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Annual Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement of the Governing Body of Manor Junior School

November 2016

 

Our Mission Statement

 

Manor Junior School is a Local Authority Maintained school which seeks to build a closer partnership with parents and the local community.

 

We work hard to provide an environment which is secure, stimulating and happy, and where everyone is appreciated and enabled to become the best they can be.

 

The school motto is

 

“Together we will become the best we can be”.

 

At Manor Junior school we believe that equality should permeate all aspects of our school life.  We encourage all to have respect for each individual, to be honest and tolerant.  Everyone at our school should feel safe, secure, valued and of equal worth.

 

We are committed to giving all our pupils every opportunity to achieve the highest standards, to be the best they can be.  We achieve and make a difference through:

  • Quality teaching and learning

  • Becoming resourceful, resilient and creative

  • Taking responsibility

  • Caring for our community.

    In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Bodies, the three core strategic functions of the Governing Body of Manor Junior School are:

     

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

 

  1. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

 

  1. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

 

Governance arrangements

 

The Governing Body of Manor Junior School consists of nine people:

 

One Staff Governor (elected by the staff)

The Headteacher (an automatic member)

Three Parent Governors (elected by parents)

One Local Authority Governor (appointed by the Local Authority)

Two Co-opted members (appointed by the governing body)

 

Please see the table below:

 

Role

Name of Governor

No. of meeting attended in between Sept  2014 – Nov 2016

Local Authority Governors

  1. Ms Rita Fisher (Chair)

Attended  9 out of 10 meetings

Co-opted Governors

  1. Ms Anne Saliu

Attended 4 out of 10 meetings

  1. Ms Shelly Miah

Attended 8 out of 10 meetings

  1. Vacancy
 

Parent Governors* (elected)

  1. Ms Shahanara Begum

Attended 9 out of 10 meetings

  1. Ms Efua Ampah

Attended _ out of _ meetings

  1. Ms Reha Ullah (joined Feb 2016)

Attended 1 out of 1 meeting

Staff Governors (elected)

  1. Ms Julie Kemp

Attended 8 out of 10 meetings

Headteacher (Acting)

  1. Ms Karen Noble

Attended 3 out of 10 meetings

 

*Once elected, parent governors have the same role and responsibility as other Governors.  They are not a representative of the parents and carers of the school.

School governors are people who make a positive contribution to the school community by working with the Headteacher to promote continuous improvement in the school’s performance.  Their contribution is voluntary and they generally meet twice a term and visit the school regularly.

 

Governors appointed by the Governing Body are people who, in its opinion, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. In accordance with best practice, our Governors are selected on the basis of their skills, knowledge and experience.

 

The membership of the Governing Body is reviewed at each full Governing Body meeting and a skills audit is conducted regularly to ensure that the Governing Body is made up of highly skilled, committed and effective members. 

 

More information about each of our Governors can be found on the website.

 

The full Governing Body meets twice each term. At the first Governing Body meeting of the term, Governors consider issues relating to resource management (finance, premises and personnel matters) as well as specific school improvement priorities. At the second Governing Body Meeting each term, Governors consider key strategic and local authority/national issues and receive the termly Headteacher’s Report. This report contains statutory information relating to health and safety, behaviour, safeguarding, monitoring of standards, teacher development, special educational needs, school partnerships, community links and extra-curricular provision.


All our Governors are aware of and accept the Seven Nolan Principles of Public Life: http://www.public-standards.gov.uk/about-us/what-we-do/the-seven-principles/

 

The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year, and in addition to attending formal meetings, Governors have completed the following training;

 

Induction for new governors

Safeguarding

New Ofsted Framework

Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation including Channel Processes

Conducting Effecting Monitoring Visits to the School

Effective Chairing

Effective and Efficient Governance

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

Finance and Resource Management

 

Our Governors have experience in working in educational and non-educational fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Governing Body.  Currently a number of Governors are attending the Governors Accreditation Programme (GAP Level 1, 2 and 3).

 

Governing Body Business 2015:

 

Monitoring the school’s budget and strategically planning the allocation of resources to ensure the maximum impact on school improvement. Expenditure is carefully reviewed through monthly budget reports and best value.  The Governing Body also monitors staffing issues, staff absence and staff training to ensure that our staff are providing the best possible education and support to our pupils.

 

The Governing Body has spent time considering the impact of the new curriculum and assessment system.

 

 

Reviewing pupils’ attainment and progress in all year groups. Governors analyse the pupil data every term and closely monitor whether children are on track to meet their targets. Governors look at National and Local Authority attainment and progress data to ensure the school is in line with National standards.

 

Monitoring and questioning any gaps between key groups of pupils – This monitoring is conducted termly so that ‘no child is left behind’. Governors monitor the educational outcomes and welfare of all children, but particularly of “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.

 

Each year the Governing Body sets challenging targets for attendance and pupil outcomes.

 

One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and every year we consider a number of key policies.

 

The Governing Body is looking to further develop stakeholder engagement, for example, liaising more with the pupils on School Council and trying to ensure more involvement of more parents and an even greater presence of Governors in school.