Letter from the Chair
On 1 September 2014 Northgate High School became an academy. On 1 March 2017, the school and Dereham Sixth Form College converted to a multi-academy trust (Unity Education Trust) and were joined in that exciting new venture by Grove House Infant and Nursery School, Kings Park Infant School, Beeston Primary School and Garvestone Primary School.
The Unity Education Trust (UET) partnership will provide valuable educational and operational benefits for the member schools and their students, whilst ensuring that all schools preserve their unique identities at the heart of their communities.
The Governors of Northgate High School and Dereham Sixth Form College will now form a Local Governing Body within UET. They will be responsible for developing and maintaining effective links with the school, college and wider community, as well as continuing their sharp focus on standards and school improvement.
The transition to the new governance structures begins now and will be completed by the end of the summer term. Some Governors will be taking on new roles either in the Local Governing Body or on the Board of Unity Education Trust. I have been elected Chair of the UET Board. To avoid any conflict of interest, I will be standing down as Chair of the Governors at Northgate, although I still hope to continue as a member of our local governing body. I have been privileged to serve two terms as Chair since 2008 and have always been supported by talented and committed fellow governors. In our different ways we each find being a governor to be a rewarding experience, and we are very proud of the achievements of our school and college. Over the last year I have been especially proud of the way in which our governors and senior leaders took decisive action to ensure stability and continuity of provision for current and prospective students at our brilliant Sixth Form College following the withdrawal of our former partner.
If you have skills, experience or knowledge that you feel could be of value to our new governance structures, whether at school or UET level, please do get in touch by letter addressed to the Chair of Governors or via the School Office on 01362 697033