Annual Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement Autumn 2017

THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS Sept 2016 – Sept 2017

Name

Type of Governor

Current Term of office

appointed

Current term of office expires

Mr Wayne Dean Hitchcock

Headteacher

01/09/10

Ongoing

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

Ex-Officio

Chair

02/10/12

Chair App Sept 17

 

August 2019

Mrs Corinne Stott

Chester Diocese

Vice Chair

14/01/13

Vice Chair Sept 2016

13/01/17

August 2018

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 Ann Heaton

Associate Governor

(with voting rights)

Foundation Governor

10/02/15

 

10/07/17

09/02/17

 

10/7/21

Mr James Robert 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

Resigned 21/417

Cllr Bernard Sharp

LA Representative

01/10/16

30/09/20

Mrs Pamela Zoe Williams

PCC Foundation Governor

31/12/16

31/12/20

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 2016 – Sept 2017

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 Pamela Williams (Chair)

Mrs Pamela Williams (Chair)

Mrs Corinne Stott (Vice 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)

Mr David Kellett

Ms Nicola Dodd

Mr David Kellett (Chair)

Mrs Corinne Stott

Mr David Kellett

Mrs Corinne Stott

Mr Peter McIlhagger - Reviewing Officer

Mrs Corinne Stott (Vice Chair)

  Mrs Janet Du Cross - External Advisor  

 

 

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 James Howling

Ms Jill Eaton

Ms Nicola Dodd

Mrs Pamela Williams

Mrs Pamela Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Named Governors

 

Anti-Racism

Cllr Bernard Sharp

Arts

Ms Nicola Dodd

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

2016 / 2017

Nursery

Mrs Jill Eaton

Reception

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway / Ms Nicola Dodd

R/1

Mrs Corinne Stott

1 / 2 MP

Cllr Bernard Sharp / Mr Philip Gordos

1 / 2 NS

Mrs Caroline Heaton

Year 3

Mr David Kellett

Year 4

Mr Peter McIlhagger

Year 5

Mr James Howling

Year 6

Mrs Pamela Williams 

Angels

Mrs Pamela Williams

 

ATTENDANCE Sept 2016 – Sept 2017

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

4 (100%)

9 of 9 (100%)

N/A

Mrs Jacqueline Galloway

3 of 4 (75%)

6 of 9 (67%)

7

Mrs Corinne Stott

3 of 4 (75%)

2 of 4 (50%)

13

Ms Nicola Dodd

2 of 4 (50%)

1 of 1

7

Ms Jill Eaton

4 (100%)

2 of 2 (100%)

13

Mr Philip Gordos

2 of 4 (50%)

1 of 2 (50%)

9

Mrs Jane Grimley

4 (100%)

1 of 1 (100%)

3

Mrs Caroline Heaton

3 of 4 (75%)

3 of 3 (100%)

8

Mr James Howling

3 of 4 (75%)

4 of 5 (80%)

5

Mr David Kellett

4 (100%)

3 of 3 (100%)

18

Mr Peter McIlhagger

1 of 4 (25%)

1 of 2 (50%)

5

Cllr Bernard Sharp

4 (100%)

N/A

2

Mrs Pamela Williams

4 (100%)

6 of 6 (100%)

23



TRAINING UNDERTAKEN BY GOVERNORS Sept 2016 – Sept 2017

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:

  • Governor HR update
  • Pupil Discipline
  • Educational Performance - Raiseonline Training
  • Safeguarding
  • Improving Financial efficiency
  • Chairing Matters
  • Joint RE training
  • New Competency Framework

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 roles and the experience, knowledge and skills we individually bring to the Board, ensuring there are no gaps that could have affected our efficient governance of the school. We continued to identify suitable training and were able to attend training sessions provided by Trafford Governor Services and through an online training portal.  Most of us attend at least three or four training sessions each year. For the first time, we introduced opportunities for individual governors to attend one to one ‘mini-appraisals’ with the Chair of Governors and felt these were beneficial to help us to reflect on our contributions to the Board.

In order to ensure all governors can enhance their governance and leadership skills, we have looked at the membership of committees and have ensured that there are different chairs and vice chairs on each one. This helps us to ensure there is appropriate succession planning in place should vacancies arise. We will continue to do this.

Previously, the Government announced plans for all schools to become academies. We have remained informed about the advantages and disadvantages of converting to an academy. We sought advice and opinions from a variety of sources (including Trafford Governor Services and the Chester Diocese) to ensure we were able to consider conversion in a balanced way. The government has since removed the compulsion for all schools to convert to an academy. Our current position is that academy conversion is not the right step for our school at this time, but we will continue to review this on a regular basis.

Our building committee have had the pleasure of meeting with pupils to plan a total refurbishment of the outdoor play apparatus. Unfortunately this has been delayed due to planning permission issues, but work will begin in the Autumn Term.

In preparation for the anticipated Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools we have reviewed the Christian Values of our school, and established an Ethos Council made up of children from across a range of classes. We were delighted when the Ethos Council were able to attend one of our Board meetings to speak to us about the work they had been doing and some of the many initiatives they had introduced. We feel very lucky to have so many pro-active, articulate and enthusiastic pupils in our school and continue to look for opportunities for pupils to attend our meetings.

Each governor is assigned to a different year group or Angels afterschool and breakfast club and we endeavour to meet our class at least once each year as they progress through school, and to attend their class worship as well as other events in school.

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.

Due to the difficult financial climate we find ourselves in, we continue to closely monitor the school budget to ensure the school can cope with reduced funding and rising costs. This has a constant challenge and we have had to make some hard decisions but we are pleased to report staffing levels and resources have not suffered as a result. This means that the children's learning and development will continue to be of the highest standard.  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 and after school clubs are so popular and provide a vital and comparatively inexpensive service to many parents.

We were delighted to be able to appoint some new members of staff whilst still feeling sad to see some much loved ones move on.

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

  • 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

Items for the SDP 2016/17 include:

  • Distinctiveness Plan: Introduce new Diocesan RE scheme and assessment
  • English writing: Revise EYFS outdoor writing provision, KS1 curriculum & KS2 assessment

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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