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Carshalton High School for Girls became an Academy Trust in June 2011 and the majority of the school’s funding now comes direct from central government via the Education Funding Agency (EFA). Governors serving on academy governing bodies have wider responsibilities than those of maintained schools. On conversion to an academy, the school became a company, the Carshalton Girls Educational Trust (Limited by Guarantee). All governors are directors of this company and comply with the Companies Act 2006. The Trust must undergo an independent annual audit and produce an annual report / financial returns for parents, Companies House and the EFA.  Four of the governors/directors are also Members. Members control any major changes to the academy trust, such as changing its constitution. They are the equivalent of shareholders of a registered company, however any profit produced by the Academy is not distributed to members/shareholders.
Carshalton Girls Educational Trust has charitable status and all governors are also charity trustees. There are three core duties to which charity trustees must comply, these are the duty of compliance, the duty of prudence and the duty of care.
Academy governors act as the ‘critical friend’ of the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team, providing support and challenge. The key responsibilities of the governing body include:
  • ensuring the quality of educational provision;
  • challenging and monitoring the performance of the academy;
  • ensuring good financial health and probity;
  • keeping the pressure up on school improvement;
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement;
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping these under review;
  • making the school accountable to the public for what it does;
  • work in partnership with the Headteacher and staff.
The Articles of Association of the Trust states that the Governing Body of Carshalton High School for Girls must have a minimum of 3 governors and a maximum of 20 governors including the Headteacher. At present our constitution stipulates 18 governors including the Headteacher. There are three categories of governor, firstly Parent Governors (6); elected by and from parents with students at the school. Secondly, Community Governors (6); these are co-opted to the Governing Body by the other governors. Thirdly Staff Governors, both teaching and non-teaching (3); elected by the staff of the school. The normal term of office for a governor (except the Headteacher) is four years from their date of appointment.
The full Governing Body meets on average four times a year, twice in the autumn term and once in each of the spring and summer terms. Many of the Governing Body’s responsibilities are delegated to committees. These meet termly and include, the Finance and Audit Committee, the Staffing, Students and Curriculum Committee and the Premises Committee.
The Chair of the Governing Body is Mr Paul Harding and the Vice Chair Ms Julia Bryan. The Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually. A full list of the present governors including vacancies is shown below. The table outlines the governors, their category and appointment date, as well as their committee and link responsibilities. Any governor can be contacted by writing to them via the school.
  * F&A     - Finance and Audit
     SS&C - Staffing, Student & Curriculum


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