The Governance Annual Statement
Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of
Woodfield Community Primary School
Academic Year September 2016 to July 2017
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Woodfield Community Primary School Governing Body are:
The Headteacher is responsible for:
The Governing Body of Woodfield Community Primary School was reconstituted in April 2015 and is now made up of:
The Governing Body has a broad range of skills and experience; Governors have areas of interest and expertise and also take responsibility for monitoring an aspect of the school development plan. All have the motivation to ensure that every learner has a sense of self worth and feels successful about their achievements in a safe and caring environment. They aim, collectively and working with the School Senior Management Team, to ensure that the pupils make more than expected progress and feel valued as an individual and as a group of learners within the school.
The range of skills brought to the Governing Body which contribute to effective governance and the success of the school are as follows:
The Current Governing Body is:
So far in 2016 / 2017 Governors have carried out detailed monitoring in school of :
Lisa Bennison: Writing across the Curriculum
Louise Downend: Reading
Matthew Lunn: Mathematics
Graham Hyde: Pupil Behaviour
E safety lessons, parent workshops for Safer Internet Day – Amanda Hanusch Moore
In 2015/16 Governors have carried out detailed monitoring in school of :
Class Link Governor visit – Matt Lunn
E safety lessons, parent workshops – Amanda Hanusch Moore
Safeguarding Audit with Head Teacher – Amanda Hanusch Moore
Inclusion Passports – Kim Dunwell
Pupil Voice – Helen Hirst
Discussions with groups of male pupils
In addition, Governors are regular visitors to the school, including:
Harvest Festival, lead by Matthew Lunn
Razzle Dazzle Performance
Carols around the tree
Maths Open Day
Other ad hoc activities:
Visioning exercise January 2016 – all Governors
Training undertaken by our Governors
Headteacher Performance Management – Graham Hyde, Euan Ritchie
Safer Recruitment Training CPD – Graham Hyde
Prevent - All governors
Governing Body Meetings
The governing body has a programme of meetings throughout the school year, and a committee structure that focuses on specific areas of governance.
The Full Governing Body meets four times a year.
In addition we have a Resources Committee and a School Improvement Committee who meet three times a year.
This committee monitors the schools finances (including long term financial planning), deals with staffing and the schools premises and brought in services, receives the report of Authorities auditors, has responsibility for Health and Safety and Risk Management. In addition it reviews the School Development Plan. The Chair of the Committee is Euan Ritchie, other members are Graham Hyde, Helen Hirst and Lucy Patrick.
School Improvement Committee
The role of this Committee is to oversee the academic work of the school and the delivery of the curriculum school within the school. It regularly monitors standards within school by visiting classrooms, watching lessons, looking at exercise books, talking with staff, children and parents and reviews the continuous professional development for staff. It monitors, reviews and publishes the assessment and public examination information. The Committee contributes to the school improvement plan and the associated planning process. It reviews the performance of the Leadership Group and also the staffing structure and salaries annually, alongside associated staffing policies, procedures and HR issues. The Chair of the Committee is Amanda Hanusch-Moore and other members are Graham Hyde, Kim Dunwell and Lucy Patrick.
Other Committees can be called upon as necessary during the year include:
The work we have done on our committees and in the governing body meetings
The Governing Body reconstituted in April 2015. In September of 2015 we had a new Headteacher and New Chair of Governors closely followed by a new Clerk in January 2016. We have used this opportunity to review the meetings held throughout the year and their focus. A produce of this review is an agenda planner that ensures all the topics we are required to discuss each year are covered.
The Woodfield Community Primary School Governors’ Attendance record for 2015 – 2016
A record is kept by the Clerk to the Governing Body, of Governor’s attendance at meetings, and sign in sheets can be found with each meetings minutes.
Meetings need to be ‘quorate’ to ensure that decisions can be made. For Governing Bodies the quorum is 50% (rounded up) of the Governors in post and does not include vacancies. The minimum number of Governors required for a Committee quorum is three and in 2015/16 all meetings met the criteria.
Strategic Planning for the future
The Governing Body looks forward to the challenges which this academic year will bring. The numbers on roll continue to rise steadily. There was a re-structuring of the leadership team which included the appointment of a Deputy Headteacher. We will carefully assess and review how this model of leadership operates and the impact it has on outcomes for pupils. We will be considering the new Common Inspection Framework and ensuring our school is well prepared for an inspection by OfSTED. This came to fruition in May 2016 when OFSTED visited. An extremely robust inspection took place which resulted in a Good judgement.
Our major aims for the forthcoming year are:
Improve the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good or better across the school by:
How to contact your governing body
Information about the school’s governing body is available on the governors’ page of the school’s website http://www.woodfield.n-yorks.sch.uk/governors/. Alternatively you can write to the Chair of Governors, Mr G Hyde at Woodfield Community Primary School, Woodfield Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4HZ or contact the school by telephone 0423 566 494, by fax 01423 529 840 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Woodfield Community Primary School Governing Body – membership
Approved by the Governing body and signed on its behalf by
G Hyde Chair of Governors 21.11.2016