BHSA is a state-funded academy for girls of all ability from the age of 3-19 years. We are one of two academies within the family of Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) schools. Our philosophy is to offer a distinctive educational experience to the young people in our school, within a broad, inclusive curriculum and a culture of high expectation.
It is the responsibility of the Principal and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to run the school day-to-day, but they are accountable to the Local Governing Body (LGB), of which I am Chair. The LGB at BHSA plays a very active role in the school. We work with the Principal and SLT in ensuring that the objectives and philosophy of the school are met. Currently the LGB is made up of:
Cllr G Davies Chair of Curriculum and Standards – Juniors/LGB Pool Member
Mrs V Emmitt Support staff representative
Mrs R Farmer Chair of Finance Committee/ Curriculum and Standards- Juniors
Mrs M Gaskell Junior parent representative: Finance/ Curriculum and Standards-Seniors
Ms A Hastings Safeguarding/ Chair of Curriculum and Standards – Seniors
Mr N Lawrence Senior parent representative: Support and Intervention/Finance/Curriculum and Standards- Seniors
Mrs C McKenna Teaching staff representative
Mr J Rae School trips/Curriculum and Standards – Juniors
Mrs M Read Curriculum and Standards – Juniors
Dr J Sneddon Curriculum and Standards – Seniors
Legal and financial responsibility for BHSA lies with the Academy Trust Board (ATB), some of whose members are GDST trustees. The ATB itself meets four times a year and delegates some of its functions to the LGB. I am also a member of the ATB and, as such, am intricately involved in the legal and financial issues that affect the day to day running of the school too.