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:
Kathy Anstey Chair
George Davies Deputy Chair
Alison Hastings Safeguarding Governor
Debra Johnson Higher Education Link
Peter Barlow Legal Governor
Lynne Kelly Support Staff Governor
Daniel Wakefield Teaching Staff Governor
Beccy McDowell Junior Parent Governor
Kate Holthofer Junior Parent Governor
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.