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

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

                                                                                 July 2017

 

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 has been reconstituted and is now made up of 12 governors of whom 3 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.

  • In September we have one vacancy for a Co-opted Governor and one vacancy for a Local Authority Governor.  Governors attendance at meetings can be viewed on the website information for the academic year 2016-17.

The Governors at Barlby Bridge have had a clear overview of the schools' work on raising outcomes for pupils this year. One of the key improvement priorities relating to reading has been overseen by governors throughout the year and there is evidence through monitoring exercises and assessment data that the profile of reading has been raised throughout the school and that outcomes for pupils are rising. In addition, the development of children's reasoning skills within mathematics has been further developed and through monitoring it has become clear that that this is now a whole school priority. As a consequence of this focus upon reading and maths, the  end of year results for Key Stage 2 have been excellent as have the GLD outcomes for children in Early Years. In Year 6, the percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in the standardised assessments is above national in every area and there has been a significant increase in the pupils meeting age related expectations in reading, GPS and maths.  There has also been an increase in the percentage of pupils attaining at a higher level, indicating the schools’ focus upon greater depth and mastery is having the necessary impact upon outcomes. We have also seen an increase in the children meeting the standard in the phonics screening check this year which is now significantly above national figures; indicating the positive impact following focused work upon early reading skills. All of the staff and pupils are to be congratulated for the effort and progress they have made.

Leaders at all levels have worked hard to ensure that monitoring and evaluation procedures are systematic and robust. The recent  Local Authority Review  led by North Yorkshire County Council recognised that Barlby Bridge has strong improvement plans with systems for assessing and tracking pupils' progress that are reliable and rigorous. All staff use data analysis to target pupils so that each child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. As part of the review, the team also agreed with the school Self Evaluation judgements, which leaders and governors have assessed to be good in every area. The school is to be commended for a very positive review.

Individuals wishing to read more about the work of the Governing Body at Barlby Bridge can request to see the approved minutes by contacting the school office. Please allow 48 hours’ notice for this request.

In planning for the future the Governors say farewell to Mr Clark and we wish him all success for the future. Claire Hughes and Wendy Hockley embark on maternity leave and in their absence Gavin Dyer has been appointed as temporary Head Teacher beginning  September 2017 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. He will be joined by Su Burroughs the new temporary Deputy Head Teacher and Sarah Drayton a newly qualified teacher allocated to Year 3.

Further information about the work of the Governing Body at Barlby Bridge is available on the school website.

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

 

 

 

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