Knowing Our School and Carrying Out Our Governance Role

Knowing Our School and Carrying Out Our Governance Role

Quality of Education

All members of our Local Governing Body (LGB) focuses on monitoring the Quality of the Education provided to our children, and ensure it is aligned to the School Evaluation Form (SEF) and School Development Plan (SDP).  These school documents enable us as governors to focus our monitoring on the school development plan priority areas.  Our motto is always ‘So How Do We Know’, which is fundamental in how we carry out our governance role.

We carry out Data Analysis, Learning Walks, Book Looks, Pupil Voice and Class visits to inform our monitoring, as well as ensuring this links into the school’s curriculum intent, curriculum plan, subject action plans, moderation and discussions with teachers and the Headteacher.  We feedback formally to the LGB via monitoring reports and LGB discussions. In addition, we regularly monitor staff wellbeing as a governance team through discussions with the Headteacher and individual members of staff.

Carrying Out Our Statutory Duties

Leadership of the LGB, Health and Safety and Property Compliance

Our LGB is led by Jacqueline McCamphill, as our Chair of Governors.  She is also our link governor for Health and Safety and Property Compliance.  Our Chair is in regular contact with the Headteacher to focus on the performance of the school in all areas, headteacher wellbeing and ensure the relationship between the LGB and the Headteacher retains the appropriate balance of support and challenge.  For Health and Safety, the Trust provides a further check and balance through its external health and safety audit, action plan and the support of the Trust’s Health and Safety Officer.  In addition, the Trust’s Building Surveyor liaises with the School on property issues.

Safeguarding and Single Central Record

Our Community Governor, Karen Crawley is our Safeguarding and Single Central Record Link Governor.  For safeguarding The Trust provides a further check and balance through its external safeguarding audit and consequent action plans.

Finance

Our Community Governor, Paul Logan is our link Governor for Finance and works closely with the School Business Manager to monitor and review the in-year budget.  The Trust provides further scrutiny at Trust level on a monthly basis to ensure the schools finances are managed appropriately.

Sports Premium and Pupil Behaviour

Our Parent Governor, James Grant-Crawley is our link governor for Sports Premium and Pupil Behaviour.  The sports premium interventions are monitored to ensure there is impact and value for money.

SEND, Mental Health and Pupil Premium

Our Parent Governor, Emma Barnard is our link Governor for SEND, Mental Health and Pupil Premium.  The pupil premium interventions are monitored to ensure there is impact and value for money.

Our Incumbent, Reverend Allan Landall is our link Governor for SIAMS

Community Cohesion

Our Staff Governor, Nicola Houghton is our link Governor for Community Cohesion and is very proactive in the community through a variety of other volunteer work she undertakes, which is invaluable and enables very strong community links to be secured and new ones to be developed.  This work builds on the proactive work led and undertaken by Amy Harvey, our Headteacher.  Feedback is obtained through a mechanism of pupil, parent and staff surveys.

School Environment

Our Staff Governor, Mel Prendergast is a teacher at St Peter’s and monitors the classroom environments to ensure they are fit for purpose for active learning and enjoyment by our children.

Governor Visibility

We are very proactive and visible in school, with children, parents and the wider community as it is essential our children, staff and parents know who we are and the work that we do.