EAST BOLDON JUNIOR SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY
The Governing Board of East Boldon Junior 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.
The role of the Governing Board is an intrinsic part of the leadership of the school, although often unseen by parents and other community stakeholders. This impact statement is one way in which the Governing Board articulates their role in school leadership, the impact which they have had on school improvement and be transparent about their activities.
All members of the Governing Board receive training. The impact of this is that the Governing Board are kept abreast of their responsibilities with regard to the latest requirements, expectations and legislation.
Impact of Governing Board meetings
East Boldon Junior School Governing Board now consists of twelve members:
- Two staff governors
- Six co-opted governors
- Three parent governors
- One Local authority governor
In addition to the Full Governing Board meetings we have other committees which are attended by a smaller group of Governors:
- Resources (Staffing, Finance and Pay Review)
- Pupil Discipline
- Headteacher’s Performance Management
Committee meetings are focused and productive, and a summary of the meeting is shared with all members. Consequently they are aware of all the strategic issues pertaining to the school.
The termly meeting is well-attended and has a clear agenda. The governors are knowledgeable about school priorities and ask challenging questions about the action the school is taking to implement new legislation, secure school improvement and meet challenging targets
The Governing Board is involved in all areas of recruitment and this year has appointed Mrs Alison McCann to the role of Senior Teacher with responsibility for Science and the PSHE curriculum. This appointment is having a positive impact on the day-to-day running, and long term future of the school.
Head Teacher’s appraisal
The Governing Board carries out the Headteacher’s appraisal annually. Several Governors have undertaken Head Teacher’s appraisal training and expert assistance was sought from the School Improvement Adviser. The appraisal process allows us to look closely at the performance of the Head Teacher, have discussions about areas of strength and areas for development in that performance, and set new targets against which the Head Teacher’s performance will be evaluated.
This enables them to challenge the Head Teacher on how good practice within school is being shared for whole school benefit and how areas for development are being addressed.
Achievement of pupils
Progress and attainment data for all children across the school, including vulnerable groups, is analysed by the SMT and presented to Governors. Data is focused on reading, writing and maths. Analysis is done at varying levels, including year groups, classes, pupil premium, high ability and boys/girls. The impact of this is that governors are aware of how children are performing; where there are issues and can ask challenging questions to ensure that any identified problems are addressed in a timely manner. This ensures that the Governing Board know throughout the year how the school is progressing towards the school priorities and targets.
Governors are all familiar with the Ofsted Dashboard and new comparison tool which enables them to benchmark the school’s performance against other similar schools and nationally. They are also all familiar with the RAISE online/ASP data for our school which again shows our performance in the national context.
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
The Resources committee consider financial issues and the management of the school budget. Alongside the Headteacher and School Bursar, they ensure that the money is well spent by evaluating the impact of school spending on pupil outcomes. In particular this year, governors have a much clearer idea of how the pupil premium funding is spent and are able to ensure that it is targeted at eligible children in particular.
The School environment has been improved and new learning resources have been purchased to enhance teaching and learning, leading to an exciting and relevant curriculum.
Governors are aware of the safeguarding duties and have access to annual training. A Governor with safeguarding training is always on the interview panel when staff are recruited. All safeguarding policies are presented to Governors for approval and are available on the school website.
The school aims to provide a curriculum which is broad and balanced, exciting and relevant.
Link Governors, with responsibility for a particular subject, visit the school throughout the year to discuss the content of the curriculum and standards in that area, and visit children in lessons. A report is presented to Governors at the next termly meeting. Last year Governors visited school to look at teaching and learning in Maths and English, the provision made for children with special educational needs, and measures taken to ensure the health and safety of children and staff. The impact of this is that Governors are aware of how well the school is meeting the requirements of the curriculum, and how children are prepared for KS3.
Chair of Governors
Mr H Heslop
Vice Chair of Governors
Mrs P Imrie