Annual Governance Statement 2018

Graeme Snell

The core strategic functions of the Pixies Hill School Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values 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.

The Governing Body reconstituted in September 2014 in line with Government guidelines. The constitution of the governing body is;

1 Headteacher, 1 staff governor, 2 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor and 6 co-opted governors.

The Full Governing Body meets at least once each term, we also have 2 committees which meet every half term to consider different aspects of the school in detail. These committees are:

  • Resources, Financial and Buildings Committee
  • School Improvement Committee

There are Terms of Reference for the Main Governing Body and for the Committees.

The role of the Resources, Financial and Buildings Committee is:

  • To ensure all members of staff are appropriately led and managed taking into account recruitment, pay and procedure.
  • To ensure strong levels of stewardship in all matters of finance, to consider best practice, value and use of resources.
  • To evaluate health and safety, maintenance and repairs and ensure policy and legal compliance in the circa of buildings.

The role of the School Improvement Committee is:

  • To contribute to strategic planning within the school, and to present to the School Development Plan to the full Governing Body.
  • To review and evaluate at least termly with the Senior Management / Leadership Team, the success of the School Development Plan and report to the full Governing Body.
  • To agree the Governing Body’s formal monitoring arrangements in respect of the plan and report progress to the full Governing Body at least termly.

Every child at the school matters to all Governors. We want them to flourish, to grow and be well prepared for the next stage in their life. Therefore we focus on standards and school improvement.

The Governors are part of the Leadership of the school. The Governing Body appointed a new Head in 2012 to lead the school. It gives the Governors great pleasure to see how the Senior Leadership Team led by Mr. Smith has delivered a ‘Good’ school by June 2014. The school has been transformed from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ in less than 18 months and there has been a continued upward trend in results. Developing the Leadership and Management of the school has driven high quality teaching and learning. Together with the Senior Leadership Team the Governors have strategized, planned, monitored and supported every aspect of the school’s work.

Governors attend training sessions, examples of which are as follows:

  • Safeguarding Children
  • Being an Effective Governor
  • Understanding Assessment Data
  • Financial Management for Primary Schools
  • Effective Governor Visits

Each Governor at Pixies Hill is linked to a specific class and they follow this class through the school for the duration of their service. The linked Governor will attend termly Pupil Progress Meetings when possible where the progress and attainment of each child in that class is discussed and appropriate actions agreed for those who need it.

Governors attend the school termly within school hours to carry out monitoring visits in their linked class on a pre agreed subject. Recent visits have included assessing the implementation of the new Homework Policy and Marking and Feedback Policy, Challenge and Differentiation and the New Curriculum. Challenge and Differentiation and the Marking and Feedback Policy were selected as they were highlighted as areas to be developed in the last Ofsted Report and were also from the School Improvement Plan.

Governors have recently been involved in the development of the school’s new 3 year plan. This was developed by the Head with input from the staff and Governors. It has both Operational and Aspirational objectives for the next 3 years.

There have been no significant changes to staffing during the last year, our very low staff turnover is reflective of the school in general in that it is an excellent place to be both in terms of as a pupil or as a member of staff.

Governors monitor attendance and late arrivals and agree appropriate actions with the Head. Also an Annual Safeguarding Checklist is completed by the Head, Chair of Governors and the Safeguarding Governor.

The Governing Body welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents. There is a full list of Governors on the school website. The Chair of Governors, Kaye Cartwright, can be contacted through the school office.