Annual Governance Statement 2018-2019

 

 

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Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Board

Bexton Primary School 

 

September 2018-September 2019

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all school 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 2014 and in July 2019 was made up of 3 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 8 Co-opted governors, 1 Headteacher Governor, 1 staff governor and 1 co-opted governor vacancy. 

 

In 2018- 2019, the full Governing Board met at least once each term, and also had two committees meeting once per term each, which considered different aspects of the school in detail and had delegated responsibility for fulfilling some the functions of the governing board. The Resources Committee focus was finance, premises and some personnel matters; the Curriculum Committee focus was all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment. 

 

There was also a ‘Headteacher performance management’ panel, and a ‘Performance Related Pay’ panel. The Governing Board also set up working groups for ‘Three Year Development Plan’, and ‘Academy Transition.’ 

 

The governing board will set up a governor panel as and when needed in the event of exclusions, complaints, pupil discipline, appeals etc.

Attendance record of governors 

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings (88.1% at FGB in the year 2018-2019) 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). Governor attendance is updated after each meeting of the FGB or committee and can be viewed on the school website. 

 

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

This year has been a milestone year in many respects:

 

“First the performance of the school has been outstanding – officially! Our external adviser, who independently and rigorously

monitors and assesses our curriculum teaching and outcomes, has categorised Bexton as Outstanding. It is a shame this came after the OFSTED visit! Governors have always set a high expectation that Bexton should be a high performing school and it’s good to know that this is now official.  

 

2019 KS2 SATs progress and attainment data have confirmed our successes with Bexton’s reading and maths results making it to the top 1% of schools in the country (FFT data).  Our writing attainment also ranked us as the highest achieving school in Cheshire East. The progress of the school over the last four years has been exceptional and the strong relationship between the senior leaders, staff and governors has definitely been the key to the school’s success. 

 

Second we have successfully joined Cheshire Academies Trust (CAT)- an academy group who we have known and collaborated with for a few years and who share our values ethos and ambition. Governors and school leaders have worked on this amalgamation for over two years and are confident it is the correct move and one which enables Bexton to better control its own destiny.

 

Thirdly, as a result of the changes we have made over the last few years the Governing Board were delighted to be one of only 5 finalists in the National Governance Association Awards for Outstanding Governance presented at the House of Commons earlier this year.

 

Finally after 4 years as Chair of the Board I am stepping down as Chair and as Governor. It has been a privilege to lead such a team of talented and dedicated Governors and I know Bexton will be in safe hands.”

 

Peter Woodhouse, chair of governors, November 2019

 

We record our discussions and decisions at meetings in our minutes. Minutes of the 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 and review on a regular basis.  Having successfully achieved the targets we set ourselves over the last three years, the staff, parents and governors have worked together again to further develop our three year plan alongside our vision.  We have focused on remaining a happy, high performing school as well as deepening the children’s understanding of the world in which we live through our wider curriculum.  Much of the work of the governors will focus on ensuring financial sustainability to ensure the best quality education for the children in an ever changing climate.  We also intend to continue to provide outstanding leadership which will, in turn, maintain the high standards already established throughout the school.

 

How you can contact the governing body

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

You can see the full list of governors; their attendance at meetings; minutes of governing body meetings and more information about what we do, on the Governors’ page of the Bexton school website http://www.bexton.cheshire.sch.uk.