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Homefield

C of E Primary School

Our Governors

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Annual Governance Statement

We have a fantastic Governing Body who keep a watchful eye over all that we do. They are in place to be a 'critical friend'. This means that they have the tricky job of constantly asking challenging questions about every aspect of school. 

Our Role:

In accordance with statutory requirements,  the main functions of Homefield Church of England Primary School's Governing Body are;

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • To hold the headteacher and senior leaders to account for performance of the school;

  • To ensure effective and efficient use of school funds.

Our Governing Body:

Headteacher: Mr. Bradley Young

Interim Chair of Governors - Co-Opted Governor: Mrs. Joanna Jones (Curriculum Link - Literacy - Safeguarding - Finance)

Staff Governor: Mrs. Karen Newman (Curriculum Link - Finance - Life Skills)

Foundation Governor: Mr. Ivan Lees (Curriculum Link - Religious Education - Life Skills)

Parent Governor: Mrs. Hannah Willis (SEND - Curriculum Link - Health and Understanding)

Parent Governor: Mr. Daniel Morris (Curriculum Link - Computing - Health and Understanding)

Clerk to Governors: Mrs. Justine Petersen (Administration)

Governance Arrangements:

The Governing Board has 12 positions; 5 are filled and there are currently 6 vacancies:

Co-opted Governors – Jo Jones (Interim-Chair) + 2 vacancies

Foundation Governors – Ivan Lees + 2 vacancies

Headteacher – Bradley Young

Local Authority Governor – 1 vacancy

Parent Governors – Daniel Morris, Hannah Willis + 2 vacancies

Staff Governor – Karen Newman

To discharge the duties of governance, the governors have delegated responsibilities through committees: 

Finance Committee – Jo Jones, Karen Newman, Bradley Young

Learning & Achievement Committee – Ivan Lees, Daniel Morris

Personnel & Resources Committee – Jo Jones, Hannah Willis

Steering Committee – Bradley Young, Jo Jones, Ivan Lees

In addition to the committees above, governors will meet as a panel to hear Appeals, undertake Headteacher Performance Review, and consider pupil discipline issues.

Governors make decisions collectively, but have individual responsibilities in relation to statutory requirements and curriculum subjects.

SEND (Special Educational Needs) Governor – Hannah Willis

Safeguarding Governor – Karen Newman

Finance – Jo Jones and Karen Newman

Governor Curriculum Teams are aligned to Staff Curriculum Teams.

Expressive Arts – Jo Jones

Life Skills – Karen Newman and Ivan Lees

Health & Understanding – Hannah Willis and Daniel Morris

Core Subjects – Ivan Lees (Religious Education); Jo Jones (English) and Daniel Morris (Maths)

Attendance of Governors:

All of our meetings this year have been quorate. Committees meet at least termly, with the Full Governing Board meeting half-termly. 

Our Work This Year:

Our work this year has really focussed on supporting our Headteacher, school leaders and children to achieve our SIDP vision and achievement targets; to become an "Outstanding” school. We have concentrated on supporting our school leaders to prepare for a COVID-Secure school environment and in making sure that we as a Governing Body are ready to support in any way we can as the "critical friend."

Each Governor has a role and leads the accountability for a topic / policy area for e.g. Safeguarding or SEND. Governors come into school at least once a term to see staff about their policy area and their link role. Governors also visit for Challenge Days looking at many different areas of the school. Governors are asked to write a brief report about their visit to inform the Governing Body of any issues. This might include the need for further resources or a change to policy. We think that this approach supports and strengthens our ability to challenge school leaders and ensure good use of resources.

This has included;

  • Refining data and bringing together data to show pupil progress.

  • Ensuring Governors understand the different data that is presented to us and the main trends and stories for our school. We have shared and analysed data in many different ways and have levelled challenge regarding it towards our school leaders.

  • Supported the external validation of our school leading up to Ofsted/SIAMS. 

  • We have supported the Headteacher in decisions to ensure the quality of teaching at our school is of the highest standard; investing in single form entry classes; interventions and re-organisation of staff members during the year to ensure that skills and experience were placed where they are most needed.

  • We have recently approved of the manner in which our Sports' Premium and Pupil Premium monies are being spent and challenged the legacy of the spend.

  • We agreed to redesign the way our school taught Guided Reading and Writing and implemented new initiatives to enhance the learning provision in these areas for our pupils. 

  • In terms of budget and resources, our priority is to redesign the changing room facilities to increase the number of lavatories and hand sinks the school has available.  

  • Safeguarding and making sure that our safeguarding procedures continue to be robust and to the highest standard has been another regular key area of focus for the governing body.

Future Plans for the Governing Body:

We will continue to challenge and support the school in their drive towards becoming “Outstanding,"in particular to support the Headteacher in their role as a local leader and to develop a succession plan within the senior leadership team. We are keen to evolve the manner in which we conduct Challenge Days and have liaised with the Headteacher to combine improvement targets from our School Improvement and Development Plan and our Religious Aspects Improvement Plan. This will enable us to have an even stronger understanding of improvement across the school. 

As a Governing Body, we will recruit members to fill our vacancies. We will also explore how we can better our committees and consider having all Governors together, instead of being in committees (due to being so small in number).

Please feel free to come and speak to the Governors at any time about any concerns you may have.

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please write an email addressed to office@homefield.norfolk.sch.uk marking in the subject reference, "CONFIDENTIAL CHAIR."

For further detailed information regarding the responsibilities and interests of our Governors, please see the attached document and table below.

Full Name

Category

Date of Appointment

End of Term Office

Pecuniary & Material  Interests

Roles & Responsibilities

Roles on other Governing Bodies

Attendance Record 2020-2021

Jonathan Earle

Former Chair

Co-Opted

23.09.2020

05.07.2021

Director of Go Geronimo & Back to Basics

Expressive Arts

Safeguarding

None

 

100%

Joanna Jones

Interim- Chair

Co-Opted Governor

26.11.2019

26.11.2023

None

English

Finance

None

100%

Hannah Willis

Parent Governor

23.01.2018

22.01.2022

None

SEN

Health & Understanding

None

100%

Ivan Lees

Foundation Governor

23.01.2018

22.01.2022

 

None

 RE

Life Skills

None

100%

Sharon Pettigrew

Former Joint Vice-Chair

Former Parent Governor

16.06.2017

15.06.2021

None

Pupil Premium

EYFS

Expressive Arts

None

80%

Karen Newman

Staff Governor

26.11.2018

25.11.2022

None

Life Skills

Finance

None

100%

Daniel Morris

Parent Governor

26.11.2019

26.11.2023

 ICT Support Technician at Ormiston Denes Academy 

Health & Understanding 

(Computing)

None

100%

Bradley Young

Headteacher

01.09.2016

31.08.2021

None

Headteacher

Academy Advisory Committee ENSFC

100%