Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Wild Bank Community Primary School  2017 - 2018

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), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 7 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; two elected parents and seven co-opted members. The Local Authority appointed governors is a retired Headteacher, Ofsted inspector and LA officer. Of the co-opted members, one is an Education Welfare Officer, one is a retired primary headteacher, one is a LA officer, 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.

Premises, Safety and Welfare 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, as 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).

Please see a separate page for our attendance at meetings.

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

The Governing Body has had a busy year. In January 2017 we received notification that the Headteacher planned to retire at the end of the academic year. He had served the school very successfully for eleven years and governors expressed their appreciation of his commitment to the school over that period, ensuring that school was graded good at all its Ofsted inspections. Consequently, the Governing Board initiated a recruitment and selection process to appoint his successor. After a rigorous process the Board appointed the existing Deputy Headteacher Mrs J. Callaghan. As a result we then recruited a new Deputy Headteacher – Mr T. Bolan-Ashworth and further staff, ensuring that school had a full complement of staff to start the new academic year.

In addition to all the staff changes, governors were also involved in major alterations to the main building’s teaching spaces to improve and enhance the children’s classrooms. This was all completed for the start of term with only minor disruption extending into the first two weeks of term.

Consequently Wild Bank Community Primary school started the 2017-18 academic year with greatly enhanced teaching spaces and a new leadership team.

Alongside these many activities, the Governing Board continued to challenge and support the school across all its provision. We continued our focus on school improvement, monitoring the progress the pupils make from term to term across all age groups and monitoring the progress of the School Development Plan.

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 monitored 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 Premises, Safety and Welfare Committee continued their oversight of the maintenance and development of the school premises, especially the improvements to the main teaching spaces. 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 2016/17 budget and set a budget for 2017/18. 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 to ensure the most effective provision for the specific groups of children..

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
  • Headteacher appointments
  • 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

This academic year will see the Governing Board supporting the establishment of the new leadership team. Monitoring the use of the new teaching spaces. Developing a new vision for the school. Establishing a revised structure for policy review and development.

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.