Governors' Impact Statement 2014-15
The role of Codnor Community Primary School Governing Body is an important and intrinsic part of the schools leadership team and we are committed in setting the highest possible standards for both pupils and staff. Over the last 12 months in our role as ‘a critical friend’, we have challenged the school in numerous ways. This impact statement is one of the methods by which we can communicate this information to you.
- Continue to work in the areas highlighted in our last Ofsted report (May 2012)
- Curriculum Committee has Key Stage (EYFS, KS1 and KS2) Governor Coordinators tasked with spending time within each KS group, challenging the main learning areas resulting in an effective Key Stage Improvement Plan being published.
- Utilise online data (inc RAISEonline and School Data Dashboard) to challenge the Headteacher and senior leadership team on school performance.
- Introduction of the O-Track Assessment System to enable a more sharpened analysis of school pupil progress and identify areas of development in school year groups.
- Ensure consistency was maintained with the disruption of the maternity leave part way through the academic year and that extra curriculum enrichment was still delivered.
- Several Year 6 children were highlighted as a challenging year academically.
- Key Stage Improvement Plans released for each KS group.
- Curriculum Committee updates are on agenda for each full governors meeting where a presentation is made by each Key Stage coordinator.
- Online data is provided by the senior leadership team, which includes reports from the O‑Track Assessment system.
- Governors were able to recruit a supply teacher who had experience in working at our school to cover the maternity leave from January to July. Consistency was maintained in respect of curriculum enrichment and the Year 6 children also attended their residential.
- The vast majority of the Year 6 children achieved level 4.
- In view of the introduction of universal free meals for all KS1 children the governors took steps to encourage parents to complete the relevant paperwork to ensure we received the maximum amount of additional funding, currently set at £1320.00 per child.
- Reviewed and determined the key areas where the additional funding will be spent ensuring consistency across the Key Stages.
- Monitor, evaluate and question the senior School Management Team on the impact of the additional funding at both our Curriculum and Full Governor Meetings.
Although we have received a lower amount this year than compared to 2014, we have:
- Retained our pupil premium teacher (EYFS, KS1 and KS2) and have been able to increase the hours of existing staff (KS2) in the areas identified as requiring support.
- We have been able to retain our qualified Sports Coach, which has significantly increased the amounts of sporting opportunities to the children and increased the uptake in children attending school sporting events.
- School have been able to be part of the Wider Opportunities Music Partnership and this has helped full classes of KS2 children access and learn a musical instrument in their own school environment.
- Activities after and outside of school have also been supported from the additional funding, including visits to theatres and cinema along with events in school aimed at enriching the curriculum and visitors to school have assisted in the delivery of topic work to children.
- Ensure the follow up of ‘non-attendance’ direct with each family.
- Monitored and analysed data to look for trends.
- Implemented / Updated Attendance Policy, including the implementation of the fixed penalty process to parents.
- Attendance has improved and is continuing to improve.
- Analysis of trends and groups allows us to focus on the main areas of concern.
- Improvements to site security during school hours.
- Ensure all staff and governors undertake the latest Safeguarding Training to ensure they are aware of all current up to date issues that are affecting our society
- School Safeguarding Policy continually updated
- Prevent Policy training and implementation for staff and governors
- Review of information on our school website
- Pupil Questionnaire sent to all pupils at school (areas covered include safeguarding)
- All staff are trained in safeguarding and all support staff have attended first aid training with two members of staff having their paediatric first aid certificate.
- A significant amount of staff have attended Epipen training.
- All safeguarding and relevant policies distributed to staff and governors and signatures obtained.
- A safeguarding board in the staff room with the relevant policies available at all times.
- Improvements to site security range from significant improvements to traffic management in and around school (Traffic light and bollard entry system), new CCTV system with additional cameras, a security gate, which restricts parking and all school gates are secure during school hours.
- Ensure the required and relevant information is published on our school website.
- Several governors and staff members have achieved their certificate of policing in PREVENT training.
- Response to Pupil Questionnaire recorded the following:
- 97% of pupils say they feel safe at school
- 100% of parents say that their child feels safe in school (taken from Parent View)
- 92% of pupils say they know there is a member of staff they can always go to
- 95% of pupils say school has helped them feel safe online
- Personnel and Finance Committee meets regularly to ensure a balanced budget is set and maintained and ensure a finance report is circulated at every meeting for discussion.
- Buildings action plan continually updated and reviewed.
- The Governors and the school ensure that ‘best value’ is a high priority for school resources, improvements and decoration.
- Took the decision to change the cleaning and caretaking contract.
- All teaching staff, including the Headteacher are appraised using the Performance Related Pay system. This is overseen by the Governors at the Personnel and Finance committee meetings.
- Review and monitor pupil numbers and staffing structure.
- Adhere to Derbyshire County Council Financial Regulations and compile and generate an annual Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) report.
- Allowed funds to be allocated to specific areas highlighted as needing support.
- Obtained ‘best value’ by employing our own caretaking and cleaning staff directly giving extra flexibility and ensuring they were part of the whole school team and ethos.
- Ensure staff were held to account with regards to the performance management process.
- Significant financial investment into the building, including site security, continuous improvement to a challenging old school building and totally modernised the ‘outdoor classroom’
- New IT equipment for each classroom, including new whiteboards, projectors, whole school new computers for each class. A projector screen for the hall to provide first class presentations and enable greater interaction in assemblies and school concerts.
- All visitors regularly make comments on how well behaved all the children are, it is regarded as a welcoming, polite school where the children feel safe and happy with the excellent ethos that exists.
- The governors devised a feedback form for visitors to complete to capture their first impression and experience at our school.
- Staff and Governors have undertaken courses relevant to school governance and this will be continually monitored to ensure their knowledge is not only up to date but also appropriate to the governance of the school. It has been a difficult time for the Governors due to the interregnum time to employ a new vicar by the Diocese, continuity was ensured by all the Governors that the ethics of the school were still covered by other ministers.