Update from the Governors

Our Full Governing Board meetings

Full Governing Board minutes of part 1 of the meetings (the non-confidential bits) are public documents and will be made available to anyone that requests. Full Governing Board minutes can be up to 15 pages long, so if you after a quick update on the kinds of things our governing body is working on currently, then please read on for a summary of what went on at the most recent governing body meeting:

What was on the agenda at the Autumn Term Extraordinary meeting 30 September 2020

We had our first LGB meeting on 30 September, where we elected our new chair Matt Stephenson for a one year term of offcie until 1 October 2021, and we re-appointed our vice chair Kathryn Woolf for a further year. Thanks to our outgoing chair John Squires. 

As this was an extraordinary meeting, we did not cover any standard agenda items- we focused on important items that needed governor consdieration or approval before our 9 December 2020 meeting. 

Items on the agenda included our School Development Plan (one year) and our three year plan, as well as contingency planning in the event of a localised CV19 lockdown. The plans for the Covid catch up fund were presented.  The senior leadership has developed a remote learning package, based on feedback from teachers and parents. Governors also reviewed the research undertaken by the senior leadership team on Bexton staff wellbeing as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Bexton LGB 10th Feb (remotely via Teams)

The school’s SENCO, Mrs Aitken attended the meeting (virtually) to give governors an update of the SEN provision. She reported that the vast majority of children with EHCPs are attending school during the lockdown. Sue Sharratt (link SEND governor) has met with the SENCO in January for a full update on SEND provision this term.

The school’s business manager attended (virtually) to present the mid-year financial review. Governors discussed the revised forecast due to the lockdown and the impact on nursery & after school club incomes. They also discussed the two CIF bids that have been submitted for the replacement of roof and lights on the school roof and replacement of the junior and infant boiler.

There was a discussion regarding the staff wellbeing survey and the impact on staff of running the reduced provision whilst ensuring children at home have a good provision for the remote learning. This was followed by a full discussion regarding the feedback from parents on the remote learning survey sent out at the end of January.

Mrs Armstrong gave an update on the number of children in school (during the national lockdown) and how the school was balancing this against safety measures set out in the school’s risk assessment. Governors offered support with the full reopening in March.

Other matters discussed were the link governor meetings that have taken place, the governor skills audit and an update from Janet Myers (chair of CAT) regarding wider developments within Cheshire Academies Trust.