Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Southwood Primary School
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Southwood Primary School Governing Body are:
The Governing Body of the School is made up of 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 7 Co-opted governors. The Governing Body 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. The Deputy Headteacher is an associate governor, attending full governing body meetings and standards committee meetings. Other members of staff are also invited to attend committee meetings as needed. At the last meeting of the year the newly appointed second Deputy Head was also appointed as an associate governor.
The full Governing Body meets each term. We have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. At Southwood we have a Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, a Standards Committee, which also deals with all pupil matters, together with a Pay and Performance Management Committee. We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.
The committee structure allows the governors to monitor and evaluate what is happening at the school and also allows us to challenge and support the very successful leadership team and staff.
for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.
The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body
During the past year the Governing Body has continued to work with the Headteacher to build and embed the leadership structure, particularly increasing middle leadership capacity. We have continued to support him in making staff appointments and developing the middle leadership structure, where we have seen some significant improvements over the past year. This has allowed the school to continue to improve the curriculum and to embed robust processes for assessment in line with the requirements of the new curriculum. The school has continued with the positive and forward-looking culture and continues to drive high standards.
Our other key focus has been continuing to capitalise and embed the Primary Alliance for Collaborative Engagement (PACE) Ltd with other local schools. This partnership involves the sharing of expertise in teaching and learning and also brings financial benefits through negotiating contracts as a group of schools.
We have continued to monitor and evaluate progress with priorities in the school’s action plan at Governing Body meetings. In doing so, we have considered key pupil data and agreed ambitious targets. We have also received information from our local authority link advisor relating to local and national priorities and her visits to the school.
Within Standards Committee meetings, data on the progress and attainment of groups of pupils, including vulnerable groups, is discussed in detail. We have continued to evaluate targeted interventions and the quality of teaching and learning is continuing to be a strong focus for us.
At the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee we have been ensuring value for money and approving decisions and policies relating to pay, staffing and performance management. This committee is also responsible for the school buildings and health and safety. The focus for last year was reviewing SLA’s and ensuring that we were receiving the right level of service for the best cost.
Governors visit the school in order to see for themselves the impact of the decisions they are making. Information from these visits is reported back to the rest of the Governing Body. Each governor has a specific responsibility, such as safeguarding, curriculum or a whole school priority and meets with the relevant member of staff when they visit. Governors also attended an away day where the focus was around helping the school shape the Values and Aims which have now been published. We also discussed the changing context in which governors operate and did self-reviews against the skill sets required to be a Governor.
Future plans for the governors
The governors are continuing the drive to develop into an outstanding school.
We are also restructuring to ensure we link into the key priorities of the school and also to ensure the flow of information from the leadership team is consumed well – this detail will be ratified at the first GB meeting of the new School Year.
As a Governing Body we are also looking for opportunities to support initiatives and themes in school which will allow us to increase our visibility but also support Key priorities for the school
How you can contact the Governing Body
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr J Goate via the School Office. You can see the full list of governor’s business interest on the school website.