HADRIAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
Governors Annual Statement and Impact Report 2020 – 2021
The Governing body at our school endeavours to fulfil the role defined by Government supported by the Local Authority. In doing so we hope that we can help to make our school the very best it can be for the benefit of our children and be even better today than we were yesterday.
The Department for Education guidance specifies that the annual statement should explain how we have fulfilled our responsibilities, including:
Before covering these areas we should firstly explain that the Governor role is intended to be strategic in nature while being a “critical friend” to the Head teacher and the school leadership team who are responsible for the day to day operational running of the school. In reviewing the way the school works, the Governors have gained an enormous respect for all the staff in the school. The amount of effort, care for our children, and “going the extra mile” we see on a regular basis from all our staff, is nothing short of inspirational. It is not only academic progress that is in evidence in the school, but all the clubs and other activities such as Christmas shows, trips, residential trips, sports events and the Summer Spectacular, that show what a broad and fulfilling education our children benefit from in our school. We would like to take this opportunity to give a huge thank you to all our staff for the level of effort and care they all contribute.
At Hadrian Primary School members of the governing body have played, and continue to play, a strong role in driving the school forward. The current governors who are all listed on the website, are all volunteers, giving up their own time to fulfil the roles for the benefit of our children.
There have been six formal governor meetings for the year 2020 – 2021. These have all taken play virtually, due to COVID restrictions.
Governor attendance has, as always, been of a very good level, with any absences having been fully explained and accepted and approved by the governing body.
There are no causes for concern at the level of commitment shown by any member of the governing body. On the website, the governor’s section highlights governor attendance at meetings.
We have a very experienced clerk that helps us to ensure all the topics we are required to discuss each year are covered, and we have a number of sub-committees that perform much of the detailed work in accordance with their terms of reference:
Responsible for monitoring and reviewing the school budget and the school funds at regular intervals;
Involved in the selection and recruitment of staff, and dealing with issues relating to existing staff;
Full Governing Body
Responsible for setting and monitoring the budget for the school, and overseeing the financial management of the school. The full governing body is also responsible for the maintenance and health and safely aspects of the school buildings, and decisions on the use of the premises outside school hours.
The major concern to the governors is ensuring that our pupils progress appropriately in their education and appreciate that for this to happen the pupils must be supported by a well led, enthusiastic, professionally competent and motivated staff all working together within a safe, supportive but yet relaxing environment.
Governors appreciate too, the requirements of our children’s parents and carers and their need to be satisfied about the overall leadership and management of the school and how it affects safety, learning and enjoyment of their children.
To achieve their objectives governors too must continually evaluate the role they have played within the life of the school, and publish relevant information to all interested parties.
This statement and report are part of that evaluation and publication process.
School Development Plan (SDP)
Governors work co-operatively with the head teacher and senior management in writing and monitoring the School Development Plan. The School Development Plan sets aims for the forthcoming year. The SDP for 2020/21 was based on priorities identified from data, school self-evaluation and Ofsted priorities. The SDP is set out with clear aims, the key tasks which will be completed in order to achieve these aims and the success criteria in order to measure outcomes. The SDP is monitored and reviewed termly, with an evaluation overview being completed and presented to governors alongside the Head Teacher report. This academic year the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a profound impact on school targets.
The targets of the school development plan 2020/21 were identified as
The governors visit the school as part of their monitoring of the SDP and of specific issues. These visits are considered a valuable opportunity for governors to be able to work closely with staff members across the school. Link governors follow a cycle which sets out the monitoring activities which they will be undertaking with the subject leader. Guidance in terms of the roles and responsibilities of governors during their visits are provided and regular training is available in order to up-skill our team.
Examples of the impact of these visits include
Co-operative working to prepare and introduce new policies and working practices on Special Educational Needs, Keeping Children Safe in Education and progress towards achieving the Key Objectives in Literacy and Numeracy. The Literacy and Numeracy governors have also ensured school have a programme of effective interventions which show sustained progress and positively impact on learning in Reading, Writing and Maths. This in turn has allowed school to demonstrate continued year on year improvement in basic skills.
Data is made available to governors through termly meetings with verbal and written presentations followed by question and answer sessions with the Head teacher, Assessment Leader, members of the senior management team and teachers. By doing this the governors are able to benchmark their data against similar schools, the Local Authority and schools nationally to ensure the schools standards and expectations are high and are able to be closely scrutinised.
Particular scrutiny is placed on pupil progress across all ability groups including vulnerable groups and on the effective use of the Pupil Premium.
Governors review all relevant policies on a programmed basis to ensure that all guidance is current and up to date.
Specific attention is paid to ensure that the school complies with the Department of Education mandatory policy list and the Local Authority recommended list.
Hadrian Primary School has an experienced Chair of the Finance Committee who is fully committed to ensuring that the school money is spent effectively for all pupils. Other governors have also attended Financial Management training and some have a professional background in finance.
The governors have worked closely with the Head Teacher, finance officer and senior leaders to monitor the school budget.
The impact of the governors’ role in the school ensures that the budget is managed effectively and improvements are effective and continuous.
At Hadrian Primary School the governors bring a wide variety of expertise to the school and this in turn helps to ensure the school continues to move forward and develop.
Examples of the impact of governor expertise on school improvement includes financial expertise; a number of governors have experience of governance in other educational settings.
Our Chair of Governors has been a vice chair within another school in South Tyneside and has been on the board at Hadrian for over twenty years.
The head teacher and chair of governors are trained in “Safer Recruitment”.
Governors are involved in the recruitment and selection of teaching staff and use the appointment process to ensure that high quality staff who share the schools mission statement and aims are appointed.
During this academic year governors have received training in a range of subjects including safeguarding, child protection and SEND.
Governor Development Plan
This enables the governing body to demonstrate its focus on its three core strategic functions: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the head teacher and Senior Leaders to account for educational performance of the school and its pupils; overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
One of the main objectives in preparing the development plan is to align the governors’ focus on its three core strategies with the requirements of the school development plan, training requirements and any requirements arising from the Ofsted inspection.
This is updated in September with the help and guidance of our School improvement partner Enid Fairbrother.
Impact statement – review:
The governing body, the head teacher and senior management team and indeed all members of staff are constantly striving to improve and develop the school.
This level of dedication and expertise has demonstrated itself in our excellent Phonics and KS2 national test results. It is also demonstrated in the allocation and imaginative use of Sports funding so as to further inspire and up skill teaching staff and pupils. This year we were awarded the SMSC Gold Award and also continue to hold the Inclusion Mark, Arts Mark Gold, Healthy Schools Award, ICT Mark, Basic Skills and Early Years Award and the Eco Bronze Award.
Key issues and priorities that the Governing Body have faced during 2020 – 21
This year has been an exceptionally demanding and eventful year, particularly in light of the global pandemic. Key activities included: