Annual Governance Statement

Pudsey Grangefield School

Governing Body

2015-2016

Overview

The Governing Body conducts its business to take account of the three roles of the governing bodies as outlined in the Governors' Handbook:

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

 

The day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Principal and Senior Leadership Team.

The Governing Body also ensure that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures.  All staff have signed a record to confirm they have read Part 1 of the DfE statutory guidance "Keeping Children Safe in Education".  The Governing Body has familiarised itself with the document and are working with the safeguarding lead in school to complete the annual safeguarding audit.

 

Meetings of the Governing Body and attendance

The Full Governing Body meets 3 times a year, all meetings are clerked by a trained professional clerk.  There are also 3 Governing Body Committees which meet 3 times a year and which have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Governing Body.

Governors have good attendance at meetings overall.  Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; governors are aware through the code of conduct that non-attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a governor six months from the date of first non-attendance.  To view the attendance at Governing Body meetings click on the link >> 

The remit of the Governing Body and its committees

The Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team completed a self-evaluation of the school in September 2015 taking into account examination results, the school's internal monitoring of pupil progress and attainment, changes to the assessment of pupils and the curriculum and the recent Ofsted report.  The self-evaluation then informed our School Improvement Plan which has prioritised the following three areas:

  • Improving the progress and achievement of students
  • Improving the quality of teaching and learning
  • Embedding the changes to the behaviour and rewards system

 

The monitoring and evaluation of progress towards the priorities will be through the committees.