Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body 2017- 2018:
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Governing Body of Drighlington Primary School are:
- To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- To hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- To oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The constitution of the Governing Body of Drighlington Primary School is made up as follows:
- 1 Head Teacher
- 2 Parent Governors appointed by ballot of the parents at the school
- 1 Local Authority Governor appointed by the Local Authority
- 1 Staff Governor appointed by ballot of the staff
- 8 Co-opted Governors appointed by the Governing Body
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.
In 2017-2018 there were a number of changes to our Governing Body. Our chair, Lena Matthews, stood down from the role and a new chair, Natalie Felton was appointed. We have seen the resignation of long standing governors and the appointment of new governors who bring with them new energy and skills. We currently have co-opted vacancies to fill, a focus for 2018- 2019.
In 2017/18 we met as a full Governing Body, we also had committees who met to focus on different aspects of the school in detail. The committees we had in 2017 –2018 were;
- Children, Teaching and Learning (CTL), who focussed on all aspects relating to children and learning.
- Resources which focussed on finance and premises matters
During 2017 – 2018 the Full Governing Body met 4 times; CTL met 3 times, Resources met 3 times. Minutes of meetings are available on request. The Governing Body is determined to ensure that statutory requirements are met and minutes are taken by a Local Authority Clerk.
Alongside our Full Governing Body and committee meetings we also engaged in Joint Review Group (JRG) meetings. This sub- committee consisted of 4 members of the Governing Body, including the Head Teacher, a School Improvement Advisor from Leeds City Council and a National Leader of Governance. We met 6 times in 2017 – 2018. The main focus of the JRG is to help us make rapid improvements following our Ofsted inspection and to develop Governors knowledge and understanding of school data and assessment.
The Governing Body and the committees all have clear terms of reference and all Governors are required to abide by a Code of Conduct.
Governors visited school during the year to monitor key priority areas identified in the School Improvement Plan. Governor monitoring visits allow governors the opportunity to observe and communicate with staff and pupils and ensure that actions agreed in the School Improvement Plan are being actively undertaken by the school. Governors were allocated to Phase Leaders, a role new to our school, they met with them twice in 2017 – 2018 to discuss pupil progress and actively monitor the impact of new initiatives on pupil outcomes. Key governors have responsibilities for monitoring and overseeing key roles, such as SEND, Pupil Premium and Child Protection, they meet with school staff responsible for these areas and report back to the full Governing Body. A list of key roles and responsibilities can be found on our website.
During 2017 – 2018 Governors also supported school events, such as Sports Day, Christmas performances, our weekly Superhero assembly, PTA events and Parents evenings.
Governor Focus in Academic Year 2017 – 2018
Continuous improvement and progress towards achieving our Ofsted priorities has been the main focus for the Governing Body in 2017 – 2018. We have worked closely with SLT and external stakeholders to ensure our school is ‘good’ at the next inspection.
During this year we have undertaken relevant training and up skilling to ensure that we are informed and able to provide relevant challenge to school leaders. This area will remain a priority for 2018 -2019.
The Governing Body is focussed on continuous school improvement and utilisation of school budget to ensure that all children are given the best possible opportunity to meet their full potential. We constantly review the maintenance and development of the school premises, and make decisions about how the school should use its budget. We will continue to focus on “vulnerable groups” of children and how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school to promote and improve learning outcomes. The Governing Body monitors staff performance and assess the staffing needs of the school. They also ensure that legally required polices are in place to support staff management.
Governor focus areas for 2018 -2019
The Governing Body will continue to work with all stakeholders and strives to develop and work towards the long-term strategy of the school. We are passionate and committed to achieving the changes required to improve outcomes for all children attending the school, acting as a critical friend to the SLT.
We will continue to self- evaluate our skills and knowledge and continue our quest to recruit new governors to work alongside us.
For 2018 – 2019 we have restructured our Governing Body meetings. Committee items have been incorporated into our full Governing Body meetings. This means that there are no committees, except for the Headteacher’s performance management. The new structure demonstrates our collective commitment to help the school make the progress needed and will enable the whole Governing Body to take a broader and more informed view of the school.