The Governance of the school and the statutory requirements under which we operate are possibly not the first things prospective parents think about – but it is important that these underpinning elements of the school are in place. We have, therefore, shown below the way in which the school is managed, the key structures in place for safeguardng of the children and the necessary health and safety controls. On a separate page/tab we also list the key policies which must be published for public access and details of how these can be downloaded or requested. (Listed on a separate page for ease of access.) Click here to go to School Policies.
The safeguarding of the children in our care is obviously a key element of the school, both professionally and pastorally. Safeguarding is now a very wide remit – from Child Protection through to cyber-bullying, to procedures and policies.
We work to both national and local guidelines – our core training having been provided by Herts County Council and now supplemented by other specialist trainers and courses. We have a Designated Senior Person and Deputy who report to both the Leadership Group and Board. All staff receive safeguarding training on a regular basis and it is a key part of our induction for new staff. Safeguarding also integrates with our wider Pastoral team and policy where medium or long-term support is needed. This is an on-going process and the safeguarding policy continues to evolve to meet the changing requirements. Our Safeguarding & Child Protection policy document is one of the downloads within the Policies section.
Health & Safety
Health & Safety is a key issue for any school and we have policies and procedures in place to manage this both within the school/its grounds and on school trips. There are designated personnel responsible for different areas – e.g. buildings, educational, fire risk assessment and procedures – and these liaise regularly through meetings and joint training. All staff are trained in the Risk Assessment processes necessary for day-to-day work, activity sessions or trips and these are supported by admin back-up and controls. Reporting from this area goes to the Leadership Group and to the Board.
Governance & Management of the School
We work to ensure that the overall management of the school is a joint and collegiate responsibility, but this is then split into definable areas to ensure proper reporting and control. We are happy to explain this further if required, but in summary the position is as follows:
The day-to-day management of the school is provided by the Leadership Group – the Head Teacher, the Bursar and the HSEN (Head of SEN) – which works with the Senior Management Team made up of the Base Leaders and members of the Admin and SEN management teams – plus the Chaplain.
The SMT report to the Head and the LG team with the responsibility for all aspects of the school covering the education and care of the children, the administration necessary to support this and the management of buildings and other facilities. The LG then report through to the Governing Body – both on an ad hoc basis and through formal meetings and reports.
Details of how to contact the Leadership Group are on the Contact Us page of the website.
Egerton Rothesay School Ltd is the company that owns the school and is ultimately responsible for its operation. The registered address of the company is: Egerton Rothesay School Ltd, Durrants Lane, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3UJ. Registered number: 2226604. DfE number: 9196062.
Egerton Rothesay School Ltd is wholly owned by a registered charity. (Name: Egerton Rothesay, Registered Charity No: 1091089, a company limited by guarantee). The charity has three Trustees one of whom, Stephen East, is also on the Board of Egerton Rothesay School Ltd.
Profits from the operation of the school, after investment in development and future growth, are paid to the charity by Egerton Rothesay School Ltd.
The Governing body of the school is currently made up of Stephen East, Mrs Alison Walker and David Vesey (who also acts as Chair of Governors). They are also the Board of Egerton Rothesay School Ltd. The Company Secretary is Mrs Cherry Martin.
Details of how to contact the Governing Body are on the Contact Us page of the website.