Annual Governance Statement

 

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of

Mulgrave Primary School

2017-18

The Governing Body of Mulgrave Primary School has a strong focus on the 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;

Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Arrangement

The full governing body meets twice in the Autumn term and once in each subsequent term.  There are two committees that meet at least once a term –

  • Finance, Premises and Personnel
  • Learning and Achievement.

The governing body also has a Pay and a Pay Appeals Committee which meets annually.  Full governing body meetings and all committee meetings are professionally clerked and agendas and approved minutes are kept in the school office.  Each committee has terms of reference.

In addition the governors spend a governor day in school each term to monitor the school at work by engaging in learning walks, book scrutiny and meeting the children and staff.

There are in addition specific individual governors with responsibility for key aspects of the school’s work such as Safeguarding and Pupil Premium.

Governors monitor the school’s quality against the four Ofsted criteria of: -

  • The effectiveness of leadership and management
  • The quality of teaching and learning and assessment

  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for pupils

Monitoring reports are written after the visits and points for action are dealt with by the school’s senior management and action is reported back. 

A list of governing body members is available on the school website together with their individual responsibilities. Governors have a wide spread of knowledge and expertise and are part of the committees which utilise their particular skills.

Attendance at meetings is good and an attendance grid is available on the school website (governor pages).

Key issues addressed by the governing body 2018-19

The governing body has fulfilled its statutory duties in terms of monitoring all areas of the school’s work and offering support and challenge through the agreed agendas of each committee, termly governor days and the agendas of full governing body meetings. Key issues covered this year include:

  • Identifying priorities for inclusion in and regular monitoring of the School Improvement Plan
  • Monitoring the use of Pupil Premium funding (statement available on the school website)
  • Review of statutory policies and ensuring there is compliance of the school website
  • Monitoring of pupil progress across the school and ensuring there is a creative,and stimulating curriculum for all students
  • Rigorous budget management and assurances of ‘best value’

Strategic development of partnership working.

Assessment of Impact

Governors provide a high level of challenge to the Headteacher and the school.  They consider a range of documents and data provided by the school in order to judge the impact of strategies within the school.  Governors also visit the school to meet with staff to gain a greater understanding of the school and the on-going requirement to raise standards. The school’s Improvement Partner provides notes of visits which are scrutinised at governing body meetings.

The governors were delighted that the school continued to be judged as Good by Ofsted in March 2017. 

Governors monitor finance stringently to ensure the school’s budget is spent to achieve the best possible outcomes for students.  The school provides good value for money.

Future plans for the governing body

The governing body’s prime strategic aim is to move the school on to Outstanding at the next Ofsted inspection (probably in 2019).

The governing body will continue its work in line with the government agenda.

The governing body is keen to consolidate existing and develop new partnerships with a range of different partners.   

Contact Details

The governing body welcomes suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents/carers.  Please contact the Chair of Governors c/o the School.