Annual Governance Statement 2017-2018

At Horspath C of E Primary School, we have a team of Governors who work closely with the Head Teacher and the school leadership team in order to continue to drive excellence in the achievements of our children, ensuring they all fulfil their potential. Through positive challenge, by bringing in our experiences from outside, and by supporting the strategy of the school, we look to help all the children at Horspath C of E Primary School be successful.

The role of the Governing Body is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The Governing Body at Horspath C of E Primary School is committed to both maintaining and exceeding these high standards.

Every School Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding school leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. 
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and ensuring that money is well spent for the benefit of all pupils.

We operate a Link Governors scheme where Governors are linked to school development plan objectives which allows close partnership between Governors and teaching staff.  With regular meetings, link Governors develop an in-depth understanding of a particular area, report back about it, and plan for improvement in the future.

Governor visits to the school are documented on a Governor Monitoring Form which details the visit, allowing Governors to inform fellow Governors on what they have learned during the visit, express what they have observed working well, whether anything needs clarification and any suggestions for improvement.

All members of the Governing Body receive training and attend events run by the River Learning Trust as well as external bodies; this allows us to keep up-to-date with our responsibilities with regard to the latest requirements and expectations, as well as local and national best practice. The impact of this training is that Governors have the skills to hold leaders to account or to better analyse data for example. Lists of training attended and scheduled are kept and maintained by the Governing Body.

The Governors are organised into 3 committees, the Children, Learning, and Communication Committee, the Assessment and Standards Committee, and the Finance and Resources Committee. These meet three or four times per year. In addition, we hold a Full Governing Body twice every term, and the chairs of the committees also sit on the Head teacher’s performance panel. Further details of the work of each committee can be found on the school website, as are dates of meetings.

Attendance records of each Governor are also listed on the school website.

Specific areas of focus from 2017 – 2018 were:

  • Supporting the implementation of a new English curriculum in order specifically to improve standards of writing.
  • Supporting the implementation of a new Maths curriculum in order specifically to improve fluency, reasoning, and problem solving.
  • Supporting the school in its drive to improve attitudes and behaviours for learning, and to continue to develop a Growth Mindset in all members of the school community.
  • Encouraging the school to develop foundation subjects further in order to provide a broad curriculum for all pupils.
  • Continuing to develop effective links with and through the River Learning Trust.
  • Assisting the school through the SIAMS inspection.

For 2018 – 2019, areas of focus will include:

  • Ensuring a period of stability after the change of Head teacher, SENCO, and Year 6 teacher in the summer of 2018.
  • Supporting the development of the skills and knowledge of senior leaders to ensure effective leadership and management.
  • Maintaining and developing high outcomes for all pupils by ensuring consistently good or better teaching, in particular using Assessment for Learning strategies.
  • Supporting an improvement through the phonics curriculum in order that the number of pupils passing the phonics screening at the end of Year 1 is above the national average.
  • Responding to the SIAMS inspection report.