Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body 2020- 2021:
The statement this year is presented in hugely different circumstances to previous years and in a period of uncertainty around what the school can deliver to pupils. The impact of Covid 19 is clearly felt both by the the school and the community of Drighlington and going forward, through the coming year, will no doubt present delivery issues for the school to overcome with solutions that support children and their families. However, during 2020 – 2021 the Governing Body will:
- continue to work with all stakeholders and strive to develop and work towards the long-term strategy of the school
- continue to act as a critical friend to the SLT, challenging and holding them to account whilst providing the required strategic support.
- continue to self- evaluate our skills and knowledge and to take advice from all stakeholders to ensure that governance remains a strength.
We believe that the return, in 2019/20, to the structure of having full Governing Body meetings, Teaching and Learning and Resources committee meetings proved successful. It undoubtedly allowed us to address more focussed issues in the committee meetings whilst not losing sight of the key areas on school improvement and pupil outcomes in the full Governing Body meetings.
We continue to be passionate about providing support to the school so that they can ensure every pupil attending Drighlington Primary School achieves the best start in education; achieves their full potential, and is given the skills and encouragement to pursue learning opportunities.
Due to the pandemic Governor meetings are now taking place online, which though not ideal have proved an effective way of ensuring that we are able to provide support to the Head Teacher and SLT. Once we can resume visits to school to monitor activity in relation to school priorities, we will do so.
Governors will continue to support the school SLT throughout Covid 19 and the development of the risk assessment plan and an appropriate action plan that supports the delivery of the school curriculum throughout the pandemic, whether this be through school delivery or on-line alternatives.
The Governing Body will, this year, also look to recruit new members to broaden and extend the strength of the Governing Body.