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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

2015-16

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 2016 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.

In May 2016, following the resignation of the Headteacher on promotion, the Governors appointed Mr David Liddle  as Headteacher.  Miss Joel Brown is Acting Deputy Headteacher and the appointment if a substantive Deputy will take place this half term.

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, March 2015, confirms behaviour is very good and there are no recorded incidents of bullying. 98% parents confirmed that their child felt safe & happy at the school.

Governor monitoring: Di Kerwood

Outcomes for Children and Learners

Results 2016 showed:

Yr 1 Phonics: 90% passed (2015: 90%)

In KS1, 84% achieved the Expected Standard & at Greater Depth, in Reading, 79% in Writing & 75% in Maths.

In KS2 63% were working at the Expected Level, inc Greater Depth, in Reading, Writing and Maths combined. (National: 53%)

 

Pupil attendance is 97% (2015:96.3%).

Governor monitoring: Kathryn Trout

Early Years Foundation Stage

79% pupils in EYFS achieved a Good Level of Development. (2015: 71%)

Governor monitoring: Val Stattersfield

Governors’ Action Plan

  1. Further training for the whole GB in interpreting school data. 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
  5. Update Governors’ page of school website

 

Contacting the GB

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents.  Please contact the Chair of Governors, Debby Cadwallader, via governors@longwick.bucks.sch.uk or the school office.

 

Governing Body

 

Name

Gov Type

Start Date

Responsibilities

Mrs Debby Cadwallader

Co-opted

16.06.2015

Vice-Chair: Chair Ed Comm; Development; Monitoring Teaching, Learning & Assessment Yr 2

Mr David Liddle

Headteacher

01.09.2016

Education Comm. FinGP Comm

Miss Joel Brown

Deputy Headteacher

01.09.2016

Observer

Mr Simon Humphreys

Staff

24.11.2015

Ed Comm; Music; PE

Mrs Diane Kerwood

Foundation Gov

12.07.2016

Co-Chair; FinGP; Safeguarding; Headteacher’s PM; Worship; RE;  Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare; Yr 1

Clare Smith

Co-opted

17.05.16

Chair FinGP: Yr 6

Mrs Valerie Stattersfield

Foundation Gov

04.11.2013

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

Mrs Kathryn Trout

Co-opted

16.06.2015

Co-Chair; FinGP; Headteacher’s PM; Pupil Outcomes; Travel Plan; Art/DT; Yr 4

Revd David Williams

Ex officio

20.10.2013

School Assemblies; PSHCE.

Zoe Williams

Parent

01.01. 2016

Ed Comm; Science; MFL; Yr 4

Philip Hayes

Parent

24.01.2017 FinGP; Pupil Premium; Numeracy; Yr 5
Claire Randall Parent 24.01.2017 Ed Comm; Literacy; Governor Communication; Website; Yr 5
Matt Wood Parent 24.01.2017 Ed Comm; Swimming; ICT; Yr 3; Monitoring Leadership & Management

Mrs Amanda Cleaver

Clerk (Bucks Learning Trust)

01.05.2016

Clerk to FGB

Mr Jim Cadwallader

Clerk

01.01.2012

Clerk to Ed & FinGP Comms

 

 

 

September 2016

 

 

Longwick School Governors’ Meetings Attendance

 

Date

Simon Appleby

Debby Cadwallader

Trudy Cotchin

Anne Eccleston

Diane Kerwood

Simon Humphreys

David Liddle

Joanne Norman

Clare Smith

Val Stattersfield

Kathryn Trout

David Williams

Zoe Williams

Oct 2014

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

A

Nov 2014

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

Feb 2015

Cancelled due to bad weather

 

Mar 2015

A

A

A

May 2015

ü

ü

ü

ü

ü

A

ü

ü

A

June 2015

A

A

Oct 2015

A

A

Nov 2015

Feb 2016

A

A

A

A

A

Mar 2016

A

-

A

May 2016

A

A

A

June 2016

A

A

 

  • A = Apologies received and accepted

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