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How We Are Governed

Our governing body - Management Committee - works together to drive the vision and ethos of our schools and provisions, monitor educational and financial plans, and to provide support to the school in a way that is tailored to their priorities. The governing body normally consists of 7-12 governors creating a balanced group with the right experiences, skills and connections to support the school in achieving exceptional performance.

Governors attend six meetings a year and are asked to support and enrich the academy in a range of other ways including:

  • Undertaking school visits, at least once a term, outside LGB meetings.
  • Taking on a ‘link’ governor role, liaising with other governors in the locality on areas such as finance, data, special educational needs and literacy.
  • Sitting on panels related to the school.
  • Participating in the Waltham Forest Local Authority governor training and development programme.

We are looking for local people who would be committed to supporting The Hawkswood Group's goals to maintain Good and Outstanding provision for all of our vulnerable young people. You need time, enthusiasm and a deep commitment to support our provisions to continually be exceptional in the quality of holistic provision provided for the young people who attend and live within our community.  A full programme of induction, training and support is provided.

Current Statutory Guidance: The Management Committees Of PRUs 2018

 In terms of the composition of management committees, they must contain at least seven, but no more than 20 members. The structure is outlined below:

Parent members

At least one, but no more than one-fifth of the total committee.

Staff members

At least one, but no more than one-third of the total committee.

Local authority appointed members

At least one, but no more than one-third of the total committee.

Community members

Must outnumber all of the other members combined.

Sponsor members

Sponsor members are entirely optional but where a committee has sponsor members there must be at least one, but no more than two.

Changes were made to regulations in 2012, specifically about community members. When appointing community members, local authorities (or the management committee itself where it is already in place) must first seek to appoint representatives from local schools. The regulations also specify that local authority employees, other than persons employed by the local authority to work in a school maintained by them, cannot be community members. Any current community members who are employees of the local authority (and who are not employed to work in a school maintained by that authority) can remain in place until 1 September 2013, when they will have to be replaced by a new community member who must be appointed in accordance with the new requirements.

 Increasing school representation on management committees will help ensure that the needs of pupils are better met, and help build continuity and raise standards in their educational attainment. This is therefore a priority for management committee membership. Where it is not possible to appoint a school representative and there is difficulty in finding people to appoint as community members, consideration should be given to appointing community members who are involved with the young people, who may typically be in alternative provision in their area. This may include community groups, offending or drug support groups, and other alternative provision and pupil referral units. Local businesses, colleges and others who work with young people could also be considered. Where the local authority or management committee feel it would be valuable to retain the input from other local authority services (who previously sat on the committee as community members) it should be noted that representatives from these services can still attend management committee meetings to offer valuable insights, though they would not have voting rights.