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Governors Annual Statement

The governing body of Broadgate Primary School conducts its business to take account of the three roles of the governing bodies as outlined in the Governors’ Handbook:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the head teacher 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.

The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the head teacher and senior leadership team.

The governing body also ensures that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures. All staff have signed a record to confirm they have read Part 1 of the DfE statutory guidance “Keeping Children Safe in Education”. The governing body has familiarised itself with the document and work with the safeguarding lead in school to complete the annual safeguarding audit.

The composition of the governing body

The governing body re-constituted in October 2014 and comprises 14 governors in total.  Every governor appointed to the governing body is appointed on the basis of the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The number of governors in each category is determined through the Instrument of Government and is currently:

1 head teacher

1 elected staff governor

4 elected parent governors

1 local authority governor

6 co-opted governors

1 associate member

There is currently one vacancy on the governing body for a local authority representative.  The governing body will identify potential skills and expertise for any newly recruited governors through the skills matrix which is completed annually.

Meetings of the governing body

The full governing body meets four times a year; all meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk. There are also three main governing body committees which meet a minimum of three times a year and which have delegated authority. The committees are:

Resources – finance, personnel and premises

Teaching and learning

Behaviour and safety

There is also a staffing committee and a head teacher performance management committee which meet as required.

Attendance at meetings

Governors have good attendance at meetings overall. Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; governors are aware through the code of conduct that non-attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a governor six months from the date of first non-attendance.  See the website for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.

The remit of the governing body and its committees

The governing body and senior leadership team completed a self-evaluation of the school in July 2016 taking into account the July 2016 SATs results, the school’s internal monitoring of pupil progress and attainment and changes to the assessment of pupils. The self-evaluation then informed our school improvement plan which has prioritised the following three areas:

1:  To develop children’s skills in reading comprehension, utilising higher order reading skills developed through the Reading Detective Programme.

2:  To develop a marking and feedback policy that effectively supports learning and progress.

3:  To develop a growth mindset approach to learning and teaching across the school.

The monitoring and evaluation of progress towards the priorities will be through the teaching and learning committee.

 

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