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Governors' Annual Statement: 2016/17

NORTHWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT 2016-17

 

In accordance with the UK Government’s requirements for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the Northwood Primary School’s Governing Body are:

 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of the staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent.

 

 

Governance arrangements

 

Our Governing Body comprises 10 governors, including the Head Teacher; one staff governor; two parent governors; one Local Authority governor and five appointed governors. A full list of our governors can be found on the school website.

 

As a Local Authority school during 2016-17, we are responsible to them and the Department for Education for the standards achieved by the children in our school.

 

During this year, the Governing Body managed its business through full Governing Body meetings and a separate Resources committee. Full Governing Body meetings occurred four times during the academic year – in September, December, April and July. The Resources committee met termly. Through these meetings, we ensure that we cover the most important aspects of the school’s work, for which we, as part of the leadership team, are accountable. Much of our work at meetings involves reviewing full and detailed reports from the senior leadership of the school, which informs us about progress. Through forensic questioning we have been able to monitor closely how the children in our school have been improving, the quality of the teaching they receive, their standards of behaviour, their attendance and their wellbeing. Through the Resources committee, we monitor closely the finances of the school, seeking to ensure that we get the very best value for money for the children’s education and experience at the school.

 

In addition to attending Governing Body meetings, governors also regularly visit the school. This allows them to find out for ourselves that what they are being told is correct. We speak to children, who tell us about their learning and what they need to do next to progress. They talk to us about being part of a Rights Respecting School and how the principles of this are the same as the values of living in modern day Britain. We also speak to teachers and support staff, to ensure that the policies we as governors have approved are being put into practice and how these are leading to improvements. Each governor has an area of specific focus and through our visits we make sure that we check up on the progress being made by the school against the priorities in the School Development Plan.

 

 

Attendance record of Governors

 

All of our meetings this year have been quorate.

We attend training and briefing sessions provided by Bexley Council or specific training provided by a National Leader of Governance.

Full details of attendance at meetings can be found on the school’s website.

 

 

Significant events involving governors this academic year

 

In September 2016 governors considered joining Trinitas Academy Trust. We unanimously agreed the proposal and the school joined in July 2017.

 

In October 2016 Ofsted carried out an inspection of the school. The previous inspection was six years earlier and the criteria to obtain a good judgement has changed significantly. Governors met with inspectors and spoke passionately about the job we do. The inspectors confirmed that the school remains Good and made the following observations:

“…the school continues to improve.”

“…the quality of teaching is consistently strong…”

“…governors are a knowledgeable and dedicated group…”

The full letter can be viewed on the School’s website.

 

In April 2017 governors approved the application of Mark Andrews to join our Governing Body, filling the only vacant position on the Governing Body.

 

 

Plans for the 2017-18 academic year

 

Governors have agreed that, from the start of the 2017-18 academic year, the work carried out by the Resources committee will be performed in full governing Body meetings. This ‘circle’ model of governance is becoming increasingly popular in schools and Trinitas Academy Trust has held up governance at our school as a beacon from which the other schools can learn.

 

At our meeting in September, we will agree a framework to ensure that we continue to monitor performance at the school and that we continue to obtain the very best outcome for the children in our school.

 

 

How you can contact the Governing Body

 

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents. Please contact the Chair of Governors, Reverend Mike Leader, via the school office.

 

Mike Leader

Chair of Governors