Governor Blog – Autumn 2017

Governor Blog – Autumn 2017

December 13th 2017

This term has focused on the finalising the details of the legal changes needed to formally become part of the Archway Learning Trust, and all aspects are in place to enable Nottingham Emmanuel  School to join the multi-academy trust (MAT) early in 2018. We have been encouraged by a range of joint work at all levels, including shared training days with colleagues from the Bluecoat academies and we are confident that this will continue to develop for the benefit of our students, families and staff team in the future. The results of our formal consultation period can be found on the website.

We are adapting to change and will become a Local Governing Body on joining the MAT, and are pleased that two governors Margaret Oldroyd and Heidi Shewell-Cooper will become Archway Learning Trustees and join the multi-academy trust board in 2018.

This term governors have been busy reflecting on summer results, and will be working in pairs to monitor areas of the school improvement plan which we have been involved in shaping with senior staff. We now have five meetings planned for the year and no committees in order to dovetail with the governance structures of the MAT. There is a vacancy for a parent governor with data management and/or financial experience, expressions of interest are invited by 10 January 2018– please contact Sue Law, Clerk

The Co-Chair of Governors recently attended a celebration of some research that school has been involved in over the past two years. The Church of England in association with Canterbury Christchurch and Warwick Universities recently published research from a project investigating spiritual development. The aim of work was to highlight features of secondary schools that contribute to the positive spiritual development of students, often operating within diverse social contexts. It acknowledges that the Church of England aspires to offer education that is ‘deeply Christian’ in the cause of ‘serving the common good’ and that the language of spiritual development can often be fraught and is often misunderstood.  The Nottingham Emmanuel School was one of the ‘Ten Leading Schools’ involved in the project which involved quantitate and qualitative  research over a two year period, interviewing students, staff and governors.

The research ‘Lessons in Spiritual Development; Learning from leading Christian – ethos Secondary Schools’ will be further disseminated nationally in 2018.

Leaders and researchers from ‘Ten Leading Schools’. Canterbury Christchurch University, November 2017 (Heidi Shewell-Cooper)

Heidi Shewell-Cooper, Co-Chair of Governors, December 2017