Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of St. Mary’s Church of England (Aided) Primary School – July 2016

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the St. Mary’s Church of England (Aided) Primary School Governing Body are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements
The Governing Body of St. Mary’s Church of England (Aided) Primary School is made up of 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 3 Foundation, 5 Co-opted governors and 1 ex-officio. Co-opted governors can be 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: on our Governing Body one of the Foundation Governors is a parent, three co-opted Governors are members of the local community and we currently have two vacancies.

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. At St. Mary’s Church of England (Aided) Primary we have a Finance and Premises Committee and a Curriculum Committee and Personnel Committee. In the last two years, we have introduced a Data Analysis subcommittee, which considers and reviews whole school data. We also have sub committees that meet when required to consider pupil discipline, staffing matters and pay committee.

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). See p4 for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.
The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body
The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year, focusing on school improvement.

The Curriculum Committee has spent time considering the implications of the removal of levels and new ways of assessing children. Governors have been monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the School Development Plan. During committee meetings, evidence has been gathered towards meeting the agreed success criteria and also setting next steps each term towards the six key priority areas.

The Finance and Premises Committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget. Mrs Keene is our Health and Safety Governor and he carries out termly checks of the premises with the Headteacher and our Caretaker. The key priorities for the last academic year have been swimming pool area, developing finance systems in the school and strategic budget planning for the future.

Governors ensure their statutory duties towards safeguarding and we have a Nominated Governor for Safeguarding (Mrs Hilborne) who gives a termly report to the governors about any safeguarding matters. Early in the summer term, the Finance and Premises Committee approved the 2016/17 budget plan for the school.

One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and this year we have considered a number of key policies, including SRE, Performance Management, MfL, Attendance and Leave of Absence, Admissions, Prospectus, Home School Agreement and Safeguarding and Child Protection.  Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents.

Future plans for the governors
The Governing Body is looking forward to observing the outcomes of the exciting changes through the next academic year. Consistency and high expectations are fundamental to the school and its Governance moving forward in the desire to be outstanding. We are seeking to appoint two proactive co-opted Governors, to bring us up to full capacity.

The swimming pool site will be considered and funding will be sought. We will be looking to create a safe and enclosed sports area that can be used all year round, partly funded by the Sports Premium grant.

Working collaboratively with other schools is very much on the Government and Local Authority agenda and the Governors will be looking to gain further information to ensure they are fully informed of the current climate. This will support the school in being equipped with the knowledge they need in order to remain autonomous in times of change.

The Governors will be monitoring the key priorities as identified in the School Development Plan, with a continuing focus on Mathematics.

Over the coming year we will be developing the Governors section on our school website.

How you can contact the governing body
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Rev Michele Marshall and vice-chair  of Governors, Mrs Hilborne via the school office.

St. Mary’s Church of England (Aided) Primary School Governing Body

 Governor Category Term of office expiry date
Rev. Michele Marshall – Chair of Governors Ex-Offico
Mrs Emma Hilborne – Vice-Chair of Governors Parent Governor 28/02/2018
Mrs Lorna Pigrim – Exec. Headteacher Headteacher
Mrs Donna Keene Staff Governor 20/10/2020
Mrs Sandra Clark Co-Opted Governor 20/03/2021
Mrs Margaret Whitworth Co-Opted Governor 31/08/2017
Mrs Jane Peachey LA Governor 07/07/2018
Mr David Izatt-Sharp Parent Governor 26/02/2021