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ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT 2016-17

SPRINGFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

  1. THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

The composition of the Board of Governors at November 2016 is set out below.

 

We reconstituted our Board in 2015 and now have 14 Governors. This allows us to bring together a strong and focused Board, with the necessary skills, experience and passion for Springfield to support the school in its expansion to the 3 form entry across all year groups.  

                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

SPRINGFIELD GOVERNORS 2016-17

 

GOVERNOR

OFFICE

TYPE

TERM OF OFFICE - END

Pernille Kousgaard

Chair of Board

Co-opted

22.09.18

Alison Chard

 

Head teacher

N/A

Michael MacDonald

 

LEA

09.02.18

Mike Freeman

Chair SE

Co-opted

04.10.19

Susannah Sutton

Chair STL

Co-opted

04.10.19

Lesley Dowdall

 

Co-opted

22.11.19

Barbara Sharp

 

Co-opted

22.11.19

Tracey Sutton

 

Co-opted

25.09.20

Marzita Abdul Rahman

Chair FAM

Co-opted

25.09.20

Lee Egerton

 

Parent

04.01.20

Jennie Brown

 

Staff

                                                09.11.20

Andrew Rainford

 

Parent

tbc

VACANT

 

Parent

 

VACANT

 

Co-opted

 

 

In the last 12 months, 4 Governors (Suzanne Devenport, Lucy Burt, David Hopps and Beverley Platt) have all come the end of their term. We are in the process of recruiting 2 new Parent Governors and 1 Co-opted Governor – Andrew Rainsford has now been elected as a new parent governor.

 

Our Board meets four times a year, once as an Annual General Meeting in October and three times as normal business meetings. The AGM deals with procedural matters, such as remits and membership of committees, delegated powers, the code of conduct. The business meetings focus on strategic matters, including discussion of a termly report from the Head teacher, in line with our strategic role. We also consider reports from Trafford such as admissions, SLAs and government guidance. Much of our day-to-day business is delegated to the individual Committees, which allows governors to discuss and analyse trends, policies, issues and developments in more detail. These are reported formally to the full Board via the minutes.

 

We have held an annual meeting of the Chair, Vice Chair, the Committee Chairs and Mrs Chard to discuss the year and develop our focus for the coming year (see below). This discussion fed into the annual Governor Action Plan, which we approved at our AGM in October. The Chair and head teacher also meet formally once a month to retain a strategic overview of developments across School and Governor Committees.

 

As Governors, we are actively involved in the school outside the Committees and the Board. We have a long-standing tradition of link governors, governor involvement in working parties and participation in many, if not all, school events. As an innovation this year, we have appointed a Health and Wellbeing Governor, who will focus on both children and staff issues. We also report back to the wider school community via the Monthly Mention, the School Newsletter.  

 

  1. CLERK TO THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

Trafford Governor Services, 2nd Floor Waterside House, Sale M33 7ZF.  Contact: Julie Lawson, Governor Services Manager 0161 912 3218

 

  1. COMMITTEES

 

We have three formal sub committees of the Board. The list below sets out membership and who chairs the committees for 2016-17, decided at the AGM. These meet 6 times per year and reports formally, via their minutes, to the Board of Governors. Committees are where the more detailed scrutiny takes place, with Governors being able to look at the detail of policies, information provided by Mrs Chard and discuss new initiatives. The School provides clerking support to all our committees. Remits for the Committees are available on request from the School and are included in our Governors’ Manual.

 

FINANCE & ASSET MANAGEMENT (FAM)

SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS (SE)

STAFFING, TEACHING AND LEARNING (STL)

Marzita Abdul Rahman (Chair)

Mike Freeman (Chair)

Susannah Sutton (Chair)

Michael MacDonald

Pernille Kousgaard

Tracey Sutton

Lesley Dowdall

Barbara Sharp

Lee Egerton

Alison Chard      

Alison Chard

Alison Chard

 

In addition, we also have a Head Teacher Performance Governors’ Panel; a formal Pay Review Sub-committee, which considers the annual pay recommendations, if any, for staff and the Head teacher; a Disciplinary and Grievance Panel; an Appeals (Pay and Disciplinary) Panel; and a Pupil Discipline Panel.

 

  1. ATTENDANCE

 

The Attendance at the Board is good, with all our Board members able to commit the time to these important meetings, which happen 4 times a year. The attendance for governors were:

 

Governor

Attendance

Governor

Attendance

P Kousgaard

4/4

B Platt

4/4

M Abdul-Rahman

4/4

S Sutton

4/4

A Chard

4/4

M Freeman

3/4

M MacDonald

4/4

T Sutton

3/4

 

The attendance of new governors, who joined part way through 2015/16, were:

Governor

Attendance

L Dowdall

3/3

L Egerton

2/2

B Sharp

2/3

 

The attendance of the 4 governors, who left part way during the year, were:

Governor

Attendance

L Burt

2/2

S Devenport

2/2

D Hopps

1/2

  

  1. GOVERNOR PROFILES

 

All Governors’ personal profiles are on our website.

 

  1. CHAIR’S STATEMENT

 

2015-16 was a year of consolidation as Springfield continues to expand its intake of pupils. The new assessment regime for primary schools was further embedded in school, and governors are confident that there is a robust tracking system in place so that all children are supported and enabled to progress in their learning. The results at the summer of 2016 for KS2 showed that our confidence was well placed, as Springfield continue to record extremely good results across reading, writing and Maths.

 

We continue to be very involved with Springfield, both through the formal committee structure and through our link roles. Feedback is provided to the head teacher, the chair and vice chair and then summarised for the whole Board.

 

Some governors are also able to help on a regular basis in school and Governors attend the events taking throughout the school year. A particular focus this year will be the further development of the outdoor environment with new equipment in all playgrounds and additional work done to the school garden. To ensure that parents and carers get a flavour of our work, we have a regular slot in the school newsletter.

 

For 2016-17, our priorities are: the development of the strategic role of governance; to oversee, support and challenge the performance of Springfield in relation to teaching, children’s educational outcomes and its financial management; to continue to raise the visibility of governors in school, a point raised by many parents in their parental questionnaires, which we discussed at the summer term meeting.  

 

As we have a number of new governors, we are planning to carry out a skills needs analysis and self-evaluation in early 2017, as we recognise that becoming a governor represent a significant challenge, both in terms of time and understanding of the school world. Training of and development of governors is important to us and we will use the results to tailor and focus our training.

 

  1. CALENDAR OF MEETINGS 2016-1

 

 

 

Term

Board Meeting

Finance & Asset Management (FAM)

School Effectiveness (SE)

Staffing, Teaching and Learning (STL)

Autumn (2016)

26 Sep

21 Nov

10 Oct

28 Nov

7 Nov

12 Dec

17 Oct

5 Dec

Spring (2017)

20 Mar

6 Feb

6 Mar

30 Jan

27 Mar

16 Jan

27 Feb

Summer (2017)

26 Jun

22 May

10 Jul

15 May

17 Jul

24 Apr

3 Jul

 

  1. CODE OF CONDUCT & EXPECTATIONS

 

We have a formal Code of Conduct, which is reviewed and agreed annually by the Board of Governors.

 

This sets our expectations of what a Springfield Governor aspires to: supporting the school in its pursuit of the delivering the best education possible for all our children, supporting the head teacher and overseeing the budgets in a professional and sound manner. This will be reviewed during this academic year, led by the Vice Chair.

 

  1. CONTACT FOR GOVERNORS

 

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via Mrs Chard, the Head teacher on 0161 973 4149.

 

November 2016

SPRINGFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

REGISTER OF INTERESTS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS

 

Governor Name

Business Interest

Other establishments governed

Relationships with staff / governors

Date

Jennie Brown

None

None

None

11/16

Alison Chard

None

None

None

04/16

Lesley Dowdall

None

None

None

04/16

Lee Egerton

None

None

None

04/16

Mike Freeman

None

None

None

04/16

Pernille Kousgaard

None

None

None

04/16

Michael MacDonald

None

None

None

04/16

Marzita Abdul Rahman

None

None

None

04/16

Rev Barbara Sharp

None

None

None

04/16

Susannah Sutton

None

None

None

04/16

Tracey Sutton

None

None

None

04/16

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