Our Governors Three Core Functions
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Governors Impact Statement 2017-2018
Quality of leadership & management
Recruitment & induction of governors. Induction of new Chair who has completed a significant amount of training and set up a network of support with other Chairs. Re-organisation of committees – leading to more strategic planning & monitoring. Appointment of link governor – monitors governor training and visits – ensures governors have a true picture of the school to be able to make strategic decisions
Policies & procedures – GDPR, Health and Safety, Safeguarding
Commitment to long term sustainability of school – recruiting pupils/staff. PAN increased to 15. Governors using local knowledge to target new pupils admissions in new housing development areas
97% of parents believe the school is well led and managed
100% of parents knew who the governors were and how to contact them
(parent questionnaire July 2018). ‘Governors are confident in challenging the headteacher and leaders so that the effective deployment of staff and resources, including the pupil premium, the primary PE and sport premium and special educational needs funding, secures good outcomes for pupils’ LA Advisory visit July 2018.
Quality of teaching, learning & assessment
The Governors have focused on good teaching and learning leading to good outcomes for pupils. The Ofsted criteria is used in monitoring visits to evaluate provision, Monitoring includes follow up visits to ensure that progress is on track and school policies adhered to. Data shows that pupil progress is good.
Teaching, Learning and Standards committee – re-structuring & strengthening of committee with new Chair and a keen focus on the impact of good teaching.
Personal Development, behaviour & welfare
Attendance – supported with implementing Attendance policy. Decrease in number of repeat persistent absentees. Attendance figure maintained at 95%.
Policies approved – Managing Medicines, Safeguarding, Health & Safety,
Governor visits to monitor impact of SDP priorities with particular focus on behaviour for learning.
Involvement in SEND pupils where needs and family situations are complex – Governors supported Head with meetings and annual reviews to ensure there was transparency and a satisfactory outcome.
‘The headteacher and governors have created an ethos that is inclusive and places the school at the centre of its community’ LA Advisory visit July 2018
Governors acutely aware of the need to improve phonics scores in Years 1 and 2. This was a focus and resulted in Y1 phonics 83% and Y2 retakes 100%.
‘Leaders set high expectations of pupils and staff. This is reflected in the raising standards in both KS1 and KS2. Consequently the majority of children make good or better progress from their start points leading to increasing levels of attainment’
‘Governors have a good understanding of the school’s data and challenge leaders about variations in outcomes for pupil groups and between disadvantaged and other pupils nationally so that standards are maintained or enhanced’ LA Advisory visit July 2018
Governors acutely aware of the need to develop the teaching of phonics in Reception. Pupils in Reception are further on in the phonics phases than in previous years. The predicted pass rate for phonics in Year 1 is 75%.
Governors supported with EHCP child in Reception to minimise the impact on other pupils. This included the recruitment of new staff and working with parents to to meet the child’s complex needs.
Governors approved the financial decision to increase the PAN to 15 and keep the Reception class as one year group. This is intended to accelerate progress from starting points.
Our school is supported by an enthusiastic and committed group of governors. They are:
Mrs Penny Middleton-Burn
Penny is the Local Authority Governor appointed by WSCC. She is Chair of the Governing Body and the Health & Safety Governor. She is also Chair of the Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee. Her term of office is four years, ending July 2021,
Mrs Jen Harvey
Jen is our Headteacher and is a member of the Governing Body.
Mrs Lucy West
Lucy is a Foundation Governor appointed by Chichester Diocese. She is Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee and Vice-Chair of the Ethos & Worship Committee. She is also the SEND governor. Her new term of office is four years ending on 22 October 2022.
Mrs Rosalind Carey
Rosalind is a Parent Governor. She is on the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee. Her term of office is for two years ending October 2019
Mrs Michelle Weight
Michelle is a Parent Governor. She is our Link Governor for training. She is on the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee and the Finance, Premises and Health and Safety Committee. Her term of office is for two years, ending October 2019.
Mr Richard Killner
Richard is a Co-Opted Governor, appointed by the Governing Body. He is on the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee and the Finance, Premises and Health and Safety Committee.His term of office is for two years, ending March 2020.
Rev Pat Sinton
Pat is a Foundation Governor appointed by Chichester Diocese. She has been a governor since March 2005. She serves on the governing body whilst in post as the Reverend of the Church of St. Mary’s, Shipley. She is Chair of the Ethos & Worship Committee and also serves on the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee.
Mrs Jo Gorton
Jo is the Staff Governor, appointed by the staff of Shipley CE Primary School. She is on the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee and the Finance, Premises and Health & Safety Committee. Her term of office is four years, ending September 2019.
Mr James Cuthbertson
James is a Co-Opted Governor, appointed by the Governing Body. He is Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and is on the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee. His term of office is for two years, ending October 2019.
Our Governing Body consists of 11 members and operates with 3 committees.
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