|Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of
Bowburn Infant & Nursery School 2016
|School Vision/Mission Statement “We are all different, but we are all special.”|
|The Governing Body of Bowburn Infant & Nursery School has a strong
focus on its three core strategic functions:
|Governance arrangements||The Governing body of Bowburn Infant & Nursery School was re-constituted in June 2015 and is now made up of 6 co-opted governors, 6 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor and 2 staff representative governors.
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. This includes a School committee, Community committee, Children’s committee, Finance committee and Personnel committee.
We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.
Stewart Davidson is our Chair of Governors, he has been in this role since May 2015. Councillor Blakey is our vice chair. During the academic year we have welcomed Sandra Cavanagh onto our governing body as a Co-opted governor.
|Attendance record of governors||Governors attend our full governing body 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). Details of attendance at all of our Governing Body meetings can be found here: Governing Body Attendance Meetings|
|The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body||Key issues faced and addressed
The governing body was busy in the summer term supporting the school with staffing arrangements. Governors appointed Mr Amos and Miss Jarvis in May to work in our Year 2 classrooms from September 2016.
The School committee has met regularly this year to discuss pupil progress, targets and end of year data to ensure all children make good or better progress. This committee is also responsible for tracking ‘vulnerable groups’ and monitor on how the pupil premium grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.
The Children’s committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises. We have a named governor responsible for health and safety in school and the LA carries out a health and safety audit every two years. Our last health and safety audit took place in June 2015 and the findings were shared with governors on the Children’s committee. The Children’s committee is also responsible for monitoring provision for SEND pupils in school, ensuring they receive a good level of support and are making good or better progress. This committee is also responsible for monitoring the school’s SEND report on the website.
The governing body has developed its monitoring processes this year to enable them to hold the Headteacher and senior leaders to account. The governing body’s work around monitoring has included:
The finance committee are responsible for monitoring the budget and making decisions on how the budget should be used. In 2015-2016 governors prioritised the need for additional staff to run an individual reading programme, agreed to the purchase of Classroom Monitor, (a new assessment system for tracking progress) and allocated funding to ensure books and ICT resources are updated on a rolling programme.
Minutes of governing body and committee meetings are public documents, you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.
|Future plans for the Governing Body||Over the next 12 months, priorities for the governing body will include:
|Contact Details||We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Davidson via the school office or by emailing the school: firstname.lastname@example.org You can see the full list of governors on the school website and minutes of governing body meetings and more information about what we do by requesting necessary information from the school office.|