Welcome from the Chair
The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Academy (IKB), Academy Governance Committees (AGC) is a Committee of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust Board with delegated responsibilities for IKB.
The UK’s engineering industry (and other STEM based industries) is facing a skills shortage of unprecedented levels and many see the root cause as the lack of awareness among children, and their parents, of the opportunities offered by a career in STEM. The industry is calling for greater support from schools to improve this situation and they believe that huge improvements would be possible if we were able to encourage more girls to embark on STEM based careers. The IKB Academy was established as a response to this underlying demand and our vision for IKB is:
“A school where the foundations of exceptional teaching and guidance, excellent facilities, an inspiring and motivating curriculum will develop within students: a love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, a love of learning, respect, kindness, and a sense of responsibility which will result in: resilient and confident young adults with exceptional qualifications, experiences and skills.”
By delivering this vision we will not only provide great opportunities for our students but also make a worthwhile contribution to the availability of suitably qualified students entering STEM based careers in future.
The AGC has a vital role in making sure the school continues to deliver against these founding principles. Looking forward, we will make sure that the school’s vision and ethos remains relevant to the times whilst continuing to build on the STEM curriculum and guiding our students towards the most appropriate career options for them. Hence, the AGC will always include members with experience of working in the STEM based industries along with Parent & Staff members and others as necessary to ensure a good mix of skills.
It is important to note that IKB is not a selective school and we seek to attract students of all abilities. So whether your child has ambitions of being a university professor or a tradesman they should both be encouraged to consider IKB as their school of choice. We want our students to be proud of having attended IKB Academy and we expect our students to make a positive impact on the world as they embark on their individual journeys through life.
The principal focus of the AGC is to make sure that the school provides a safe environment and the best education it possibly can for every student in the school. The AGC monitors the Academy's key performance indicators, particularly those related to student progress (which is not just about academic progress). When it is time for our students to leave school, we expect them to have the maturity and wider skills to underpin their STEM qualifications such that they have an advantage over their contemporaries as they compete to enter the world of work or embark on further study. We achieve this by working closely with the Principal and the Academy's senior leadership team to set plans which are aligned to this vision. Throughout the year, we monitor how well these plans are delivering and challenge and support the Principal in equal measure to ensure that every student is getting the best all-round education that the school can provide. Every year we seek to refine the plans based on experience with the aim of improving outcomes over the year before.
Students are our number one priority but our staff are vital in the delivery of this vision. The AGC is keen to make sure that IKB Academy is a good place to work where all staff feel valued and empowered to give their best in the interests of the students.
A vital aspect of IKB is its links to local STEM employers who provide a wide range of work placements and visiting speakers. This provides a combination of real life experience of the world of work and the opportunity to learn about a wide selection of potential career options.
We want parents and carers to feel that they are part of the school community and we would particularly encourage a positive engagement with your child’s education and welcome your wider input and involvement with the School.
Chair of Governors (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Matthew Brand: Co-opted Governor
Term of office: 27/9/17 - 26/9/21
Rhys Davis, Staff Governor
Term of office: 22/3/18 - 21/3/22
Roger Dunster: Health and Safety Governor, Safeguarding Governor
Term of office: 25/8/15 - 24/8/2019
Debbie Gibbs, Ex Officio
Term of office: N/A
Chris Trout: Chair of Governors, Trustee, WMAT Finance Committee
Term of office: 12/12/14 - 11/12/18
Nilani Venn: Vice-Chair of Governors and Community Governor
Term of office: 25/8/15 - 24/8/19
Minutes September 2016 (Pdf, 785kb)
Minutes November 2016 (Pdf, 815kb)
Minutes January 2017 (Pdf, 806kb)
Minutes March 2017 (Pdf, 818kb)
Minutes May 2017 (Pdf, 710kb)
Minutes June 2017 (Pdf, 482kb)
Minutes September 2017 (Pdf, 712kb)
Minutes November 2017 (Pdf, 718kb)
Governor and Trustee training record September 2017 - January 2018 (Pdf, 83kb)
Register of personal and business interests 2017/18 (Pdf, 69kb)
Governor attendance 2016-18 (Pdf, 49kb)
Governor attendance Sept 2017 - July 2018 (Pdf, 82kb)
Scheme of delegation November 2017 (Pdf, 201kb)