EAST BOLDON INFANTS SCHOOL
The Governing Board of East Boldon Infant School works with the Head Teacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement. The core functions of the Governing Board are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of staff and;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school, and making sure its money is well spent.
Key issues that have faced the Governing Board during 2017-18
- To recruit a well qualified, enthusiastic and dynamic new member of staff to lead with English and to also develop the curriculum. This was after the GB reviewed school needs and priorities after a long term absence.
- A very tight budget which meant the GB having to think very carefully about financial priorities before setting a budget. As a result the school applied for extra funding through the Schools Forum.
The overall aim of the governing body is to assist the school in ensuring that the outstanding education the school provides is sustained and developed, through monitoring the clear priorities for improvement as outlined in the School Improvement Plan. This involves providing a strategic view, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability.
Priorities during 2017-18 have included:
- Monitoring and analysing end of Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 assessment data, ensuring good outcomes for all pupils, including disadvantaged. Analysis school performance against local and national performance indicators, to ensure significantly high performance has been maintained (school data and ASP data)
- Budget monitoring.
- Reviewing the way that key assessment procedures were embedded and ensuring consistency with these.
- To review the way that improving further standards in writing was a school focus
- To review the implementation of mastery and challenge across the curriculum.
- Review of policies in line with the new national curriculum guidance.
- Ensuring we had the correct complement of temporary Teaching Assistant and casual Teaching Assistant in place to assist with the increasing numbers of children with specific needs in school.
- To ensure that we continue to strive for a high level of attendance across the school.
Assessment of the impact of the Governing Board on the school during 2017-18
The governors in their role as ‘critical friend’ support and challenge the school, through careful monitoring of priorities for improvement. Impact is evidenced through:
- Termly reports from headteacher on progress and performance of the school.
- Analysis of school data, Raiseonline and Data Dashboard to monitor progress and achievement of pupils, to ensure high standards are maintained.
- Ensuring policies and procedures are in place and adhered to, including child protection, safeguarding and safer recruitment
- Careful monitoring of budget, including 3 year forecast and benchmarking with similar schools locally and nationally to ensure best value.
- Performance management of headteacher
- Monitoring the implementation of the curriculum and standards through visits and liaison with subject leaders.
Composition of the Governing Board
- 3 parent governors
- 1 head teacher
- 1 staff governor
- 1 local authority governor
- 6 co-opted governors
Committees of the Governing Board
Chair of Governors
Mr M Hamilton
Vice Chair of Governors
Mrs P Imrie