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Autumn 2015

posted 26 Jan 2016, 23:44 by Charlotte Chapman   [ updated 9 Nov 2017, 00:44 ]

Welcome to the Governors’ Blog in which we summarise the activities that we have conducted for the school.

This term we welcomed our new parent governors, Nikki Pease and Peter Sutcliffe, who are eligible to serve on the governing body for four years.   However, we still have a vacancy for another governor.  Other than parent governors, who are elected entirely by elections from parents at the school, other governors are co-opted onto the governing body to bring skills that will complement those of the existing governors.  When Nikki and Pete joined us, we reviewed their existing skills and those that we need before looking to fill the final vacancy.  We are still looking for a suitable person.

A key objective for the autumn term was for governors to reaffirm our commitment to provide a safe school for the children in our care.  We did this by everyone signing that we had read and understood the latest issue of the Government’s statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education.

At each governors meeting there is a mix of regular items that are scrutinised every term and those that are performed once a year or perhaps once every two years on a rolling programme.  The main items that we do every term include scrutiny of the Head Teacher’s report to governors and a review of both sub-committee’s minutes.  The purpose is for governors to ensure that the school is doing its best for the children and providing value for money for you, the tax-payer.  We partly achieve this by reviewing progress against the school’s development plan, the latest one of which was produced last year with the help of children and parents.

The items that we perform once a year or perhaps once every two years include the reviewing and updating, if necessary, of school policies.  Many of the policies and other the data that we review, such as how we spend the additional support funding for children, is published for your benefit elsewhere on the school website.

There are other tasks that governors only perform infrequently.  One such task is to review how the school is managed and leaders recruited.  This was a task that we also conducted in the autumn term.

As a post-script to this term’s blog, are very happy note that local Parish Councillor, Mrs Sandra Morgan was honoured with an MBE in HM Queen’s New Years Honours list for 2015 for serving her community for over 50 years.  We congratulate her in this award especially as she served as a Governor at this school for (we think) over 20 years, including many years as and Chair of governors.