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Annual Governance Statement from the Governing Body of Longwick CE Combined School


Longwick is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England school, which means that Buckinghamshire County Council provides our finances and controls our admissions.  The Diocese of Oxford appoints three Foundation Governors and supports the school with advice and training. The Local Authority employs our staff but the Governing Body undertakes the responsibilities of an employer, eg for safe recruitment.


To fulfil their role, governors have to understand their duties and regularly take part in the training and support provided.  They have to have the skills and commitment to challenge the school and bring about improvement but this does not mean getting involved in the day-to-day running of the school.  Governors also must ensure that they are effectively organised and led.  They should regularly evaluate their performance in the light of Ofsted’s expectations.  As governors we are fully committed to ensuring that Longwick is an excellent school. 


In accordance with the government’s requirement for all school governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the governing body of Longwick CE Combined School are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body (GB) of Longwick CE Combined School was reconstituted on 19th June 2015 and now consists of: The Headteacher + 1 Staff governor, 3 Foundation governors, 2 elected Parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor and 4 Co-opted governors.

Foundation Governors are appointed by Oxford Diocese; the Rector of St Mary’s Church Princes Risborough is ex officio and 2 others are chosen by the PCC of St Mary’s.

Co-opted governors are appointed by the GB as people who have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.


The full GB meets twice a term: once for business and once for training.  The work is divided between 2 main committees; the Education Committee oversees the curriculum and pupil welfare, the Finance and General Purposes Committee has responsibility for the budget, pay, HR and premises.  There are also committees which meet as necessary to consider pupil discipline or staffing matters.

Attendance Record of Governors

Attendance at meetings is excellent and meetings have never been cancelled because there is not a quorum (the number of governors needed to make decisions legally).  For details see table below.

The Work Done by FGB and Committees

Effectiveness of Leadership and Management

The FGB reviewed its constitution, as required by the government, and voted to reconstitute, as above.  It also reviewed the committee structure and agreed to divide its work between 2 main committees, as above.

In March 2016 the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education carried out a review of the GB, at our request.  It concluded: Governors have a strong relationship with the school.  They have a good knowledge of its work and are very supportive…There is a well-established School Development Plan to which Governors contribute…  The distinctive Christian character of the school is recognized by governors and this is used consistently in planning and recruitment.  Governors understand their statutory roles and responsibilities including the responsibilities of foundation governors. Staff and governors are well trained in identifying children at risk of harm and responding appropriately.  Governors have the well-being of pupils at heart.

Following the review, the GB set an action plan to implement its recommendations.  See below.


The GB has also continued its programme of review and monitoring of the curriculum.

We have focussed on Pupil Premium: progress of PP pupils is constantly monitored and the use of PP funding scrutinized.  The 2017 results show that the PP is being very effectively used.

The many improvements to the areas outside the classrooms and the grounds are proving very beneficial and further improvements, to the KS1 area are in progress.

Oxford Diocesan Board of Education School Review Nov 2015:

School leaders have effectively addressed all of the recommendations for improvement from the last Ofsted inspection.

There is a clear vision and determination to improve.

Governor monitoring: TBC

Quality of Teaching and Learning and Assessment

Oxford Diocesan Board of Education School Review Nov 2015:

Teaching across the school is uniformly good and much is outstanding.

Assessment is consistent and designed to identify and meet the needs of all pupils.

The school has continued to implement ‘Learning Ladders’ and the LT was actively involved in moderation with other schools.  This showed that we are further advanced in using the system than other schools and are able to report clearly on both attainment and progress to parents.  The 2016 results show that the quality of teaching and learning in both KS1 & 2 are excellent.

Governor monitoring: Debby Cadwallader

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

October 2014 SIAMS inspection judgement: Outstanding

Oxford Diocesan Board of Education School Review Nov 2015:

The school’s culture of care, high expectations and high quality learning ensures all stakeholders benefit and it is clear that the development of the ‘whole child’ is at the heart of this drive for excellence.

Responses to Parental Survey, June 2017, confirms behaviour is very good and there are no recorded incidents of bullying. 88% parents confirmed that their child felt safe and happy at the school.

Governor monitoring: Di Kerwood

Outcomes for Children and Learners

Results 2017 showed:

Yr 1 Phonics: 100% passed (top 3% of the country) (2016: 90%).

In KS1 81% achieved the Expected Standard, inc Greater Depth, in Reading, 77% in Writing & 77% in Maths.

In KS2 86% achieved the Expected Standard, inc Greater Depth, in Reading, 64% in Writing and in 86% in Maths.


Pupil attendance is 96% (2016: 97%).

Governor monitoring: Kathryn Trout

Early Years Foundation Stage

81% pupils in EYFS achieved a Good Level of Development. (2016: 79%)

Governor monitoring: Val Stattersfield

Governors’ Action Plan

  1. Continue to make governors’ challenge of the school leadership more explicit in the minutes of meetings.
  2. Make the focus of governor visits to the school clearer and in line with the SDP.
  3. Review the administrative and training support the GB receives from Bucks CC.
  4. Increase visibility of governors to school community; governors to attend consultation evenings, school visits etc.


Contacting the GB

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents.  Please contact the Chair of Governors, Diane Kerwood via or the school office.


Governing Body



Gov Type

Start Date


Mrs Diane Kerwood Foundation 12.07.2016 Chair; FinGP Comm; Headteacher’s PM; Worship; Personal Development; Behaviour & Welfare

Mrs Debby Cadwallader



Vice-Chair; Ed Comm; Development; Monitoring Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Mr David Liddle



Ed Comm; FinGP Comm

Mrs Joel Feltwell

Deputy Headteacher



Mr Simon Humphreys



Ed Comm

Miss Clare Smith



Chair FinGP Comm

Mrs Valerie Stattersfield



Ed Comm; FinGP Comm; EYFS; SEND; Reception; Headteacher’s PM

Revd David Williams

Ex officio


School Assemblies

Mrs Zoe Williams



Ed Comm

Mrs Claire Randall Local Authority 24.01.2017 Chair Ed Comm; Governor Communication; Website
Mrs Sophie Marshall Co-opted 30.11.2017 Ed Comm; Safeguarding

Mrs Carole Green

Clerk (Bucks Learning Trust)


Clerk to LGB

Mr Jim Cadwallader



Clerk to Ed & FinGP Comms



Longwick School's Full Governing Body Meeting Attendance


Nov 17 A
Feb 18 A A NA NA
Mar 18 A NA NA
May 18 A NA NA
Jun 18 A NA NA
Sep 18 A NA NA
Nov 18 A A NA NA


  • A = Apologies received and accepted    NA = Not applicable

Declaration of Other Interests for Governors