OUR GOVERNing BODY
Scott Medical and Healthcare College is a college within the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
The Greenshaw Learning Trust is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, with the sole purpose of maintaining and developing academy schools to provide comprehensive and inclusive education for the public benefit. You can find out more about the governance of the trust on the trust website here.
The Governing Body for Scott Medical & Healthcare College is the Plymouth Secondary Schools Governing Body – a shared governing body with Stoke Damerel Community College.
The Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust have overall legal responsibility for all the schools in the trust, but they delegate powers and responsibilities with respect to the governance of each school to its governing body. The governing body is a committee of the Board of Trustees that reports to and is accountable to the Board of Trustees under a Scheme of Delegation of governance functions.
The governing body is responsible for the strategic leadership of the schools, for oversight of the schools' financial and academic performance, and for holding the headteachers and schools' senior leadership to account.
Governors are appointed in a number of different ways to reflect the schools' various stakeholders and to bring a range of skills and experience to the governing body:
- Trust governors are appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
- A parent governor has to be a parent of a pupil at one of the schools at the time of their election and is elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current students.
- Only if the school has provision for community governors: Community governors are appointed by the governing body to reflect its community and stakeholders.
- A staff governor must work at the school and is appointed following a ballot of all staff.
- The headteachers are governors ex-officio.
- All governors except the headteachers serve for a term of office of four years, but can be reappointed.
Governors act collectively as the governing body and work closely with the headteachers and senior leadership teams of the schools. Governors exercise their powers in a primarily strategic leadership role; they should not get involved in the day-to-day running of the schools.
As well as attending governing body meetings, take part in governor briefings and development activities, visit the school, meet school staff, and attend and engage in a range of school activities.
The headteachers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the schools, including the internal organisation, management and control of the schools and the direction of teaching and the curriculum, and for the implementation of the policies of the Trust and Local Governing Body.