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Annual Statement of Governance

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of               

Howletch Lane Primary School 2017

 

School Vision/Mission Statement

Our vision is to ensure that each and every child has the opportunity to thrive and achieve their potential at Howletch through a combination of excellent teaching, accurate assessment, a creative enquiry-based curriculum and opportunities to build confidence through participation in musical and drama-based activities which make our school unique.

Our ‘ Learning together, achieving together’ school motto links to our Howletch school emblem the Howletch owl. We aim to encourage the pupils of our school to spread their wings, making the most of new opportunities and becoming wise and informed citizens ready to face the challenges of their future lives.

 

 

The Governing Body of Howletch Lane Primary School has a strong

focus on its three core strategic functions:

 

  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, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

 

Governance

arrangements

The Governing Body of Howletch Lane Primary School was re-constituted in September 2015 and was revised in 2017. The Governing Body is composed of 18 governors: the Head teacher, 6 Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Staff Governor and 9 Co-opted 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. At Howletch we have a Finance and Premises Committee which focuses on finance and the school environment; a Curriculum and Standards Committee which considers the curriculum, pupil achievement and teaching standards; a Pupil Wellbeing Committee which considers safeguarding of pupils and staff plus welfare of pupils including giving our pupils a voice in the school and a Pay and Performance Committee which considers staff performance over the year. All of these committees meet regularly. Other committees will meet as required. For a full list of committees see the school website.

Attendance record of governors

Most governors have excellent attendance at 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).

 

Key Issues faced and addressed by the Governing Body

In January 2016, Ofsted judged the school as Requires Improvement (RI). An action plan was created to make improvements in a number of areas. Since February 2016 objectives and targets set in the action plan have been implemented or initiated. This is still ongoing and is monitored regularly by the Local Authority. Changes in assessment and monitoring are embedded within school life but continue to be reviewed. Children are fully involved in their own progress and targets. Results for the 2015/2016 academic year showed improvement in all areas and formed a strong basis for revising and embedding process and practice. Provisional results for the 2016/2017 academic year show even greater improvement in outcomes across all phases and subjects.

 

The focus, as always, is to make improvements overall and to ensure that children are given opportunities to learn and develop to make the best possible progress that they can. To promote and maintain high aspirations for each child and for the school.

 

We give additional consideration to our vulnerable children.

Safeguarding of pupils and staff is also a key issue, especially regarding E-safety. Mrs L Willis is the governor with a specific safeguarding role. By providing a safe and stimulating environment and by listening to our children we aim to improve attendance in school. Improvements in the school environment are prioritised and expenditure agreed within the context of the whole school budget. Particular expenditure for Pupil Premium and Sports Premium are monitored carefully

 

Finances are a constant challenge in school as we await outcomes from the revision of the school funding formula.

 

The Governing Body requested a Health check by the Local Authority. An action plan was devised and this will be re-assessed in Spring 2018.

 

 

Assessment of Impact

Provisional Results from the 2016/2017 pupil assessments were extremely encouraging showing year on year improvements in Early Years, Phonics, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Key Stage 2 results were good in individual subjects and we have seen a huge improvement in the KS2 overall measure of achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. Due to good progress throughout school, we remain above the Government’s Floor Standards.

These results can be attributed to new arrangements in pupil tracking, monitoring by middle and senior leaders, EY environment improvements, staff training, targeted interventions.

Governors have evidence of this from classroom visits, monitoring books and discussions with children and staff. Within the curriculum, there is a responsibility to develop children academically but also to develop them spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC). SMSC is a particular strength in our school, acknowledged by Ofsted.  Pupils have had many opportunities to develop in terms of music, sport and educational visits.

 

Pupils, staff, parents and governors have received information or training regarding E-safety and other aspects of safeguarding.

 

 

Future plans for the Governing Body

Revision of monitoring process, particularly in foundation subjects, to enable us to continue to monitor the curriculum and review results and predictions for all pupils, including vulnerable groups. Ensure resources are deployed appropriately. Ensure staff receive appropriate training to provide even more innovation in the classroom. Ensure children are motivated and self-motivated to learn and to reflect on their own targets.

Monitor attendance.

Make well considered decisions regarding expenditure.

To develop the Governing Body’s own self-evaluation skills to enable the GB to have an accurate view of the impact of its work.

Work with the Local Authority and HMI to attain an improved judgement.

 

Contact Details

The Governing Body welcomes suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents/carers.  Please contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs Karen Stevens c/o the school office.

 

Details of the full Governing Body are on the school website.