As Chair of the Board of Governors, I am delighted to welcome you to Hitchin Boys’ School. The School, founded in 1632, has a very long and proud tradition of educating the boys of Hitchin and surrounding areas. As the School is part of the Hitchin Sixth-Form Consortium, so girls are now also included in this legacy.
Hitchin Boys’ School became a single Academy Trust in 2013. All governors of the School are also Trustees of the Academy Trust. There are two separate boards of governance which have oversight of the activities of the School: The Board of Governors (also referred to as the Board of Trustees) and the Board of Members. The Board of Governors consists of a mixture of elected parent and staff governors, co-opted and community governors, and the Headteacher. The Board of Governors, includes people with a wide range of skills and professional backgrounds. Most hold, or have held, senior positions in their respective professions, in industry or commerce.
The Full Governing Board normally meets six times per year, unless there is a special requirement for an additional meeting. In addition, there are five committees which report to the Board of Governors covering Teaching and Learning, Resources, Audit, Health, Safety and Premises, and Pastoral. Each committee meets termly. All governors serve on a minimum of two committees and receive minutes of all committee meetings.
In addition to the Board of Governors, there is also a Board of Members. The Board of Members consists of at least five members and meets four times per year. The Members are sometimes described as the “guardians” of the governance of the Academy Trust. They have ultimate oversight of the Board of Governors, holding governors to account and ensuring that the purpose of the Academy Trust is being met, whether financially or otherwise.
Both the Board of Governors and the Board of Members maintain a clear distinction between the strategic responsibilities of governance and those of operational management of the School. There is a strongly supportive, productive and challenging relationship between the Board of Governors, the Board of Members and the Headteacher. Both Boards welcome the appointment of Mr Fergal Moane as the new Headteacher of Hitchin Boys’ School, and aim to support him well in his first year of headship.
Hitchin Boys’ School was rated Outstanding following inspection by Ofsted in 2016. The School has a proud record of excellent academic achievement, seeking to achieve the best possible outcomes for all its pupils. The School is also rightly proud of its achievements in other areas including sporting excellence, outstanding achievement in music and the performing arts, and the breadth of extra-curricular activities on offer.
Hitchin Boys’ School is a successful and popular school, a school which acknowledges its history and traditions but keeps pace with the fast-moving modern world in which we live. The Board of Governors and Board of Members look forward to supporting the development of the School through the next year, and beyond.
Dr Helen CorkillSeptember 2020