Governance Annual Statement - March 2017 and October 2016

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:

  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

The Headteacher is responsible for:

  • The internal organisation, management and control of the school
  • The educational performance of the school

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Woodfield Community Primary School was reconstituted in April 2015  and is now made up of:

  • Three parent governors
  • One Local Authority Governor
  • One staff governor (one vacancy)
  • Head teacher
  • Three co-opted governors.

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:

  • A willingness to attend meetings on a regular basis;
  • The skill to interpret and understand pupil performance data;
  • Leadership experience in education, governance or another area;
  • School Financial management;
  • Personnel management;
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities;
  • Buildings and Maintenance;
  • Health and Safety;
  • Curriculum interests
  • Community cohesion

The Current Governing Body is:

Governor Monitoring / Specific Responsibilities 2016/2017
Graham Hyde Chair, Governor Induction
Matthew Lunn Vice Chair & Mathematics
Cllr Andrew Goss Health & Safety
Lisa Bennison English - (Writing)
Orla Gibbons Staff Governor
Amanda Hanusch-Moore Safeguarding
Neil Hedworth

Lucy Patrick (Maternity Leave

Headteacher
Louise Downend Inclusion & Pupil Premium

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

Bonfire lunch

Christmas Lunch

Razzle Dazzle Performance

Carols around the tree

Festive performances

Open Day

Maths Open Day

Leavers Assembly

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.

Resource Committee

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:

  • Pupil Discipline (any 3 governors excluding staff governors)
  • Staff Dismissal (Any 3 governors excluding staff governors)
  • Staff Dismissal Appeals (any 3 governors excluding staff governors)
  • Complaints  Panel (any 3 governors excluding staff governors and the Chair of the Governing Body)
  • Performance Management Panel (Graham Hyde and Euan Ritchie)

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.

Governor Full Governing Body Committees
Resources School improvement
Graham Hyde 100% 100% 100%
Euan Ritchie 66% 100% N/A
Kim Dunwell 100% N/A 100%
Cllr Andrew Goss 75% N/A N/A
Matthew Lunn 100% 100% N/A
Helen Hirst 100% 100% 100%
Amanda Hanusch-Moore 100% N/A 100%
Lucy Patrick 100% 100% 100%
Vacancy N/A N/A

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:

  • Ensuring activities engage pupil’s interest especially for boys.
  • Planning tasks that challenge pupils to reach their full potential especially lower ability pupils.
  • Ensuring teachers comments in pupils books provide areas for pupils to improve upon so that they can address any errors in their work and make quicker progress (these are the children’s targets and children should be able to tell us them when we ask and we should be able to see them clearly in work scrutinies)
  • Ensure that all staff have the highest expectation from all children.

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: admin@woodfield.n-yorks.sch.uk

The Woodfield Community Primary School Governing Body – membership

Governor Category Term of office expiry date
Graham Hyde Parent 04/12/2019
Euan Ritchie Parent Resigned 17.05..2016
Kim Dunwell Parent Resigned 21.03.2016
Cllr Andrew Goss LA Appointed 31/08/2017
Matthew Lunn Co-opted 08/06/2019
Helen Hirst Co-opted 08/06/2019
Amanda Hanusch-Moore Co-opted 21/09/2019
Lucy Patrick Head Teacher Ongoing
Vacancy Staff Vacancy
Karen Robinson Clerk Ongoing

Approved by the Governing body and signed on its behalf by

G Hyde  Chair of Governors  21.11.2016