Foreword From the Chair of Governors
Welcome to the 'Governor's Page' of the Web Site for St Anne's School, Sixth Form College and Residence. I hope that you find it useful whether you are looking for a school to educate your child or simply researching available options about this very specialist and exciting field of education in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
It is my privilege to chair a governing body with a very experienced team of governors; including parent governors all bringing a vast range of skills from their professional life together with knowledge of special educational 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 team.
The past year has been eventful for the school, college and residence and the future is exciting. Whilst providing outstanding teaching, care and support the school is currently housed in out-dated, unsuitable and unsustainable buildings. It was built over 45 years ago for 60 pupils and now has 161 aged from early years to 19 years of age. Plans therefore are now advanced to build a new school, sixth form, residence and therapeutic centre on the grounds of the former Hessle lower School, Boothferry Road. Hessle. The proposed building will provide a broad range of facilities for children and young people with a wide spectrum of disabilities. The new school will provide support for varied teaching and learning activities, including life skills and personal development mirroring much of what is delivered now but in the new roomier environment. There are many hurdles to overcome but governors and the local authority plan for the new complex to open in September 2021 with building commencing next year.
St Anne’s has been deemed to be outstanding in all areas over the last two full Ofsted inspections. Additionally the ‘Residence’ continues to be ‘outstanding in all areas’ following its annual Ofsted Social Care Common Inspection Framework.
An area of concern identified by governors over the last year has been the quality of education and health care plans introduced following the enactment of the Children and Families Act 2014. Whilst the education element of the plans has been accurately completed for annual reviews with parents and carers much of the social care and health information which is the responsibility of partner agencies was out of date. This is common locally and nationally as there has been an increase of 250,000 children with EHC plans from the former special need ‘statements’ under the old system. This does not help parents, carers and our students. Governors have therefore along with the local authority and health partners approved an urgent action plan to ensure that all bespoke plans are up to date with education, social care and health information on each pupil. That is a priority. This exercise highlights just one example of ‘governance’ and ‘challenge’.
On a 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. We are conscious that our pupils are extremely vulnerable particularly ‘online’ and in the community at a time when there are many risks to them and other young people. The Strategic Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy can be found on this website and is kept under constant review.
Profiles of all our governors follow this foreword including the special responsibilities they have and details of committee membership.
Geoff Ogden, MBE
Chair of Governors
Governor Responsibilities (click on the names below to find out a little more!)
|Designation||Governor||Area of Responsibility|
|Chair / Local Authority||Geoff Ogden (MBE)||PSHE, Online Safety and Safeguarding|
|Vice Chair / Co-opted||Yvonne Briggs||Literacy, numeracy / basic skills, Autism and English TLR|
|Head Teacher||Lesley Davis||Headteacher|
|Staff Elected Member||Sally Spencer||Staff representative|
|Co-opted Governor||Peter Atkin||Science|
|Co-opted Governor||Kay O'Neill||Head of Care|
|Co-opted Governor||Sue Larter||
Health and Safety - School
|Co-opted Governor||Richard Vickers (OBE)||
Residence and Emotional Health and Well being
Health and Safety - Residence
|Co-opted Governor||Andy Day||Sixth Form|
|Co-opted Governor||Kate Burgess||------|
|Co-opted Governor||Peter Longman||Transition|
|Associate Governor||Sara Tharratt||Finance / Training|
Curriculum: A Day, Y.Briggs, L Davis, S Larter, E Elbourne, H Longman (co-opted)
Health and Safety: R Vickers, S Larter, L Davis, K O'Neill, S Tharratt, S Spencer, S Rix (co-opted), K Parsons (co-opted)
Finance: P Atkin, P Longman, L Davis, M Barrass, S Tharratt (co-opted)
Human Resources: G Ogden, L Davis, S.Larter, P Atkin, K Burgess, K.Parsons (co-opted)
Performance Review: G Ogden, Y.Briggs, A Day, S Larter
Safeguarding and Emotional Health and Well Being: G Ogden, Y Briggs, R Vickers, P Painter, E Elbourne, L Davis, K O'Neill, D Lidgett (co-opted)
Residence: S Larter, R Vickers, P Atkin, M Barrass, K O'Neill, L Davis