Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Leverton Primary School
September 2016

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

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Leverton Primary School was re-constituted at the March 2016 Governing Body Meeting and is now made up of The Headteacher, 1 staff governor, 4 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 2 Partnership Governors and 2 Co-opted governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school: on our Governing Body both of the Co-opted governors are members of the local community and ex -parents of children who attended the school.

The full Governing Body meets once each term, and we also have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. At Leverton Primary School we have a Curriculum Committee, a Pay Committee and a Finance, Premises Committee and Personnel Committee. We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

See Register of Business Interests for a list of the Governing Body, the committees on which they serve and the responsibilities.

Attendance record of governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made). See Register of Business Interests for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year, focusing on continuing school improvement and the joining of two learning environments to ensure the process was effective in creating a primary school from September 2016.

The Curriculum Committee has spent time considering how well prepared the children are to meet the new end of key stage requirements that came into force last year. Governors also discuss key data giving the results of pupil achievement and progress, so that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils. We are also concerned about our “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.

The Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget. The committee also ensures that staff members employed at Leverton Primary School are deployed effectively to raise standards at the school. They also monitor the quality of teaching and learning. Governors are also particularly concerned about safeguarding and we have a Nominated Governor for Safeguarding (Mrs Bruton) who gives a termly report to the governors about any safeguarding matters.

Early in the summer term, the Full Governing Body approved the 2016/17 budget plan for the school: we are pleased to report that the school is in a very healthy position financially and can afford to run 16 classes, as well as a morning and afternoon session in nursery, in the next academic year. There is also money to move the school kitchen to ensure that the two schools can be joined and to remodel the reception classrooms.

One of the roles for the governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and this year we have considered a number of key policies.

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.

Future plans for the governors

The Governing Body is looking forward to making sure that there is consistent practice across the primary school to ensure the best possible outcomes for all children at the newly formed primary school.

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Geoff Schooling, via the school office. You can see the full list of governors; their attendance at meetings and more information about what we do, on the Governor section of the school website.