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Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement of Adel Primary School Governing Body

July 2017

1. Overview

The Governing Body conducts its business to take account of the three roles of Governing Bodies as outlined in the Governors’ Handbook:

  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;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.

The Governing Body ensures that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures. All staff have signed a record to confirm they have read Part 1 of the DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. The Governing Body has familiarised itself with the document and worked with the Safeguarding lead in school to complete the annual safeguarding audit.

 

2. The composition of the Governing Body

There is currently 1 vacancy on the Governing Body.

In November 2016 we welcomed Hannah Shutt to the Governing Body as Staff Governor, replacing Susan Earley whose term of office ended.

Billy Flynn stepped down from his role of Chair of Governor’s and from the Governing Body in July 2017. Debra Gardner was elected as the new Chair of Governors in July 2017.

Following an unopposed election in July 2017, we are pleased to welcome Rinkoo Pugal and Jyoti Mishra as our new Parent Governors.

 

3. Meetings of the Governing Body and Attendance

The full Governing Body meets 4 times a year and all meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk.

There are three Governing Body Sub-Committees: Pupil Support, Resources and Teaching & Learning. These committees meet three times a year, and they have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Governing Body and systematically monitor, evaluate and look at impact in their specific areas of responsibility. This is done through visits to school, information provided by the Headteacher and members of the Leadership Team and external sources such as the School Improvement Adviser and national data.

Governors have good attendance at meetings overall. Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; Governors are aware through the code of conduct that non- attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a Governor six months from the date of first non-attendance.

 

4. The remit of the Governing Body and its committees

The Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team complete a self-evaluation of the school in the summer months and this document takes into account:

SATs results

the school's internal monitoring of pupil progress and attainment

changes to the assessment of pupils

the curriculum

previous Ofsted report

The self-evaluation then informed our School Development Plan, which identified the following areas for 2016/17:

SDP Priority 1: Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

1.1 To develop staffing structure and expertise

1.2 Stimulating learning environment

1.3 Governors

1.4 Partnerships

SDP Priority 2: Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

SEMH

SDP Priority 3: The Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Stimulating learning journey

SDP Priority 4: Outcomes for pupils

Effective responses to pupil data

 

5. The effectiveness and impact of the Governing Body 2016/2017

SDP Priority 1: Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

1.1 To develop staffing structure and expertise

Action

Ongoing monitoring of the new Learning Mentor role.

Impact

Pupil Support committee has received feedback at each meeting. Governors fell that the role has been successful in support pupils with their social, emotional and mental health. Governors fully support the continuation of the role.

Action

Governors to gain a greater understand of the monitoring role of middle leaders

Impact

Middle Leaders attended Teaching and Learning meeting. Governors were confident in middle leader’s knowledge of the strength and areas of development of school.

 

1.2Stimulating learning environment

Action

The Resource committee to identify, with the Headteacher, areas for improvement in the school building and grounds and support the implementation of the improvements through the management of the budget.

Impact

The Resources committee has monitored the works undertaken and the budget for these works. The Resources committee has monitored the impact of the changes to the building and ground.

 

1.3 Governors

Governing Body

Action

To ensure all vacancies on the Governing Body were filled. When possible, Governors would be recruited on a skill, experience and knowledge basis to fill the gaps identified through the skills audit.

Impact

Due to changes in July 2017 the Governing Board currently has 3 vacancies. At the time of writing, 2 Parent Governors vacancies have been advertised in school and election results are pending. There is one vacancy for a LA Governor.

Governor Visits to School

Action

The Governing Body has agreed a revised approach to visits during the school day, to ensure that Governors are observing practice in school and fulfilling their duty to gather their own evidence about how the school is performing, as well as their requirement to know the school well.

Impact

A visit record form has been agreed that Governors complete following each visit to document what they have seen and anything they need to report back to the full Governing Body. This document is circulated to the Headteacher and the full Governing Body.

Action

Improve accessibility for parents to speak to Governors. Scheduled meet and greet coffee mornings have taken place once per term. Governors have attended PTA events.

Impact

Parents have been able to speak with Governors, developing relationships between the parents and Governing Body.

Action

Governors to monitor the schools’ SAT’s procedures.

Impact

Governor attended a SAT’s session ensuring that security of papers and correct procedures were adhered to.

 

1.4 Partnerships

Action

Governors have attended a presentation on Academisation by Kathryn Wilkinson from the Governors Support Service. Governors have also attended a presentation by Richard Sherriff of the Red Kite Learning Trust.

Impact

The Governing Body have a greater understanding of the implications of the issues regarding Academy status.

 

SDP Priority 2: Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

2.1SEMH

Action

Ongoing monitoring of the new Learning Mentor role.

Impact

Pupil Support committee has received feedback at each meeting. Governors fell that the role has been successful in support pupils with their social, emotional and mental health. Governors fully support the continuation of the role.

Action

Governors to gain a greater awareness of the PSHE curriculum and monitor the implantation of a new scheme of work.

Impact

A working body of Governors and staff developed a whole school RSE policy, which outlines the whole school PSHE curriculum.

Action

Governors to attend further training on SEMH matters.

Impact

Governors have attended FGM training and CSE training. Governors fed back to a FGB meeting so FBG understand that these areas have been considered within the PSHE curriculum.

Action

Governors work in other areas to feed into the work for the Healthy School award status.

Impact

Governors have fed back their work and training. Governor attended the Healthy School assessment day and discussed with parents and the Healthy School assessment team how the school meets the areas of the award. Adel Primary was awarded Health School status.

 

SDP Priority 3: The Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

3.1 Stimulating learning journey

Action

Governor to monitor the internal data throughout the year to gain a clear view of the pupils at national expectation or working at greater depth.

Impact

Middle Leaders attended Teaching and Learning meeting. Governors were confident in middle leader’s knowledge of the strength and areas of development of school.

 

SDP Priority 4: Outcomes for pupils

4.1 Effective responses to pupil data

Action

Governors to develop a greater understanding of data and how to monitor the data to measure progress throughout the year.

Impact

The new data sheets present an overview of the key data collection points throughout the year. This has allowing Governors to monitor progress more effectively and ask further questions. A result of this was that Middle Leaders were invited to speak at a Teaching & Learning committee meeting, allowing the committee able to ask challenging questions regarding progress and the scheduling of data collection.

 

Other areas of action

Website

Action

To ensure that the school website meets statutory requirements and provides relevant information to parents about their child's school.

Impact

A rota for Governors to audit the website was circulated. The website is monitored more closely, with issues raised within the audit document. The audit document ensures that the website meets statutory requirements and provides relevant information for parents.

 

Out of School Club

Action

Following the unexpected departure by the private out of school club provision, staff put temporary arrangements in place for the summer term 2016. Governors supported the school who developed its own permanent Out of School provision. This provision has now successfully completed its first full year.

Impact

Governors have received positive feedback from pupils and parents regarding the quality of the provision. Staff have also been positive about the changes at the provision. The Governing Body fully supports the school in continuing to offer the provision on a permanent basis.

 

OFSTED Inspection

During this academic year the school has received a visit from HM Inspectors of Schools (Ofsted). The one-day inspection resulted in continued grade of Good. A number of Governors were able to attend the meeting with the Inspector during the day.

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