Governance of Wapping High School

Wapping High School is run by The Wapping and Shadwell Secondary Education Trust (WSSET), a not for profit organisation run by parents, local residents and business leaders who are determined to improve the choice of education provision for local children. The role of the Trust's Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a "critical friend", supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.  

Please click on the link to see our Trust's History

The Governing Body and its committees meet once every half term. Working parties typically meet once per term. All Governors are members of the Full Governing Body. In addition Governors are members of at least one of the two sub-committees and working parties, the terms of reference for which are reviewed annually. All committees report to the Full Governing Body.                                                               

Governance structure 2016/2017

Governance structure 2016/2017


Self-evaluation - The full Governing Body meets annually in the autumn term to self-evaluate their performance using guidance provided by the National Governors Association, the Department for Education and Ofsted. The outcomes from the self-evaluation inform the objectives set for governance in the School Development plan.

Financial accountability

The Headteacher is the designated Accounting Officer of the academy and has overall responsibility for the day to day financial management of the Charitable Company. The Headteacher has delegated responsibility for low values of expenditure to specific budget holders who are each responsible for managing their own departments within the constraints of their allocated budgets. A system of financial controls is in place to manage this process, the robustness of which is reviewed by independent Internal Auditors.

The school's financial accounts are independently audited on an annual basis by Price Bailey. Internal auditing of the school's financial systems and procedures is conducted throughout the year by Price Bailey.

Governors are required to disclose any relevant business and pecuniary interests at the start of each meeting. With the exception of the Headteacher and staff governor who are both receive a salary from the school. None of the governors currently have any relevant business or pecuniary interests.

Contacting the governing body

We love hearing from students, parents and the wider community.

The current Clerk to Governors is Tracey Sewell . If you wish to contact the governing body or have any governance related queries you can email

The chair of governors is Kerstyn Comley and can be contacted directly via If you have any complaints please refer to the school's complaints policy. It may be more appropriate to contact your child's tutor, head of house or the Headteacher in the first instance.


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Pupil premium

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Annual Statement of Accounts Ending 31 Aug 2016

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Become a governor

We currently have vacancies on our governing body.

Please click here for more details about the way governors are recruited, inducted and trained.