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.