My name is Sue Fowler, and in September 2014 I was elected as Chair of Governors for Haybridge High School and Sixth Form, taking over from Tony Homer who retired as Chair after more than twenty years of dedicated service on the Governing Body.
I have been associated with the School since the 1990s – both my sons were students here, and I became a Governor at the time when Haybridge gained Specialist School Status school status as a Technology College. During that time the School has seen continuous change – moving from three to two tier, becoming part of a Trust and subsequently a Converter Academy, gaining Leading Edge and Teaching School status, extending and developing buildings and facilities, and establishing working relationships with other schools in the locality, across the country and around the world. Throughout this time, however, the School’s prime focus has remained the same – to provide a positive and supportive learning environment which will give Haybridge students the opportunity to develop to the best of their abilities and to take their place in the world with confidence and maturity.
The Governing Body has also developed in that time to accommodate changing governmental initiatives, and we are fortunate to have a team of committed and knowledgeable Governors who bring experience from different professions, industries and sectors to support, advise and act as a critical friend to the senior leadership team in setting goals and priorities for the school. Staff and parents/carers are also represented on the Governing Body, and the Head Girl and Head Boy attend regularly and present to the Governors on student issues and initiatives.
The Governors share the same focus on improving the student experience, despite the uncertainties of budget restrictions, changing academic expectations and government initiatives. Most of the Governors have seen their own children progress through Haybridge, and know the School, staff and students well, but are always ready to listen and respond to views, comments and questions from parents/carers both current and prospective, and from other interested stakeholders.
The website will give you information about the school, and a visit to one of our Open Days (in October each year) will allow you to see how the school works in practice. You will be made very welcome.