Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

The Governing Body

The Role of Governor:

Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives.
  • Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

Governors and trustees are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.

Strategic Leadership:

School governors  provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools and academies. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Principal to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

The Academy Governing Body includes representation from Staff and Parents, as well as our Sponsor Governors. We are very fortunate to have an active Governing body who take a strategic role in ensuring the Academy provides the best possible provision for our learners.

The Chair of the Academy Governing Body at Harris Academy Beckenham is Mr. Karl Hoods. To contact our Chair of Governors, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body via A.ODonnell@harrisbeckenham.org.uk or 0208 662 6607.

The Governing Body of Harris Academy Beckenham

The Academy is a member of the Harris Federation. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Federation, (Federation governance details and scheme of delegation can be found here), but much of the work of the Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents or guardians of students at the Academy or by staff. The details of the Governors at Harris Academy Beckenham are shown below.

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Appointed as Business and
Pecuniary Interests
Meetings attended 2015-16

Ms Rebecca Hickey

01/09/2011 Ex-Officio

Executive Principal

None 4

Mr Karl Hoods

01/09/2011 - Extended for a further 4 years.

4 Years Sponsor Governor; Chair of Governing Body None 4

Ms Angela Kail

01/09/2011 - Extended for a further 4 years. 4 Years Sponsor Governor; Vice-Chair of Governing Body None 4
Mr Phil Saunders 01/09/2011 - Extended for a further 4 years. 4 Years

Sponsor Governor; Chair of Finance Committee

Charity Trustee - Bromley Trust (Help the Aged) & Bacons College 3

Mr James Taylor - Nye

01/05/2012 - Extended for a further 4 years.

4 Years

Parent Governor

None 3

Sir Dan Moynihan

01/09/2011 - Extended for a further 4 years.

4 Years Sponsor Governor CEO of Harris Federation 1

Ms Carolyn English

01/09/2011 - Extended for a further 4 years.

4 Years

Sponsor Governor

Director of Secondary Education at Harris Federation 2

Dr Patrick O'Donnell

01/12/2016 4 Years Sponsor Governor Family Member - Employee of Harris Academy Beckenham 3

Mr Tony Bayon MBE

01/09/2011 - Extended for a  further 4 years. 4 Years Sponsor Governor Governor at Harris Merton, Morden, Crystal Palace & Merton Primary 3

Mrs Laura Sharpe

01/09/2011 - Extended for a further 4 years. 4 Years Sponsor Governor None 3

Mr Kare Sivertsen

05/02/2014 4 Years

Sponsor Governor

Norweigan National Day Committee, Family Member - Governor at Harris Aspire 3

Mrs Gabi Barham

01/01/2017 4 Years Staff Governor (Support Staff)    

Mrs Susy Feitor

01/01/2017 4 Years

Staff Governor(Teaching Staff)

   

Academy Governing Body Areas of Interest

Mr Karl Hoods ICT, Post 16 and Safeguarding
Ms Angela Kail Humanities
Mr Phil Saunders Maths & More Able
Mr James Taylor-Nye Art, DT & PE
Dr Patrick O'Donnell Science & Health and Safety
Mr Tony Bayon SEN
Mrs Laura Sharpe MFL
Kåre Sivertsen Performing Arts

Full Governing Body Meeting Dates 2016/17:

  •   Thursday 22nd September 2016
  •   Thursday 8th December 2016
  •   Thursday 9th March 2017
  •   Thursday 6th July 2017

Finance and General Purposes Committee Meeting Dates 2016/17:

  •   Thursday 1st December 2016
  •   Thursday 23rd February 2017
  •   Thursday 22nd June 2017

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