Governance Statement

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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.

  • Strategic Planning Committee has a strategic and co-coordinating role which adds to the effectiveness of the work of the Governing Body as a whole. They also consider matters of Pay and Performance.
  • Curriculum and Standards Committee focuses on teaching, learning and the educational performance of pupils
  • Finance and Premises Committee focuses on finance matters, premises and Health and Safety

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:

  1. Respecting others and the world
    We would like our pupils to know that they, along with all people, have unique talents and abilities which make them special. Their respect for themselves, others and the world will mean that they shine by being helpful, kind and responsible citizens.
  2. Developing new skills and abilities
    We would like our pupils to have the essential building blocks for learning so that they enjoy learning and challenge. They will shine by developing new skills, knowledge and attributes.
  3. Becoming resilient and enquiring learners
    We would like our pupils to become independent learners who know that mistakes can help us to learn. They will shine by knowing that they have hope, forgiveness and the opportunity for new beginnings.

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:

  • Concise, focused reports from the Headteacher and subject leaders
  • External reports, for example from the school improvement partner, consultants and accrediting bodies
  • Presentations from school staff, pupils and external experts
  • Questionnaires to parents and staff
  • Internal performance monitoring information
  • Internal and external analyses of national tests using both benchmarking and comparative information
  • School self-evaluation reports
  • Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools
  • Formal and informal visits to the school to collect information and to talk to pupils and consider the progress they make.

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.
The report noted that The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Earsham as a Church of England school are outstanding

  • The strength of Christian purpose and partnership and passion to nurture, enthuse and support one another is evident in the teamwork and whole school achievement seen.
  • A very positive, successful and caring school family based around a strongly embedded Christian ethos and set of values, results in parents from out of catchment selecting this school.
  • A vibrant, inviting, stimulating and spiritually enriching learning environment, enhanced by very strong links with the local church, is key in ensuring that religious education (RE) has a very high profile and is taught well.
  • All actions from the previous SIAS inspection have been very thoroughly addressed and their impact embedded.

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

They also:

  • Reviewed staff performance management targets to ensure consistency and link with the School Improvement and Development Plan.
  • Reviewed staff job descriptions.
  • Review staff professional development and performance.
  • Reviewed staff salaries.
  • Reviewed staff absence rates.
  • Checked staff discipline and grievance procedures.
  • Considered ‘well-being’ and work/ home life balance.
  • Reviewed and approved the Pay and Performance Management Policy

 

The Curriculum and Standards Committee has considered and monitored the Quality of Teaching and Learning. In particular they have noted:

  • Improvement in attainment in French for all key stage 2 pupils. This will improve pupils’ transition to high school, develop pupils’ enjoyment and give them a wider view of French culture. We hope this will raise their aspirations to engage with the wider world.
  • Improved standards, enjoyment and outcomes in writing by developing their work on spelling, grammar and punctuation This has led to higher quality written work and children talk enthusiastically and with pride about their writing
  • Improvement in pupils’ knowledge and application of calculation skills in mathematics. There is evidence of pupils confidently using and applying calculation skills to solve problems in a variety of situations.
  • Implementation of a tracking system for Social and Emotional aspects of development across the school. This will ensure early intervention to lessen the impact of any barriers to learning caused by crisis or social and emotional needs of the pupils. Pupils are offered the skills to support them thus building their resilience, perseverance and motivation to succeed
  • Development of pupils’ confidence to independently self-correct mistakes and to act on verbal and written feedback to improve their work.

They also:

  • Monitored and approved the Assessment and Recording Policy
  • Received reports from Subject Leaders
  • Received and considered the Headteacher’s report on performance throughout the school
  • Recommend Targets for End of Key Stage 2 National Tests
  • Monitored reporting arrangements to parents.
  • Ensured that SEND provision is effective.
  • Reviewed the impact of the budget on the curriculum

 

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:

  • Monitored Value for Money in any expenditure related to the SIDP
  • Reviewed financial policy statements, including consideration of long-term planning and resourcing.
  • Monitored income and expenditure of all funds and reported the financial situation to the full governing body each term.
  • Ensured that the school operates within the Financial Regulations of the County Council and meets the requirements of the Financial Management Standard in Schools (FMSiS)
  • Monitored the impact of spending decisions upon educational achievement in the school.
  • Monitored the effectiveness of the school’s Health and safety arrangements
  • Carried out an annual risk assessment of the school premises
  • Made termly inspections of the building and grounds.
  • Considered the competencies of governors on the committee and attended training as appropriate.

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 new tracking system for Social and Emotional Development:
  • Traffic light behaviour system across the school. This shows that break time and lunch time incidents have reduced. Pupils talk confidently about resolving issues.
  • Specific support for pupils including Nurture

The Headteacher reports on Safeguarding matters in her termly reports.

 

Governor Training

Governors have attended training on:

  • Safeguarding Children in Education
  • Budget Review

Our governing body clerk has attended training on:

  • Safeguarding Children in Education

 

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:

  • Respecting others and the world We would like our pupils to know that they, along with all people, have unique talents and abilities which make them special. Their respect for themselves, others and the world will mean that they shine by being helpful, kind and responsible citizens.
  • Developing new skills and abilities We would like our pupils to have the essential building blocks for learning so that they enjoy learning and challenge. They will shine by developing new skills, knowledge and attributes.
  • Becoming resilient and enquiring learners We would like our pupils to become independent learners who know that mistakes can help us to learn.         They will shine by knowing that they have hope, forgiveness and the opportunity for new beginnings.

 

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 Armstrong Headteacher
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

Vacancy Foundation DBE/PCC
Vacancy Foundation DBE/PCC
Vacancy Foundation DBE/PCC
Vacancy Foundation PCC
Vacancy LEA Governor

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
Sue Armstrong 100%
Victoria Braddock 80%
Sue Cramp 100%
Caroline Hutton 100%
Craig Jones 80%
Janine Lascelles 100%
Ed Middleton 100%
David Reynolds 100%
Paula Rose 100%

 

Attendance is shown as a percentage of the total number of meetings the governor could have attended.