Annual Governance Statement for
The Governing Body of Necton C of E VA Primary School
10th July 2019
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Necton C of E VA Primary School Governing Body are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Board is made up of 2 staff governors (including the Head Teacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Co-opted Governor and 7 Foundation Governors, 1 Trustee Governor.
The full Governing Body (FGB) meets once each term. The FGB has 2 committees
- A Business and Resources Committee, which focuses on finance, premises and personnel.
- A Learning and Teaching Committee focusing on curriculum, quality and standards.
- Other committees are convened as necessary to deal with complaints/ staffing matters.
A list of Governors can be found on the website and in the main entrance of the School.
Attendance record of governors
A record of attendance sheet is signed at each meeting. In order to be fully transparent this needs to be recorded onto Governor Hub, and this will be an action to commence in the autumn term.
The work that we have done through our committees and as a Governing board.
As a Governing Board we have been very busy since last July’s report. We appointed a new Head teacher, Mrs Vicki Long, who started in January 2019. We continued with our interim Head Teacher, Mrs Mary Foreman, until Mrs Long took up her post.
The lack of a permanent full time Head teacher had meant that we were unable to move forward at the pace we would have liked. However the work that was commenced on restructuring of systems and staffing has had a significant impact on how the School is developing. Mrs Long has been able to continue this development and address the requirements of OFSTED in moving us forward to becoming a GOOD School. She has worked closely with the FGB.
The FGB is also undertaking a development Programme through a DFE sponsored programme, in September 2019. The Chair of Governors is undertaking the NGA Chair Development programme. The Governing Board has also looked at how we work. We have undertaken skills audits and identified those gaps we need to fill. As a result we have advertised, and been successful in appointing the right people around the table. In doing this we have ensured the core functions of the Governing Board are fulfilled.
We have restructured how the Governing Board meets. The aim was to streamline and focus our meetings on the strategic elements of governing the school.
The first half of the term is now focused on monitoring. We have termly plans and the monitoring is linked to The SEF, The School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP) and also focus areas such as Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, SEND and The Christian Ethos which means we can hold School Leaders to account.
The second half of the term we have our meetings. This is when everything is collated and discussed and plans for the next term identified.
The Learning and Teaching Committee
The introduction of PIXL for staff to has remained a positive resource and ensured this can be well tracked and reported on. The formats for how data is presented to Governors has changed which makes it much more accessible and understandable. This in turn allows a greater level of challenge. A lot of work had been accomplished with the SIDP and focusing on areas for development.
The Business and Resources Committee.
This looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget to the best advantage. It has been a challenging year as School Budgets have been tightened significantly. The 2019/2020 was approved. There is a Premises Development Plan as we move forward in providing the best environment possible for our children, and developing those areas that need priority for the future.
Future plans for the governors
With collaboration of the children, staff, Governors and Parents looked at our Vision and Ethos. A great deal of work has gone into this and ensuring views from all groups have been heard and considered in how it is worded and presented. We are looking forward to its launch in September 2019
How you can contact the governing body
Please contact the Chair of Governors, or any Governor via the school office. Governor information can also be found on the website. We will always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents.