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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 - Co-Opted 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. Karen Newman (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)

Parent Governor: Mr. Daniel Morris (Curriculum Link - Computing - Health and Understanding)

Clerk to Governors: Mrs. Justine Petersen (Administration)

Governance Arrangements:

The Governing Board has 12 positions; 7 are filled and there are currently 5 vacancies:

Co-opted Governors – Jonathan Earle (Chair), Jo Jones (Vice-Chair) + 1 vacancy

Foundation Governors – Ivan Lees + 2 vacancies

Headteacher – Bradley Young

Local Authority Governor – 1 vacancy

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

Staff Governor – Karen Newman

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

Finance Committee – Jo Jones, Karen Newman, Jonathan Earle, Bradley Young

Learning & Achievement Committee – Ivan Lees, Sharon Pettigrew, Daniel Morris

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 Karen Newman

EYFS & Pupil Premium – Sharon Pettigrew

Governor Curriculum Teams are aligned to Staff Curriculum Teams.

Expressive Arts – Sharon Pettigrew and Jonathan Earle

Life Skills – Karen Newman and Ivan Lees

Health & Understanding – Hannah Willis and Daniel Morris

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 a SIAMs 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.

  • 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/SIAMS. 

  • 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.

  • We agreed to redesign the way our school taught Phonics and implemented a new initiative to enhance the learning provision in this area for our pupils. 

  • In terms of budget and resources, our priority last year was to re-develop the Nursery outdoor space and with devolved capital we were happily able to achieve this. This has enabled greater learning and progress from our Nursery 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. We are keen to evolve the manner in which we conduct Challenge Days and have liaised with the Headteacher to combine improvement targets from our School Improvement and Development Plan and our Religious Aspects Improvement Plan. This will enable us to have an even stronger understanding of improvement across the school. 

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


Date of Appointment

End of Term Office

Pecuniary & Material  Interests

Roles & Responsibilities

Roles on other Governing Bodies

Attendance Record 2019-2020

Jonathan Earle





Director of Go Geronimo & Back to Basics

Expressive Arts


Governor at St. Nicholas Priory Primary School



Joanna Jones

Joint Vice- Chair

Co-Opted Governor








Hannah Willis

Parent Governor





Health & Understanding



Ivan   Lees

Foundation Governor



Director of East Anglia Schools Trust EAST


Life Skills

Director of East Anglia Schools Trust EAST


Sharon Pettigrew

Joint Vice-Chair

Parent Governor




Pupil Premium


Expressive Arts



Donna Bridge

Former Staff Governor




Life Skills




Karen Newman

Staff Governor




Life Skills




Daniel Morris

Parent Governor



 ICT Support Technician at Ormiston Denes Academy 

Health & Understanding 




Bradley Young






Academy Advisory Committee ENSFC