Castle View School Governing Board
Governors can be contacted via their Clerk Mrs Sarah Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org Their legal responsibilities are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent (I know this is in the annual statement; I’ll do the next one in August and won’t repeat this bit)
In order to do this they meet as a Resources Committee and a School Improvement Committee each half term. They then all meet as a Full Governing Board each half term. Statements of decisions taken at each meeting are available on the website. Minutes of meetings are available by contacting the Clerk to the Governors, above. In addition, parents are encouraged to speak to Parent Governors with any concerns or queries.
Second Annual Governance Statement October 2016
The purpose of a school’s governing body, according to law, is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. How did we do that in 2015/1016? We focus on three core functions: A. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; B. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and C. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. D. Through our committee structures we meet a minimum of six times per term to check that arrangements the head teacher planned with our agreement are on track to ensure the best education for our children. In addition we are frequently in school: the chair meets weekly with the Head, most governors carry out observations in school during each term and we attend meetings with school and local authority staff to carry out our responsibilities in regard to various issues e.g. safeguarding, health and safety and finance.
Key issues addressed in 2015/2016
At the start of the school year we made the decision to end our contract with the local authority to provide school meals. We felt it was important that children should not only have a good quality meal during the day but do so in a positive environment that encourages them to eat well. We undertook a tendering process and awarded the contract to Caterlink.
Governors took the decision to invest in IT to improve access to the internet throughout the school. A wireless network was installed and some hardware replaced.
We did not anticipate having to address academisation this year but became aware in the Spring term that under Government policy we would be classified as a “coasting school” at end of the year and liable to be forced to become an academy without notice or consultation. As a consequence governors decided to look for a Multi Academy Trust that shared our values and applied to convert to an academy trust in July; an Academy Order was granted in October.
Assessment of the impact of the Governing Body
Every term we consider with the Head what progress children are making and how well objectives set in the School Development Plan are being achieved. To support the staff in their endeavours, governors in 2015/2016 made the following decisions and investments – we:
- Invested Pupil Premium funds in staff to improve teaching across the school.
- Agreed to set up nursery provision for Vulnerable Two’s, developing children at an early age who will be more school ready as a consequence.
- Invested our budget in teaching staff over and above the required levels.
- Worked in detail in to develop our Safeguarding policy and practices.
- Took a lead in ensuring our Health and Safety responsibilities were carried out.
- Created a post of Deputy Head Teacher to add depth to the performance management of staff and to release the Head to work collaboratively with other schools.
- Engaged with current and prospective parents with a view to increasing the school roll.
- October 4th 2016
Governor Meeting Statements
Information for parents. In school we have a main school budget, along with private school funds. The school budget is determined by the Local Authority and set based on planned expenditure. Private school funds are funds that have been gained from parents, which support educational and enrichment opportunities all of which are beyond our normal provision. In line with Financial regulations and procedures our funds have been audited and are available for inspection, if you so wish. Please contact Bev the school business manager on 01628 582699 for more information.