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Governors

ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT FOR THE GOVERNING BODY OF BARLBY BRIDGE C.P. SCHOOL

July 2015

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Barlby Bridge C. P. School Governing Body are:

  1. ENSURING CLARITY OF VISION, ETHOS AND STRATEGIC DIRECTION
  2. HOLDING THE HEADTEACHER 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.

The Governing Body of Barlby Bridge C.P. School was reconstituted in October 2014 and is now made up of 14 governors of whom 5 shall be parent governors, 6 co-opted, 1 local authority governor, 1 staff governor and the head teacher.

To effectively contribute to the governance and success of the school the Governing Body employs a range of attributes in finance, education, business and management helping to provide a strategic view for improvement to ensure accountability and act as a critical friend so that good quality education is provided by Barlby Bridge C.P. School. The Governing Body has a programme of meetings throughout the school year, and a committee structure that focuses on specific areas of governance including Standards and Pupils, Performance Management and Personnel, Finance and Buildings.

We currently have 2 vacancies (3 vacancies from September) – one parent Governor and two Co-opted Governors – an election will be held in September


2015 for the Parent Governor.

Percentage Attendance of Governors

Committees - Personnel , Finance & Buildings 100% Standards & Pupils 90%

Full Governing Body       - 85.7%

The work we have done on our committees and in the Governing Body meetings has been varied and rewarding. Throughout the school year the committees have successfully overseen the School Development Plan to embed “deep learning”, to establish a new curriculum that fulfils statutory requirements and to raise standards in English. The quality of teaching and learning in the classroom is good and is steadily developing from a sound base, raising expectations for all. Pupil attainment is rigorously monitored and pupils make good progress. The Chair of Governors meets with the School Management Team on a regular basis to monitor progress and receive updates. The financial management of the budget is carefully scrutinised and school policies are regularly reviewed and altered when necessary.


AVAILABILITY OF APPROVED MINUTES – Minutes are available to view in the office with 48 hours prior notice.


In planning for the future the Governors say farewell to Head Teacher David Barber at the end of July and wish him all success in his new post. Claire Hughes succeeds him in September with the full support of the Governing Body which seeks to approve strategies for the challenges ahead including a new School Development Plan that will build on the strengths already established. The priorities for the next year include ensuring a smooth transition of senior leaders to their new roles, further developing the highly effective leadership within school.  Within teaching and learning the focus will be upon allowing children to develop a thorough knowledge and deep understanding of learning covered in all aspects of the curriculum. Teaching around positive learning behaviours will also be a key part of school development in order to further improve children’s dispositions and attitudes towards their own learning.

Further information about the work of the school governing body is available on the website.

The Chair of Governors or Clerk to Governors can be contacted by writing to them C/O Barlby Bridge CP School.

Stephen Walker B.Phil., B.A., P.G.C.E.     Chair of Governors

 

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