Blenheim Primary School

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Annual Governance Statement 2017/2018


Blenheim Primary School

Annual Governance Statement 2017/18

 

 

  1. Overview

     

The governing board of Blenheim Primary School is charged with undertaking three key responsibilities on behalf of pupils, parents, staff and other stakeholders in the school:

 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

     

    The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head teacher, Mo Duffy and her senior leadership team.

     

    The governing board also ensures that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures. All staff and governors are required to read DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. The governing body work with the safeguarding lead in school to complete and approve the annual safeguarding audit.

     

     

    2. The composition of the governing board

     

    The board has twelve positions, comprising of the Head Teacher, two Foundation governors, two parent governors, a staff member, a representative from the LEA, and five Co-opted Governors. The Co-opted governors are presently employed or have background skills and knowledge in, local government, primary education, higher education, law and business.

     

    At present there are no vacancies on the Governing Board.

     

     

    3. Meetings of the governing board and attendance

     

    The Full Governing Board meets three times a year; all meetings are minuted and supported by a trained professional clerk. There are two principal committees which also meet three times a year and which have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the governing board. These are the Teaching Learning and Pupil Support Committee and the Resources Committee. The Resources committee has a subsidiary committee called the Pay and Performance Review Committee It normally meets once a year.

     

    Minutes of the full board and its two principal committees are available here.

     

    Governors are required to have good attendance at meetings. Apologies for non-attendance are considered and recorded. All governors are aware that poor attendance may result in removal from the board.

     

     

    4. The remit of the governing board and its committees

     

    The school is a part of the Lantern Learning Trust with Brudenell Primary School, Little London Primary School, Quarry Mount Primary School and Rosebank Primary School.  As a trust school Blenheim Primary is considered to have Foundation School status. As such the Governing body owns school land and buildings, acts as employer to staff and as an admissions authority. The Governors appointed to the Trust Board acts as company directors/charitable trustees.

     

    As a part of the responsibilities outlined in the overview above (1) the governing board and senior leadership team complete a self-evaluation of the school each year taking into account SATs results, the school’s internal monitoring of pupil progress and attainment, changes to the assessment of pupils and the curriculum and the most recent Ofsted report. The self-evaluation then informs our annual school improvement plan found here. The Governing Board is charged with holding the Head and Senior management team accountable for achieving the agreed objectives within the plan. It does so through its meetings and its Committee meetings:

     

    The Resources Committee is responsible for staffing, equality and diversity, finance, property management, health and safety and nutritional standards.

    Its subsidiary Pay and Performance Review Committee is responsible for staff pay review and Head teacher performance management.

     

    The Teaching, Learning and Pupil Support Committee  is responsible for teaching and learning matters including target setting, standards and achievement, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, monitoring teaching and learning and curriculum provision, and ensuring that the governing body is represented at school improvement discussions. It is also responsible for, behaviour management, safeguarding, attendance, the extended services agenda extra-curricular activities and other partnerships resulting from the development of Children’s Services and to ensure the school promotes and contributes to the children’s spiritual moral social and cultural development.

     

    Individual governors assume responsibility for individual taught school subjects and for aspects of school provision. Their role is to explore the subject or topic with the staff concerned, then advise the board of progress, concerns and any recommendations for change.

     

    A full list of governors and their responsibilities can be found here.

     

     

     

     

     

  1. The work of the Governing board 2017/18

 

The day to day work and decisions of the board are recorded in the minutes of the full governing board and its committees which can be seen here.

 

  • In addition to the formal meetings of the full governing board and its committees mentioned above the governors met together on three further occasions for ‘topic’ meetings to consider particular issues:

    1.Meeting with staff to undertake a SWOT analysis on behalf of the school

    2.Self review of school governance

    3.Review of the school vision statement and contribution to the School Improvement Plan

 

  • Three new governors were recruited and provided with induction support and training opportunities. All positions on the board were occupied for the first time in a number of years.

 

  • As a whole, governors attended 13 training events largely provided by  Leeds Governor Support Services. These included induction events, Chairs Training and Safeguarding training.

 

  • All governors undertook meetings with school teaching and support staff to discuss learning ‘aspects’ such as Pupil Attendance, Child Protection and Safeguarding and Pupil Premium and to discuss the development of subject teaching for example Music, English or History.

 

  • External Governors made 42 visits to school to attend committee meetings or to meet with staff to discuss aspects and subjects before reporting back to committee or board to update and recommend. Short written reports are prepared after these visits.

 

  • The Chair of Governors and the Head now meet regularly. Meeting decisions actions and recommendations to governors are recorded.

 

  • Governors regularly attend Lantern Learning Trust Meetings and events.

 

  • The governance website pages, both public and private have been updated and are now monitored. Governors have advised on the development of the school website.

 

  • Governors have been involved in the preparation of the School Improvement Plan 2018/19

 

  • Amendments were agreed to simplify meeting agenda and reporting formats.

 

  • It was agreed that an annual governance report should be prepared in Summer each year.

 

 

6. Governance Objectives for 2018/19

 

The Governing Board is seeking to continuously improve the quality of governance in school and by doing so to assist the school to reach the highest possible standards in its teaching learning environmental and community practices.

 

Some objectives can be anticipated, others will develop as we progress through the year:

 

  • It is anticipated that new governor (s) may need to be recruited and inducted.

 

  • The Chair will meet with governors individually for feedback and development purposes.

 

  • Governors will be more actively involved in the preparation of the Self Evaluation Form (SEF)

 

  • The school website and governance pages will be examined for compliance purposes.

 

  • A School Business Manager will be given responsibility for supporting Governance.

 

  • Governors will undertake topic and subject visits according to a programme

 

  • Aspects of the School Improvement Plan will be allocated to committees and to individual governors for monitoring and reporting purposes.

 

  • The governance action plan will be updated and improved

 

  • Governors will seek to be a more challenging ‘critical friend’

 

  • Matrices will be developed to measure the impact of governance.

 

 

 

 

Philip Marsland Chair of Governors

August 2018