Annual Governance Statement 2017

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Board

BEXTON Primary School

June 2017

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Bexton Primary School Governing Board are:

  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.

 

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Bexton Primary School was re-constituted in 2012 and is now made up of 5 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 7 Co-opted governors and 2 staff governors (including the Head teacher).

The full Governing Board meets once each term, and we also have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. The Resources Committee focuses on finance, premises and some personnel matters; the Curriculum Committee which looks at all aspects of teaching and learning. We also have committees that meet if required to consider performance management, pupil discipline and staffing matters.

See the Governor pages on the school website for a list of Governors.

Attendance record of governors

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). See the governor pages on the website for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.

 

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The Governing Board has had a particularly busy year focusing on our three main priorities which we identified in our three year plan.

1. In striving to be the best we can be, one of the benchmarks we are seeking to attain is ‘outstanding’ OFTED status and have implemented a number of measures to drive this forward. The Curriculum Committee keeps a close eye on pupil progress and attainment and we continue to pursue our ‘good to great’ programme.

2. A significant step for the school this year has been to incorporate the preschool and nursery into the main body of the school. The Governing Board signed off the plans last year and the new building has been completed and now nears the end of a full years’ operation. The outcome will be greater transition for our children from nursery to reception with teaching systems aligned.

3. Over the year there has been significant movement in our thinking on Academisation. We have now taken the decision to change to an Academy; and also that we should join in with Holmes Chapel Primary School as founder members of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Our application has been made to the DfE and we are planning on a transition from November 2017.

 

In addition to our chosen priorities, the Governing Board have also been supporting our new leadership team – Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Sach. We consider they have settled in very well in their first full year and are driving the school forward in the right direction. Our thanks go them and all our dedicated staff.

 

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.

Future plans for the governors

We have a rolling three year plan which we will continue to implement. Initially we would expect our priorities to remain the same since we need to continue to make progress towards ‘outstanding’; we need to continue to embed the new nursery into the governance and day to day running of the school; and we will have to devote considerable time and effort in making a success of our conversion to Academy and MAT

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How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Peter Woodhouse, via the school office; or email him on governors@bexton.sch.cheshire.uk

You can see the full list of governors; their attendance at meetings; governors’ annual declarations of pecuniary interests and more information about what we do, on the Governors’ page of the school website.