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Annual Governance Statement 2018

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of

Brackenhill Primary School

September 2018

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Brackenhill Primary School Governing Body are:

 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance Arrangements

 

The Governing Body of Brackenhill Primary School was reconstituted in September 2015 and currently consists of:

 

Three Parent Governors – elected by parents

One Local Authority Governor – appointed by Bradford City Council

One Staff Governor – elected by staff members

One Headteacher – ex officio

Six Co-Opted Governors – appointed by the Governing Body

 

The Governing Body has a range of skills which includes experience and expertise in:

  • Financial Management
  • Teaching and Learning
  • School Leadership
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Marketing
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Performance Management

 

The Governing Body has a programme of meetings throughout the school year, and a committee structure that focuses on specific areas of governance including:

  • Monitoring School Improvement/ Teaching and Learning
  • Safeguarding
  • Finance
  • Health and Safety
  • Ad hoc standing panels, convened as appropriate, to deal with incidents of pupil

exclusion, staff capability and complaints.

Attendance record of governors

 

A record is kept by the clerk to the governing body: attendance being recorded at each meeting and attendance at meetings listed below as a percentage.

 

Governors are acutely aware that meetings need to be 'quorate' to ensure that the work of the governing body is effective.

In 2017-2018 the Governing Body and committees have been focused on working with the Headteacher, the school’s manager and all of the staff to:

 

Ensure the school is safe, secure and sustainable, through: -

Safeguarding

Health and Safety

Making judicious decisions relating to staffing

Celebrating our success and marketing our school across a wide area

Prudent financial management

Working closely with our cluster partners

Reviewing the performance management of the Headteacher and the staff through an effective appraisal system

Reviewing and updating statutory policies

Monitoring the effectiveness of pupil premium and sports premium funding and supporting disadvantaged pupils

 

In addition, the Governing Body has: 

Ensured that teaching and learning is at least consistently good for all pupils and that all make at least expected progress.

 

We have managed this through:

Supporting the Headteacher with monitoring the work of teachers and pupils in the classroom and providing effective challenge.

Examining and challenging internal and external performance and progress data.

Ensuring the judgements of staff and the Headteacher are in line with local and national standards through Local Authority validation

Ensuring that the individual needs of pupils are met through appropriate interventions by scrutiny of data and regular visits by the SEND Governor.

 

The success of the school and the Governing Body was highlighted following the Ofsted inspection – May 2018. The Ofsted inspection team confirmed that:

 

‘Governance at the school is strong. Governors visit school regularly. They offer support where appropriate and they have an excellent understanding about the school’s performance. Governors use their expertise effectively. They ask challenging questions to ensure that the school directs resources, including pupil premium and sport funding, effectively to secure further improvement‘.

 

In order to ensure Governors have the necessary skills the members of the Governing Body have undertaken training events and course, provided by the Local Authority and external providers – these courses have included:

Networks

OFSTED preparation

School Improvement

Safeguarding

Finance

Assessment

National curriculum developments and assessment

 

Availability of approved minutes of the GB – on request from the school office.

Strategic Planning for the Future

The focus for 2018-2019 is to ensure that:

  • teachers continue to provide opportunities for girls to further embed their understanding of high-level reading skills so that more achieve the high standard at the end of key stage 2
  • teachers move pupils, especially boys, onto more challenging reasoning problems sooner, throughout school
  • strategies to improve attendance are developed so that attendance is at least in line with the national average. 

 

How to contact your governing body

Information about the school’s governing body is available on the governors’ page of the school website.

Governing Body Membership

Name of Governor

 

Julie Hields (Chair)

Zahir Ali

Magda Kaczmarczyk

Tim Lawson

Sophia Malik

Helen Metcalf

Sarish Nasir

David Young

Category

 

Co-opted

Parent

Parent

Co-Opted

Staff

Headteacher

Co-Opted

Co-Opted

Term of office

 

31/08/2019

31/01/2022

07/03/2019

04/05/2021

19/07/2021

N/A

05/12/2021

31/08/2019

 

 

 

Governors’ Attendance Record for 2017-2018 (%)

Name of Governor

 

FGB

 

Committees

Julie Hields (Chair)

Zahir Ali

Shanaz Begum

Shelagh Brindle

Magda Kaczmarczyk

Tim Lawson

Sophia Malik

Helen Metcalf

Sarish Nasir

Michelle Swallow

David Young

100

20

0

100

60

50

100

100

100

60

100

100

N/A     

0           Removed – July 2018

N/A      Resigned - November 2018

0

47

66

100

100

33         Resigned - July 2018

100

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