Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Wild Bank Community Primary School  2015 - 2016

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Wild Bank Community Primary School Governing Body are:

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.

 

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Wild bank Community Primary School was re-constituted in 2014 and is now made up of 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), 4 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 5 Co-opted governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Currently, on our Governing Body, we have the headteacher and one member of staff; one member to represent the Local Authority; three elected parents and four co-opted members. Of the co-opted members, one is an Education Welfare Officer, one is a retired primary headteacher, one is a member of staff, two are parents and the remainder are drawn from the local community.

The full Governing Body meets once each term, and we also have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. We have the following Committees:-

Curriculum and Standards Committee which considers the curriculum the school provides, the attainment and progress of pupils and the standards achieved.

Finance and Personnel Committee which deals with all financial and staffing matters and is attended by the school’s bursar.

Safety, Welfare and Premises Committee which ensures the safety and welfare of all pupils and adults at the school and has oversight of the premises, their condition and safety.

Each committee meets once a term in the weeks prior to the full meeting of the Governing Body. We also have a Pay Committee which meets once a year and committees that meet, if required, to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

Attendance record of governors

Governors attendance at meetings is excellent and over the last three years we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

See below for details of attendance at meetings .

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The Governing Body has had another busy year, continuing to focus on school improvement, the implementation of the new National Curriculum and revised assessment arrangements, the recruitment of additional staff and a complete renewal of the doors and windows during the summer break. We have continued to contribute to the School’s Development Plan and school has maintained its self-evaluation judgement of Good in all aspects of its provision. Governors were particularly pleased with progress the Year 6 pupils made during their time in Key Stage 2.

The Curriculum and Standards Committee continued to spend time with staff ensuring pupils make the best possible progress. They considered the key data of pupil achievement, to ensure that the school was on track to meet its ambitious targets for all pupils. We also monitor the work of our “vulnerable groups” of children with a focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent by the school and what impact this has on their education. We receive reports from all staff about the arrangements for the Foundation Subjects, the implementation of the New National Curriculum and how school has developed its pupil assessment and tracking arrangements.

The Safety, Welfare and Premises Committee continued their oversight of the maintenance and development of the school premises, especially the electrical rewire of the school buildings. The premises were regularly checked for health and safety issues and all safeguarding matters were monitored throughout the year.

The Finance and Personnel Committee monitored the expenditure of the 2015/16 budget and set a budget for 2016/17. Major decisions were made on the acquisition of new IT resources. The expenditure and value for money of the Pupil Premium Grant was monitored closely throughout the year. Decisions were made on the appointment of new teaching and support staff to provide targeted support for these pupils. As the pupil numbers have continued to grow we have appointed additional teaching staff to cover the new classes that have been formed.

Throughout the year all members of the Governing Body have undertaken training in a wide range of areas covering many aspects of our work. The following are examples of course titles we have attended:-

  • Safeguarding
  • E-safety
  • New National Curriculum
  • School funding, financial planning and monitoring

The Minutes of Governing Body meetings are public documents – if you wish to see them, you can either find them on the Governors’ page of our website or you can ask at the school office. Minutes of Committees are also available at the school office.

Future plans for the governors

We are looking forward to the development of the new assessment regime. We will be considering how best to monitor the implementation of these changes over the coming year.

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr J. Apthomas, via the school office. You can see the full list of governors; minutes of governing body meetings and more information about what we do, on the Governors’ page of the school website.

 

2015/16 Governing Body Attendance Figures

The Curriculum and Standards Committee

 

The Finance and Personnel Committee

 

The Safety, Welfare and Premises Committee