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Annual Governance Statement

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ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT FOR THE GOVERNING BODY OF PERRYFIELDS JUNIOR SCHOOL – JULY 2016

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Perryfields Junior School Governing Body are:

 

Establishes the strategic direction by:

 

• setting the vision, values, and objectives for the school

• agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets

• meeting statutory duties

 

 Ensures accountability by:

 

• appointing the Headteacher

• monitoring progress towards targets

• performance managing the Headteacher

• engaging with stakeholders (parents & pupils)

• contributing to school self-evaluation

 

Ensuring financial probity by:

 

• setting the budget

• monitoring spending against the budget

• ensuring value for money is obtained

• ensuring risks to the organisation are managed

 

 

Governance arrangements

 

There are a minimum 9 meetings a year, as well as a School Improvement Plan meeting to discuss the strategy for the school in the coming year.  All Governors are expected to attend all meetings.   - All Governors, as well as being members of the Full Governing Body, are on the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee and the Curriculum and Learning Committee.  This ensures all Governors are well informed on all aspects of school life.  As well as a Chair and Vice Chair, individual Governors also take the lead role in a number of areas: Curriculum, Achievement, Finance, Premises, Personnel, Safeguarding, Communications and Governance.

 

We are very pleased to have an active Governing Body which meets monthly and have no vacancies on the Governing Body at the start of the 2016/2017 Academic Year.  Our planned conversion to Academy Status will require a new governing structure and possibly new Governors. A Skills Audit of Governors enables us to ensure that our Governors bring a variety of skills and expertise to the Governing Body and attend appropriate training sessions.

 

The work that we have done on our Committees and in the Governing Body

 

Governance

The turbulence in the education landscape over the past years, prompted Governors to form a working party to fully explore the prospect of our school converting to an academy.  Following in depth meetings and feedback to, and discussion with, the Governing Body the process of converting is underway and Perryfields Junior School's application has been approved along with sponsorship status.

Governors have continued to closely monitor all areas of school management.  The pupils progress through rigorous monitoring of the data and focused Governor visits and the impact of Pupil and Sports Premium has been a high priority.

 

Staffing

A number of staff changes have taken place this year and the school has taken this opportunity to appoint full time teachers wherever possible.  Where appropriate, Governors have played a role in the recruitment and interview process and have been extremely pleased with the high quality of candidates coming forward to work at our school.

 

Collaboration

We continue our excellent working relationship with neighbouring schools whilst also being a member of the Chelmsford Education Network.

 

School Meals

Governors are pleased to report that provision of school meals for our pupils and partner Infant School has gone from strength to strength and children from both schools enjoy healthy, nutritious meals.

 

Pupil Achievement

The introduction of new testing at the end of Year 6 has produced outstanding results for all our pupils.

 

Our Enterprise Curriculum has been enjoyed by all year groups.  Focused Governor visits have continued to monitor the impact of protocols introduced by the school to ensure a consistent approach across all classes.  A new Marking Policy and the introduction of Growth Mindset were endorsed by the Scholl Council when they met with Governors during the School Improvement Plan meeting.  Their contribution to the "SIP" with a working lunch with Governors was also a wonderful opportunity to see at first hand their articulate, polite, self assured, attitude. High teaching standards, an Enterprise Curriculum, Enrichment days and an ever expanding programme of clubs, visits and in-school visitors provide a broad, balanced and stimulating learning environment.

 

Finance

Rigorous monitoring of our budget and school fund has continued to ensure the school's excellent financial position and provided opportunities for premises refurbishment and the purchase of appropriate resources to support and enhance the new curriculum.

 

We closely monitor the use of Pupil and Sports Premium income and the impact this has on our pupil's progress.

 

Premises

A continuing rolling programme of redecoration and refurbishment continues to ensure our school has a bright, lively working environment.  With the advent of an increased intake, for one year only, in September 2016 from our normal 64 to 98 pupils, we are pleased to have a brand new demountable classroom at the rear of the school.  This classroom includes separate toilet and cloakroom area and will be a great asset to the school.  Our playground also benefits from a new tyre area with climbing wall as well as many outdoor tables, P.E. and fitness equipment, outdoor chess tables and other activities for children during lunch time. Unfortunately problems with our ageing swimming pool have meant a number of alterations to our swimming timetable and this facility will be reviewed over the coming year.  The summer holidays also saw the total refurbishment of our tank room; work which was undertaken by the Local Authority.

 

Future plans for the governors

It is anticipated that the process of conversion to Multi Academy Trust status (MAT) will take up a considerable amount of management and governance time during the early part of the 2016/17 academic year.  During this time we will ensure that all statutory duties and monitoring continue effectively to have a positive impact on school outcomes.

 

A new system of three Year 6 classes for Maths and English is now in place and we look forward to visiting the school and assessing the impact this has on pupil achievement.

 

 

 

How you can contact the governing body

 

Susan Root

Chair of Governors

Perryfields Junior School

Lawn Lane

CHELMSFORD

CM1 7PP

Annual Attendance Register - September 2015 to July 2016

 

Jane

Hasler

Susan Root

Julie Maybrick

Clare Povah

John Bower

Jamie Parmar

Louise Howlett

Bruce Verspeak

Jenny Marshall

Mahira Merchant

Lianne Chapman

Paul Sedgwick

John Nicholas

Christine Chilvers

 

Head

Co-opted

Co-opted

Parent

Co-opted

Co-opted

Staff

Co-opted

Parent

Parent

Parent

Parent

Parent

Staff

30th Sept

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

 N/A

 N/A

Y

N/A

N

Y

N

17th Oct

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N/A

N/A

Y

 N/A

Y

Y

Y

15th Nov

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N/A

 N/A

Y

 N/A

N

Y

Y

20th Jan

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

 N/A

Y

Y

N

 N/A

N/A

Y

N

28th Feb

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

 N/A

N

Y

Y

 N/A

N/A

Y

Y

28th March

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

 N/A

Y

Y

Y

N/A

N/A

Y

N

26th May

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

N/A

N

Y

N

Y

N/A

Y

N

20th June

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N/A

Y

Y

Y

Y

N/A

N

N

10th July

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N/A

Y

Y

Y

Y

N/A

Y

Y

 N/A - Not on the Governing Body

Key

 

JB - John Bower

CPen - Colin Penney

GE - Graham Elson

JMay - Julie Maybrick

SR - Sue Root

ST - Sharon Taylor

DR - Dave Rowen

JMAR - Jenny Marshall

 

JS - Janaki Srinivasamurthy

TW - Theresa Walsh

BV - Bruce Verspeak

CPOV - Clare Povah

HT - Helen Thomsit

LP - Laura Pietersen

JP - Jamie Parmar

MM - Mahira Merchant

 

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