Sub-Committees

The Full Governing Body meets at least six times a year and acts as the main forum for decision making, however, to enable the governors to focus on particular aspects of College life, we also split into smaller sub-committees each with a specific focus area.
Sub Committees meet three times a year and work within agreed Terms of Reference. Sub-Committee chairs report back on their activities to the Full Governing Body – normally with recommendations for action.

The main sub committees for 2016/17 are:
Curriculum

This committee mainly focuses on the academic experience delivered by the College for students. It is the main forum for reviewing external examination results and trends in performance.
The Curriculum Committee meets three times a year. At these meetings governors work with members of the Senior Leadership Team to monitor teaching and learning in the College. We look closely at student achievement and are regularly updated on the College Improvement Plan. We are provided with extensive data which helps us to see how different groups of students are doing and how we compare with other colleges. Exam results are discussed in detail. The progress of students with special educational needs is a standard agenda item.
All governors are linked to a College department, and are expected to visit their department at least twice a year. Reports from these visits are fed back to the Full Governing Body. We take a keen interest in pastoral and behaviour issues.
It is also our responsibility to review College policies and we do this on a regular basis.

Chairman of the Curriculum Sub Committee:

Alison Doig (Acting)

Other Governors who contribute to the committee are:

Stephen Baldwin
Janet Bass
Liz Williams
Peter Roundell
Yvonne Mills
Felicity Candogan

Senior Leadership Team members linked to the committee are:

Barry Howard
Jackie Cooper


Finance and General Purposes Sub Committee

This committee is responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the College, approving budgets for capital and operational expenditure and ensuring that the College is operating within these budgets.
It is the responsibility of the governing body to ensure that the College can deliver the curriculum effectively and efficiently within the school budget allocation.
This sub-committee oversees the management of the budget and reviews the cost effectiveness of all expenditure. The committee also has responsibility to ensure the programme of maintenance of the buildings and infrastructure is undertaken to keep the buildings in good repair.
Major project works are normally financed by Capital Funds and are applied for by the College to the Local Authority.
The committee regularly undertakes benchmarking reviews to measure the College’s financial position relative to similar schools within the County.

Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Sub Committee.

TBA (Chair)

Other Governors who contribute to the commitee are:

Stephen Baldwin
Trevor Goldsmith
Liz Williams
Alison Doig
Richard Karn
Peter Roundell

Senior Leadership Team members linked to the committee are:

Caroline Barlow
Loraine Alford


Stakeholder Engagement

This committee is responsible for maintaining links with other community organisations serving young people in the Heathfield Community College catchment area. It also oversees and monitors communication with all the main stakeholders – students, parents, staff and the wider community.
The Communications and Community Committee maintains links with other organisations that have an interest in the positive development of young people and support of parents and carers in the Heathfield College catchment area.
We take a special interest in Government initiatives that encourage schools involvement in the wider community and in the life of students outside of their standard education – for example, the Extended Schools Initiative.
As far as communication is concerned we monitor the quality of communication with all the key College Stakeholders – including students, teaching staff, parents and carers and beyond those directly involved to include local community groups, local businesses and past students.

Chairman of the Stakeholder Engagement Sub Committee

TBA (Chair)

Other Governors who contribute to the committee are:

Liz Williams
Janet Bass
Trevor Goldsmith
Richard Karn
Felicity Candogan

Senior Leadership Team members linked to the committee are:

Paul Evason
Mike Pooley


Health, Safety and Wellbeing

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing sub-committee supports the need for a school wide awareness of the responsibilities of every individual for the safety and wellbeing of themselves and each other. The College is regularly inspected by the Local Authority Safety team who audit a huge range of H&S issues from Risk Assessments, Training and Competence, Emergency Planning, Expectant Mothers, to Security and Off-Site Visits.

Chairman of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Sub Committee

Loraine Alford, Business Manager

Other Governors who contribute to the commitee are:

Liz Williams

Other Staff members linked to the committee are:

Sue Boyd
Paul Evason
Dave Moore
Kelly Nuttall
Debbie Stanger