Governing Body Annual Impact Statement 2016-17
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 Mr Morris who is an experienced Finance professional and business director.
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 2016/17 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 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 is a Local authority governor and 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 also receive 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. Last year Governors were pleased to learn that children’s involvement in sport had increased significantly with the introduction of Sport’s Premium Funding. This has continued throughout this year and sport now has a much higher profile in the school with participation rates continuing to improve. The appointment of the full time Inclusion Manager has continued to work well with focused work with some families leading to a significant improvement in attendance.
Governors have appointed a new foundation governor who is also the chaplain at Cranleigh School. Two Foundation Governor vacancies remain and we are working with the Diocese and the Parish to find candidates to fill these positions.
In February Mrs Albery began her maternity leave and Governors appointed the Deputy Headteacher Mrs Leatham as Acting Headteacher for the period of Mrs Albery’s leave. Governor’s also appointed Mrs Moseley as Acting Deputy Headteacher. In July, following an internal recruitment exercise, Mrs Moseley was interviewed and appointed as the permanent Deputy Headteacher.
Governors have also agreed to a request from Mrs Albery and Mrs Leatham that when Mrs Albery returns from maternity leave in December 2017 that they will job share the post of Head teacher, each working three and a half days per week. Governors recognized that the demands on the Headteacher were becoming increasingly unsustainable, particularly as the new school project develops pace. They accepted that this new arrangement would result in a better sharing of the ever increasing workload while giving both a better work life balance. They also wanted to retain two highly experienced and valued school leaders who have successfully led the school for several years.
SIAMs Inspection July 2017
Two governors. Mrs Raffe and Mr Lewis met with the SIAMs Inspector and were questioned by him. Overall Governors were pleased with the findings of the inspection, the highlights of which were:
- “This is a welcoming school where inclusion for all, including the most vulnerable, has a priority.”
- “The curriculum is shaped and influenced by the school’s Christian character and this has a positive impact on learning and achievement”.
- “Values based learning lies at the heart of the school’s ethos.”
- “Pupils’ learning attitudes help to ensure that they are actively and purposefully engaged in their learning.”
- “Teachers work hard to provide a stimulating environment in which children learn.”
- “Governance has a positive impact on the school’s improvement.”
- “Partnership with the local church is positive and provides opportunities to join together.”
- “Senior leaders and governors have accomplished a great deal in developing the Christian character. They are passionate about the school and care deeply about providing the very best for all concerns."
In addition to the main committees we have four other committees which meet at least once each 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:
Mrs Root carries out termly health and safety inspections and with the Premises Officer monitor the condition of our buildings and playgrounds. Mrs Stanforth organized a successful application for the funding of new cycle sheds and these have been installed on the upper school site.
Mr Lewis has been on a number of relevant training courses this year, including Preparing for a SIAMs Inspection and Headteacher appraisal. Mr Lewis has also made a significant contribution to the development of the school’s Christian character, embedding our Christian values in our golden rules for behaviour.
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.
Governors with safer recruitment training sit on interview panels for teachers and TAs. A number of staff have left this year for a variety of personal reasons (moving house, moving abroad). Recruiting new staff has been a challenge due to a national shortage of teachers but Governors are pleased to have made some good appointments despite the difficult circumstances.
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 Preparing for SIAMs.
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 spent an increasing amount of time this year working with the local authority (Surrey County Council) on the project to combine and relocate our school on one site. The original external design was changed due to budget constraints and two further public exhibitions of the plans for the new school have been held. Staff and governors have been involved in the interior design and layout of the new school. Governors have also discussed nursery provision in the new school.
Governors will continue to support this project in the coming year and look forward to the new school building opening in 2018.