The governance of Walter Powell has been under a joint body with Seagry School for some years. In January 2016, this Local Board was combined with that of Christian Malford Primary School and a new Joint Local Board was established. All three schools are members of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust.
The Governance of the School is undertaken by the Directors and Trustees of DBAT, with specific duties and responsibilities being delegated to the Local Board, as set out in the DBAT Scheme of Delegation. The Local Board meets six times a year and reports regularly to DBAT.
The new structure has created an opportunity for higher quality governance. With visibility and shared best practice across the three schools, the Joint Local Board has a more strategic perspective and is able to fully realise the benefits of school-to-school collaboration.
Local Board Objectives
To review the Christian and British values with the schools to build on the understanding that the school community has of the theology and meaning behind the values and their impact on school life. To be achieved through meetings with staff and Worship Councils and attendance at Worship throughout the academic year.
To identify and integrate opportunities for personal spiritual experiences in our curriculum and to develop a greater understanding of what spirituality is and its importance in our lives. To be achieved by our pupils being able to explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about themselves, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
To ensure that the work that the Local Board carries out is clearly focussed on the Schools’ Development Plan priorities and that this work is documented. To be achieved by monitoring the operation of the Local Board pairings and their reports, reviewing Local Board visit forms and following up on actions and review of the School Development Plan at each Local Board meeting.
To hold DBAT to account by ensuring there are regular two-way conversations with DBAT staff and Trustees. To be achieved by attending SIO visits, attending Chair meetings, attending training sessions and meeting with the Link DBAT Trustee.
To use school data with reference to FFT (Fischer Family Trust) framework and national data to monitor progress and attainment across all years and groups. This information along with Testbase assessments will also be used to support staff to improve both progress and attainment for all pupils. To be achieved by being FFT trained, reviewing data and discussing with Senior Leadership Team and following up the impact of interventions.
The Vision of the Local Board is:
To foster and develop successful Christian Schools by:
- Creating a challenging curriculum in a nurturing environment where happy children learn to ‘fly’;
- Enabling the children to develop moral values, confidence, resilience and ambition to achieve excellence so that at our schools children are ‘Learning, Listening and Laughing together’; and
- Challenging and motivating staff to succeed in delivering inspiring teaching by encouraging working together across the schools, providing opportunities for continuous professional development and supporting them with regular, constructive and timely feedback.
For details of the Local Board members, please click here.