Please see below our Impact Statement
Role of Governors
The role of the governors is an integral part of the leadership of the school. This annual impact statement outlines how we contribute to the leadership role and the impact that it has had on school improvement.
The three core functions of the Governors are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
The work of the Governors is focused on meeting these requirements, that we know the school well, feel confident to listen to our stakeholders and external advisers and feel secure that all the statutory and legal requirements are met.
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Our major priority is to ensure the very best outcomes for the children both now and in the future. Our role is to work with the senior leadership team to set objectives for the strategic development of the school and raise standards. The governing body is here to act as a critical friend and provide both support and challenge to the school.
We believe that the Fryern Federation will be rights respecting, happy, caring, secure and safe schools; where all children achieve the best possible outcomes within a supportive and stimulating learning environment. Provide an exciting and creative curriculum, achieve high standards, develop enquiring minds, develop knowledge of children’s rights, foster respect and instill a sense of responsibility, recognise and celebrate success in everyone , build strong collaborative partnerships with families and the local community, encourage and enable the continuing professional development of all staff
We are a mutually supportive, motivated community, take care of, respect and enjoy our environment, enjoy working as a team, have high expectations, encourage through praise and reward, value everyone and enable everyone to believe in themselves, value life-long learning, enjoy finding new ways of thinking and learning, take responsibility for our own actions, enjoy sharing our successes, embrace challenges, value the support of parents and the wider community.
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff
The Full Governing Body consists of 17 Governors. At present we have two vacancies. The Full Governing Body (FGB) met 5 times a year. Sub committees consisting Curriculum and Standards and Finance and Resources have also met 5 times a year. Pay Review and Performance Management meetings were held 3 times this year. Each committee meeting was minuted and subcommittees reported to the FGB. Governor attendance at meetings has been at a very high level. Key policies have been reviewed by FGB throughout the year.
Curriculum and Standards Committee have contributed to the development and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan, reviewed relevant policies, as well as focusing on the attainment and progress made by the numerous groups of children at strategic points during the year. Data was made available to Governors throughout the year and was discussed within the relevant committees. Particular scrutiny was placed on pupil attainment and progress across all year groups, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, More Able and English as an Additional language pupils and the impact of the Pupil Premium.
The Pay Review and Performance Management Committee have carried out review meetings, holding the Head Teacher to account for the progress and attainment of all pupils and the meeting of performance targets by all members of staff.
School Improvement Plan (SIP) priorities have been monitored and evaluated in a number of ways. Governors have interviewed and observed teachers and talked to children to monitor the key objectives. Challenging questions have been asked during all committee meetings and Key Evaluative Questions for Governors included in the SIP have been addressed at the end of each term. All governor school visits have been reported and discussed. Some have had a subject focus or related to key school policies. Many governors have attended school events, other visits have related to new initiatives e.g. handwriting or focused on particular year groups. Learning walks have been used to observe the use of working/learning walls, targets for English and Maths, a book scrutiny undertaken to monitor the effective use of marking and feedback. A governor participated in a major end of year evaluation of the Early Years.
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
The Finance and Resources Committee have worked very closely with the Schools Business Manager and Senior Leadership team in setting and monitoring the budget. This has been within the context of increased financial pressures in the education sector.
Development and training needs of Governors
The Governors have the drive and passion to work alongside the staff of both the Infant and Junior schools to improve the school and to be outstanding in every way. We have worked hard this year to improve our own self-evaluation by reviewing our previous action plan and identifying action points to support new and existing member of the Governing Body. We have undertaken a skills audit where no key gaps were identified. Throughout the year governors have undertaken training in a variety of areas. A major priority was for us all to participate in a whole body training session on understanding the school data. Another priority was to ensure all governors had up to date knowledge and understanding of the safeguarding policy. New governors have attended the latest course run by Governor Services. Our Action Plan for 2016-17 has been reviewed and discussed using the success criteria as a focus for discussion. The majority of targets have been met and for those areas that need further development our evaluation will inform our action plan for 2017-18.