Governing Body Annual Impact Statement 2015 - 16
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Cranleigh C of E Primary School Governing Body are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent;
GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE AND MEETINGS
The Governing Body of Cranleigh C of E Primary School is made up of:
- Staff Governor
- Headteacher Governor
- Elected Parent Governors
- Local Authority Governor
- Co- opted Governors
- Foundation Governors
Click here to view a list of Governors and their individual responsibilities.
The Full Governing Body has met 5 times in the past year.
We also have a Finance Committee which has met at least termly, sometimes more often if required.
We have used these meetings to monitor progress of targets in the school improvement plan and challenge and hold senior leaders to account on all aspects of the work of the school.
Attendance at all our meetings is very good.
THE FINANCE COMMITTEE
This committee is chaired by Mr Donoghue who is a qualified and practicing Chartered Management Accountant. The vice chair is Mrs Matthews who is also a qualified accountant. Both have been governors for over 3 years.
The Committee meets formally at least once every term to cover the key elements of termly business including holding the Headteacher and Admin Officer to account for the financial performance of the school and approving the draft and final school budgets. Throughout the year the Chair has provided a verbal financial summary to the Committee and to the Full Governing Body highlighting the financial condition of the school, and in particular the risk of ‘in-year deficit’ over the past 2 years. The decision to run an in year deficit in 2015/16 in order to fund the full time Inclusion Manager post has worked well, providing robust safeguarding and effective working with disadvantaged pupils and their families. The Committee also supports the continued use of pupil premium funding to provide specialist Maths and English teachers and targeted intervention teaching.
The Committee has continued to hold some meetings via conference calls together with face to face meetings which has proved to be an efficient use of staff and governor time. The Committee allocates policy accountability to specific Governors and to further improve efficiency reviews and approves minutes and other paperwork ahead of meetings and has this year successfully restructured how minutes and actions are recorded and tracked.
THE FULL GOVERNING BODY
Meetings of the Full Governing Body are chaired by Mrs Scott, who has been a Governor since the school opened.
At all full governing body meetings Governors receive a report from the Headteacher on all aspects of the running of the school, including quality of teaching and learning, attendance and behavior and safety. Governors discuss this report and ask questions of the Headteacher thereby improving their knowledge and understanding of the school. It is also an opportunity to challenge the Headteacher and to question aspects of the schools performance.
Governors have this year received reports from Lead Governors on key areas of activity in the school including Sports Premium Funding, promoting British values and multiculturalism, Safeguarding, Behaviour and Safety, Early Years Foundation Stage and Pupil Premium. Governors were pleased to learn that children’s involvement in sport has increased significantly with the introduction of Sport’s Premium Funding which has been used very effectively throughout this year. Sport now has a much higher profile in the school and participation rates continue to improve. They also heard about Democracy Day and about projects to prepare our children for life in a multi-cultural society, including visits to a local mosque by year 4 and a programme of talks in school from people of different faiths and cultures. The appointment of the full time Inclusion Manager which Governors approved last year has worked well. The Inclusion Manager’s focused work with some families has led to a significant improvement in attendance.
Governors have appointed a new co-opted governor, filling a vacancy which has remained empty for most of this year whilst we looked at our existing skills and recruitment needs. Our new Governor is the new youth pastor and outreach worker at Cranleigh Baptist church and is already very active in the community. He has previous experience as a governor and was chair of governors in a multicultural area of Reading.
This year Governors have agreed to alter the working arrangements of the Headteacher and deputy Headteacher to 4 days per week in school and one day each working from home. Governors felt that this new arrangement was a good way of providing a better work life balance and retaining two experienced professionals whose leadership has had a significant impact in all areas of school life. It was also agreed that the arrangement will be reviewed after one year and that it would be automatically reviewed should either leader leave.
Ofsted Inspection 2-3 March 2016
Three governors (Mrs Scott, Mr Donoghue and Mrs Raffe) met with the Lead Inspector and were questioned by him as part of the Ofsted school inspection. Most governors were also present for the inspection team feedback at the end of the second day.
Governors were delighted that our school was awarded a judgement of Good for Overall Effectiveness, with three areas (Leadership and Management, Early Years Provision and Personal development behavior and safety) being judged Outstanding. In relation to Governors the report noted that:
- Governors have a positive impact on raising standards in the school and are ambitious for the future. They know the strengths and weaknesses of the school and make regular visits to check the impact of actions taken by leaders.
- Governors ensure the curriculum is broad and balanced and prepares pupils well for the next stage in their education.
- Governors manage the school’s financial resources well and ensure pay rewards for teachers are closely linked to performance.
In addition to the main committees we have four other committees which meet at least onceeach year.
- The Headteacher Appraisal Panel met in December to carry out the Headteacher’s annual performance management review.
- The Pay Review Panel met in October to review the school’s implementation of performance related pay and in July to review pay and maternity leave arrangements.
- There is also a Pay Review Appeals Panel which has not met because there were no appeals.
- The Pay Committee met in April to review and approve the payroll Budget for the forthcoming year
INDIVIDUAL GOVERNOR RESPONSIBILITIES
As well as sitting on the committees, Governors have a number of individual responsibilities.
All Governors are linked to curriculum areas and meet regularly with the teachers responsible for those areas to discuss their planning and assessment. They do this when visiting the school and this year we have also set aside time before two of the full Governing Body meetings for governors to spend half an hour with their subject teachers.
Mrs Hedges is responsible for overseeing governor training. She ensures that we all attend appropriate and relevant training courses to develop the skills we need and improve our effectiveness and make an active contribution to the governing body.
Mrs Raffe is responsible ensuring that we continue to work for an outstanding level of safeguarding provision in school. She liaises with the safeguarding team by attending regular meetings, checking safeguarding policies, procedures and records, ensuring that staff and governors are appropriately trained and that the safeguarding team have the supervision that they need, and reporting back to the full governing body. This year all Governors attended a training session on Safeguarding.
Mrs Stanforth is responsible for ensuring that the key responsibilities of the SENCo are clearly defined and meet the needs of the school. She meets with the SENCo and monitors the way in which the responsibilities and SEND processes are carried out. This year Mrs Stanforth has looked at how the school identifies pupils with SEND and monitors the progress of these pupils.
Health and Safety and Premises Governors:
Mr Bond and Mr Mariscotti carry out termly health and safety inspections and with the Premises Officer monitor the condition of our buildings and playgrounds. A new fence has been installed thus improving the security of the site. A new and bigger Trim Trail, funded by a grant from the National Lottery, has been installed on the Upper School site. Mrs Stanforth organized the successful application.
Mrs Moran has been on a number of relevant training courses this year, including Preparing for a SIAMs Inspection and has worked closely with the RE staff member and the St Nicholas youth pastor. They have set up a Worship group in school, a prayer spaces workshop during Feeling Good Week, a moving on session for year 6 and also developed the programme of talks from people of other faiths.
Governors also visit the school regularly. Some visits are pre-arranged so that Governors can meet with their linked teacher to look at assessment and planning and see examples of children’s work. Visits also provide an opportunity to speak with pupils, staff and parents.
A visit form is completed for all visits and this includes a section for recording follow–up questions to the Headteacher – another way in which Governors can hold the Headteacher to account.
The Chair of Governors (Mrs Scott) meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss all aspects of the work of the school. She also regularly carries out learning walks with the Headteacher to observe teaching and learning and the impact of new initiatives. This is a good opportunity to talk to pupils about their learning.
One Governor (Mrs Matthews) delivers the Young Enterprise course to Yr 6 as part of the school’s wider offer to pupils.
Governors with safer recruitment training sit on interview panels for teachers and TAs. This year we have made some very positive TA appointments and we now have three TAs who are qualified teachers. There have been no new teacher appointments as there has been no turnover of teaching staff this year.
Governors have attended courses on Safeguarding, Prevent Duty, FGM awareness, Safer Recruitment, e-safety, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, Curriculum Monitoring, Leading Overall School Performance, RAISEonline, Introduction to School Governance, the Role of the Foundation Governor, SIAMS Essential training for Church Schools, Christian Distinctiveness, SEND/LAC, Pupil Premium, Exclusions for Governors, Health and Safety, Teacher Appraisal and Performance Related Pay, Pay Appeals, Financial Leadership and Management, Introduction to School Finance, School Financial Value Standard, Managing a Building Project, Early Years Foundation Stage, Board Improvement and Effectiveness for Governors.
The full Governing Body has also had a training session on Safeguarding.
A number of governors attended the two day staff Inset training in June, during which time they learned about how to further enrich the primary curriculum. They also contributed to the evaluation of the current school SEF and the development of the new SEF for the coming year.
LISTENING TO OTHERS
The Governing Body regularly seeks the views of staff, students and parents as part of our function of supporting and maintaining improvements in the performance of the school.
Every year we carry out a confidential survey of all staff. We seek parent’s views at parent consultation evenings and one governor, Mrs Stanforth, carries out a survey Yr2 and Yr 6 pupils at the end of the summer term. Findings from all these consultations are fed back to senior leaders and used to inform our questioning and improve the overall performance of the school.
SCHOOL RELOCATION PROJECT
Governors have continued to work with our local county councilor and the Local Authority on the school relocation project. We have approved a design for the new school and in June a public exhibition was held at the school. The public were invited to view the plans and to question the local authority, the architects and environmental and planning personnel. Attendance and interest in the project was high. Governors will continue to support this project in the coming year and look forward to the new school building opening in 2018.