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Blaise High School

Governance

Blaise High School is an academy in 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 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 and headteacher. The governing body is formally called a ‘Local Governing Body’, and 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 school, for oversight of the school’s financial and academic performance, and for holding the Headteacher and school’s senior leadership to account.

Governors are appointed in a number of different ways to reflect the school’s 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 the school at the time of their election and is elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current students.
  • Community governors are appointed by the governing body to reflect its community and stakeholders.
  • A staff governor must be employed by the school as a member of teaching or non-teaching staff and is appointed following a ballot of all teaching staff and/or non-teaching staff as appropriate.
  • The Headteacher is a governor ex-officio.

All governors except the Headteacher 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 Headteacher and senior leadership team of the school. Governors exercise their powers in a primarily strategic leadership role; they should not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school.

As well as attending governing body meetings, governors serve on governing body committees, take part in governor briefings and development activities, visit the school and meet school staff attend and engage in a range of school activities.

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, including the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the direction of teaching and the curriculum, and for the implementation of the policies of the Trust and Local Governing Body.

Chair of Governors

Therese Gillespie

Chair of Blaise High School Local Governing Body since 1st September 2019 and formerly vice chair of Henbury School.

20 years’ experience as a governor in a further education college, two secondary schools. a primary school and an infant school, chair of three interim executive boards in primary schools and member of the management committee of a pupil referral unit.

Trustee and formerly chair of a charity specialising in health and social care,

Member of a local authority admissions appeals panel and experienced chair of independent review panels.

Formerly director and chair of a careers company, member of the South West Learning and Skills Council and adviser to the Local government Association Education Committee.

Formerly Director of Education and Director of Children’s Services in a Unitary Authority and 15 years’ experience as a senior education officer in a large County. Other previous employment in a polytechnic, an industry training board and the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Main skills include governance in education and the charity sector,  leadership and strategic planning, questioning and scrutiny, policy development, understanding of education law and local/ national government, handling appeals processes relating to students and staff and complaints, staff recruitment and understanding of safeguarding and child protection.

Find out more or contact us

For further information, or to contact the governing body, please email the clerk to the governing body via the school email address.

You can also contact the chair of the governing body, Therese Gillespie, by contacting the clerk to the governing body via the school email address.

Join us

If you are interested in becoming a governor at Blaise High School school, or at another school in the Trust, please click here or download the leaflet below: