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Review of our work in 2016-17

Thank you for visiting the Governor section of The Wren School website. Here you will find our pen portraits, our roles, terms of office and declarations of interest. The governing body was appointed by The Wren School Academy Trust (SAT) on 8th June 2015, before the school opened to 73 Year 7 students on 7th September 2015, growing to 243 students by the end of 2017 (81 this time last year).

Governors are delighted that the swift and growing success of the school has manifested in high popularity with local families, leading to the 168 Year 7 places for September 2017 being oversubscribed, four years ahead of initial Department for Education figures. Another measure of our success was the pleasing number of applicants for staff vacancies during the year. Firstly, we appointed our Deputy Headteacher, Ms Detterick, and Assistant Headteachers, Mrs Jubb and Mr Zell, and then managed to recruit a very strong field of teachers and support staff in readiness for 2017, despite the national picture of a teacher recruitment crisis in the South of England.

Governors’ principal focus for strategic development during the year was to identify a partner for our school’s long-term development, in the form of a Multi Academy Trust. After a careful selection and due diligence process, governors and trust members voted on 3rd April to join the Excalibur Academies Trust. We are excited to be working with such a progressive and supportive group of people, who have consistently demonstrated excellence in their field, but who are still keen to learn from us as well. The application is progressing with the Regional Schools’ Commissioner, and we would hope that the transition will have been completed by Easter 2018. Nevertheless, it was still business as usual in many other areas of running the school, and other governing body achievements during the year ended 31st August 2017 are shown below.

In addition to another year’s growth in 2017/18, we will be concentrating on the final preparations for the new school buildings, and we also expect an Ofsted inspection at some point between now and the summer. We wish your family an enjoyable school year, and look forward to meeting you at one of the many school events. Finally, we recognise that the successful rate of progress of such a challenging venture could not have happened without the visionary and resolute leadership that Mrs Broadhead demonstrates, and the very steadfast commitment of staff and volunteers. They have our thanks and best wishes for another hectic year to come.

Julia Cottee

Chair of Governors

What do we do?

The governing body works alongside the headteacher and the senior leaders to support and challenge their work. We are responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. We aim to ensure that children are attending a successful school that provides them with a good education and supports their well-being. Governors of academies have three core strategic functions:

  1. Establishing (together with the trust’s members) the strategic direction of the school.
  2. Ensuring accountability throughout the school.
  3. Ensuring financial probity.

Our attendance at meetings


GA Grant Abbott
MB Mark Barrett [Health & Safety]
JB Jo Broadhead [Headteacher]
BB Bob Burrowes [Development]
RC Ruth Carney [Inclusion]
JC Julia Cottee [Chair]
JJ Jackie John [Vice Chair]

DZ David Zell [Assistant Headteacher]


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For each of the categories in the above table, the available judgements are: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. These judgements are in line with the Ofsted framework (August 2017).


To review our work in 2014-15 click here

To review our work in 2015-16 click here


Term Dates

Term 1 Part 1
Thu 6 September 2018 – Thu 4 October 2018
Inset days – Fri 5 October
Term 1 Part 2
Mon 8 Oct – Fri 19 Oct 2018
Autumn break Mon 22 Oct – Fri 25 Oct 2018
Term 2
Mon 29 Oct – Fri 21 Dec 2018
Christmas/New Year holidays Mon 24 Dec – Fri 4 Jan 2019