Annual Governance Statement 2017-2018
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of our Governing Body are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The governing body of our school consists of 2 parent governors [at least two]; 2 staff governors [the Head teacher and one other]; 1 Local Authority governor; 5 co-opted governors.
The total number of governors is 10.
The term of office of all categories of governor is four years.
The current instrument of government came into effect on 13th June 2013and was amended by Cornwall Children’s Services Authority on 18th June 2013.
Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
The full Governing Body meets once each term and we also have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters
Attendance record of governors:
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).
The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body:
The Governing Body always has a busy year and to reflect everything that we had done would take up an enormous amount of space so here is just a flavour of our work; we constantly focus upon ensuring that each and every child makes the greatest progress possible whilst they are with us.
Governors are also mindful that the school is due its next Ofsted inspection and are keen to ensure that Governance is judged as outstanding alongside the rest of the work of the school.
Governors make many visits into school to talk to their respective Subject Leaders and to ensure that they have a real “feel” about all the wonderful work that is taking place in school. We also challenge our Subject Leaders by asking probing and thoughtful questions to make sure that we really understand what happens in our school and that it is of the highest quality for every child.
We are given very full and thorough information by the Head Teacher and all her staff.
The Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Committee has spent time considering the introduction of new data systems . The governors are happy that the SMILE curriculumn means tha tour children make exceptional progress and achieve attainment that is better than children nationaly. We focus on our “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.
The Building, Health and Safety and Site Committee has looked at the maintenance and development of the school premises. They make decisions about how the school should use the budget to continue with the refurbishment of our wonderful building. Mrs Westall is our Health and Safety Governor and she liaises about the premises with Mrs Booth . The fact that she is a member of staff ad in the building each day makes this a very effective role for her to undertake.
Governors are also particularly concerned about ensuring we remain outstanding in terms of our safeguarding and our Nominated Governor for Safeguarding (Mrs Camilla Southworth) is available to report to the governors and support staff about any safeguarding matters.
Our Finance and Personnel Committee work with the Head Teacher to prepare the budget for the school which then goes before the Full Governing Body. We are pleased to report that the school is in a healthy position financially and can afford to run our small classes in the next academic year by judicious use of the Pupil Premium funding. One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies and this happens on a rolling programme. Governors have recently approved the Pay and Appraisal Polices.
Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.
Future plans for the governors:
The Governing Body is looking forward to the coming year. .
Like all primary schools, we are evaluating the assessment stystems and data that has been produced this year.
How you can contact the governing body
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents Mrs Carney-Haworth frequently asks for your opinions and views as parents and you know that we operate and Open Door Policy and that Mrs Carney-Haworth is always available o talk to parents. If you wish to get in touch with me then please do so through Mrs Girling or Mrs Booth in the school office.