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Governance Statement

Governance Statement


The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013

Departmental Advice January 2014 advises that:


Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Adel Primary School


The Governing Body of Adel Primary School conducts its business to take account of the three roles of the 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 head teacher and senior leadership team.


The Governing Body is committed to the development of every child to reach their potential and the support and challenge of all staff .  


The composition of the Governing Body


The Governing Body re-constituted in October 2014 and comprises 12 Governors in total. Every Governor appointed to the Governing Body is appointed on the basis of the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The number of Governors in each category is determined through the Instrument of Government and is currently:

1 Headteacher

1 elected staff Governor

2 elected parent Governors

1 local authority Governor

7 co-opted Governors

There is currently two vacancies on the Governing Body. The list of current governors is held by the school, governor support and listed on the website .


Meetings of Governing Body


The full Governing Body meets four times a year; all meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk. There are also three Governing Body committees which meet at least three times a year and which have delegated authority. The committees are:

Resources – finance, staffing and premises

Teaching and Learning

Pupil Support

There are also three Performance Management Governors


Attendance at meetings

Governors have very 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. 


The Headteacher, senior management team and Governors have compiled the School Development Plan for 2016/2017. The 3 top priorities are:


 Leadership and Management


Rigorous data analysis and quality assurance by the SENCO, EYFS Leader and Literacy &

Numeracy leaders ensues that timely intervention is actioned.

(Report to Teaching and Learning and SEN and EYFS Governors)


Proactive research and networking will continue to inform the school approach to Assessing

without levels.

(Report to Teaching and Learning and Full Governing Body)


Behaviour and safety of pupils


Student behaviour and attitudes to all learning support and progress for all

(Report to Teaching and Learning committee and Pupil Support committee )


Quality of teaching


All children are given the maximum opportunity to develop positive learning behaviours, including independence and resilience.

(Report to Teaching and Learning committee) 


Achievement of Pupils


 Increase the number of children who make better than expected progress

(Report to Teaching and Learning and Full Governing Body)      


The monitoring and evaluation of progress towards the priorities will be through the sub-committees and Full Governing Body as indicated.


The effectiveness and impact of the governing body 2015/2016


The Governing Body recruited our new Headteacher in March 2014, who started in post in September 2014 .The school improvement advisor who advised us during Headteacher recruitment  told Governors we had carried out  “a very rigorous and thorough  recruitment  process “.


The Governing Body completed a skills audit, an internal ( including a Chair 360 degree) and external review of governance within the last two years, facilitated by the Chair of Governors, our School improvement advisor and  the Governor support service. Subsequently, a Governor Action Plan has been formulated  for 2014/2015 which is implemented alongside the  School Development plan. The main areas for development  that have been identified on our governors’ action plan are:



Managing the induction of the new Headteacher

Monitoring and evaluating of the School Development Plan

Consideration of issues arising from the internal and external reviews

Guiding projects /issues

Ongoing training including New Curriculum and Assessing Without Levels 


We are working to complete the Action Plan




Headteacher recruitment

Induction of new Headteacher

Reconstitution November 2014-March 2015


Fundraising and purchase of a school defibrillator with associated training and medical emergency scenario practices 


Governor attendance at school council meetings


Ensuring OFSTED recommendations from the 2012 inspection are implemented fully


Building maintenance review with consideration of the roof’s life and a lighting feasibility study


Members of the Governing Body were instrumental in driving forward the provision of a new fence alongside the playing field to improve the safety of the children and school security


Rewriting of the school’s Complaints Policy instigated by governors and with the Headteacher


Working with multi agencies to mitigate the effects on the wider community of closure of the school playground to cars .Campaigning for the reinstatement of a crossing outside school .


Helping with the new website both format and content .


The governing body has been assiduous in monitoring and evaluating  levels of attainment  and achievement   using data including RAISE online and liaising with our School improvement  advisor


The governing body rigorously challenges the head teacher and senior leadership team as well as giving support to the school.


Training undertaken by governors:

Headteacher recruitment

Safer recruitment

OFSTED framework

Headteacher appraisal and capability


Educational visits

Early years

Looked after children


The role of the SEN Governor

Pupil premium

Governor visits to schools