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Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of White Rock Primary School 2015

 

The Governors at White Rock Primary School are committed to ensuring that all the children receive the best education possible. We work with the staff by supporting and challenging the Senior Leadership and by monitoring all aspects of school life.

 

We meet at least twice each term and are closely involved with the strategic planning of finance and curriculum. We monitor the progress of the children and have oversight of the professional performance of the staff.

 

The Governing Body of White Rock Primary School has a strong focus on its three core strategic functions:

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, and the performance management of staff; and

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school, ensuring value for money and best practice.

 

Governance arrangements

Name of Governor

Type of Governor

Role

Responsibilities

Term expiry date

Alistair Wylam

Parent

Chair

(Annually voted)

Performance Management

Health & Safety

16 Apr 2017

Di Brugge

Parent

Vice Chair

(Annually voted)

Safeguarding

Performance management

Curriculum

28 Feb 2018

Lisa Finn

Local Authority

 

Finance

Pupil Premium

Maths

03 Feb 2019

Sophie Northcott

Parent

 

Pupil Premium

Maths

28 Feb 2018

Rob Dean

Parent

 

Curriculum

16 Apr 2017

Tom Page

Staff

 

 

09 Feb 2017

Sarah Tomkinson

Headteacher

 

 

N/a

Vacant

Co-opted

-

-

-

Vacant

Co-opted

-

-

-

Vacant

Partnership

-

-

-

Vacant

Partnership

-

-

-

 

To ensure that the Governing Body moves at an appropriate pace, it has been operating as a Full Governing Body for all meetings, with a committee focus to meet our annual cycle requirements.

 

The Governing Body has reconstituted and moved from a three form committee structure to a two form committee structure.  Therefore we have Standards Teaching & Learning Committee and a Resources Committee.  Due to our current operating regime all governors have a responsibility for both of our committees.

 

An external advisor from Babock LDP has been utilised to audit the Governing Body.  This has enabled the Governors to prioritise their work through an improvement plan.  This work is continuing with the next audit planned for the end of the autumn term.

 

In February 2015, the Governing Body appointed Lisa Finn (head of Finance at Torbay LA) as an Associate Member of the Governing Body to focus on the effective use of finances in driving school improvement.

 

Governors have access to Raise-on-line which is an external data report produced by OFSTED as a means of monitoring progress and attainment of pupils in the school. The Governors have received additional training on how to interpret this data and ask valid questions to support school improvement. This data is discussed regularly at Full Governing Body meetings and at the Standards, Teaching and Learning Committee. Governors are actively questioning the data that they review to ensure discrepancies are acknowledged and addressed.

 

Governors have had training on Performance Management and how to review several sources of information to obtain a full and true picture of the standard of teaching in school.  Beyond performance management training the governors have utilised our Babcock LDP support to receive training to develop their skills and thereby strengthen roles.

 

Whilst governors have enjoyed the external support there has been a fundamental drive to develop into an integral part of the school, understanding the issues throughout our school.  Governors attended curriculum learning walks with staff members as well as taking time to meet with pupils.  They also received school specific training from our NLE appointed to assist the school through its improvement journey.

 

We currently have four vacancies and will be advertising the positions in due course to ensure that our skills gaps are filled through the recruitment drive.

 

We welcome comments from the parents and carers and actively seek the opinions of all staff and children.

September 2015

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Welcome to the first newsletter from the White Rock Primary School Governing Body.  The last twelve months have provided significant change for the White Rock Governing Body, from member fluctuations to operational improvements, as our school progresses through its school improvement journey.

 

In September 2014 we completed our first external governor review, to ensure that our improvement direction was correct and our changes effective.  We have also conducted a self-evaluation through a skill audit of all members, ensuring that our training is focused to fill weak areas of experience.  This audit led to the recruitment of Lisa Finn as Co-Opted governor.  Lisa is a highly experienced governor, whose vast experience in the local authority and specialism within school finance, is warmly welcomed into the governing body.

 

Training has had a strong focus on ‘in-school’ training to ensure that the governors are clear on the schools strengths and weaknesses.  This knowledge ensures that the strategic direction of the school meets with its needs.  External support has been provided by our National Leader of Education and various key personnel from Babcock LDP Governor Support.

 

The governing body has also reconstituted ensuring they are more effective, with a reduced group of governors.

May 2015


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