Annual Governance Statement for
The Governing Body of Necton C of E VA Primary School
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Necton C of E VA Primary School Governing Body are:
- 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 Governing is made up of 2 staff governors (including the Head Tteacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Co-opted Governor and 7 Foundation Governors, ! Trustee Governor. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school: We have 1 Co-opted governors who is a staff member.
The full Governing Body (FGB) meets once each half term. The FGB has 3 committees
- A Resources Committee, which focuses on finance and premises;
- A Learning and Teaching Committee focusing on quality and standards etc
- A Personnel and Communications committee focusing on staffing and communication strategies
- Other committees are convened as necessary to deal with complaints/ staffing matters.
A list of Governors can be found on the website and in the main entrance to the School.
Attendance record of governors
A record of attendance sheet is signed at each meeting. In order to be fully transparent this needs to be recorded onto Governorhub, and this will be an action to commence in the Autumn term.
The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body
The Governing Body has had a very busy year. The Ofsted Inspection in November 2017 rated the school as Requires Improvement. This had followed from LA warning letters in Early 2016. The FGB have been working with the Improvement Board since then. What has contributed to a slower pace of improvement than desired has been the lack of a permanent Head teacher. We have had 2 Interim Head teachers who have worked hard and had a large impact on the work the School has been doing and worked closely with the FGB. From January 2019 we will have a permanent Head teacher
The Learning and Teaching Committee has spent time considering the SIDP following on from the actions identified by OFSTED. The Governors have also discussed key data giving the results of pupil achievement and progress, so that we can be sure that the school is addressing the areas for development. The introduction of PIXL for staff to use will ensure this can be well tracked and reported on. Work with phonics has been discussed and challenging questions have been asked of staff. We have also focused on how our Pupil Premium and Sports Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on the children’s outcomes.
The Resources Committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget.
The Personnel & Communication committee looks at staffing/structures. Also how we can improve communications. This committee is fairly new and developing new ideas.
The Health and Safety Governor carries out checks and required audits of the premises and swimming pool with the school’s caretaker.
We have a Nominated Governor for Safeguarding who gives a termly report to the governors about any safeguarding matters.
Early in the summer term, the Resources Committee approved the 2018/2019 budget plan for the school and developed a new premises plan, looking at those areas that need priority for the future.
One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and this year we have worked with Mr Hodder who has worked hard to update and identify a rolling programme to monitor and maintain current and up to date policies.
The Governing Body have also worked in collaboration with the School on Behaviour and Attendance. The FGB recognises that some new strategies have been put in place which has caused upset to some parents, but we are keen to work with parents to do the best for our children. We have also had to look at parking and this area still needs to be addressed to maintain safety within the school. Development of the trod from the community centre carpark to the school is one development, and others are under consideration.
Future plans for the governors
The Governing Body is looking forward to the start of the autumn term, which will bring exciting changes for the school. The EYFS area will be revamped, reorganised and redeveloped. We are also very excited at the appointment of the new Head Teacher who will commence in January 2019.
How you can contact the governing body
We are hoping to develop some more meetings with the Governors as we did last half term. We will always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents. Please contact the Chair of Governors, or any Governor via the school office. Governor information can also be found on the website.