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Governors

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of

Brackenhill Primary School

September 2016

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 the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school 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 2015-16 the Governing Body and committees  have been focussed 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

Ensure the new National Curriculum is well embedded

Ensuring the school has an accurate assessment system to measure pupil performance

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 from their starting points.

 

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.

Through supporting the Headteacher and staff to take a rigorous approach to Safeguarding and Health and Safety.

 

The success of the school and the Governing Body was highlighted following the Ofsted inspection – October 2014. The Ofsted inspection team confirmed that:

 

‘The Chair of the Governing Body is well supported by an experienced team of governors. Under her leadership, governors have worked successfully, supporting leaders and teachers to raise standards by improving teaching. They have an appropriate range of skills and have made good use of training to ensure that they are effective in holding the headteacher to account for the performance of the school, including the effective spending of pupil premium funding. They have improved their knowledge of how well pupils are doing in their learning through their links with middle leaders and subject leaders, as well as through their links with individual classes. They understand the quality of teaching in the school, and the actions taken to improve achievement, particularly of the pupils in Year 1 and Year 2. They are fully involved in checking how well the school is addressing the areas for improvement, accurately identified by the school. Governors ensure that school finances are well managed and that the school’s arrangements for safeguarding are in place. Statutory duties are fulfilled. ‘

 

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

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 2016-2017 is:

  • to continue ensuring that teaching and learning are at least consistently good or better and the school will be working towards becoming outstanding for all pupils;
  • to respond to local and national initiatives and developments particularly surrounding the assessment methods and developing teaching and learning in light of these;
  • to work effectively with cluster partners;
  • by securing a consistent, sustainable and cost-effective staffing structure in the schools
  • making judicious decisions relating to staffing
  • celebrating our success and marketing our school across a wide area
  • undertaking our statutory duties with regard to financial management; safeguarding; performance management of the Headteacher and teachers; monitoring health and  safety; reviewing and updating statutory policies; and monitoring the effectiveness of pupil premium and sports premium funding

 

Governors have undertaken a variety of training including Local Authority Networks, OFSTED preparation, School Improvement, Safeguarding, Finance, National Curriculum developments and assessment

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

 

Shelagh Brindle

Michelle Swallow

David Young

Helen Metcalf

Lisa Truesdale

Saima Shokat

Julie Hields

Shanaz Begum

Sue Marie Blezard

Fiaraz Iqbal

Category

 

Co-opted

LA

Co-Opted

Headteacher

Co-Opted

Parent

Co-Opted

Parent

Staff

Parent

Term of office

 

20/06/2018

24/09/2020

31/08/2019

N/A

31/08/2019

03/02/2018

31/08/2019

08/12/2019

18/10/2019

11/05/2019 – resigned 11.05.16

 

 

 

Governors’ Attendance Record for 2015-2016 (%)

Name of Governor

 

FGB

 

Committees

Shelagh Brindle

Michelle Swallow

David Young

Helen Metcalf

Lisa Truesdale

Saima Shokat

Julie Hields

Shanaz Begum

Sue Marie Blezard

Fiaraz Iqbal

100

40

100

80

60

60

80

80

100

66

100

100

100

80

N/A

20

100

N/A

75

N/A