Annual Governance Statement - Debbie Tomkinson 19th September 2019
Date: 19th Sep 2019 @ 1:46pm
As the first Governors’ blog of the year, I would like to say welcome back. I hope everyone has settled in well.
There will be a change to governors’ blogs for the new year. At our first meeting it was decided that we would link our blogs with the timing of governing board meetings and in this way we can ensure that we can keep you up-to-date with the work we do on behalf of the school. We hope you will find the new format interesting and informative.
One of the way that governors end a school year is by reviewing the work that has taken place and creating a governance statement. I thought it would be useful for everyone involved with the school to be able to know how we have evaluated ourselves and I reproduce the statement below.
OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BODY
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing boards, the 3 core strategic functions of Cherry Grove Primary School are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and to ensure that money is well-spent.
The governing body is made up of six co-opted governors, two parent governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor and the headteacher. There is one unfilled post for a co-opted governor and we are looking to use this vacancy to further strengthen our ties with the wider community. The board has been further strengthened with the appointment of a parent governor and a new staff governor. Whilst we consider the governing board to have a strong skill-set, the new appointments who have an expertise in education will be a valuable asset to the board.
The governing body has met 10 times during the academic year 2018/19.
ATTENDANCE RECORD OF GOVERNORS
The attendance record of governors is excellent and we have never had to cancel a meeting because the FGB is not quorate. Details of the attendance of school governors can be found on the school website
THE WORK THAT THE FGB HAS COMPLETED IN 2018/2019
Governors have had a significant impact during the academic year.
This has been one of the most challenging year’s the school has faced and it has been positive to note that all governors have played an important role in ensuring that its responsibilities are discharged.
Through its support and challenge of the Headteacher, the governing body has ensured that the quality of education has been maintained for all pupils and that time and resources have been sufficiently targeted at curriculum and staff development, despite the many competing challenges we have faced this academic year.
Governors requested an independent review of safeguarding. The Safeguarding Children in Education Team reviewed safeguarding in the school and it was confirmed that all of the policies and procedures were in place.
Governors have approved a new staffing structure including the new post of Inclusion Lead. Governors consider this will have a significant benefit for all of the children but particularly the most vulnerable children in the school.
A finance audit by the Local Authority was completed and, through its work reviewing the Schools Financial Value Standards document and work with the Bursar, governors have received assurance that relevant financial procedures in the school are in place.
Governors have worked with the Headteacher and the Bursar to review and agree the school budget in line with its obligation to oversee the financial performance of the school.
Governors continue to support and hold school leaders to account and evidence of this can be seen from the minutes of meetings which are included on the school website.