Ofsted recognise the governance of the Academy as ‘outstanding’ Governors are involved in all aspects of the life of the Academy.
The Bishop of Winchester Academy has a Governing Body, the composition of which is set out in the Academy’s Articles of Association. The Academy has three main Governor Committees: Resources, Student Experience and Pay Committee, to which Governors are appointed. These are supported by Governor-led Working Groups. The Academy also calls on members of the Governing Body to sit on a Staff Dismissals Committee and Staff Dismissals Appeal Committee on an ad hoc basis should either Committee be required. The Governing Body and its Committees have Terms of Reference which are reviewed annually and contain details of meeting dates, compositions, responsibilities, delegated authorities and matters reserved for the Governing Body itself.
The Governing Body recognises that it has overall responsibility for ensuring that The Bishop of Winchester Academy Trust has an effective and appropriate system of control, financial and otherwise. However, such a system is designed to manage rather than eliminate the risk of failure to achieve business objectives, and can provide only reasonable and not absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss.
The board of trustees has delegated the day-to-day responsibility to the Principal, as Accounting Officer, for ensuring financial controls conform with the requirements of both propriety and good financial management and in accordance with the requirements and responsibilities assigned to it in the funding agreement between The Bishop of Winchester Academy Trust and the Secretary of State for Education. They are also responsible for reporting to the board of trustees any material weaknesses or breakdowns in internal control.
Under normal circumstances, the Full Governing Body meets at least three times a year.
Remit of Governing Body and Sub-Committees
The Governing Body delegates responsibility for functions set out in approved Terms of Reference to a number of Governing Body appointed Committees and Working Groups. The key ones are the Resources Committee and the Student Experience Committee. Formal reports are presented to the routine Governing Body meetings that take place towards the end of each term. Details of the business undertaken and attendance are contained within the related minutes.
The Resources Committee (incorporating the Audit Committee and Finance Monitoring Group) is a sub-committee of the main board of trustees and its Chairwoman is Mrs Mary O’Sullivan, Director of Finance at Bournemouth Arts University. Its purpose is to:
· Function as the audit committee of the academy;
· Approve and monitor the annual budget;
· Approve returns for submission to the ESFA;
· Make recommendations to the Full Governing Body regarding larger spending decisions.
The Student Experience Committee is focussed on Teaching & Learning, and the academic environment of the school, and its Chairwoman is Mrs Janice Grey.
The Pay Committee meets once a year to agree pay rises and increments. The Chair of the committee is Mr Alan Hogg, Chair of Governors, and the other non-executive Governor on the committee is Mrs Mary O’Sullivan, Chair of the Resources Committee.
Under normal circumstances, the Resources Committee meets at least three times a year, and the Student Experience Committee meets at least three times a year.