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Key issues that have faced the governing board during 2015 -16

The overall aim of the governing board 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 2015 -16 have included:

  • Implementing assessment without levels and tracking procedures.
  • 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 RAISEonline data)
  • Budget monitoring.
  • Due to the formula funding the school finds itself in an increasingly difficult position due to the constraints of the budget. The school has one of the lowest funding allocations per child in the local authority, despite being full and having no surplus places. The school is operating at its maximum staffing capacity, having made reductions in staffing over the last few years and when bench marked against similar schools locally and nationally the school employs fewer support staff. These inequalities in the formula funding are impacting negatively on the budget. In addition the school has a very low number of pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium Funding.
  • Governors were successful in their application for additional funding from the School’s Forum. The £25,000 allocated has been used in the following way to improve performance, enhance the ICT provision across the school and purchasing classroom furniture to enhance the school environment:
  • ICT equipment £10,000
  • Learning resources £7,500
  • Furniture and equipment £7,500
  • Staffing:
  • Due to the retirement of the current Headteacher and Office Manager at the end of the summer term 2016, governors have appointed Miss L Holt, who is the current Deputy Headteacher, as the new Headteacher. Miss Holt will take up the post from 1st September 2016.
  • Mrs K Corr has been appointed to the post of Acting Deputy Head from 1st September to 31st December 2016 until the governors make a permanent appointment to take up post from 1st January 2017.
  • Mrs A O’Brien has been appointed as the new Office Manager and will also take up her post from 1st September 2016.
  • The governors have also appointed a new classroom teacher, Mrs R Charlton, for two days per week to cover a job share. Mrs Charlton will replace Miss Lomax, who is leaving to take up a teaching post in another authority.
  • Website – ensuring school website continues to provide information which meets statutory requirements.

Assessment of the impact of the governing board on school during 2015 – 16

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
  • 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

Staffing Committee

Pay Review Committee

Appeals Committee

Disciplinary Committee

Complaints Committee

Finance Committee


Chair of Governors

Mr M Hamilton

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs P Imrie