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Annual Governance Statement

We have a fantastic Governing Body who keep a watchful eye over all that we do. They are in place to be a 'critical friend'. This means that they have the tricky job of constantly asking challenging questions about every aspect of school. 

Our Role:

In accordance with statutory requirements,  the main functions of Homefield Church of England Primary School's Governing Body are;

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • To hold the headteacher and senior leaders to account for performance of the school;

  • To ensure effective and efficient use of school funds.

Our Governing Body:

Chair Of Governors: Mr. Jonathan Earle (Curriculum Link - Expressive Arts - Maths - Safeguarding)

Headteacher: Mr. Bradley Young

Joint Vice-Chair of Governors - Parent Governor: Mrs. Joanna Jones (Curriculum Link - Literacy - Finance)

Joint Vice-Chair of Governors - Parent Governor: Mrs. Sharon Pettigrew (Curriculum Link - Early Years & Expressive Arts)

Staff Governor: Mrs. Donna Bridge (Curriculum Link - Finance - Life Skills)

Foundation Governor: Mr. Ivan Lees (Curriculum Link - Religious Education - Life Skills)

Parent Governor: Mrs. Hannah Willis (SEND - Curriculum Link - Health and Understanding)

Clerk to Governors: Mrs. Alleisha Dixon (Administration)

Governance Arrangements:

The Governing Board has 12 positions; 6 are filled and there are currently 6 vacancies:

Co-opted Governors – 3 vacancies

Foundation Governors – Ivan Lees + 2 vacancies

Headteacher – Bradley Young

Chair and Local Authority Governor – Jonathan Earle

Parent Governors – Jo Jones (Vice-Chair), Hannah Willis + Sharon Pettigrew (Vice-Chair) + 1 vacancy

Staff Governor – Donna Bridge

To discharge the duties of governance, the governors have delegated responsibilities through committees:

Finance Committee – Jo Jones, Donna Bridge, Jonathan Earle, Bradley Young

Learning & Achievement Committee – Donna Bridge, Ivan Lees, Sharon Pettigrew

Personnel & Resources Committee – Jo Jones, Jonathan Earle, Hannah Willis, Ivan Lees

Steering Committee – Bradley Young, Jonathan Earle, Jo Jones

In addition to the committees above, governors will meet as a panel to hear Appeals, undertake Headteacher Performance Review, and consider pupil discipline issues.

Governors make decisions collectively, but have individual responsibilities in relation to statutory requirements and curriculum subjects.

SEND (Special Educational Needs) Governor – Hannah Willis

Safeguarding Governor – Jonathan Earle

Finance – Jo Jones and Donna Bridge

EYFS & Pupil Premium – Sharon Pettigrew

Governor Curriculum Teams are aligned to Staff Curriculum Teams.

Expressive Arts – Sharon Pettigrew and Jonathan Earle

Life Skills – Donna Bridge and Ivan Lees

Health & Understanding – Hannah Willis

Core Subjects – Sharon Pettigrew (Early Years); Ivan Lees (Religious Education); Jo Jones (English) and Jonathan Earle (Maths)

Attendance of Governors:

All of our meetings this year have been quorate. Committees meet at least termly, with the Full Governing Board meeting half-termly. 

Our Work This Year:

Our work this year has really focussed on supporting our Headteacher, school leaders and children to achieve our SIDP vision and achievement targets; to become an "Outstanding” school. We have concentrated on supporting our school leaders to prepare for an Ofsted inspection and in making sure that we as a Governing Body are ready for an inspection too.

Each Governor has a link role. This means that each Governor is linked to a year group and also leads the accountability for a topic / policy area for e.g. Safeguarding or SEND. Governors come into school at least once a term to see staff about their policy area and their link role. Governors also visit for Challenge Days looking at many different areas of the school. Governors are asked to write a brief report about their visit to inform the Governing Body of any issues. This might include the need for further resources or a change to policy. We think that this approach supports and strengthens our ability to challenge school leaders and ensure good use of resources.

This has included;

  • Refining data and bringing together data to show pupil progress, including case studies.

  • Ensuring Governors understand the different data that is presented to us and the main trends and stories for our school. We have shared and analysed data in many different ways and have levelled challenge regarding it towards our school leaders.

  • Supported the external validation of our school leading up to Ofsted. 

  • We have supported the Headteacher in decisions to ensure the quality of teaching at our school is of the highest standard; investing in single form entry classes; 1:1 intervention and re-organisation of staff members during the year to ensure that skills and experience were placed where they are most needed.

  • We have recently approved of the manner in which our Sports' Premium and Pupil Premium monies are being spent and challenged the legacy of the spend. 

  • Last year, we agreed the budget to increase teaching assistant hours to help with the needs of the pupils and support learning. 

  • We agreed to redesign our foundation curriculum and implement new initiatives to enhance the learning provision for our pupils. 

  • In terms of budget and resources, our priority last year was to re-develop the Reception outdoor space and with devolved capital we were happily able to achieve this. This has enabled greater learning and progress from our Reception pupils, seen with our EYFS end of year attainment.

  • Safeguarding and making sure that our safeguarding procedures continue to be robust and to the highest standard has been another regular key area of focus for the governing body.

Future Plans for the Governing Body:

We will continue to challenge and support the school in their drive towards becoming “outstanding,"in particular to support the Headteacher in their role as a local leader and to develop a succession plan within the senior leadership team.

As a Governing Body, we will recruit members to fill our vacancies. We will also explore how we can better our committees and consider having all Governors together, instead of being in committees (due to being so small in number).

During this year, we have lost one Foundation Governor. Therefore, recruiting more governors, particularly governors with key skills that would enhance our Governing Body is essential. 

Please feel free to come and speak to the Governors at any time about any concerns you may have.

For further detailed information regarding the responsibilities and interests of our Governors, please see the attached document and table below.

Full Name

Category

Date of Appointment

End of Term Office

Pecuniary & Material  Interests

Roles & Responsibilities

Roles on other Governing Bodies

Attendance Record

Jonathan Earle

Chair

LA Governor

24.09.2015

23.09.2019

Director of Go Geronimo & Back to Basics

Expressive Arts

Safeguarding

Governor at St. Nicholas Priory Primary School

 

100%

Joanna Jones

Joint Vice- Chair

Parent Governor

28.11.2015

27.11.2019

None

English

Finance

None

40%

Hannah Willis

Parent Governor

23.01.2018

22.01.2022

None

SEN

Health and Understanding

None

80%

Ivan   Lees

Foundation Governor

23.01.2018

22.01.2022

Director of East Anglia Schools Trust EAST

 RE

Life Skills

Director of East Anglia Schools Trust EAST

80%

Sharon Pettigrew

Joint Vice-Chair

Parent Governor

16.06.2017

15.06.2021

None

Pupil Premium

EYFS

Expressive Arts

None

100%

Donna Bridge

Staff Governor

26.11.2014

25.11.2018

None

Life Skills

Finance

None

100%

Bradley Young

Headteacher

01.09.2016

Present

None

Headteacher

Academy Advisory Committee ENSFC

100%