New Year's Honour for Chair of Governors

Tracey Booth, Chair of Governors at Churchill Community College in North Tyneside, has been recognised in the New Year Honours List for her services to education. She has been awarded an MBE.

For the past 15 years as Chair Tracey has made an outstanding contribution to the College, consistently making meaningful improvements to the education of young people and the working life of professional teachers. She generously gives her time and skills to the school, enabling and encouraging dialogue with school leaders to talk through issues and strategically plan for the future. Staff and parents place huge confidence in her leadership, as does Ofsted, which in its 2014 report said of her: “The governing body led by a Chair who is confident, diligent and meticulous in her role, is very strong, highly successful and effective.” The school’s Ofsted rating for that year was Outstanding.

Her leadership has centred on the development of governors as leaders in their own right, as chairs of committees. This means shared responsibility, development of trust and the spread of skills and experience. She has emphasised good communication, evidence and data which means that governors now provide effective challenge and support to senior leaders and the long term success of the school is secured through effective succession planning.

David Baldwin, Headteacher of Churchill Community College, said: “We are all delighted for Tracey, she is an outstanding Chair of Governors and she gives so much to our school. She believes in cultivating the development of young people and has encouraged them to have a democratic voice on the governing body. She has also encouraged greater involvement of parents in the life of the college and the academic progress of their students. Progress made by students is now in the top 100 of all schools in the country.”

The governing body was the winner of the National Governors’ Association’s Outstanding Governing Board Award in 2015, as well as becoming a Teaching School and a National Support School. Her work has also been recognised through her recent appointment in 2016 as a National Leader of Governance.

Her style of leadership is to encourage corporate responsibility and to expect good outcomes for all young people, not just the ones in her own college. As part of her commitment to improving all schools she facilitates governors from other schools to shadow her as well as carrying out supportive reviews of governance, thus improving their skills and capacity for outstanding governance in the region; she is helping to build confidence and leadership in her community. Her dedication and commitment to young people inspiring, and her impact will be felt by generations to come.  The College is very proud to have Tracey as Chair and appreciates the support and commitment she gives us