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Annual Report 2017-18

Crudwell CE Primary School’s Governing Body

Annual Report 2017/18

 

The purpose of this report is to inform our parents, as well as the many other stakeholders, of the key actions of the Governing Body in the 2017/18 academic year and the impact of these on the school. It also explains the remit of our Governing Body and its sub-committees, along with the attendance record of governors.

 

The Governing Body has three core functions: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it receives value for money in expenditure.

 

Vision, ethos and strategic direction

The school’s vision, which you will find on our website, is:

 

As a school we strive to promote a closely linked and caring community where each person takes responsibility for themselves and others. We value cultural diversity and believe in promoting honesty and integrity within ourselves and others. We encourage a ‘want to learn’ environment where children are able to develop confidence and leave the school as well-rounded citizens with true values.”

 

This can be summarised in the school’s values: Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Trust, Teamwork and Creativity.

 

The school’s ethos is summarised in the mission statement: “Aiming to create a happy working atmosphere where the children can realise their full potential.”

Summarised within the school motto as: Learn, Create, Laugh, Grow.

 

 

Changes to the Governing Body

Over the year we welcomed two new governors to the school. Kate Admasu & Kate Smith who both joined in June 2018 as co-opted governors. Both are keen to get settled into their duties and will be undertaking their new governor induction course. We said goodbye to Gregor Davidson (Co-opted governor) in April, Rev Phil Daniels (Foundation Governor) in May and Sarah Lindsay (Co-opted governor) in July. We would like to thank them all very much for all the time and support they gave to our school and wish them all the best for the future.

 

 

Update - Strategic Review

As governors, we reviewed the school’s strategic plan and agreed a revised plan for 2018 – 2021. With the ongoing development of a Neighbourhood plan for Crudwell and potential additional housing planning applications, we want to ensure our strategic plan remains ‘fit for purpose’ and meets the needs of the school and local community both now and in the future. This will be revisited in 2018/19 to allow us to consider our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the future of our school.

 

 

Holding the Headteacher to account

In this role we regularly support and challenge the senior leadership team. This is done through the various committees: Curriculum and Standards, Resources, and Staffing as well as at Full Governing Body meetings throughout the year. Minutes of all meetings provide strong evidence of governors holding the Headteacher to account.

 

School Development Plan

Once a year the Governing Body and staff meet to discuss and agree the annual School Development Plan (SDP), which generally has five areas of focus. In 2017/18 these were:

 

  • To ensure all stakeholders have a clear understanding of the outcomes expected of children in school
  • To ensure a high-quality teaching and learning that enables all children to make good progress to reach or exceed national expectations
  • To ensure all stakeholders demonstrate pride in our school
  • To ensure pupils make at least good progress from their starting points that will ensure most high attaining pupils achieve above the expected standard at the end of KS1 and KS2
  • To develop a vision for the governing body and to measure the impact of the governing body and its effectiveness.

 

The first four SIP areas are led by and supported by named teachers and are closely monitored by a named governor, who updates the Full Governing Body on progress at each meeting. The fifth area is the Governing Body’s area of effective governance.

 

Other Actions of the Governing Body

  • All governors are also linked to individual teachers who lead subject areas. For example, in mathematics and English, the two link governors have met on various occasions with the two teachers to review progress of the action plans along with visiting classrooms, pupil conferencing and book scrutinies. We have three Governor Focus weeks each year when governors drop in and spend time observing daily lessons and keep in touch with the children and staff and observe their learning environment.
  • The Chair and Vice Chair of Governors meet regularly with the Head Teacher.
  • We continue to review the possible benefits and disadvantages of the school becoming an academy.
  • We continue to benefit from involvement with the Hobbes Alliance of schools, a collaborative working together across a few local primary schools.
  • We offer an exit survey to staff who leave the school, and this year we also offered one to our Year 6 pupils to gather their views on their time at Crudwell School.

 

In all that we do, our aim is to ensure that every child can reach their full potential, leaving Crudwell CE Primary School with a love of learning, well rounded and ready to tackle new challenges at secondary school.

 

The governors would like to express their appreciation for the many different ways in which parents contribute to enhancing the children’s experience at our school. The Governing Body would also like to thank the staff for all their hard work and dedication throughout a busy year.

 

Remit of the Full Governing Body and the committees

 

Full Governing Body: Overall Effectiveness

It is the role of the full board of governors to ensure that the school provides the best possible education for all Crudwell CE Primary School pupils. It promotes high standards of educational achievement in order to ensure all children reach their full potential.

 

Curriculum and Standards Committee: Achievement of Pupils

This committee’s key purpose is fulfilling the responsibilities related to the school curriculum, the pupils’ progress and attainment. It anonymously monitors the assessment data from each year group provided from assessment weeks, along with regular book scrutinies of pupils’ work.

 

Resources Committee: Management of School’s Resources

The Resources Committee works hard to ensure that the school’s assets are safeguarded from a ‘value for money’ aspect, and also from a health and safety perspective and a safeguarding point of view. It determines priorities for expenditure on staffing and all other costs. It regularly monitors income and expenditure reports. It works with the senior leadership team in preparing the yearly budget papers as well as ensuring the budget has allocated funds to support the school improvement plan. It regularly reviews the needs of the building and safeguarding of the children and the schools physical assets.

 

Staffing Committee: Quality of teaching

The Staffing Committee monitors the quality of teaching in order to ensure pupils are receiving a good, well-rounded education. It takes strategic responsibility for the staffing structure and is involved in the recruitment of staff at appropriate levels.

 

Update - Attendance record of governors at meetings

The Full Governing Body meets six times a year. The committees meet regularly, usually between four and six times a year. This record shows the attendance of governors at meetings in the last year. (6/6 = attended six out of the six meetings held)

 

Name

Category of Governor

Full Governing Body

Curriculum and Standards

Staffing

Resources

Kate Admasu

Co-opted

(joined 06/06/18)

1/1

-

-

-

Harry Barlow

Co-opted (Chair)

5/6

2/5

3/4

4/7

Charlotte Bullock

Parent (Vice Chair)

6/6

5/5

4/4

(Chair)

-

Ian Churchill

Local Authority

2/6

-

-

5/7

Rev. Phil Daniels

Foundation Ex-Officio

(left May 2018)

0/5

-

-

-

Gregor Davidson

Co-opted

(resigned 12/04/18)

1/3

-

-

0/4

Mark Hills

Parent

6/6

-

4/4

7/7

Leon Horton

Parent

6/6

-

-

6/7

(Chair)

Kathrine Hume

Headteacher

6/6

5/5

4/4

7/7

Jo Lee

Staff

5/6

4/5

-

-

Sarah Lindsay

Co-opted

5/6

5/5

(Chair)

4/4

-

Alison Wilson

Foundation

4/6

2/5

-

5/7

Kate Smith

Co-opted

(joined 06/06/18)

1/1

-

-

-

Gail Stevens

Co-opted

4/6

-

3/4

-

 

 

Your Governing Body consists of unpaid volunteers who willingly give their time to contribute to making the school a happy and successful one where children thrive.


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