High school governors to be replaced by ‘experts’

Great Yarmouth High School.Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth High School.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

A troubled high school is set to replace its governing body with an executive board filled with education professionals as it looks to find a quicker way to become an academy.

Great Yarmouth High School, is looking to join the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT) in an attempt to improve the school and build upon its traditions and Christian ethos.

It would come as another change for the school who are currently without a permanent headteacher after Wendy Missons left the school in August following an internal investigation into the schools finances.

The school has also confirmed there have been a number of redundancies since the start of the school year, with sources close to the Mercury reporting the total is in double figures.

The governing body is made up of people that live and work in the local community, while the proposed interim executive board will consist of experienced education experts.

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Governors at the school unanimously supported the proposal at their latest meeting, on October 15, however, such change would need to be approved by the Secretary of State.

Derrick Hill, chairman of the school's governors, has said it is hopeful the nod of approval will be given by mid-November.

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Mr Hill, said: 'The governors unanimously decided to support a proposal that an interim executive board be appointed to oversee the final steps of the transition to Academy status.

'This is an approach that has been effective at other Norfolk schools facing similar challenges to Great Yarmouth High School.

'The interim executive board, will comprise of a small number of experienced education professionals who will be able to give significant dedicated time to the school's required improvement and transition into the DNEAT group - in contrast to the present volunteer governors from the community who each have significant commitments elsewhere.

'They are likely to be in place for a number of months until the transfer to academy status can be completed, and then we can think about bringing the governing body back in.'

Mr Hill also admitted redundancies have been made. The number of those that have lost their jobs is still not yet finalised with discussions still continuing.

Sources close to the Mercury have reported those that have lost their jobs so far are non-teaching staff.

An internal investigation into the school's finances was held this year after they faced a budget deficit due to overspending on educational resources.

In September, Mr Hill, said the school had taken measures in order to keep a closer eye on the budget.

The school entered the new educational year with no permanent headteacher. Jim McAtear stepped into the role as consultant headteacher while the school looks for a permanent replacement.

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