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Annual Statement

 

Annual Governance Statement for Benhall Infants and Pre School 2015-16

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Benhall Infants and Pre School Governing Body are:

  1. Setting the strategic direction of the school
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
  3. Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money

Governance

arrangements

The Governing body of Benhall Infants and Pre School in line with government

recommendations is made up of:

  • the Headteacher,
  • 1 elected staff governor,   
  • 2 elected Parent Governors,
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 7 Co-opted governors appointed by the governing body who in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to  contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

 

  • This year 1 Associate Governor has also been appointed

 

The full Governing Body meets at least six times each year. Each meeting is preceded by a meeting of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

The Pay Panel meets annually to discuss and agree Pay and Performance.

The Headteacher’s Performance Management Panel meets twice, the first meeting includes an independent consultant to help review and set new targets.

There are committees that can meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

See Appendix A for a list of Governors 2015-2016 and their responsibilities.

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 Appendix B for details of individual governor’s attendance at meetings.

The work carried out by the Governing Body this year

The Governing Body is always very thorough in carrying out its strategic responsibilities, in particular focusing on the priorities of the school development plan and monitoring progress data to ensure that the pupils achieve the highest standards they can, made possible by the highest quality of teaching and learning. A strong focus this year has been on starting a new initiative to develop independence and resilience through the concept of being a purple learner – providing the tools and strategies to face appropriately challenging situations with confidence and with ‘asking the teacher’ as a last resort.

This year has again provided significant challenges for the senior leadership team and governors with the need to manage complex staffing issues but as in the previous year the secure systems in school enabled disruption to be kept to a minimum and thanks must be given to Mrs Richmond for managing the changes so professionally.

The statutory changes to the National Curriculum have been embedded and Y2 have taken the revised SATs for the first year. This has not been without considerable challenge as the creative curriculum of which we are very proud strives to develop key learning skills whereas the national Curriculum has a strong bias on factual knowledge. This year has seen the first year of testing and assessment without levels and has been quite controversial as requirements have been updated continually throughout the year. Benhall Governors are very fortunate in that we continue to receive regular and thorough updates from the headteacher and senior leadership team as well as carrying out our own in school monitoring with visits to our linked classes and subject leaders.

The Governing Body is responsible for Safeguarding and we review the policy for this every year and check that all the latest statutory requirements are in place.

The school and governors carried out the annual full survey of its stakeholders through questionnaires.  The responses were overwhelmingly positive with the small number of less than highly positive remarks mainly being attributable to the unavoidable but unfortunate need for staffing changes during the year.

The school staff and governors engage in regular self evaluation against the Ofsted guidelines and this is scrutinized by our independent school improvement partner. It is 6 years now since the school was inspected by Ofsted and so this year we also commissioned a Local Authority Review to enable the leadership team and governing body to have a clear understanding of the successes and issues facing the school.  I am pleased to say that the outcomes of the review were very positive and confirmed the aspects that the school wishes to develop next year.

Throughout the year the Governing Body has managed to maintain its full complement of governors. We held an election for a parent governor at the end of the autumn term to replace a governor who needed to resign because of personal work pressures.  We approved a co-opted governor to fill a vacancy and appointed the School Business Manager as an Associate Governor. This enables him to be party to governor discussion and decisions but without voting rights. All three new governors have settled very quickly and effectively into their governor roles.

A major Governor focus for this year has been to raise the profile of governors within the parent community.  We have ensured governor presence at parent evenings, information and celebration events and open days. However the major effort has been to provide termly newsletters with information about the role of the governors, who link governors for each class are and what they have done.  I would like to thank Tim Bayes our Vice Chair for the success of this initiative – it is due to his editorial creativity and resilience in getting governors to provide contributions that these have been so well received.

The Governing body has also begun a process of reviewing and refreshing the school’s mission to allow our strategic planning to take a longer-term view. It is anticipated that this process will be completed by the end of 2016, following a wide consultation amongst the various constituent groups within the school.

The work that we have done on our committees 

This year the school amended its committee structure so that the Governing Body functions with just one main committee additional to the work of the Full Governing Body (FGB). The remit if the Finances Committee was extended to become the Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GP) and has a focus across both Benhall Infant School and the Extended Provision through Benhall Pre School and After School Club with regard to finance, personnel and building issues. This committee feeds back to the FGB. Information re teaching and learning issues in the Pre School is now delivered through the main FGB.  The F&GP committee meets on the same day as the FGB.

Finance and General Purposes Committee: The Finance and General Purposes Chair meets with the School Business Manager and the Headteacher on a monthly basis to review the budget and the outcomes are fed back to the full committee. There are also meetings with the School’s Finance Officer. The committee has been developing the role of a Vice Chair so as to increase continuity and succession planning. The committee completes and submits to County the annual Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) report.  It engages in benchmarking against statistical neighbours and this provides a positive view of the way the school is managed financially. The Committee is well aware of the necessity for prudence at a time of tightened school budgets but through careful management is still able to find sufficient funds to continue school improvement initiatives and retain staffing levels. This year there have been several challenging decisions regarding managing temporary staffing situations arising from maternity leave situations across many classes so as to obtain the best outcomes for the pupils.

Future plans for the governors.

After many years as Chair of Governors it is time for me to step down from that position although I will continue my term of office as a Governing Body Member. I have been very fortunate in the level of support and encouragement I have received from both fellow governors and staff, particularly Mrs Richmond. The Vice Chair is also stepping down from his role due to work pressures but likewise will continue as a governor. Miss Everett has resigned from her Deputy Head post after many years at Benhall, although she will still be a member of staff when she returns from maternity leave. Governors would like to thank her for all the hard work and commitment she has given to the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body.   We look forward in September to welcoming Miss Bilton who will be our new Deputy Head. These changes mean that the Governing Body will start the year with a period of developing and rearranging roles and responsibilities but such is the strength of the current governing body that this will not pose a problem to the quality of strategic school leadership. Governors will start their year with their own thorough Self Evaluation.  As well as continuing with the development of purple learning strategies Governors and the Senior Leadership Team are just embarking on developing an enhanced school vision which will engage all stakeholders and will focus on how we can ALL contribute to developing even further all aspects of life in Benhall Infant and Pre School.

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents - please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office or by email.

 

Appendix A       Governor Roles and Responsibilities  2015 – 16 (as at Summer Term)

 

Governor

Role

Class

link

Committee/panel

Curriculum Responsibility &

policy review

Pat Palmer

Co-opted Governor

Chair

Named Governor

New Governor Induction 

Pupil Premium Governor

 Forest School- Alison Stephens

Pre School – Hannah Pain

Pupil Discipline Committee

Finance & General Purposes Committee

Staff Dismissal Appeal Panel

HT PM

History

Art

 

 

Tim Bayes

LA Governor

Vice Chair

Pupil  Voice lead

Governor portal administrator

Governor for e-learning and internet issues

Sustainability issues

Health and Safety Governor

Year 1  Green Class

Mel Mason

 

Staff dismissal committee

 

(NQT so no SL)

 

 

Stacey Rees

Co-opted Governor

Parent Voice

SEN Governor

Year R Yellow (shared with BM) Emma Roper + Charlie Aitken

Staff Dismissal Committee

Pay Panel

HTPM

DT

Geography

Maths (shared)

 

Duncan Spalding

Co-opted

Governor

 

Systems monitor /auditor

Community Voice

YR Orange

Hannah Spence +

Fiona Norman

Finance & General Purposes Committee – Vice Chair

Pupil discipline Committee

Staff Dismissal Appeal Panel

 

Science +students NQT

Computing

Dave Filipovic-Carter

Co-opted Governor

Equality & statutory

compliance Governor

 

Year 2 Indigo Class

Amber Phipps

 

Finance& General Purposes  Committee -Chair

Pay Panel

HTPM

Re /PHSE

Simon Sutton

Co-opted Governor

Community Strategy including use of social media

Parent voice-lead

Year 1 Blue (with TB) Kirsty Haines (June +)

Staff Dismissal Committee

Maths (with TB)

PE (with TB)

Becky Martin

Parent Governor

Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor including LAC

Pre School Parent Voice

Parent Voice

 

Year R Yellow (shared with SR) Emma Roper + Charlie Aitken

Finance & General Purposes Committee

Staff Dismissal Committee

 

Geography + maths (shared)

 

Andy Cook

Parent Governor

Communication strategy including social media

Parent Voice

Y2 Violet Class

Charlotte Masek

Staff Dismissal Appeal Panel

Music

English

Hazel Everett

Co-opted Governor

Deputy Head

Governor School visits lead

CPD coordinator

Community Cohesion Gov

 

 

 

Hannah Pain

Co-opted Governor

Pre School Manager

SLT

EYFS Staff voice

 

Finance and General Purposes Committee

 

 

Sally Lane

Staff Governor

Inclusion Co-ordinator

staff voice gov

 

Pupil Discipline Committee

 

Chris  Freeman

Associate Governor

School Business Manager

 

Finance and General Purposes Committee

 

Wendy Richmond

Headteacher

Headteacher

New Governor Induction

Support staff voice

 

Finance & General Purposes Committee

Pay Panel

 

 

Kate Shepherd

Clerk

 

Clerk to FGB;

New Governor Induction  - process initiator & monitor

 

Clerk to:

Finance & General Purposes  Committees

Staff Dismissal /Appeals Committee

Pupil Discipline Committee

Pay Panel

 

 

 

Appendix B       Benhall Infant School Governing Body                     Register of attendance 2015 – 2016

 

 

 

FGB –  28 September

FGB –  2 November

FGB –  30 November

FGB  - 1 February

FGB – 7 March

FGB – 16 May

FGB – 4 July

 

Finance –  2 November

Finance – 1 February

Finance – 7 March

Finance – 16 May

Finance – 4 July

 

Pat Palmer

1

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

Hannah Pain

2

û

ü

ü

ü

û

ü

û

 

ü

ü

û

ü

û

 

Hazel Everett

3

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

û

û

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy Richmond

4

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

Sally Lane

5

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becky Martin

6

 

 

 

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

 

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

Tim Bayes

7

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

û

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stacey Rees

8

ü

û

ü

û

ü

û

û

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Filipovic-Carter

9

ü

ü

ü

ü

û

ü

û

 

ü

ü

û

ü

û

 

Simon Sutton

10

 

 

ü

û

ü

ü

ü

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duncan Spalding

11

 

 

û

û

ü

û

ü

 

ü

û

ü

û

ü

 

Andy Cook

12

ü

û

ü

ü

û

ü

û

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saskia Penrose

13

ü

ü

û

 

 

 

 

 

ü

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Freeman

14

 

 

 

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

 

ü

ü

ü

ü

 

 

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