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 2019-2020
Quality of leadership & management
Leadership & Management
100% of parents believe the school is well led and managed - Parent questionnaire July 2020
Governors acutely aware of the need to maintain standards, ensure financial stability and sustainability and maintain pupil numbers. They know about provision for the school’s vulnerable pupils and how this is reported. Members of the governing body have updated Safeguarding and Prevent training.
‘The governing body is determined that recent improvements will continue. They have a very good working knowledge of the school, which they sensibly use to ensure that planned improvements are sustainable.’ Ofsted 2018
‘Governance has improved. Governors know the school well and have a clear vison for how the school can sustain improvements and develop further’. Ofsted December 2018
‘Governors ensure that the school has a clear vision and strategy’ West Sussex Link Advisor Leadership visit June 2019
Penny Middleton-Burn, in her third year as Chair, has amassed a significant amount of knowledge and expertise. There is a network of support with other Chairs within the locality with regular meetings to discuss relevant school issues.
Link governor – monitors governor training and visits – ensures governors have a true picture of the school to be able to make strategic decisions. Recruitment and induction of new(er) Governors is co-ordinated by Link Governor.
Meetings continued throughout lockdown period, following COVID guidelines and Governors kept in constant contact with school leaders.
‘Governors are dedicated to making the school as effective as it can be.’ Ofsted 2018
The Governing Body have focussed on good teaching and learning leading to good outcomes for pupils. They were involved in the curriculum review in Feb 2020. They have made regular visits to school and have a clear focus for visits. This year, visits focussed on the promotion of reading for pleasure across the school and Pupil well-being. Teachers attended Governors meetings to inform Governors of developments in the teaching of phonics and the impact of the new resources. Any monitoring visit includes a follow up on subsequent visits.
COVID 19 was an interruption to pupils’ education. The curriculum moved to remote provision for pupils who were not key worker children. 95% of parents believed that home learning tasks supported their child(ren) Parent questionnaire July 2020. Governors supported with the June and September return plans, including the risk assessment document.
Behaviour & Attitudes
Attendance - Governors supported with implementing the Attendance policy. There has been a decrease in number of repeat persistent absentees. Attendance figure up to 20.3.20 maintained at 96%. Governors noted that behaviour was good (March 20 monitoring visit).
‘The inclusive and caring ethos of the school is successfully promoted by the governing body.’ Ofsted 2018
100% of parents reported that their child is happy at school, feels safe and that there is good pastoral support for children. Parent questionnaire July 2020
Governors have attended and monitored the quality of collective worship in the school and the opportunities for spiritual development. They have reviewed the equality policy and work to ensure it has a high focus in the curriculum and though assembly.
In July, Governors consulted on the draft Relationships, Sex and Health Education policy.
Governors have supported the return to school of younger pupils after the lockdown period. They have also supported the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme with access to training and resources.
Members of the governing body have undertaken additional roles including:
Clear marketing strategy to attract new families and maintain pupil numbers
Maintain a balanced budget and strategic overview of the 3 year budget
Have high expectations of pupil standards and outcomes
Financial accountability for Pupil Premium and Catch up funding allowances to ensure vulnerable pupils have high priority
Commitment to long term viability and sustainability of school.
Governor Training – safer recruitment, safeguarding, curriculum, inclusion
Induction of new Foundation Governor
Ensure that staff and pupil well-being is a priority
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, Safeguarding Governor 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. She is also the SEND governor. Her new term of office is four years ending on 22 October 2022.
Mrs Rosalind Stillwell-Carey
Rosalind is a Co-opted Governor. She is on the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee. Her term of office is for two years ending October 2021
Mrs Michelle Weight
Michelle is a Co-opted 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 2021.
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 2021.
Mrs Aey Aspdin
Aey is a Parent Governor. Her term of office is for two years ending October 2021.
Dr Andrea Quigley
Andrea is a Parent Governor. Her term of office is for two years ending October 2021.
Mrs Gill Simpson
Gill is the Staff Governor, appointed by the staff of Shipley CE Primary School. She is on the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee. Her term of office is four years, ending September 2023.
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 2022.
Reverend Chris Allen
Chris has taken up post as the vicar of the Shipley Parish Church. He becomes a Foundation Governor Ex-Officio from December 2020.
Our Governing Body consists of 11 members and operates with 2 committees.
Click here for the roles and responsibilities of our governors.
Click here for the roles and responsibilities of our governors.