A Message from Dr Julie Cayzer, Chair of Governors On behalf of the Governors of Nailsea School,
I would like to welcome you to our section of the school website. We aim to provide a variety of information relating to the governance of Nailsea School, including a list of current governors and links to key documents.
I write to introduce myself as the new Chair of Governors at Nailsea School. I have been a parent governor for the last seven years and youngest child, Alice, is now in Year 12. Being a governor is a volunteer role and my main job is being a veterinary surgeon in Bristol. My husband Steve and I have also been active members of the PTA for the last few years.
The governing body are members of the local community and include parents and carers of students studying at the school as well as staff members. We work closely with the Headteacher and the rest of the staff to ensure that together we achieve our common aim of providing the best possible education for all the students. Governors are all unpaid volunteers who work together to carry out three main areas of responsibility:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff, and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors are not inspectors, nor do we provide an alternative channel in to the school to discuss issues relating to individual students, which should always be followed up through the normal school procedures involving contacting the subject teacher or personal tutor in the first instance.
The Governors’ values and behaviours are stated below in relation to the school tag line:
We aspire to be recognised as an outstanding Governing Body that makes a significant contribution to the work and direction of the school
We believe in the vision, ethos and strategy of the school and monitor the school’s progress towards meeting agreed targets with a relentless focus on student progress
We succeed through maintaining positive relationships with school leaders and the community based on trust, openness and transparency with appropriate levels of challenge.
The governors have agreed that the long term desire for Nailsea School is to be an Outstanding school; a valued part of the local community; and first choice for parents.
We hope that you saw our recent press releases where we celebrated the students’ results this summer at A level and GCSE. These showed our recent success at improving progress of students. At A level, we beat all of our own records as there was an overall pass rate of over 99% with 31% of results being at A* or A, with 59% being at A* to B. The percentage of students achieving A*-C was 82%.
At GCSE level – For the fifth year in a row the number of students achieving the 4+A*-C or 4-9 English and Mathematics has improved, this year to 75%, well above the national average and a further indication that the school is continuing each year to make improvements. The school has now seen a 25% rise in results in the last four years.
The governors are working with the staff to continue these long term trends of improvements in outcomes for the students at Nailsea. We believe that we need to continue celebrating the students’ success at every opportunity whilst also providing the best pastoral care to all students.
If you are interested in the work of the governors at Nailsea School, please get in touch with me at JCayzer@nailseaschool.com, and I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.