Welcome from the governors of The Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School (BUCHS). The role of the Governing Body is to maintain high standards by setting targets for school improvement, assist in the development of strategy, and help sustain the school's good standing in the local community. We have a range of powers and responsibilities which we are legally required to carry out.
We are immensely proud to be involved in a learning community that aims to encourage and promote the desire in each individual student to achieve his or her best. We are fortunate to have teachers and support staff who are caring, committed, and extremely hard working as well as highly supportive parents and students that are motivated, friendly and well mannered.
As part of our responsibility for ensuring that BUCHS is a safe, secure environment for its students and staff, the governors take an active interest in all areas of school life. By working closely with the Headteacher and the senior leadership team, and through listening to the views of staff, students, parents and carers we strive to make decisions that result in the best possible education for all of our students.
Governors are appointed from within the school and the local community and Diocese so they have knowledge of the school and the population it serves. Membership consists of the Headteacher, Foundation Governors, Parent Governors, Staff Governors, and Community Governors.
The Governing Body meets on a monthly basis, and a full list of the current members appears below. Some of our work is carried out by working groups, each of which report to the full Board. All governors are required to undergo a DBS check on appointment and are provided with training on induction and throughout their term of office to ensure a full understanding of the role and responsibilities.
In our most recent Ofsted Inspection (May 2014) Governance was described as follows:
'In common with the school as a whole, the governing body has used the last 19 months to identify its strengths and build upon them very effectively by making improvements in some key areas. It has significantly increased and improved its corporate knowledge of the quality of teaching by overseeing rigorous reviews of subject departments. It has also improved the thoroughness with which it analyses performance data and challenges the school to raise standards.
Governors ask searching questions of the school's leadership to check whether targets are being met and are very clear on the link between teacher performance and outcomes for pupils. They have played a key role in ensuring that the performance management of teachers has improved in its rigour and pay rises are awarded only when performance is good or better. This is now a strong driver for improvement across the school.
The Chair and Deputy Chair of Governors work extremely hard for the school and take charge of areas such as child protection and safety. The governors ensure that the school meets all statutory safeguarding requirements.
Governors brought onto the governing body more recently have provided fresh impetus and new skills in, for example, performance management and business processes. There are some particularly strong parent governors who demonstrate a clear understanding of their role in ensuring that the school's trajectory of improvement is maintained. '
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|Art & Technology||Mr Andrew Binnell|
|ICT / Business Studies||Mr David Tee|
|Careers and work related learning||Mr Nicholas Holmes|
|Child Protection including all vulnerable groups||Mr Eugene O'Riordan|
|English / Drama||Dr Helen Purdie|
|Geography||Mrs Lisa Hepher|
|Health and Safety||Mr Chris Hossack|
|History / Government & Politics||Mr Nicholas Holmes|
|ICT||Mr David Tee|
|Learning Support||Mr Chris Hossack|
|Library||Dr Helen Purdie|
|Maths||Mr Del Sammy|
|Modern Foreign Languages / Latin & Classics||Mr Trevor Kemp|
|Music||Mr David Tee|
|PE / Dance||Mr Del Sammy|
|Pupil Premium||Mr Trevor Kemp|
|RE / Psychology||Fr Gary Dench|
|Sciences||Mrs Stacey Pether|
|Chaplaincy||Fr Gary Dench|
|Sixth Form||Mrs Angela Gander|
POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY
Chair of Governors; MFL inc. Latin
& Classics; Pupil Premium
Child Protection inc. all vulnerable
|Helen Purdie||Foundation||02.05.23||English inc. Drama; Library||None||None|
Chaplaincy Committee; RE & Psychology;
|Chris Hossack||Parent||01.01.21||Health & Safety; Learning Support||Brentwood Borough Council||None|
Vice Chair of Governors; Art &
|Del Sammy||Parent||01.09.19||Maths; PE inc. Dance||None||None|
|David Tee||Community||01.10.20||ICT; Business Studies; Music||None||None|
Careers and work related learning;
History/Govt & Politics
|None||St Joseph the Worker|
Mr T. Kemp
Mr N Holmes
Mrs L Hepher
Mr E O'Riordan
Dr H. Purdie
Fr G. Dench
Mrs A. Gander
Mr A Binnell (Vice Chair)
Mr C Hossack
Mr D Sammy
Mr. D Tee
Mrs S Pether
Miss T Orritt
Dr R Wilkin
Ms A Whelpdale
The Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School, Queens Road, Brentwood, Essex. CM14 4EX
Tel: 01277 227156
The Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered number 8212425).
Registered office: Queen’s Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4EX.
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