Message from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governing Body it is with pleasure that I welcome you to the Governors section of the College’s website.

In February 2016 Immanuel converted to academy status and joined the family of schools within the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust.   Shortly after becoming an academy, we had a Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools (SIAMS) at which Immanuel was rated an Outstanding School.

We are a committed and active governing body that works with the head teacher and senior leadership team to oversee the strategic direction of the college. We act as a critical friend, providing support and encouragement while holding our professional colleagues to account for all aspects of school performance, to ensure the highest standards are met and the school improvement plan is delivered.

We take seriously our collective accountability to our students, the parents and the wider community to make sure that the educational experience at Immanuel meets the needs of all our learners.

In order to fulfil our role, we work to gain as full an understanding as possible of the varied aspects of college life. We discover how it functions and operates by our attendance at governor meetings, interaction with staff, students, parents and involvement in college events.

This is a highly effective and distinctive college because of the excellent strategic leadership of the headteacher, who is challenged and supported by a knowledgeable governing body” (SIAMS 2016)

 “The governing body is able to help to drive improvement because it finds out a lot for itself about the school’s performance. This includes watching, learning and holding meetings with leaders about the progress that students are making.” (Ofsted 2012).

We are hugely fortunate that this provides governors the opportunity to witness at first-hand and celebrate the remarkable achievements of our fantastic pupils and dedicated teaching staff.

All that we do at Immanuel is underpinned by the belief that we are all God’s children and we pride ourselves that the Immanuel family is built on Christian values and principles such as consideration for others, respect and forgiveness.

“The headteacher has an inspiring vision centred on the college at the heart of the Church’s mission to the community. This is shared by discerning and dedicated governors” (SIAMS 2016).

“The Foundation Governors Committee*, created in response to the last SIAMS inspection, is highly effective in monitoring, evaluating and challenging the college’s Christian distinctiveness, collective worship provision and standards in RE.” (SIAMS 2016)

[* Now called the SIAMS Monitoring Committee]

Immanuel College is thriving. The governors are delighted by the continued improvement in college standards and attainments over the past few years and we seek to lead, support and encourage the college in its journey to receive an Outstanding Ofsted rating.

We hope the information on this section of the website will help you to understand the work of the governors, who we are and why we are serving as governors. We would be pleased to gain feedback from you and we can be contacted through the college.

Denise Sterling

Chair of Governors