Our vision as a Governing Body is ‘To be an appropriately skilled, fully committed and strategically focused governing body thereby ensuring the confidence and trust of the staff, parents and students in our stewardship of The Blue Coat School’

Julia ShawThe Blue Coat School is the focal point of the wider Blue Coat community, working together for all those who come to us seeking a quality education and continuous personal development – the bedrock upon which they can build their future and make it theirs.

The Headteacher and his staff are accountable for the fostering of a learning environment where students are stretched and challenged academically but are also supported in their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Governors are equally accountable for their work on setting the strategic direction of the School, tracking its academic performance and being a critical friend. So, it is important that parents, teaching and support staff and the wider Blue Coat community can monitor and comment on the effectiveness of the governing body in these roles.

This website is one of the ways in which we will keep you informed about the work we do, enabling you to provide us with feedback, ideas and suggestions.

Ms Julia M Shaw, Chair Of Governors

Role of Governors

We believe the three main roles of the Blue Coat Governors are: providing a strategic overview, acting as a critical friend to the school, and ensuring accountability.

  • Setting up a strategic framework for the School
  • Setting its aims and objectives
  • Setting its policies and targets for achieving the objectives
  • Reviewing progress and reviewing the strategic framework in the light of progress
  • Helping to set standards and targets for performance for the school
  • Having an overview of the curriculum
  • Helping to set policies for itself and the school
  • Selecting the head and deputy headteacher
  • Making decisions about the school’s budget and staffing
  • Delivering effective planning, including post-inspection duties
  • Making sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs
  • Deciding how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development.

  • Maintaining a good working relationship and regular meetings with the Headteacher
  • Monitoring how well the school is doing, and how well policies and plans are being implemented
  • Knowing the school well
  • Having clear lines of responsibility between us, the Headteacher and the various school committees
  • Providing advice and support in a climate of mutual trust and respect.

  • Receiving regular reports from the Headteacher
  • Providing information to the Local Authority (LA) and parents by producing:
    • an annual report to parents, backed up by an annual parents meeting
    • a school prospectus
    • a post-inspection action plan
  • Ensuring that the performance of the Blue Coat School can be properly monitored
  • Ensuring any issues of concern can be proactively addressed through the availability of a documented performance management policy
  • Ensuring the School’s curriculum is properly monitored and evaluated
  • Ensuring that it receives sufficient information from the Headteacher to be able to check on the progress of School towards its stated targets for achievement.


Chair of Governors
Julia Shaw
Vice Chair of Governors
Michael Walker
Other Governors
Peter Burnham
Shaqil Chaudary
Zoe Glacken
Shirley Heath
Martin Hill
Michael Pennington
Cath Sharples
Wendy Spencer
Phil Wolstenholme
Clerk to Governors
Dave Rice

The Blue Coat School Governing Body monitors key areas of the school’s business through a number of committees to ensure speedy and efficient decision making and the highlighting of issues of concern as necessary for the consideration of the full governing body.


The Admissions Committee is responsible for consulting annually on the Blue Coat School’s Admissions Policy; setting and applying the provisions of the Admission Policy; making decisions on applications and arranging for any admission appeals.

The Curriculum and Student Performance Committee is responsible for ensuring the National Curriculum is taught to all its pupils; the application of a curriculum policy; the standards of teaching; the determination of subject options; provision of flexibility in the curriculum; to ensure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based.

The Finance and Estates Committee is responsible for the consideration and approval of an annual school budget; monitoring of expenditure; investigation of irregularities; management of contracts; determine the delegation of parts of the annual budget to the Headteacher and associated amounts; the use of school premises.

The Staffing Committee determines the staff complement and level of posts; oversees teaching appointment in conjunction with the Headteacher; determines pay discretions, dismissal payments and early retirements; oversees suspensions of staff; is responsible for establishing disciplinary/capability and grievance procedures.

The Staff Discipline Committee is responsible for the proper and fair application of the discipline policy and its procedures whilst ensuring there is effective management of the required standards of performance and conduct.

The Staff Discipline Appeals Committee processes any appeals which are made against decisions reached and applied at any informal or formal hearings.

The Grievance Committee ensures the application of the procedures contained in the Grievance Policy; arranges governor panels where all other stages have been exhausted; monitors and reports to the full governing body on its management of all grievances.

The Student Discipline Committee reviews the use of exclusions and decides whether to confirm all permanent and fixed term exclusions.

If you would like to contact our Governors please email governors@bluecoatschool.org.uk