Community Cohesion Committee – Terms of Reference

Membership

The Community Cohesion Committee will comprise six Governors, the Headteacher, Business Manager, Community Education Manager, Extended Schools Co-ordinator and Deans Leisure Centre Manager. The Governing Body appoints Governor members of the Committee. The Headteacher, Business Manager, Community Education Manager, Extended Schools Co-ordinator and Deans Leisure Centre Manager are ex-officio appointments.

Chair

The Community Cohesion Committee will elect one of the six Governor members as Chair of the Committee at its first meeting of the academic year. In the Chair’s absence, the Committee will agree an acting Chair for the meeting.

Quorum

The quorum will be three Governor members.

Reporting

The Community Cohesion Committee reports to the Longhill School Governing Body. The minutes of the Committee will be a standing item on every scheduled meeting of the Governing Body. A copy of the latest minutes shall be distributed with each Governing Body agenda.

Meetings

The Community Cohesion Committee will meet at least once a term. The minutes shall be taken by the Clerk to the Governors. In the absence of the Clerk, the minutes shall not be taken by the Chair of the Committee. The minutes of the previous meeting shall be distributed with each agenda, and, if agreed as a correct record, signed by the Chair of the Committee.

Review of Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of the Community Cohesion Committee shall be reviewed annually by the Committee, with any recommendations sent to the next available Governing Body meeting for ratification.

Responsibilities

To ensure the school meets its responsibilities with respect to equalities issues and community cohesion. To ensure the school:

“articulates and pursues ambitious strategies for particular students who may be subject to discrimination,”…or under achievement relative to their peer group.  (Ofsted 2010)

The school should demonstrate:

“how it makes a strong contribution to promote community cohesion based on clear analysis of the school context.”   (Ofsted 2010)

In addition, this committee will seek to engage the school and wider community by additional provision through the Deans Leisure Centre and the extended schools agenda.