The St Julian’s Secondary school has an Academic Board which is constituted from the Heads of the following faculties: Mathematics, English, Science, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages, and Creative Arts: these corresponding to the six IB groups that make up the academic part of the IB diploma.
Each Head of Faculty manages a group of Heads of Departments as part of the organizational structure of the secondary school and their work is, in turn, managed by the Secondary Principal who meets with them on a regular basis and to whom they send the minutes of faculty meetings.
Other members of Academic Board are the following: the IB Coordinator, the Head of IT, the Head of IB Pastoral, the Coordinator of Pastoral at KS2 & 3, the exams officer and the Directors of Study for Years 6-13.
The Academic Board have a slot on a five weekly meeting cycle which they use if they need to meet, this is not always used and when it is used the Principal tries to ensure that the AB are called to discuss important issues that require the considered response of the Heads of Faculty. An example recently was the publishing of the draft strategic plan for the school. Other more mundane business that might require a meeting would be the planning of the school calendar. Meetings are formal; minutes are taken, distributed for correction and archived. Much of the day to day business of the faculties is conducted on line.
The Academic Board is an important body in the school which has gradually evolved from being something of a “talking shop” for whole school matters to a more focused, executive body which deals with specific agendas in an efficient and speedy manner either by making decisions in the meeting or by acting as a conduit for the discussion and resolution of academic issues by the wider teaching staff at departmental level. The meetings of the AB are marked by a high degree of collegiality.