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Governance Statement

July 2019

1. Overview 

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

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; 
  • 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 

This year has seen the appointment of three new Governors, Ira Jeffers and Amy Millson as Co-opted Governors and Kate Selway as Parent Governor.

There is currently 1 vacancy for a Staff Governor on the Governing Body.

Action

To ensure all vacancies on the Governing Body are filled. 

 

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 effectiveness and impact of the Governing Body 2018-2019

 

Pupil Support Committee

The Pupil Support Committee meets once a term.

 

This committee monitors pupil progress, including that of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, and any vulnerable groups.  The committee also oversees areas including attendance and punctuality, safeguarding and equality.  

 

The current members of the Pupil Support Committee are Julie Cordingley (HT), Debra Gardner (Chair), Jyoti Mishra, Amy Millson, David Gilliard and Kate Selway.

 

During the course of the 2018-2019 academic year the committee has achieved the following:

  • Review of the Sex and Relationships Education Policy.
  • Review of the Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy
  • Review of the Complaints Policy
  • Review of the Attendance Policy.  Monitoring of attendance figures and the effectiveness of school procedures for dealing with attendance issues.
  • Review of Home School Agreement and Behaviour Management Policy. 
  • Understanding of how home learning is monitored in school and impact of the use of Mathletics as a home learning task.
  • Understanding of how the school complies with EYFS requirements.
  • Monitoring of the school improvement plan priorities:
    • SDP 1 (Staff Excellence)
    • SDP 2 (Wellbeing)
    • SDP 4 (Curriculum)
  • Monitoring and understanding the effectiveness of provision for children looked after
  • Monitoring and understanding the provision for pupils emotional health and wellbeing
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of Child Protection and Safeguarding arrangements
  • Leeds Governor Support Services documents on Monitoring Roles have been issued to Governors with specific monitoring duties and it is felt that these have been helpful in providing a structure for monitoring visits.

 

Attendance by committee members has reflected the changes in committee membership and vacant positions.  However, the appointment of new governors and confirmation of monitoring roles will ensure the Headteacher is constantly challenged.  It is felt that the committee now has a good balance of skills.

 

Resources Committee

The Resources committee meets once per term.

 

The Committee's main responsibilities include the monitoring of current financial provision, renewal of contracts, staffing, health & safety, security and property matters. 

 

Current members of the Resources committee include David Gilliard (Chair), Debra Gardner, Rinkoo Pugal, Ira Jeffers, Catharine Morgan and Bob Ubhi. 

During the course of the 2018/19 financial year the Committee has updated a number of School Policies (including Alcohol and Drug Misuse Policy, CCTV Policy, Equalities Policy, Freedom of Information Policy, Leave of Absence Policy, Privacy Policy, Probation Policy, Staff Disciplinary Policy, Staff Grievance Policy and Work and Family Policy). It has also discussed and approved the Budget (ratified by FGB) and, via a sub-Committee, performance managed the Headteacher. 

During the course of the 2018/19 financial year, the Resources committee has received and discussed regular reports from the Headteacher on matters relating to both internal and external maintenance and repairs in order to enhance a stimulating learning environment. 

This academic year staff structure and expertise has been developed, in particular the roles of middle leaders, Literacy, Early Years and English as an additional Language (EAL). Furthermore, staff pay and review, and various policies (including Charging and Remissions, Sports premium and Leave of absence) have been monitored. 

Attendance by Committee members has been good and the Headteacher is consistently challenged. 

It is felt that the Committee has a good balance of skills (improved by the recent addition of a finance/accounting professional and an HR professional) and that our meetings are efficient and well-run. 

 

Teaching and Learning Committee

The Teaching and Learning committee meets once a term.

 

This committee ensures that standards of teaching and learning are as high as possible by taking an overview of teaching and learning. They look at what is taught in lessons, how it is taught and how all pupils are helped to achieve the best they can, whatever barriers there might be to their learning (2018-19 Adel Governor Handbook). Attainment of pupils is monitored by reviewing performance data from a number of sources.

 

The current members of the Teaching and Learning committee are Julie Cordingley (HT), Catharine Morgan (Chair), Bob Ubhi, Janyll Roberts and Rinkoo Pugal.

 

During the course of the 2018-2019 academic year the committee has achieved the following:

  • Review of the Marking & Feedback policy.
  • Review of performance data throughout the year, identifying where good progress is being made. Analysis of data that isn’t meeting targets and discussion of the reasons for this, and actions being taken to improve specific areas of performance. This has included analysis of pupil premium data.
  • Understanding of how the quality of teaching is being monitored in the school.
  • Monitoring of the school improvement plan priorities:
    • SDP 3 (Teaching and Learning) including SATS monitoring
    • SDP 1 (Staff Excellence)
    • SDP 4 (Curriculum)
  • Review and approval of the school’s approach to reporting to parents.
  • Understanding of curriculum subjects and how these are being taught in school via presentations from the following subject leaders: Science (Connie Gillespie), Art (Connie Gillespie), RE (Susan Early), PSHE (Hannah Shutt), Maths (Matthew Thompson), Computing (Matthew Thompson), Geography (Claire Saxton), History (Gail Outram), Music (Gail Outram).

 

Attendance by committee members is good, the Headteacher is constantly challenged, and it is felt that the committee has a good balance of skills.

 

5. Other 

School Development Plan Monitoring

Action

The 2018-19 rota has ensured that the monitoring of the School Development Plan has been formalised.  Monitoring visits are recorded on the SDP document in SharePoint which all Governors are able to access.

Impact

Governors have been able to assess the actions taken within school to complete the targets on the SDP.  Monitoring visits have ensured targeted questioning in response to a more structured document, which clearly identifies areas of impact to be monitored.

 

Website 

Action

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

Impact

A website audit rota for Governors was circulated, in order to audit the website each half term. The audit document ensures that the website meets statutory requirements and provides relevant information for parents.  

A new template for completion of the audit has been placed on SharePoint to reflect the changes in regulations.

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