The Governing Board of Mortimer Community College works with the Head Teacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement. The core functions of the Governing Board are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of staff and;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school, and making sure its money is well spent.
Key issues that have faced the Governing Board during 2015-16:
- Improving progress in all subjects (especially English and maths);
- Raising their profile within school and developing the link governor role;
- Closing the pupil premium gap;
- Supporting and improving attitudes to learning.
Assessment of the impact of the Governing Board on the school during 2015-16:
- 78% of students GCSE A*-C in English (up 15% and well above national);
- 75% maths of students GCSE A*-C in maths (up 7% and above national);
- 65% of students GCSE A*-C in English & maths – most improved school in South Tyneside;
- 58% of students 5+ GCSEs A*-C (including English & maths) – up 12%;
- The gap between disadvantaged students and others closed in English
- The value added score and average points scores for disadvantaged students improved
- 39% more disadvantaged students achieved 5A*-C including English and maths
- Governors have a higher profile in school;
- % of expert learners increased due to attitudes to learning improvements;
- Reduction in fixed term exclusions by 20% from previous year;
- Pupil attendance at 95.7% – best in South Tyneside;
- Ensuring school runs a balanced budget.