Annual Governance Statement
ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/18
BOROUGH GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL
As the Governing Body of Borough Green Primary School, we are proud of the school and its welcoming, inclusive ethos and strong family atmosphere.
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the Governing Body at Borough Green Primary School are:
- 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 its money is well spent
The Governing Body is made up of 12 governor roles as follows:
- 2 Parent Governors appointed by ballot of the parents at the school
- 1 Local Authority Governor appointed by the Local Authority
- 1 Staff Governor appointed by ballot of the staff
- 1 Headteacher
- 2 Partnership Governors appointed by the Governing Body
- 5 Co-opted Governors appointed by the Governing Body based on a skills audit
The Governing Body appoints a professional Clerk who is responsible for arranging meetings, taking minutes and following up on all actions. The Clerk also advises on procedural matters and plays a key role in the work of the Governing Body.
Governors are all appointed (except for the Headteacher), are independent and have equal status to each other. A Chair and Vice Chair are elected by the Governing Body and work closely together with the Headteacher and the Clerk.
During the school year 2017/18, the Governing Body was structured in accordance with the Circle method. This means that there are no committees, except for the Headteacher’s Appraisal Committee and the Pay Committee, which enables the whole Governing Body to take a broader and more informed holistic view of the school. Governors are divided into pairs and visit the school at least 3 times during the year to monitor key priority areas identified in the annual School Improvement Plan. These monitoring arrangements are in place also for the Nursery and specific monitoring is
undertaken for the areas of Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Finance. Formal monitoring visits allow governors the opportunity to observe and communicate with staff and pupils and ensure that actions agreed in the School Improvement Plan are being actively undertaken by the school. After each visit, a formal report is prepared and presented at the next Governing Body meeting. From this the progress in the delivery of agreed school priority areas can be actively monitored and impact on the education of the pupils more effectively assessed.
During 2017-18 the Governing Body met 8 times, the Headteachers Appraisal Committee met 4 times, and the Pay Committee met once. There were 18 formal monitoring visits undertaken and governors visited informally supporting school events such as plays, music evenings and Parent Teacher Association evenings. The Chair of Governors has regular meetings with the Headteacher and Clerk outside of full Governing Body meetings. Governors also attended interviews with the Ofsted inspection team when they attended the school in July 2018.
The overall attendance record of governors has been excellent, and every meeting has been quorate during the school year. Details of the attendance of school governors are published on the school website under Governor Business Interests.
The Headteacher’s Appraisal Committee is supported by an external advisor. Additionally, there is a facility to bring together small panel/committees as and when needed. The Governing Body has set up Terms of Reference for a Joint Panel with Wateringbury Primary School, in order that we may collaborate and support each other as necessary. The Governing Body and the committees all have clear terms of reference and all Governors are required to abide by a Code of Conduct.
Governing Body Skills & Knowledge Development
The Governing Body recognises that to effectively fulfil its role, it must ensure that all of its Governors have the required skills and knowledge to support the achievement of the school’s priority objectives.
Recognising the importance of training and development, the Governing Body has a Training Policy in place and appoints a Training Governor to ensure that there is a committed and consistent focus on the areas where the Governing Body needs to develop. Regular skills audits are undertaken to identify and address any skills gaps together with an annual self-evaluation of the effectiveness of the Governing Body over the school year. These are identified and monitored through regular skills audits of the Governing Body and an annual Governing Body self-evaluation. The Governing Body is a member of the National Governors Association and uses this and other relevant information channels to ensure it remains abreast and up to date on relevant developments in the education sector.
Governor Focus in Academic Year 2017-18
At the beginning of the school year, the Governing Body agreed with the Headteacher a School Improvement Plan. This annual planning document is used to identify the key areas on which the school and the Governing Body wish to focus during the academic year and includes scheduled milestones and measures to assist with ongoing monitoring as well as impact indicators so that the Governing Body can assure itself that the actions taken within the plan will improve teaching and learning outcomes for all children. In addition to school monitoring visits, the Governing Body uses other school data including, SATS results, Local Authority data, government data (Analyse School
Performance), Phonics Screening Check, Baseline Assessment, the Ofsted Data Dashboard and regular internal school assessment data. Pupil progress and attainment is scrutinised through data analysis. Vulnerable groups including pupil premium and SEN children are closely monitored. During the 2017/18 academic year, the school realised significant funding issues brought on by Government changes to school funding. A financial plan was put in place to ensure the impact to pupils will be reduced.
Governor focus areas for 2018/19
The Governing Body will continue to develop and work towards the longer-term strategy of the school, to closely monitor financial status and progress against plan and to work closely with the Headteacher, SLT, staff and parent communities to deliver the best outcomes for our pupils.