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22/07/24

Year 11 prom at Guildford County was filled with magic, finesse, and glamorous fun! The hall buzzed with music and dance, creating unforgettable memories and solidifying future connections. Enjoy the rest of the summer! pic.twitter.com/cO97QsVf6g— Guildford County Sch () July 22, 2024

19/07/24

And that's a wrap for another year! We hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy special summer moments with friends and family. pic.twitter.com/pjwCwNDJNi

19/07/24

Sniff sniff! 😢 Today we say 'Tschüss' and 'Au Revoir' to two of our longest serving department members, Mrs Martinez-Wallas and Mrs Grandvuinet, who are off to pastures new! We will miss you. We wish all our students a safe and happy holidays! Team MFL 🇩🇪🇪🇸🇫🇷— George Abbot Languages () July 19, 2024

17/07/24

A fabulous few days with unexpected bonus weather, and spirits couldn't be higher! It's hard to say goodbye to these beautiful rolling hills. What an incredible week for our Gold DofE Explorers! pic.twitter.com/f0cakyryhz— Guildford County Sch () July 17, 2024

17/07/24

Have a listen to our CEO's end of year message - it's been a busy one! https://t.co/dltBBTig5N via

17/07/24

It’s been an incredibly busy end of term…follows us on Instagram to see what the students have been up to! 😅 pic.twitter.com/b1fxuubWLb— George Abbot School () July 17, 2024

17/07/24

Last week our annual GAbbot Fest raised over £4000 for Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, and a huge thank you for the extreme generosity of our community and of course our creative, amazing stall holders! pic.twitter.com/49dF5GsH5J— George Abbot School () July 17, 2024

17/07/24

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17/07/24

Another first at GA this year, Y8 Colour Run! pic.twitter.com/XbpmqR1LOu— George Abbot School () July 17, 2024

17/07/24

We love these Phantom photos! pic.twitter.com/WZoyiBTVf2— George Abbot School () July 17, 2024

15/07/24

Our Gold DofE participants have arrived at their first destination, Sykeside Campsite in the Lake District. Tents are up, and the happy campers are ready for their adventures. The first day has kicked off with map reading, orienteering, and walking. pic.twitter.com/qu6pWhRVIs— Guildford County Sch () July 15, 2024

15/07/24

Join us for the GCSE Art, Photography, and Textiles Exhibition on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th from 4pm to 6pm. Enter via the right side of the main building. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our students’ exceptional talent and creativity. pic.twitter.com/TxWb8eRXy9— Guildford County Sch () July 15, 2024

12/07/24

Anyone for Tennis? Some of our students were lucky enough to be able to experience the incredible atmosphere at this week. A fabulous day for all of them! pic.twitter.com/5xI3ZxQe5k— Kings College () July 12, 2024

12/07/24

Absolutely fabulous show from the GAbbot Dancers for the GAbbot Fest 🥳🥳 Bringing the entertainment for the whole school. And that’s a wrap on 2023/24 Dance performances. Could not be prouder 🤩 pic.twitter.com/wkKs5K46u7— George Abbot Dance () July 12, 2024

12/07/24

Let the games begin! The weather is looking promising for a day of activity! pic.twitter.com/laueLGk2sf— Guildford County Sch () July 12, 2024

11/07/24

When you eat your lunch with this view 😍Year 3 Cricket match with Miss Stillwell was a highlight! pic.twitter.com/W8VpXoetZB— Northmead Junior School () July 11, 2024

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Trust Governance

We believe that the best people to govern our schools are their own governing bodies - people who are local to them, know them well, care about the students and have the appropriate professional skills.

 

The board of trustees oversees several committees to conduct its work in depth, inviting additional professionals to these committees to assist.

Local Governing Bodies (LGBs)

The board of trustees believes in the importance of establishing a Local Governing Body (LGB) to oversee each school within the trust, in pursuit of the trust's vision and values, learning from best practice and taking into account the local community context.

Their core purpose is to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • Hold school leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Oversee the school’s financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent

The trust's scheme of delegation describes their delegated powers, with further detail in their terms of reference.

  • LGBs are to reflect the view of their stakeholders and therefore include representation from parents, staff and the community
  • LGB members are recruited for a 3-4 year term, on a skillset basis
  • Minutes and supporting papers are made available to the trustees and executive team
  • Membership of LGBs is published on our school websites

LGBs will find that many of their more ‘bureaucratic’ duties (e.g. policy writing) will be carried out by the Trust, freeing up more of their time to focus on learning and teaching.

Governance Leaders Group (GLG)

All Chairs of Governors and Chairs of Committees of the Board meet every term to improve the effectiveness of governance, through:

  • Two-way communication between the board of trustees and the Local Governing Bodies (“communication”)
  • Consultative strategic conversation (“strategic consultation”)
  • Self-evaluation and training (“reflection”)

As set out in their terms of reference, the Governance Leaders Group will be responsible for implementing standards in governance effectiveness, guided by the DfE Governance Handbook.

This will involve (but is not limited to):

  • Strategic Leadership: clarifying the trust's vision, ethos and strategy
  • Accountability: for educational standards and financial performance
  • People: e.g. ensuring that skills audits are undertaken on a regular basis, that the governor training programme is tailored to their needs and that succession planning is in place
  • Structures: ensuring that roles and responsibilities are appropriate and effective
  • Compliance: understanding statutory and contractual requirements
  • Evaluation: e.g. of external reviews of governance, schools causing concern and Ofsted outcomes