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Annual Report 2018-19

Crudwell CE Primary School’s Governing Body

Annual Report 2018/19

 

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 2018/19 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

 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.”

 

The school’s values of Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Trust, Teamwork and Creativity, are modelled by all staff and are qualities which are recognised and celebrated in the children.

 

As a Church of England school, that is welcoming and inclusive to people of all faiths, we come under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Bristol.  In 2018, The Church of England set out a new Vision of Education. It stated that the ‘purpose in education is to enable the children, young people and communities we serve to flourish as they experience education for wisdom, hope, community and dignity.’

 

A group consisting of four Governors and Mr Ben John (Headteacher from September), have formed a Christian Vision Group. Currently, an exciting new school vision, linked closely to the school’s values and curriculum is being developed. A special assembly is planned for September for Mr Ben John to share this in more detail with you all.

 

In September a group of governors reviewed the School Strategic Plan, considering strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the future of our school. A new three-year strategic plan (2019-2022) is now in place and available to read on the school website. This will be revisited throughout the three years, as changes are made to the school vision and to ensure that the plan stays relevant and that the objectives are met.

 

Changes to the Governing Body

In October we said goodbye to Alison Wilson, the Foundation Governor, who had served as a governor for 18 years. We have also said goodbye to Co-opted governor Kate Adamasu. We would like to thank both Alison and Kate very much for all the time and support they gave to our school and wish them all the very best for the future.  In their places we have welcomed Louise Breen as Foundation governor and Mike Bird as Co-opted governor.

 

We are very fortunate that each governor brings with them their own skills set and is committed to working hard for the good of the school, its pupils and staff. Photographs of all the school governors are on a noticeboard in the entrance hall.

 

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.

 

There are three Governor Focus weeks each year, when governors spend time observing daily school life and communicate with the children and staff. Governors use these visits to get to know the school better and as an opportunity to reflect on how the school is performing in relation to its vision and mission statement.

 

School Development Policy

Once a year, the full governing body and staff meet to discuss and agree the School Development Plan (SDP).

The focus areas for the SDP of 2018/2019 have been:

  1. To ensure standards in Phonics and spelling are above national expectations.
  2. The 'Understanding Christianity' programme forms the basis of our RE curriculum as part of the new Wiltshire RE syllabus.
  3. That the school's vision is reflected in rigorous systems that keep everyone at school safe (physically, emotionally and mentally).
  4. That a culture of reflective practice, which promotes and encourages independent learning behaviours, is embedded within the school.
  5. That the Governing Body develops better links with all stakeholders and Hobbes Alliance Schools.

We will be reporting to parents about these in Governor News in the Autumn, following their completion. The first four SDP 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.

 

Financial performance

As everyone is aware school budgets are getting increasingly tight and the governor Resources Committee have worked very hard alongside Mrs Hume and the office staff to manage this. The children and school benefit enormously from the fundraising efforts of the FOCS committee and going forward it would be wonderful if this could be continued.

 

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 (left March 2019)

2 / 4

-

-

2 / 3

Harry Barlow

Co-opted (Chair)

5 / 7

2 / 5

3 / 4

4 / 7

Mike Bird

Co-opted (appointed May 2019)

1 / 1

-

-

1 / 1

Louise Breen

Foundation (appointed Oct 2018)

5 / 7

-

4 / 4

-

Charlotte Bullock

Parent (Vice Chair)

7 / 7

5 / 5

4 / 4

-

Ian Churchill

Local Authority

3 / 7

-

-

2 / 7

Mark Hills

Parent

7 / 7

-

2 / 4

7 / 7

Leon Horton

Parent

5 / 7

-

-

6 / 7

Kathrine Hume

Headteacher

6 / 7

5 / 5

4 / 4

7 / 7

Jo Lee

Staff

7 / 7

4 / 5

-

-

Kate Smith

Co-opted

6 / 7

5 / 5

-

-

Gail Stevens

Co-opted

7 / 7

5 / 5

4 / 4

-

Alison Wilson

Foundation (finished September 2018)

1 / 1

-

-

-

 

Your Governing Body consists of unpaid volunteers who strive to support the school in creating a happy, friendly and successful environment, where children have the opportunity to reach their full potential and leave school as confident and caring citizens.

 

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 the year.

 

If you have any queries about this report, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact us via our clerk (clerk@crudwell.wilts.sch.uk), the Governor Box, located outside the school office, or please come and speak to one if us (our names and photos are displayed in the school foyer).

 

And last but by no means least…

The governors would like to say a huge and very heartfelt thank you to Kath Hume, Crudwell’s Headteacher of the last seven years.  Kath has provided leadership that puts the happiness and care of our children at the heart of the school. We will all miss her dedication and enthusiasm and wish her the happiest of retirements, whatever excitements that may bring.

 


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