There are 21 governors who represent a wide cross-section of business, legal and academic interests in the area. Some are current or former parents and some are Old Hymerians. The main work of the Board is carried out by committees and working parties, most of which meet termly and are attended by the Headmaster and members of the Senior Management Team where appropriate.
Mrs S Anwar West, Mr P A B Beecroft, Prof P G Burgess, Mrs T A Carruthers, Mr J F Connolly, Dr G J Gateshill, Mr D A Gibbons, Mr W H Gore, Mrs G A Greendale, Mr M C S Hall,
Mr J G Leafe, Mrs E A Maliakal, Dr A Pathak, Mr C M Read, Cllr J G Robinson, Mrs N Shipley, Mrs G V Vickerman, Mr J R Wheldon, Mr P J E Wildsmith
The information below gives an overview of the constitution, functions and purpose of the Hymers College governing body.
The Governing Body
Hymers College is a registered charity and the members of the Board of Governors are all Trustees. They have a legal duty to act in accordance with well-defined rules and principles that reflect their status as Trustees. They are also Directors of Hymers College Trustee Limited (which is a registered company) however, in both roles, they are still commonly referred to as Governors.
All Governors are volunteers who receive no remuneration for serving on the Board and its Standing Committees. Governors are expected to serve for an initial minimum period of 5 years and appointments may be renewed for additional terms of 5 years subject to satisfactory performance and commitment.
Functions and Roles of the Governing Body
To determine the aims and overall conduct of the school.
To set and review plans, policies and procedures that will ensure the best possible education for present and future pupils of the school.
To ensure the proper control of the school’s finances.
To ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements
To appoint the Head
The Governing Body and the Headmaster
The Governing Body does not control or manage the day-to-day running of the school. That is the role of the Headmaster and his Senior Management Team. For example, decisions such as whether to admit pupils to be educated at Hymers, discipline and the appointment of his staff are vested exclusively in the Headmaster, not the Governing Body.
The Governing Body will support the Headmaster, monitor his performance and ensure that the Headmaster is implementing agreed policies and strategies, but it is important to appreciate the difference in their respective roles.
Committees of the Governing Body
The Governing Body operates by delegating certain functions and responsibilities to a number of Standing Committees. We currently have six Standing Committees which oversee the following areas: Academic, Finance and Property, Pastoral, Governance and Nominations, Safety and Appeals. With the exception of the Safety Committee, which meets annually, and the Appeals Committee, which meets when required, all other Committees along with the Full Board meet termly.
Selection of Governors
The Governing Body seeks to maintain that at all times there is an appropriate spread of skills and expertise represented on the Board in order to properly discharge its legal duties and to take into account and plan for the challenges and opportunities which face the school.
The Governing Body’s constitution permits a maximum of 23 Governors in office at any one time. The Governing Body seeks to maintain a proper balance between continuity of service and the introduction of new members.
All Governors are co-opted to the Board following a formal selection process undertaken by the Nominations Committee.
The Nominations Committee will consider applications for membership to the Board and will make recommendations in line with the skill set required at any relevant time. The Nominations Committee welcomes applications from individuals who believe that they can make a valuable contribution as a Governor of Hymers College. Anyone interested in becoming a Governor should contact, in the first instance, to the Secretary to the Board expressing their interest. The Nominations Committee will consider all expressions of interest in confidence and selected applicants will then be invited to interview.
Once appointed all new Governors are expected to undertake a formal induction and training programme with the aim that they, the Governing Body and the school will all derive maximum benefit from their appointment to the Board.