as well as a treasurer for a youth club, village hall and playgroup in the area.

I enjoy my various roles and I am always looking to see how we can get the best from everything and everyone and improve on what we already have.

Parent

8.9.14 to 7.9.18

Chair of FPP

Health and Safety

Single Equality

 

SIS/FPP Committees

None

3/4

4/5

 Diane Davis

dianne

I am a parent of several children with special needs one of whom attends Sidestrand  Hall school. I am a retired social worker and have a keen interest in all aspects of our children’s educational opportunities and aspire to support all the school staff to develop and deliver needs led experiences. I am one of the Parents as partners governors and want to help further develop links between school and parents. 

Parent

17.1.15 to 16.1.19

LAC

Parents as Partners

SEN

Residential

 

PDBW Committee

 

None

4/4

2/3

Elizabeth Lock

 

 

Nick Turner

Staff Governor

 

Trust

 

 

None

4/3     2/3

 

None

2/4  6/6

 

Sarah Young

sarah

 

Headteacher

5.11.13 to 4.11.17

Headteacher

 

SIS/PDBW/FPP Committees

None

3/4

6/8

Rachel Middleton

rachel

I am a mother of 3, my oldest child attends Sidestrand school. I live in Great Yarmouth, so understand the challenges many of us parents have faced in finding a suitable school close to home to cater for my son. I became a governor in order to help understand more about the day to day running of the school and help forge strong links with parents especially those like myself who don’t live close to the school.

I have worked in both retail management and care work in the past and since moving to part time work have more time to dedicate to the school and supporting other parents. With the help of another parent governor, we run monthly coffee mornings, holiday play sessions and a Facebook group.

Parent

3.6.15 to 2.6.19

Parents as Partners

 

FPP Committee

None

4/4

3/3

 

3 x Vacancies

Foundation

Co-Opted

Staff

   

John Rattle

jrattle

I was born in Suffolk, but lived in Hertfordshire whilst working in London.  I’m a Chartered Engineer, but spent most of my time involved in Procurement and Contract Law for a multi-national company.  Whilst living in Hertfordshire I was actively involved in the Scout Movement and Local Authority Youth Clubs.  I moved to Cromer 20 years ago and have been involved in local organisations as Treasurer and Committee member, also working as a CAB Advisor.

I hope to use my varied work experience to the benefit of the school as a whole.

 Co-Opted

21.7.16 to 20.7.20

 Behaviour

Attendance

 

SIS/PDBW/FPP Committees

 N/A

N/A

Bronwen Richmond

brichmond

I returned to live in Norfolk in April 1991 having lived and worked in Cambridge after becoming qualified as a teacher, and gaining my B.Ed in 1977. I had various teaching and supportive posts in Suffolk and Cambridge which included working with disabled, visually impaired children and young people and those who had English as their second language.

Having moved to Norfolk with my husband and 2 young sons, I joined the Psychological Service as an Advisory Support Teacher, a post which took me into most of the schools in North Norfolk, until the service was hugely cut in 2013. At this point I then became a full time Advisor for Looked After Children and worked alongside a wide variety of professionals, including social care colleagues which was enormously challenging but equally rewarding, until I took up semi-retirement in August 2015.  

Since September 2015 I have been the SENCO for 2 smaller federated schools which, although I have found the role very demanding, does allow me a little free time which I have not enjoyed for many years.

My sons are now grown up and have settled with their partners in North Norfolk which means that I am beginning to enjoy being Grandma to one small grandson. My daughter is currently on her gap year from Aston University and working at the hospitals before returning to complete her degree and decide what part of the medical field she will take up.

Although my husband would like us to be able to spend more time in Spain, where we have a small house in the southern part of Costa Blanca, he continues to work, within the offices, at a main car dealership in Norwich  

We are members of the parish church in Cromer and I enjoy being part of the singing group at the family service. I also love entertaining, cooking and walking our young dog, Rosie, who joined us, as a puppy, in the summer of 2015 to help me with my semi-retirement.

 

 Authority

15.6.16 to 14.6.20

 

Literacy/Numeracy

Teaching and Learning

PDBW Committees

 None

N/A

N/A

Marion Saunders

msaunders

Marion has over 20 years experience as a school governor across a variety of London schools. During that period she also worked as a lay OFSTED inspector. Originally a social worker, Marion now lives in North Norfolk and has a number of appointments including non-executive director of the Norfolk & Suffolk Mental Health Trust. Marion said that as a governor of Sidestrand Hall school her aim will be to both support and challenge the school to become even better than it is now.

 

 

 Co-Opted

4.8.16 to 3.8.20

 Sixth Form

HT PM

SIS Committee

 Non-Executive Director of Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Trus

N/A

N/A

Gill Leah

gill

 

Clerk    

 

Meeting Dates 2016-17:

AUTUMN TERM 2016
Wednesday

21st September

at 3:15pm

3.15 – 3.45 Tea for Governors and staff

3.45 Full Governing Body meeting

Wednesday

19th October

at 3:15pm

Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare Committee
Wednesday

2nd November

at 3:15pm

School Improvement & Standards Committee
Wednesday

9th November

at 3:15pm

Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee
Wednesday

30th November

at 3:15pm

Full Governing Body meeting
SPRING TERM 2017
Wednesday

8th February

at 3:15pm

School Improvement & Standards Committee
Wednesday

22nd February

at 3:15pm

Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare Committee
Wednesday

15th March

at 3:15pm

Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee
Wednesday

29th March

at 3:15pm

Full Governing Body meeting

 

SUMMER TERM 2017
Wednesday

26th April

Rescheduled

School Improvement & Standards Committee
Wednesday

17th May

at 3:15pm

Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare Committee
Wednesday

14th June

at 3:15pm

Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee
Wednesday

5th July

Rescheduled from 26 April

School Improvement & Standards Committee
Wednesday

12th July

at 3:15pm

Full Governing Body meeting

 

Annual Governor Statement

for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School

 Summer 2016

In accordance with the Government’s requirements for all Governing Bodies,   the three core strategic functions for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  1. Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and the pupils
  1. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is well

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body is made up of twelve members and a Clerk. The membership is as follows:

  • 2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)
  • 3 Parent Governors (elected by parents
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (elected by local authority)
  • 2 Trust Governors (elected from Governing Body)
  • 4 Co Opted Governors

Usually the Governing Body is complete but at present owing to various circumstances there are vacancies (one parent, one LA and one Trust).  This is being remedied and it is hoped the Governing Body will be complete by the Autumn Term.

The full Governing Body meets four times a year with the three committees meeting each term and reporting back to the full Governing Body. Over the year attendance has been good and all meetings are quorate.  The Governors come with a wide range of experience and back ground and are selected to offer the school their various skills.

Full names of the Governors can be seen on the School Website.

The School is also part of Trust Norfolk-SEN, a trust of 11 special schools in Norfolk. The aim of the Trust is to promote learning and the interests of the family of special schools and the wider SEN community across Norfolk.

The three committees are:

  1. School Improvement and Standards – dealing with the quality of teaching and learning
  2. Finance, Premises and Personnel – including Health and Safety of the school site)
  3. Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

These have been restructured over the past year.

 

The work done in the full Governing Body and the committees over the past year

Every year is a busy one and the Governors receive reports from the Head Teacher and staff covering all aspects of school life.  Visits are made, either to individual staff members to discuss a particular topic or to classrooms and reports made back to the Governing Body. There are regular inspections of the school site with regard to Health and safety.

The many policy documents are reviewed by the Governors on a regular basis and Governors are encouraged to undergo training to develop their understanding and skills.

The finance of the school is presented by the finance staff and agreed by Governors with a regard to best use of money. Safeguarding is reviewed annually and governor training undertaken.

After 2 years of frustration planning permission has finally been given for the new Sixth Form building. Work will begin as soon as possible but completion will not be until 2017. The present sixth form of 19 pupils uses class bases created in the school but space is limited. There are 12 new pupils joining in September and once the new build is complete the full complement of 40 pupils will soon be reached.

The Independent living flat has been used over the year by a male pupil and has proved a success. There is a provision for another pupil to join him.

The Residential Unit has seen considerable improvement work over the past year, with refurbishment of bathrooms, toilets, a continuing upgrade of furniture and the laying down of new carpets. The Governors are tasked with a once a term inspection of the units.

Solar- the on line reporting system has been used much better over the past year and is beginning to be helpful in identifying pupil’s progress. The system is capable of showing not only academic progress but all attainments of pupils.

A new reporting system to parents has been introduced.

Following an assessment visit the school has been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark and the visiting inspector commented in his report ‘the evidence presented to me during my visit to the school and written information clearly demonstrates the outstanding practice in place within the school and the on-going commitment to inclusion’

The use of the Pupil Premium money is monitored by the Governors and can be viewed on the school website.

 

Future Plans for School  and Governors

Now planning permission has been granted the emphasis is on the soonest  build as possible and the then further development of sixth form curriculum and planning.

Following Government decisions the way is open for the school to make more creative and beneficial use of the curriculum to enable the pupil to be equipped for life after school and work is ongoing in this area.

The desire of the school is to make better use of the facilities over 50 weeks of the year. There is also the need to fit the pupils ready for life outside of school as best as possible. The school mission statement begins with ‘Achievement beyond expectation’ and the Governors support the Head Teacher and staff in making this a reality. The ethos of the School is for the staff to be supportive, encouraging and challenging for the pupils and the Governors follow this aim.

How can vou contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from  parents and those with responsibility for school youngsters. Contact can always be made to the Chair, Roger Billings via the school

Annual Governor Statement for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School October 2015

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values and strategic direction

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils.

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is well spent.

Governance Arrangementsgovernor-structure

The Governing Body is made up of 12 members.

The Governors give to the school a wide range of experience and skills and are able to contribute to the effective governance of the school.

Fuller details of the Governors can be found on the school website. The full Governing Body meets at least once a term with meetings of the committees, Finance and Staffing, Care and Curriculum and Premises and Health and Safety also meet each term and report back to the full Governing Body. Other meetings are arranged as and when needed. Attendance is good and meetings are always quorate.

The school is also part of the Trust Norfolk-SEN, a Trust of 11 special schools. The aim of the Trust is to promote learning and the interests of the family and wider SEN community across Norfolk.

The work done in the full Governing Body and the committees over the past year

The school had an Ofsted Inspection in Feb 2015. The report gave the school a good in all areas. There were a few minor comments on areas needing attention and these have been addressed.

It has been a busy year with development of the school. In Sept 2014 the school opened Primary and Secondary provision for pupils with Asperger Syndrome. This necessitated the building of a new unit opposite Clement Lodge and the conversion of the science block to a custom made unit. A new science laboratory was also built during the year. Work is continuing on a Supported Living Flat to complement the sixth form. The will give youngsters the opportunity to board up to the age of 18.  The proposed sixth form unit has met with continued hold ups over the past year and it is only in November of this year that planning permission will be applied for. Grant monies have been received but there is now a shortfall and new monies are being sought. There are at present 19 pupils in the sixth form accommodated in temporary premises in the main school building with the role rising to 40 next September.

A major change in reporting pupil’s progress has been the switch over to Solar, an on line reporting system. This new system when fully functional will give the ability to record all the pupils attainments and not just the academic ones and will enable parents to see the progress of their child at any time. The system is well advanced and will be totally in place by end of this Autumn Term.

A new school logo has been designed with the dragonfly motif and new school uniform is available.

The use of Pupil Premium in the school is monitored and can be viewed on the schools web site. The School Budget is also monitored each term. A safeguarding report is received each term and reported on. Governors also make a visit to the residential provision of the school each term.

Future Plans for the Governors

The school mission statement is ‘Achievement Beyond Expectation’ and the Governors support the Head Teacher and staff in delivering this to all pupils, in all areas of life.  Among the future goals is the provision of the new sixth form units for pupils up to the age of 19 and for all pupils to aid the best transition to education, employment or supported living. There is also the desire of the Head Teacher and Governors to make effective use of the school facilities over 52 weeks.

How you can contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and all those with responsibility for the school youngsters. Any contact can be made to Roger Billings, Chair of Governors, via the school office.

School Improvement and Standards [SIS] Finance, Premises and Personnel   [FPP] Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare [PDBW]
Ensure Vision,ethos and strategic direction Carry out Policy reviews as appropriate Carry out Policy reviews as appropriate
SEF  [monitor self evaluation] Approve/check Budgets Monitor Safeguarding   RB
Carry out Policy reviews as appropriate Oversee Staff appointments / Personnel related expenditure / Pay increments /Staff wellbeing /absence

Ensure Equality/Diversity

Monitor SEN provision

Monitor Data / assessment/ SOLAR        RB

Progress from baseline / Targets set appropriate

Pupil groups progress

Substantial / sustained progress for all

Ensure regular reporting to parents/carers

Oversee Financial plan/ Expenditure/ Charges / Funding bids Monitor Attendance and punctuality /  Behaviour and Attitudes
LoTC   /Educational visits     [Evolve]   AW

Maintain a Premises development plan and an Accessibility plan

Oversee Asset management

Carry out General Risk Assessment

Monitor SMSC [Social/Moral/Spiritual/Cultural development] RB

Citizenship

Careers guidance

Monitor Curriculum /Literacy/ Numeracy      AW

Monitor use of Pupil premium/sport funding etc

Oversee Premises related expenditure / H and S priorities / Maintenance and repairs

H and S audit   PB

Monitor and Inspect Residential  [Roger/Angela]      [LAC  Dianne ] / Care

Monitor T and L AW

Teacher standards met and PM including HT AW

Ensure equal opportunities/ diversity promoted in T/L

Ensure  English /Maths/Life skills promoted

 

Monitor Personal development  and welfare

Healthy lifestyle/ relationships/Sex ed

Anti-bullying policy / e safety

Ensure relevant qualifications attained

Academic and vocational achievement

Pupils prepared for next stage of education

  Develop the Parents as Partners  Project  DD/RM
Monitor 6th form   MS    

Members:

RB – Roger Billings

AW – Angela Wrighton

PB – Paddy Bennett

SY – Sarah Young

Members:

RB – Roger Billings

AW – Angela Wrighton

PB – Patrick Bennett

RM – Rachel Middleton

SY – Sarah Young

Members:

RB – Roger Billings

AW – Angela Wrighton

DD – Dianne Davis

RM – Rachel Middleton

SY – Sarah Young