Whitley And Eggborough Community Primary School

                                              Governance Statement

 

Annual statement - 2017

 

Annual Governance Statement for the governing body of Whitley and Eggborough Community Primary School
July 2017

Annual Governance Statement for the governing body of Whitley and Eggborough Community Primary School July 2017

The role and Responsibilities of the Governing Body:-

The governing body is the strategic leader of our school with a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

This is undertaken through a strong focus on three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Although governors are volunteers they have a demanding role that requires skill and professionalism. The board of governors is accountable to Ofsted for its effectiveness and as a result is reviewed to ensure it has a clear focus on the three core functions.

This is judged by the extent to which :-

- it contributes to the schools self-evaluation and understands its strengths and weaknesses, including its own work

- it supports and strengthens the school leadership, including by developing its own skills

- it provides challenge, and holds the headteacher to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and pupils behaviour and safety

- it ensures solvency and probity and that the financial resources which are made available to the school are managed effectively

- it uses performance management systems to improve teaching, leadership and management

 -it operates in such a way that statutory duties are met and priorities are approved

- it engages with key stakeholders and uses resources provided to overcome barriers to learning

The Constitution of the Governing Body of Whitley and Eggborough Community Primary School requires it to be made up of:-

4 parent governors

 4 co-opted governors

1 local authority governor

the head teacher

1staff governor

and one non-voting Associate Governor - the business manager (appointed for her specific expertise and experience).

 

All Governors are appointed for their specific skills and experience and this can be identified from the school website.

 

Only parent governors are subject to a voting system if required.

 

The governing body has a program of meetings throughout the school year and committees with responsibility for specific areas of governance. The full governing body meets six times a year. In the past twelve months, however, two additional meetings were required, to consider finance and staffing structure issues.

 

Additionally, Governors are the Trustees of the School Fund and meet directly after each of the regular full governing body meetings.

 

Membership and attendance of governors 2016/7

 

Prof D Gibbons LA Governor (Chair)                        14/14

Ms L Ridley Co-opted Governor (Vice-Chair)         12/14

Mr J Barber Co-opted Governor                                8/14

Mrs K Booth Parent Governor                                    11/14

Mrs H Elmore Staff Governor                                     8/13

Mr R Hewlett Parent Governor                                  12/14

Mrs S Senior Parent Governor                                   14/14

Mr Nigel Stocks Parent Governor                             10/14

Mrs J Snead Headteacher                                          13/13

Mr J Lancaster Co-opted Governor                          14/14

Mrs D Steward Associate Governor                         12/14

 

Governors undertake the following individual responsibilities within school on behalf of the governing body and also have specific links with identified classes, to which visits are made and reports made back to the full Governing Body.

 

Link Governors 2016-2017

Mr D Gibbons    Acorns                   Early Years Provision       Effectiveness of Leadership and  Management

M/s L Ridley       Chestnut              RAISE, Governor and Staff CPD, School Direct

Mr R Hewlett     Elm/Fir                  Curriculum, New Technologies,

Mr J Barber         Pine                      Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

Mr N Stocks        Sycamore           Resources,Health and Safety

Mrs K Booth       Willow                  Inclusion, Safeguarding/Prevent, Child Protection

Mrs Senior          Oak                       Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, New Governor Induction

Mr J Lancaster   Maple                   Outcomes for Pupils

Mrs J Snead        Head Teacher

Mrs H Elmore     Communication

Mrs D Steward  Associate Governor

Vacancy

 

Governors are anxious to ensure contact is maintained with all staff in order that they are able to feel integrated into the structure of the school. To that end, two sessions were set up, one in the autumn term and the other in the summer term where everyone was able to have open discussions on their role and responsibilities. Governors were then able to visit all the classes and learn more about the activities and displays appropriate to each class, the children and individual staff members’ contributions.

 

Governor meetings

A vision statement (see school Prospectus) and the ethos of the school is determined at the start of the school year and a school development plan and budget are also agreed. Governors receive progress reports at each subsequent meeting, along with the headteacher's report and reports from link governors, which assist in identifying progress towards meeting the year’s objectives. One of the objectives for the year was “to accelerate progress throughout school and increase the percentage of children attaining expected standard and above at Key Stage 2 “ and to that end governors welcomed the initiative to introduce a challenge policy to stimulate the desire to learn. Presentations were made to the committee twice during the year by the three staff leaders for EYFS and KS1 and KS2 in order to keep governors abreast of progress, and by the year end to identify success with the KS2 results. The school was ahead of the national average in all subjects and EYFS had 79% achieving a good level of development.

 

Other objectives included successfully retaining the green flag, (championed by the schools eco-committee who made a presentation to the full meeting of the governing body), retaining the Dyslexia quality mark and investigating options available to the school in terms of collaboration. In this regard, the governors set up a small strategy group to keep the matter under constant review in view of both the national and local changes and policies.

 

The desire by all associated with the school is to achieve outstanding teaching for all. The monitoring and peer review systems along with continuing professional development instigated by the Headteacher, and embraced by all staff has been recognised by our local authority education development adviser with a recommendation that it is shared with other schools in the area. A measure of the success of this objective has been the enthusiasm with which it has been embraced and the resulting recognition staff have achieved by gaining promotion, albeit to other schools, where they can spread the approach.

 

Particular interest has also been given to ensure Pupil Premium and PE and Sports Premium funding are employed to maximum benefit. These two funding streams are reviewed at every meeting, in order to be satisfied that they are reaching the children most in need.

 

The continuing development of ‘Mission Possible’ is applauded by the governing body, particularly in the way it involves the children in their own learning, both as individuals and in teams and equips them with the skills they will need for the future and for life. It is a welcome development that the achievements of the classes are shared with staff and parents at assemblies throughout the year.

Earlier in the year, we requested a ‘health check’ by NYCC in order to assist us in preparing for an Ofsted visit, were it to happen, and to make sure the school was progressing in the right direction. The outcome of this was reassuring and encouraging. As was to be anticipated one or two areas were highlighted for further action and these were incorporated through continuing professional development and staff training days.

 

Subsequently, we were visited by Ofsted and after an exhausting two days were graded as a Good school. None the less some recommendations were made and these were immediately incorporated into a post-Ofsted action plan.

 

Breakfast club and W&E Extra after school club continue to thrive and these we believe have helped parents and enabled the ethos of the school to be continued for all those who participate.

 

School Direct continues to flourish with links now made with Leeds Beckett University and also the University of Hull. We are of the opinion that this brings benefits to us all, keeping everyone on their toes in a stimulating exciting learning environment. Similarly with the links with other Universities for their Post Graduate Certificate in Education and BA students and others from Selby and other Colleges who come to school on work experience and other similar schemes.

 

Policies are reviewed and updated at each meeting. Reports are received and governors updated on required changes in education policy and their implications e.g. Health Care Plans. Overall, anonymised pupil progress is reported and results shared. Resources are closely monitored and scrutinised in line with identified priorities.

 

With changes being made nationally in the education system and also in NYCC the governing body endeavour to keep up with these to ensure the school does not suffer unnecessarily.

 

All of those associated with Whitley and Eggborough CPS continue to aspire to become identified as an outstanding school meeting the needs of our local community.

 

To contact the Governors please write to:-

The Chair of Governors at Whitley and Eggborough CPS