Local Governing Body


Hi all and a very Happy New Year!


As part of our changing role as a Governing Body following the move to an Academy that is part of a Trust, we thought it would be worthwhile letting you know what we’re talking about and how we’re supporting the teaching staff to make Gorsey an even better school!


Every few months we have a LGB meeting (Local Governing Body) where we meet to discuss and challenge, amongst other things, the performance, finances and safeguarding of the school. 


At our December meeting we started with an overview of the key activities undertaken at a Laurus Trust level and it was great to be joined by Linda Magrath who is the CEO of the Laurus Trust and Mark Johnson who is a Trust Finance Officer.   As we continue to integrate the governance and the policies with the Trust, this partnership is something which is a key focus of ours as well as ensuring the financial stability of Gorsey.


We then went onto talk about the core content of the meeting which is effectively around the school’s performance and progress to date within the year.  There are a number of key documents we review and challenge at each meeting which include the School’s Development Plan and our Gorsey Evaluation Document which sets out where we believe Gorsey’s strengths and weaknesses are.  One area of focus for 2017/18 is around Maths so we spent some time getting an understanding of what we are doing to further increase our attainment by the end of Key Stage 2.  It’s amazing to see what the staff have planned as tangible and measurable actions to improve in this area and based on early projections, it looks like these actions are really delivering improvement.


Hopefully you’ve found these little snippets of information useful, if so, we’ll continue with these updates over the coming terms.  If you have any requests for future content or indeed any questions related to the LGB, please feel free to get in touch our Chair, Colin Shepherd on chairofgovernors@gorseybank.net.  Of course, you can find out more including previous minutes and members below.


Simeon  Mellor

Parent Governor and Governor for Communications & Community