Foreword From the Chair of Governors
Welcome to the 'Governor's Page' of the website for St Anne's School and Sixth Form College. I hope that you find it useful whether you are looking to educate your child or simply researching options about this very specialist and exciting field of education in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
It is my privilege to chair the board of a very experienced team of governors, including parent governors all bringing a vast range of skills from their professional life together with practical and operational knowledge of additional needs education.
Strong governance is a key part of a successful school. We have an excellent relationship with the Head Teacher and her team but as critical friends offering support, challenge and encouragement in a robust and vigorous manner to encourage teamwork at every level. Our pupils are our top priority as are our parents and carers who we believe are valuable members of the wider team.
The past year has been eventful for the school, sixth form college and residence. All have been inspected by Ofsted and once again were deemed to be 'outstanding' in all areas. Additionally the school received the Autism Accreditation Award from the Autistic Society with a special commendation, being the only school in the East Riding to achieve this.
We are pleased to announce that we have become an associate member of The Consortium Academy Trust (TCAT) which includes the schools and sixth form colleges of Cottingham, Hessle and Wolfreton along with the Penshurst Primary School, Hessle and Croxby Primary, Cottingham. This followed discussion by governors as to whether the school should convert to academy status.
After careful consideration and having regard to other work over the next few years to build a new school it was decided not to convert but to strengthen further the links to the TCAT schools by applying for associate membership. This brings many benefits for the school, its pupils, parents and staff. St Anne's staff will be able to access trust-wide professional development opportunities as indeed they in turn can provide support for other schools in the trust about special needs education.
St Anne's was built 45 years ago for 60 pupils and it now has 158 with 51% having allocated nights in the residence. Governors are working very closely with officers of East Riding Council to plan the building of a new school, residence and 4-bed children's home over the next two years. Please monitor the website for more news of this.
On a very personal note I want to assure you that the safety of our pupils and their well-being in school, at home and in the community is at the centre of all that we do along with the progress that we want them to make with their education. This is achieved through good communication with our pupils, parents, carers and many partners within the community, statutory and voluntary sectors. We are acutely conscious of the pressures that parents of children with additional face and over the last year have strengthened further our 24-hour support network to assist parents when in crisis as required.
This website is a small feature of the communication network and I along with my governor colleagues can be contacted through the school at any time. I will publish a newsletter every term about the work of the Governing Body and minutes of meetings will be posted on the website.
Profiles of all our governors follow this foreword.
Geoff Ogden, MBE
Chair of Governors
4 September 2018.
Governor Responsibilities (click on the names below to find out a little more!)
Chair / Local Authority Geoff Ogden (MBE) PSHE, E-Safety, Safeguarding
Vice Chair / Co-opted Alan Willson Autism and Estate
Head Teacher Lesley Davis Headteacher
Staff Elected Member Sara Tharratt Training Link
Parent Governors Sophie Claybourn PE
Mary Moverley Creative Arts
Co-opted Governors Peter Atkin Science
Kay O'Neill Head of Residence
Sue Larter Early Years
Andy Day Post 16
Curriculum: A Day, L Davis, M Moverley, S Larter
Finance: P Atkin, L Davis, A Willson, S Tharratt, S Larter
Health and Safety: A Willson, L Davis, K O'Neill, S Tharratt, S Rix (Co-opted)
Human Resources: G Ogden, M Moverley, L Davis, P Atkin, S Claybourn, K Burgess (Co-opted)
Performance Review: G Ogden, S Claybourn, M Moverley, A Day
Safeguarding and Emotional Health and Well Being: G Ogden, L Davis, R Vickers, S Claybourn, K O'Neill, Y Briggs, D Lidgett (Co-opted)
Residence: P Atkin, R Vickers, S Claybourn, K O'Neill, L Davis.