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ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT FOR THE GOVERNING BODY

OF PICKHILL C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL

July 2017

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies the three core strategic functions of the Governing Body are:

 

  1. 1.            Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. 2.            Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  3. 3.            Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is spent well

 

Governance arrangements

The governing body for the year has included:

The Headteacher:                   Christine Gabbott

Foundation governor:              Penny Robson (Chair)

LA governor:                           Paul Bradley (Joint Vice Chair)

Elected staff governor:           Rachelle Leech

Co-opted governors:               Kurt Bauwens (Joint Vice Chair), Keith Writer, Esme Hadley, Emily Boynton, Pat Quinn and Nicky Holmes

Ex Officio governor                Reverend Stephen Gamble

                                               

During the year Emily Boynton (co-opted governor) resigned for personal reasons and Nicky Holmes joined us as a parent governor. Nicky is particularly interested in developing relationships with all stakeholders. We currently have one vacancy for a parent governor and one for a co-opted governor. We will continue to seek people to fill these posts. Paul Bradley comes to the end of his term as LA governor in July and will be succeeded by Rosina Gilboy who joins us in September. Paul has been an invaluable member of the governing body and will be greatly missed.

 

The governing body is provided with clerking services by Val Brown who helps to provide up to date information from the local authority and ensures that the governing body has all the necessary information about the many changes coming through from government in relation to education and the way in which schools are organised.

 

This academic year the governing body has adopted a new pattern of meetings. All meetings are now full governing body meetings with planned agendas rather than having separate committee meetings. A total of 8 meetings have been held this year in addition to meetings held with other school governing bodies to discuss collaboration. This has worked well and enabled all governors to have a holistic understanding of all aspects of the Board’s responsibilities.

 

All governors have specific responsibilities including those linked to the school development plan. They are tasked with coming into school to ensure that progress is being made and providing support and challenge to the Headteacher as appropriate.

 

Attendance record of governors

 

The clerk to the governors keeps a record of governors’ attendance at meetings. Details of attendance can be seen at the end of this report.

Meetings have to be quorate to ensure that decisions are made

 

Governor Training

The Local Authority holds Governor Information Network meetings each term and we are usually represented at these so that we can keep abreast of national, regional and local initiatives. New governors have specific training either through the Local Authority or the Swaledale Alliance of which the school is a member.  Governors have also completed basic Safeguarding and Prevent training. One governor has completed the Safer Recruitment in Education course and a second is to complete it this summer. The Chair completed the Chairs of Governors Leadership Development Course through Leeds Beckett University.

 

 

The work we have done in our governing body

 

1.         Vision, ethos and strategic direction

Since Mrs Gabbott announced her intention to retire in July 2017, our work has been focussed on the future of the school. It became apparent that appointing a replacement teaching Headteacher was not the best option for the school and it was decided that we should look to collaborate with another school and share their Headteacher. This process took far longer in terms of time and meetings than we had envisaged, for a number of reasons, but ultimately we are very pleased to be collaborating with Leeming and Londonerry Primary School with their Head, Mrs Rowena Sykes, becoming joint Executive Head with effect from 1 September 2017. Whilst both schools will retain their own governing bodies, a Joint Strategic Development Committee has been formed with three governors from each school. Kurt Bauwens, Nicky Holmes and Penny Robson represent Pickhill and Kurt chairs the Committee.

 

 

2.         Holding the headteacher to account

When the school was inspected in 2014 it was judged to be good. Everyone agreed that our aim should be to be judged as outstanding when we were next inspected. To monitor the school’s progress towards achieving this, governors became responsible for monitoring each of the priorities in the school development plan as follows:

  1. To further improve the quality of teaching and learning from good to outstanding – Esme Hadley and Pat Quinn
  2. To further improve the quality of Leadership and Management from good to outstanding – Keith Writer and Paul Bradley
  3. To encourage pupil ownership of learning – Penny Robson and Kurt Bauwens
  4. To further improve relationships with stakeholders – Emily Boynton and Penny Robson

 

In addition Esme Hadley and Keith Writer took responsibility for special educational needs provision; Emily Boynton and later Kurt Bauwens for Health and Safety; Paul Bradley for Finance and Penny Robson for aspects relating to Pickhill as a church school.

 

We welcomed Mrs Rayner as part-time Class 2 teacher this year with Miss Leech remaining as the full-time teacher for Class 1. All staff are to be congratulated on the progress that has been made across all areas. Inevitably there are still some issues to address and they will be taken forward when determining the priorities for 2017-18.

 

SATs (Standard Attainment Tests) results for Year 6 pupils were very good with 100% of pupils achieving the expected level in Writing, 75% achieving the expected level in Reading, Maths and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and 25% achieving greater depth in Writing, Maths and SPAG. Results were also good for Year 2 pupils with 80% achieving expected levels in Reading and Writing and 64% achieving expected levels in Maths. 48% achieved greater depth in Reading and 16% in Writing and Maths.

 

As well as monitoring priorities, governors have carried out Learning Walks each term, with one focused specifically on Pickhill as a Church school. School has undertaken pupil conferencing and parental questionnaires.. All these activities help us to know our school really well and identify what we can do better.

 

The governing body also reviews the school’s policies throughout the year to ensure that they are up-to-date.

 

3.         Overseeing the financial performance of the school

Led by Paul Bradley and advised by our Local Authority bursar we have monitored the school’s budget carefully during the year. The NYCC bursar comes into school regularly, prepares financial reports for us and attends meetings as required. The outturn on the budget for 2016 / 17 was a small in-year surplus of £1000, but, because of a deficit in earlier years, we carried forward an overall deficit of £9,500 into 2017/18. We forecast that the school will move back into surplus next year.

 

 

How to contact your Governing Body

Full details of the governing body are available on the school website and any of the governors can be contacted through the school.

 

 

Full GB

 Meetings

 

                 

Type of Governor / Category

Name

12th Sept 2016

7th Nov 2016

23rd Nov 2016 Additional meeting

12th Dec 2016

27th Feb 2017

29th March 2017

June 26th 2017

17th July 2017

 

 

Co-opted

P Quinn

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

100%

 

Co-opted

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0%

 

Co-opted

K Writer

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

100%

 

Co-opted

K Bauwens

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

 

86%

 

Co-opted

E Hadley

1

1

0

0

1

1

1

 

71%

 

Foundation 2

P Robson

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

100%

 

Foundation 2

Rev Gamble

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

 

43%

 

LA 1

P Bradley

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

100%

 

Parent 2

N Holmes

 

 

 

 

1

1

1

 

100%

Joined GB mtg 27/02/17

Parent 2

Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0%

 

Staff 1

R Leech

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

 

100%

 

Head Teacher

C Gabbott

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

 

86%