Balsam Academy is a unit of Balaram Memorial Trust, established in 2004 as a result of a vision by a small group of individuals who recognised the challenges faced by mainstream schools in providing adequate services to a diverse student population, particularly those with low income and differing beliefs, languages, and behavioural approaches. The name "Balsam" reflects the school's commitment to nature in all aspects of its operations.
With a team of qualified and passionate facilitators, Balsam Academy's Governing Body is dedicated to providing support and guidance to students, leading to far-reaching positive implications not only for the school community but also for families and the broader community. Moving forward, the Governing Body aims to facilitate pathways for young people seeking entry into the workforce, collaborating with organisations that offer innovative solutions for young people and complement the school's ethos, exploring creative educational ideas for parents, children, and schools, and providing resources for new community initiatives.
|MRS. V.B. SAROJA||MANAGING TRUSTEE|
|MR. K. SUNDAR||TREASURER|
|MS. ANITHA R||SECRETARY|
|MRS. ASHA RANI BALARAM||TRUSTEE|
The Non-executive Directors shall work closely with the Principal (Administrative Leader), Principal (Instructional Leader) and the Vice-Principal to deliver the mission of the school.
The School Management Committee (SMC) is an officially constituted body approved by the Board of Trustees of the school. The SMC is accountable to the school and its community and is responsible for acting in the best interest of the school and all its stakeholders. Members hold term for three years.
Subject to the overall control of the Trust, the duties, powers and responsibilities of the School Management Committee shall include but not limited to the following:
|Mrs. V.B. Saroja||Chairperson||Entrepreneur|
|Mr. B. Prabakaran||Ex officio Secretary||Principal(Administrative Leader)|
|Ms. Spurthi Naidu||Management Representative||Human Resource Manager|
|Mr. Krishnakumar C S||Board Representative||Principal|
|Mrs. REEMA STELLA||Board Representative||Principal|
|Ms. Nadhiya D||Teacher Representative -Internal||Teacher|
|Ms. Usha Rani P||Teacher Representative -Internal||Teacher|
|Ms. Vanitha P||Parent Representative||Entrepreneur|
|Mr. Maheshkumar G||Parent Representative||Finance Head in TATA International|
|Ms. Muthu Abirami T V||Member - CA & Advocate||Advocate and Tax Management Consultant|
|Ms. Nasiha Parveen A||Member - Entrepreneur||Investor|
|Dr. Vimal Prabhakaran||Member - Doctor||Doctor|
|Dr. Madhusudhana G||Teacher Representative (External)||Senior Lecturer - DIET|
|Dr. Balaji E||Teacher Representative (External)||Senior Assistant Professor - VIT|
The School Core Committee (SCC) and its sub-committees play a critical role in delivering the standards and expectations set by the Board of Trustees, aligning with the school's vision and mission, and adhering to the guidelines laid by the CBSE. The SCC oversees the day-to-day operations of the school and continuously improves its micro and meso-level processes. The various sub-committees under the SCC are formed by the School Heads and approved by the Board of Trustees to govern specific areas of the school. Each sub-committee works towards achieving the school's vision and mission by setting and monitoring goals, policies, and standards in their respective areas. They ensure that the school adheres to CBSE guidelines and maintains the highest quality of education and services for the students.
The Sub-committee Head is responsible for preparing the agenda, and all associated documents will be distributed to members before the meeting, whenever possible. Members may request additional items be added to the agenda in advance of the meeting. In cases where a new item is of sufficient urgency, the Sub-committee may agree at the meeting that it requires immediate attention. The Sub-committee Head may prioritize important items by reordering the agenda, but all items on the agenda must be discussed.
All decisions made by the sub-committee must be recorded in the form of minutes. The minutes should include key points raised in the discussions, dates and times of meetings, attendance and apologies, and action items. Each decision should specify who will be responsible for implementing it or following it up. The person who chaired the meeting should sign the minutes once they have been accepted as a true and accurate record of the meeting. The minutes, along with the agenda for the next meeting, should be distributed to all members before the start of the next meeting.
The Sub-committee Head will chair the meeting and facilitate discussion, refraining from taking part in discussions to ensure impartiality. If the Sub-committee Head wishes to participate in a discussion, he or she may designate another member to chair the meeting.
The Sub-committee Head is responsible for ensuring that:
While the sub-committees function under the guidance of the Sub-committee Head, the collective reports from all the sub-committees shall be compiled and presented to the school community and the management on the 15th of every month. This responsibility falls on the Principal (Administrative Leader), the Principal (Instructional Leader) and the Vice-Principal.