and governance structure
The Proprietor is ambitious for all students and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes for all. Governance and oversight is grounded in reality through collation of both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of students, team members, parents, carers, local communities and other stakeholders.
Education Governance Structure within Group Governance Structure
The proprietor (Phoenix Childcare Ltd) is the owner of the school. As the proprietor Phoenix is responsible for the following:
- Employment of people to resource the school including, Teaching teams, administration and support personnel.
- As owner of the property and grounds to ensure that they are maintained, insured and meet compliance to the regulations for independent schools in addition to other statutory requirements for school premises.
- The welfare of all Students whilst in the School and ensuring that all regulations relating to the safeguarding of children are adhered to including reporting to the ISA where necessary. The Proprietor is responsible for representing the School at Complex Strategy meetings which may be called to consider any allegations made involving the Headteacher.
- The Proprietor is responsible for setting the admissions policy for the School and for securing the agreement of the Department for Education for any ‘material change’ to these. The Proprietor is responsible for reviewing any permanent student exclusions from the School and arranging for any appeal against the exclusion. The Proprietor’s decision as to whether the exclusion should be upheld or not is final whilst ensuring that no aspect of the admissions or exclusions procedures unlawfully discriminate against Student or parent who are covered under the Acts.
The Grange School is owned by the Phoenix Learning & Care Group. A South West based company with a range of specialist care and education services throughout the South, South West and South Wales.
The Grange School has its own dedicated management and teaching team under the leadership of the Head Teacher. The Grange school team are complemented by Phoenix Group support functions covering areas including Quality and Compliance, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and IT.
Oversight of The Grange School management is provided through an Operations Director (Education) who is responsible to the Chief Operating Officer.
Key decisions are referred to the Phoenix Learning & Care Board consisting of the Phoenix Group CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, an independent Chairman and non-executive directors.
In addition, the Group continues its robust governance oversight through Termly School Governance meetings which are led by the Operations Director for Education and members of the wider Education Operations & Quality Teams. This process ensures that there is effective and meaningful operational governance and oversight of service delivery.