Annual Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement Autumn 2016

THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS Sept 2015 – Sept 2016

Name

Type of Governor

Current Term of office

appointed

Current term of office expires

Mr Wayne Hitchcock

Headteacher

01/09/10

Ongoing

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

Ex-Officio

Chair

02/10/12

Chair App 20/10/15

 

31/08/17

Mrs Corinne Stott

Chester Diocese

Vice Chair

14/01/13

Vice Chair App 12/11/13

13/01/17

11/11/16

Ms Nicola Dodd

Parent Representative

17/12/15

16/12/19

Ms Jill Eaton

Parent Representative

01/05/15

30/04/19

Mrs Jane Grimley

Teacher Representative

01/09/13

31/08/17

Mr Philip Charles Gordos

PCC Foundation Governor

23/09/13

22/09/17

Mrs Caroline Heaton

Associate Governor

(with voting rights)

10/02/15

09/02/19

Mr James Howling

Chester Diocese

15/12/12

14/12/16

Mrs S Jamieson

Parent Representative

12/12/11

11/12/15

Mr David William Kellett

PCC Foundation Governor

01/09/13

31/08/17

Mr Peter McIlhagger

Chester Diocese

19/12/15

18/12/19

Cllr Bernard Sharp

LA Representative

01/10/12

30/09/16

Mrs Pamela Zoe Williams

PCC Foundation Governor

01/01/13

31/12/16

The Board of Governors maintains a skills matrix which demonstrates the diverse skills held by the Board of Governors. This document informs any appointments to ensure the Board of Governors maintain the skills required to be effective.  Current Governor details can be found within the Governor Profile.

CLERK TO GOVERNORS

Trafford Governor Services, 2ndFloor Waterside House, Sale M33 7ZF.  Contact: Julie Lawson, Governor Services Manager 0161 912 3290.

COMMITTEES   Sept 2015 – Sept 2016

Remits for the Committees are available on the school website and upon request. Some committees or named Governors receive specific training to be able to carry out their functions effectively.

Admissions  Committee

Buildings Committee

Educational Performance Committee

Ms Jill Eaton

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway (Chair)

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

Mrs Caroline Heaton

Mrs Jane Grimley

Mr Philip Gordos (Vice Chair)

Mr Wayne Hitchcock

Mr Wayne Hitchcock

Mr Wayne Hitchcock

Mr Peter McIlhagger (Vice Chair)

Mr James Howling

Mrs Stephanie Jamieson

Mrs Pamela Williams (Chair)

Mrs Corinne Stott (Vice Chair)

Mrs Pamela Williams (Chair)

 

Mrs Pamela Williams

 

Finance  Committee

Headteacher’s Appraisal  Committee

Personnel Committee

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

Any two of the following Governors:

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway (Chair)

Mr Wayne Hitchcock

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

Mr Wayne Hitchcock

Mr James Howling (Vice Chair)

Mrs Stephanie Jamieson

Mrs Stephanie Jamieson

Mr David Kellett (Chair)

Mr David Kellett

Mr David Kellett

Mrs Corinne Stott

Mrs Corinne Stott

Mrs Corinne Stott (Vice Chair)

 

 

Appeal’s Committee

Hearing’s Committee

Pupil Discipline Committee

Minimum of three Governors subject to impartiality and availability.

Minimum of three Governors subject to impartiality and availability.

This committee meets as and when required, calling upon four uncompromised Governors from the Board of Governors.

 

 

Self Evaluation Group

Governors’ Standing Inspection Group

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

Mrs  Jacqueline Galloway

Mrs Caroline Heaton

Mrs Caroline Heaton

Mr Wayne Hitchcock

Mr Jim Howling

Mr Jim Howling

Mrs Stephanie Jamieson

Mrs Stephanie Jamieson

Mrs Pamela Williams

Mrs Pamela Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named Governors

 

Anti-Racism

Cllr Bernard Sharp

Child Protection/safeguarding  

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

English

Ms J Eaton

Health & Safety

Mrs Caroline Heaton

Inclusion

Mrs Corinne Stott

Mathematics 

Mrs Caroline Heaton

 

Governors attend school events such as: church services, performances, sporting events or to see the children learning in school.  Each Governor is assigned to a class and follows the children’s progress throughout the school. This approach allows Governors to get to know the children’s journey from Nursery through to leaving us for secondary school.  

Named Governors linked to classes

2015 / 2016

Nursery

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

Reception

Mrs Corinne Stott

R/1

Cllr Bernard Sharp / Mr Philip Gordos

1 / 2 MP

Mrs Caroline Heaton

1 / 2 NS

Mr David Kellett

Year 3

Mr Peter McIlhagger

Year 4

Mr James Howling

Year 5

Mrs Pamela Williams

Year 6

Mrs Stephanie Jamieson / Mrs Jill Eaton

Angels

Mrs Pamela Williams

 

ATTENDANCE Sept 2015 – Sept 2016

Governor

Number of board meetings attended this year (3 per year):

 

Number of committee meetings attended this year

 

Number of visits to school this year – including training events, Joint PCC meetings, school events, trips, assemblies and class visits

Mr Wayne Hitchcock

3 (100%)

6 of 6 (100%)

N/A

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

3 (100%)

6 of 7 (86 %)

4

Mrs Corinne Stott

2 (66%)

4 of 5 (80%)

8

Ms Nicola Dodd

2 of 2 (100%)

N/A

7

Ms Jill Eaton

2 of 2 (100%)

2 of 2 (100%)

11

Mr Philip Gordos

3 (100%)

2 of 2 (100%)

2

Mrs Jane Grimley

3 (100%)

N/A

N/A

Mrs Caroline Heaton

3 (100%)

N/A

10

Mr James Howling

2 (66%)

3 of 4 (75%)

1

Mrs Stephanie Jamieson

1 of 1 (100%)

N/A

1

Mr David Kellett

3 (100%)

4 of 4 (100%)

23

Mr Peter McIlhagger

1 (33%)

N/A

13

Cllr Bernard Sharp

2 (66%)

N/A

0

Mrs Pamela Williams

3 (100%)

3 of 3 (100%)

17



TRAINING UNDERTAKEN BY GOVERNORS Sept 2015 – Sept 2016

During the academic year Governors have attended training sessions run by Trafford Governor Services, training sessions held at school and e-learning modules. When considering the skills and training Governors require, particular attention is given to three core strategic functions of the Board of Governors:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The following training has been undertaken:

  • Chairing matters
  • Channel on-line training
  • Prevent training
  • Freedom of information and data protection
  • Early Years Update
  • Succession Planning of the Board
  • Safeguarding training
  • Academy Governance and MATS
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • English as an additional language
  • Assessment without levels

CHAIRS STATEMENT / STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD

This has been a busy year for the Board of Governors as we strive to continue to support the work of the school. We have worked together in our strategic role:

  • to ensure pupils enjoy school, feel valued and part of the school community
  • to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • to ensure pupil attainment is monitored and maximised
  • to oversee and approve the school’s budget
  • to ensure the staff are supported as needed
  • to approve policies and procedures
  • to oversee admissions of Reception pupils
  • to attend school events such as the termly Church services and pupils’ performances.

By carrying out the strategic, monitoring role the Board are enabling the senior leadership team to focus on the day to day running of the school.

Much of our work centres on the governors’ own development plan and that of the school.

In line with this, we have considered our role in relation to developing links with the Church and the wider community. We have looked at how we establish positive relationships and how we can build on these. We discussed how we can use our links to promote the great work of the school and maximise applications to nursery and reception classes.

One of our more pleasing achievements was the refurbishment of the infant girls' toilets. This was made possible when we altered some of the small teaching areas and storage cupboards, and has now made a significant difference, making the toilet area more modern and brighter.  Overseeing the maintenance and improvement of the building is just one of the many roles we fulfil.

We continue to review policies and procedures to ensure that these are fit for purpose and meet not only our legal responsibilities but also our vision and aims for the school and our pupils.

In the current financial climate we have continued to look very closely at the school budget to ensure the school can cope with reduced funding and rising costs. This has been an increasing challenge and we have had to make some hard decisions but I'm pleased to report staffing levels and resources have not suffered as a result. This means that the children's learning and development will not be affected at all. We continue to be grateful to the PTA for the fantastic support they give the school in terms of fund raising, resources, time and commitment. It is reassuring too that our breakfast club and Angels are so popular and provide a vital and comparatively inexpensive service to many parents. We were pleased that we didn't need to raise the fees for the current academic year.

The Board of Governors were delighted to be able to appoint Mr Lang as deputy head after a lengthy and robust recruitment process.

The school has achieved most of this year’s School Development Plan (SDP), including:

  • Refine and further develop ‘Assessment without Levels’
  • Raise standards in  SPaG
  • Introduce new baseline measure for beginning of Nursery & Reception
  • Distinctiveness Plan
  • Raise Standards in mathematics
  • Improve lunchtime provision

Items for the SDP 2016/17 include:

  • Reorganise KS1 topics, English and mathematics lessons to assist NC coverage
  • Introduce NASSEA assessment of EAL pupils and enhance EAL provision
  • Further develop children’s leadership opportunities
  • Distinctiveness Plan

MEETINGS

The Full Board of Governors meets termly. The Finance Committee meets at least termly.  The Admissions Committee meet after the closing date for admissions to school and prior to any consultation period where a change to the admissions criteria is considered.   Other committees meet as required.

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