Shine from the inside out
Learning and development for all, through challenge, nurture and enjoyment
Earsham CE VA Primary School Governance Statement
School Year 2016 – 2017
|In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Earsham CE VA Primary School Governing Body are to:
1. Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
3. Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
|Governance arrangements||The Governing Body of Earsham CE VA Primary School is made up of 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 7 Foundation Governors, 1 elected staff governor and the Headteacher. A total of 12 governors. Their pictures and brief details are on the display board in the school foyer.
The full Governing Body meets twice each term, and there are three committees who meet at least once each term to consider different aspects of the school in detail.
When necessary we form committees to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.
See page 6 for a full list of Governors in the school year 2016 – 17
|Attendance record of governors||Governors have good attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because there were not enough governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made.
See page 6 for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.
|Work done by the full governing body and committees||The full governing body set used our vision statement that our pupils should ‘Shine from the Inside Out’ to set the priorities for the School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP) for the next few years. Building on our strengths we identified three key areas for improvement and asked all parents for their support in achieving these.
Shine from the inside out by:
The school then set particular targets to achieve these ongoing development priorities.
The Governors are pleased to confirm that all the targets have been met. In reaching this conclusion the full Governing Body considered the following information:
The School received a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) in October2016 and the Governors are delighted that the school retained the ‘Outstanding’ grade from the last inspection.
Governors would also like to thank Parents and Carers for their support during the inspection and throughout the year.
All schools have a duty to consider their strategic future so that the school can be as effective as possible. The Governing Body has welcomed the school’s ability to work effectively with other schools in the Cluster and in the Bungay Pyramid. They have met for joint training and moderation and the school is much stronger as a result. Consideration of the strategic future of the school will be an ongoing process.
The Strategic Planning Committee has considered and monitored the effectiveness of Leadership and Management. In particular they have considered whether Staff with teaching and learning responsibilities (TLRs) were supported to effectively carry out their duties. They identified that teachers with TLRs received appropriate training and support enabling them to confidently fulfil their role and that as a result teaching across the school was good or outstanding for all groups of learners
The Curriculum and Standards Committee has considered and monitored the Quality of Teaching and Learning. In particular they have noted:
The Finance and Premises Committee has provided guidance and assistance to the headteacher and governing body in all matters relating to budgeting and finance, with reference to ‘Keeping Your Balance – standards for financial administration in schools’ (Ofsted/Audit Commission). They have also:
Early in the summer term, the Finance and Premises Committee approved the 2016/17 budget plan for the school and are pleased to report that the school is in a healthy financial position.
Our Safeguarding Governor gives an annual report to the governors. In particular this year they have monitored:
The Headteacher reports on Safeguarding matters in her termly reports.
Governors have attended training on:
Our governing body clerk has attended training on:
Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents. Please ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.
|Future plans for the governors||In the coming year the governing body look forward to seeing the school develop even further. The Ofsted Inspection in January 2016 identified that this is a good school. We have the ambition and determination to be even better and the SIAMS inspection in October 2016 identified that The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Earsham as a Church of England school are outstanding.
For the next academic year we ask the school to develop our vision for the pupils in our school so that they ‘Shine from the inside out’. Building on our strengths we have identified three key areas for improvement:
Shine from the inside out by:
|How you can contact the governing body||We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, via the school office. You can see the full list of governors with their pictures on the governing body notice board in the main foyer|
List of Serving Governors September 2016 – July 2017
|Term of Office Ends|
|Sue Cramp||Bishop’s Appointed||20-12-17|
|Janine Lascelles||Foundation PCC||11-11-17|
|Caroline Hutton||Foundation PCC||03-05-18|
|David Reynolds||Parent Governor||06-10-18|
|Victoria Braddock||Teacher Governor||01/09/19|
|Ed Middleton||Foundation PCC||ended Autumn 2016|
|Craig Jones||Foundation DBE-PCC||14-05-2020|
|Paula Rose||Parent Governor||ended summer 2017|
Two vacancies have arisen during the year and at present the following positions are also unfilled
The Governing Body is taking steps to fill these places with governors with the particular skills and attributes which will enhance the governing body
|Governor||Full Governing Body|
Attendance is shown as a percentage of the total number of meetings the governor could have attended.