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Reminder: Next Thursday, 23rd January we will be welcoming Yr 8 parents to our 8 into 9 GCSE options evening 6.00pm - 7.30pm. A very important evening for all Yr 8 students and their parents to hear about life in KS4 and the GCSE options processes and pathways.


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Year 11s receiving their trial exam results this morning


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6th form taster lessons happening across the school


Looking forward to this event again


Today is Futures Day for Yr 11. leading the assembly this morning on how our Yr 11 can change their future!


Next Thursday, 23rd January we will be welcoming Year 8 parents to our 8 into 9 GCSE options evening 6.00pm - 7.30pm. A very important evening for all Yr 8 students and their parents to hear about life in KS4 and the GCSE options processes and pathways.


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Congratulations Gracie - we’re all very proud of you!


Well done, Tom! Keep flying the flag


Immensely proud of all your efforts


Fantastic to see our schools coming together to share good practice for our cross-trust INSET day. The focus of the keynote was on retrieval practice


leading Scholars’ Educational Trust INSET at on retrieval practice and techniques


Happy New Year to you all. Just a reminder that we have a staff INSET day tomorrow and therefore normal school resumes on Tuesday 7th January, for all students. See you all then! #2020


Robert Barclay Academy wishes all its students, families and staff a wonderful Christmas 🎄 🎄🎄 All students to return on, Tuesday 7th January 2020


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Scholars end of term newsletter is out now with highlights from schools from across the Trust


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Cheshunt Access Point is open TODAY 2-5pm! Drop by to access support on various subjects including & careers


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Year 11 making me proud again by being rewarded for their efforts last academic year at Awards Evening


We ended Awards Evening tonight with an absolutely beautiful rendition of ‘O Holy Night’ by our very talented Lydia!🎄


Awards Evening tonight was a reminder to us all, of the achievements of our students. Wonderful to see so many former students come back.


Thank you for coming back and sharing the students’ success with us


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What a fantastic day at with 43 of the best students at with Students had a great day celebrating all their hard work this term.


Tonight we’re full for our Award Evening . Amazing introduction from our students ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. welcome parents and former students.


A great way to start our annual Awards Evening


Looking forward to tonight’s Award Evening and celebrating students achievements. Reminder: doors open at 6.30pm Guest speaker: Michael Owens, former Welsh International Rugby Union Player, will be presenting awards.


All set for our annual Christmas Dinner - it’s the most wonderful time of the year! 🎄


Wednesday 18th December, we will be celebrating the achievements of our former year 11 and 13 students. Very much looking forward to welcoming Michael Owens, former Welsh International Rugby Player. Doors open .30pm and the Award Evening ceremony will start


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High School Musical had us all clapping along at the end! 🇺🇸 🎶 Massive well done to all our students and 👏


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What an amazing day of voting at RBA. Democracy in action!


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RBA is proud to announce in the RBA Mock General Election that we have a labour win, but with not enough votes to secure a majority. Resulting in a hung parliament.


It’s all go at the RBA voting booths? Do we want Brexit done....or not...seems to the general topic of conversation today.


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Ready for the RBA Mock General Election tomorrow. Voting opens at 8:15.


What a brilliant production this evening of High School Musical - final night tomorrow, don’t forget to get your tickets!


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The hall is filling up and front row seats for me tonight for production of High School Musical!


The General Election is coming to RBA. Mr Stuttle talks to the students in assembly to make them informed voters. Whose going to win the RBA election and will this match the real one?


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Opening Night!!! Well done to everyone involved!!


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So pleased to welcome , St Augustine's and St Catherine's Primary School to our first performance of "High School Musical". Hope you enjoy!


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Have you got your tickets for High School Musical? Tues. 10th December. 6:30pm Wed. 11th December. 6:30pm Thurs. 12th December. 6:30pm Adults - £7 Concessions - £3.50 Family (2 Adults/2 Children) - £18 Tickets available on the door or ParentPay! Book now to avoid disappointment!


Some excellent sharing of good practice after school today, for our Literature for Learning CPD. Our staff reflecting on research and how they will use these strategies within the classroom.


This is now becoming one of our traditions led by Mr Stuttle and the JLT. A fantastic way of reflecting on the year that will pass and what we can look forward to, in the New Year. Happy Christmas 🎄


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We are all ready for the Mock General Election at RBA.

Local Governing Body

What is our role?

Governors do not manage the academy. That is the role of the Headteacher and the senior leadership team and as Governors we aim to support them in doing this. Governors are responsible for the strategic vision of the academy and for supporting the Headteacher and his staff in achieving that vision.

Governors have responsibility for appointing the Headteacher, managing the school's budget, setting annual targets and monitoring performance against those targets, all in the interest of raising standards of achievement.

In addition to these statutory responsibilities, Governors do a wide variety of other things, either through formal committee activity or through personal involvement with the day-to-day life of the academy.

Composition of the Governing Body

As you will be aware, the school successfully converted from a Local Authority maintained school to Academy status on 1 September 2016 when it became part of the Sir John Lawes Trust.

Whilst there have been no major changes to the Governing Body at the Robert Barclay Academy, the established body of the Trust now has an over-arching Board comprised of Headteachers, Chairs of Governors, representative Parent Directors from each school and a Sponsor Director. 

Capacity and skills of the Governing Body at RBA will continue to be regularly renewed to ensure we are doing the best for the academy.

The Governors of Robert Barclay Academy are committed to ensuring, through the Headteacher, that we provide a safe, positive and challenging learning experience.

At RBA we believe that every child matters and, by offering a broad and balanced curriculum, they can be inspired to attain and achieve their full potential.  This will prepare them later for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life in modern Britain.

The Governing Body of Robert Barclay Academy is currently made up of 11 Governors. Governors are appointed from a variety of backgrounds and skills to ensure that all stakeholders in the academy have a say in the way in which it is strategically managed.

The categories of Governors are:


Appointed by the Governors from members of the local community who are interested in adding value to the academy.


Associate Members appointed by the Governors


Elected by the parents from people with a child on the academy roll.


Elected from the staff to represent the academies strategic views to the Governing Body.

How we work

We aim for as few formal meetings as possible, preferring to support the school through active involvement rather than through sitting in committee rooms.

The full Governing Body meets five times a year - generally for no more than two hours. Certain key tasks provide the focus for our discussions and as a minimum each meeting focuses on a core topic as follows:-

  • Analysis of results in external examinations
  • Setting targets for the year
  • Approving the Academy Development Plan
  • Approving the Annual Budget
  • Reviewing strategic planning for effectiveness and impact.

A wide variety of other subjects are considered at each meeting, including the Headteacher’s report, reports from sub-committees and, very importantly, the approval of all major policies which underpin the running of the academy.

The main Governing Body is supported by three sub-committees which meet once each term as follows:-

  1. Resources Committee - concerned with finance, premises and HR.
  2. Learning & Teaching Committee - concerned with the academy curriculum and with standards of performance.
  3. Strategic, Planning & Development Committee.

Most Governors, in addition to sitting on the main Governing Body, attend the meetings of at least one of the committees so that each Governor attends a meeting between seven and ten times a year, together with visits to the academy for other reasons. We also try to attend public events such as secondary open evening, academy play performances, music concerts, the annual awards ceremony and sports events.

In addition, individual Governors take a special interest in specific areas of the academy such as Child Protection, SEND, the More Able Student programme and Careers and Guidance.

Most queries about the management of RBA and the progress of any individual child should be directed in the first instance to the school itself but I or other governors will be happy to answer any more general questions, particularly in relation to the role of the governing body as we would welcome any new members.

Letters directed to us should be sent to the academy for our attention.

Full Governing Body Membership

Full Governing Body Attendance 2018-19

Full Governing Body Membership and Attendance 2017-18

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