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Governors Annual Statement

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of

Michael Syddall C of E Primary School

September 2016

Mission Statement

Michael Syddall C of E (Aided) School is a learning community built upon the values of respect, kindness, trust, forgiveness and friendship. Inspired by the Christian Faith, we encourage everyone to embrace life in all its fullness. It is our mission to equip every individual to step into their future with hope, courage and perseverance.

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Michael Syddall C of E (Aided) 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 Michael Syddall C of E (Aided) School consists of:

  • Parent Governors (2) - Elected
  • LA Governor (1)
  • Staff Governors (1)
  • Foundation Governors (8)
  • Co-opted Governors (1)

The governing body has a programme of meetings throughout the school year, and a committee structure that focuses on specific areas of governance.

 

Governing Body Meetings

Autumn Term

Time

Committee

Monday 19 September 2016

4pm

Resources Committee

Tuesday 20 September 2016

4pm

Full Governing Body

Monday 21 November 2016

4pm

School Improvement Committee

Monday 5 December 2016

4pm

Resources Committee

Tuesday 6 December 2016

4pm

Full Governing Body

 

 

Spring Term

Time

Committee

Monday 13 March 2017

4pm

Resources Committee

Monday 6 March 2017

4pm

School Improvement Committee

Monday 20 March 2017

4pm

Full Governing Body

 

Summer Term

Time

Committee

Monday 22 May 2017

4pm

Resources Committee

Monday 19 June 2017

4pm

School Improvement Committee

Monday 3 July 2017

4pm

Full Governing Body

 

Agendas for the meetings will be designed and agreed in partnership with the Headteacher, Chair of Governors and Clerk.

The expectation is that the key focus will be the dominant area for discussion and decision-making.

 

Attendance Record of Governors

The clerk keeps a record, on behalf of the governing body, of governors’ attendance at meetings, details of attendance can be found at the end of this document and on the school website.

All meetings need to be ‘quorate’ to ensure that decisions can be made.

 

Work Done in the Governing Body Meetings

Approved minutes of the GB are available in the school office for inspection.

 

Governor Visits

The governors visit the school as part of their monitoring of the SDP and specific issues. These visits are considered a valuable opportunity for governors to work closely with staff members. In addition, subject governors both monitor and review activities undertaken by subject/phase leaders who follow an agreed code of practice.

The development of a governor monitoring timetable has ensured that governors have an accurate picture about the performance of the school and can support and drive forward school improvement as well as evaluate both current school policies and practice.

Governors regularly attend school open evenings, assemblies, presentations and information evenings including sports and musical events in order to engage with parents and seek their feedback. Furthermore, they actively seek opportunities for our children to be ambassadors for the school both within our community and further afield.

 

Data Analysis

Data is made available to governors through regular meetings with verbal and written presentations followed by question and answer sessions with the headteacher and members of the senior leadership team. In addition to this process, link governors meet with subject leaders termly for a subject update which includes scrutiny of the curriculum, standards and  data from all year groups in order to heighten their awareness of focus groups and vulnerable areas, whilst maintaining governor knowledge.

 

Policies

Governors review all relevant policies on a scheduled basis to ensure that all guidance is current, relevant and up to date. Specific attention is paid to ensure that the school complies with the Department of Education mandatory policy list.

 

Staff Recruitment

The headteacher and a number of governors are trained in Safer Recruitment.

Governors are involved in the recruitment and selection of all teaching staff and use the appointment process to ensure that high quality staff, who share the schools’ vision statement and aims, are appointed.

Governors work hard to recruit quality teachers and leaders. They have considered a wide range of strategies to ensure that the right staff are appointed to drive forward the actions that are necessary to improve the school.

 

Financial Management

The governing body has been trained in School Finance management.

The governors work with school staff to achieve 'The Schools Financial Value Standard and Assurance' (SFVS) on an annual basis.

The impact of the governors’ role in the school ensures that the budget is well managed and improvements are effective and continuous.

External audits confirm that finances are well managed.

 

Safeguarding

Governors take responsibility for ensuring that safeguarding arrangements meet current statutory requirements.

They evaluate and review the annual safeguarding audit.

 

Strategic Planning for the future

Governors work co-operatively with the headteacher and senior leaders in the writing and monitoring of the School Improvement Plan (SIP). The SIP details aims for the forthcoming year and is based on priorities identified from data, school self-evaluation and Ofsted priorities. The SIP lays out clear strategies and tasks, details who is responsible for carrying these out and the resources required. Monitoring procedures and tasks for the governing body are also included.

 

The main priorities for school development in 2015-2016 are:

1. Strengthen the capacity of senior and middle leaders to ensure that actions to improve teaching are implemented swiftly and monitored robustly.

2. Improve the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good, thereby improving learning and progress for all groups of pupils

3. Improve provision in Early Years Foundation Stage.

 

Contacting the Governing Body

Information about the school’s governing body is available on the governors’ page of the school’s website. The Chair of Governors can also be contact via the school admin team at the following address:

Michael Syddall C of E (Aided) School

Noels Court

Mowbray Road

Catterick Village

North Yorkshire,

DL10 7LB

 

Tel: 01748 818485

E-mail: cofg@michael-syddall.n-yorks.sch.uk

 


 

The Michael Syddall C of E (Aided) School Governing Body – Membership

Name

Term of Office Expiry Date

Category

Committee Membership

Position

Carl Les

31.08.17

LA

Resources          

School Improvement

 

Alison McHarg

 Ex officio

Headteacher

Resources          

School Improvement

 

Amanda Sharp

03.12.16

Staff

School Improvement

Left school Aug ‘16

Ceri Tucker

09.06.19

Foundation

School Improvement

 

Robert Knowles

31.08.17

Foundation

Resources

Chair of Resources

Helen Robson

12.01.20

Foundation

Resources          

School Improvement

Chair of Governing Body

Doug Todd

09.02.19

Foundation

School Improvement

 

Rev Lindsay Southern

 Ex officio

Foundation

School Improvement

Chair of School Improvement

Jackie McGilp

11.05.19

Co opted

Resources

 

Alex Kilvington

17.05.20

Parent

School Improvement

 

 

In Attendance

 

 

 

 

Dianne Mousley

 

Clerk

School Improvement

Full Governing Body

 

 

Panels

  • Staff Discipline Committee
  • Staff Discipline Appeals Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee
  • School Complaints Panel

Link Governors

Subject

Governor

Link Teacher

English

Ceri Tucker

 

Mathematics

Robert Knowles

Neil Saunders

SEN

Doug Todd

Kate Smith

H & S

Jackie McGilp

Alison Meacher

Child Protection/ Safeguarding/ Prevent/ 

British Values

Helen Robson

Alison McHarg

Early Years

Helen Robson

 

RE/Collective Worship

Lindsay Southern

Hannah Long

Pupil Premium

Carl Les

 

 

Governors’ Attendance Record for 2015 – 2016

Governor

Category

Full Governing Body

Resources Committee

School Improvement Committee

Comments

Carl Les

LA

40%

  50%

 

Alison McHarg

Head

80%

  100%

 

Amanda Sharp

Staff

60%

  50%

 

Ceri Tucker

Foundation

100%

  100%

 

Robert Knowles

Foundation

80%

  N/A

 

Helen Robson

Foundation

100%

  100%

 

Doug Todd

Foundation

80%

 

100%

 

Rev Lindsay Southern

Foundation

60%

 

100%

 

Jackie McGilp

Co opted

80%

  N/A

 

Alex Kilvington

Parent

50%

  N/A

Started May 16

 

 

 

 

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