Shine from the inside out
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Earsham CE VA Primary School Governance Statement
School Year 2015 – 2016
|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 2015 – 16.
|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.
|The work done in our committees and in the governing body||At the beginning of the school year the full governing body set targets for school improvement. They were to ensure that:
The full Governing Body received a detailed report from the Headteacher every term plus a report from the Education Challenge Partner. Governors collected the views of parents and carers via a questionnaire held in the Autumn Term. Governors also visited the school to collect information and to talk to pupils and considered the progress they make. The Governors are pleased to confirm that all the targets have been met.
The School received an Ofsted Inspection in January 2016 and the Governors would like to compliment staff for retaining the ‘Good’ grade from the last inspection. Governors would also like to thank Parents and Carers for their support during the inspection and throughout the year.
During the year the Governing Body has reviewed the school’s vision and aims and added the ethos statement, ‘Shine from the inside out,’ after a vote by parents and pupils. This will form the basis for identifying school improvement priorities for the next few years.
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 whether the New curriculum engaging and motivating for learners and age appropriate. They identified that appropriate planning is in place; that children are engaged and motivated to learn; and, that progression is seen across the school at age appropriate levels.
They have also considered and monitored the Outcomes for all Pupils, in particular whether there was accelerated progress for some identified Year 5 pupils particularly in their mathematical development focussing on number. They found that results showed that more progress than expected had been made.
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 considered the work of the Nurture Group and identified that Teachers make referrals to Nurture as soon as problem is evident; the parent support advisor is available through the Cluster; support from outside agencies is sought and offered to vulnerable families, and; attendance of vulnerable children is in line with national results
They have also considered and monitored whether:
The Headteacher reports on Safeguarding matters in her termly reports.
Governor Training The whole governing body has received training on Church School Distinctiveness and individual governors have attended training on:
· Budget Review
· Chair of Governors – the role and responsibilities
· E-Safety and your school
· Governance Now
· Making sense of British Values
· Using School Data for Improvement
Our governing body clerk has attended training on:
· Ofsted Briefing
· Clerking Governing Body Panels – Complaints and Pupil Exclusions
· Selecting, interviewing and appointing staff in schools
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. To develop our vision for the pupils in our school we have considered our Ethos Statement, ‘Shine from the inside out’ and asked how our School Improvement and Development Plan could be about giving pupils the knowledge, experiences, skills, environment, ambition and resilience to enable them to self-improve and ‘shine’.
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 2015 – July 2016
|Term of Office Ends|
|Sue Cramp||Bishop’s Appointed||20-12-17|
|Christine Douglas||Foundation DBE/PCC||07-11-16|
|Gill Harvey||Foundation DBE/PCC||ended during the year|
|Helen Ford||Foundation PCC||ended during the year|
|Janine Lascelles||Foundation PCC||11-11-17|
|Caroline Hutton||Foundation PCC||03-05-18|
|David Reynolds||Parent Governor||06-10-18|
|Laura Hines||Parent Governor||ended during the year|
|Victoria Braddock||Teacher Governor|
|Ed Middleton||Foundation PCC||08-02-2020|
|Craig Jones||Foundation DBE-PCC||14-05-2020|
|Paula Rose||Parent Governor||20-05-2020|
|Governor||Full Governing Body||Strategic Planning Committee||Curriculum and Standards Committee||Finance and Premises Committee|
Attendance is shown as a percentage of the total number of meetings the governor could have attended.