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Governance

Hope Community School, Sidcup is part of The New Generation Schools Trust. As a free school, we have been set up by the Trust with the full support of the government in response to what local people feel they need in order to provide an additional choice of education for children in their community.

We are established as an academy, which means we are independent from the local authority, therefore, we receive our funding directly from the central government and have the flexibility to set our own curriculum.

We are subject to inspections by Ofsted and our SATs results are published in tables in the same way as traditional state schools.

We have a local council which is responsible for working with the school to ensure it delivers high-quality education.

The Local Council at Hope Community School, Sidcup have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

•   Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

•   Holding the Principal accountable for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff

•   Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure finances are well spent

You can read below our 'Declarations of Interests Statement'. 

DECLARATION OF INTEREST STATEMENT

Hope Council - Sidcup

 

Name

Term of Office

Category of Council Member

Direct Interest

Indirect Interest

Responsibility

Voting Rights

Date Form Completed

Date of Declared Changes

 

Mr. Paul Weston (Chair up to 19 April 2016)

 

01/09/13 to 31/08/17

 

Member

 

None

 

Spouse – Mrs. Paula Weston also a Council Member

Sister-in-law is a teacher at the school

Governor at Birkbeck School

 

Council Member Training

Liaison to School Council

 

Yes

 

13/09/16

 

 

 

Mr. Tom Gallagher

 

01/09/13 to 31/08/17

 

Member/Parent

 

None

 

None

 

Responsible Officer

Health and Safety

 

Yes

 

18/10/17

 

 

Mr. Matt Green

 

01/09/13 to 31/08/17

 

Member

 

None

 

Child at school

 

Disadvantaged Pupils

Mandarin

 

Yes

 

13/09/16

 

 

Mrs. Lynn Mason

 

01/09/13 to 31/08/17

 

Member

 

Yes

Former Acting Business Manager

 

None

 

 

 

Yes

 

13/09/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Andy McGee (Vice-Chair)

 

01/09/13 to 31/08/17

 

Member

 

None

 

Carer of child at school

 

Classroom in the Community

 

Yes

 

18/10/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Gordon Raggett (Chair from 20 April 2016)

 

01/09/13 to 31/08/17

 

Member

 

CEO of CRIBS Charitable Trust

 

None

 

Safeguarding (including Child Protection)

 

Yes

 

13/09/16

 

 

 

Mr. Dennis Irwin

 

01/01/16 to

 

 

Principal

 

None

 

None

 

 

Yes

 

13/09/16

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Paula Weston

 

 

01/09/13 to 31/08/17

 

Member

 

None

 

Spouse – Paul Weston Chair of the Trust

Sister-in-law is teacher at school

 

 

Christian Ethos

 

Yes

 

13/09/16

 

 

Mrs. Harpreet Panesar

 

19/07/16 to 31/08/2020 Member None None Entrepreneurship Yes 13/09/16  

 

Mrs. Melanie Foreman

 

19/07/16 to 31/08/2020 Member None None SEN/More Able Yes 13/09/16  

 

Governors up to 19 April 2016

Name Term of Office Category of Governor Direct Interest Indirect Interest

Attendance

2015/16 for Governing Body meetings

Responsibility Voting Rights Date Form Completed Date of Declared Changes

 

Mr. Terry Millar

 

21/10/14 to 19/04/2016 Governor None None 4/11   Yes 20/10/15 19/4/16

 

Mrs. Joanna Gallagher

 

01/09/13 to 19/04/2016 Governor None Spouse – Mr. Tom Gallagher also a Governor 7/11 SEN Yes 20/10/15 19/4/16

 

Governors up to 31 August 2015

 

Name

Term of Office

Category of Governor

Direct Interest

Indirect Interest

Attendance

2014/15 for Governing Body meetings

Responsibility

Voting Rights

Date Form Completed

Date of Declared Changes

 

Mrs. Lisa Morris

 

01/09/13 to 31/08/15

 

Principal

 

None

 

None

 

10/11

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

Mrs. Sharon Marriott

 

01/09/13 to 17/11/14

 

Member

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

Mr. Ben Collins

 

01/09/13 to 07/07/14

 

Member

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

Governor up to 31/12/15

 

 

Mr. David Ryan

 

01/09/15 to

31/12/15

 

Interim

Principal

 

None

 

None

 

1/11

 

 

Yes

 

20/10/15

 

 

 

 

 

Updated 16/6/17

School Council Attendance Sheet 2016-17      
       

The table below uses the following notation:

P - Present    A - Approved Absence   X - Unapproved Absence   N/A - Not Applicable

     
               
    13-Sept-16 18-Oct-17 22-Nov-16 07-Feb-16 21-Mar-16 09-May-16
Mr. Tom Gallagher A P P P P P
Mr. Matt Green P P P P P P
Mrs. Lynn Mason P P A P P P
Mr. Andy McGee A P A A P P
Mr. Gordon Raggett (Chair from April '16)  P P P P P P
Mr. Paul Weston (Chair up to April '16) P P P P P P
Mrs. Paula Weston P P A P P P
Mr. Dennis Irwin (Principal) Jan '16-present P P P P P P
Mrs. Harpreet Panesar (Parent Member) P P P P P P
Mrs. Melanie Foreman  (Parent Member) P A P P P P