Annual Statement and Impact Report
“The Governors know the school thoroughly. They play a supportive and effective role in checking that safeguarding policies and procedures fully meet statutory requirements. Governors, leaders and staff check and ensure that the school’s facilities and site are safe for pupils to learn and play. Governors have taken effective action to secure as much stability in staffing as possible. They have supported the Head well in sustaining good teaching and pupils’ positive attitudes to learning. As a result, the pupils continue to make good progress." (Ofsted 2017).
Whimple Primary School aspires to be a safe environment at the heart of the community where everyone is valued, and which encourages all the children to achieve their potential whilst being caring and aware of the wider world around them.
We shall achieve this through:
- Providing a broad and balanced curriculum, which inspires and motivates children to learn.
- Offering a wide range of extra-curricular activities including sport and music.
- Delivering high quality, inspirational and innovative teaching.
- Promoting the 6Rs – Responsibility, Respect, Resourcefulness, Reasoning, Reflection, and Resilience.
- Creating a nurturing working environment where children feel safe and supported in taking risks within their learning.
- Developing core skills in reading, writing and maths.
- Involvement with local community events such as carol services, wassailing, and the Civic Award, as well as supporting charities.
- Encouraging children to take responsibility for themselves and others, and their environment.
- Ensuring an interest in physical and mental well-being.
- Communicating effectively with stakeholders.
Governors support the school vision by:
- Ensuring the school has a sound financial footing.
- Overseeing the wider curriculum, ensuring it is effective and relevant.
- Monitoring, evaluating and challenging progress and attainment, and benchmarking performance against other schools locally and nationally.
- Monitoring, evaluating and challenging policies, audits, appraisals and safeguarding practices through visits and reports.
- Ensuring continuous improvement by all.
- Employing the best staff and retaining them.
To achieve these objectives which have been developed with the pupils, staff and parents, governors must continually evaluate the role they play within the life of the school, and publish relevant information to all interested parties.
This statement and report are part of that evaluation and publication process.
Governors work co-operatively with the head teacher and senior management in the writing and monitoring the School Improvement Plan. The School Improvement Plan sets aims for the forthcoming year but also includes a strategic plan which plans for the next three years and beyond. The current SIP is based on priorities identified from data, school self-evaluation and Ofsted priorities. The SIP is set out with clear areas of focus, which are aligned to the Ofsted framework. It identifies the key tasks which will be completed in order to achieve these aims and success criteria in order to measure outcomes. The SIP is monitored and reviewed at each Full Governing Body Meeting through the Head Teachers Report, and at the end of the year an evaluation overview is completed and presented to governors.
The current targets of the school improvement plan are:
Key Areas for Improvement 2019-2021
- To increase the number of children making expected or better progress in writing at the end of KS2.
- To close the word gap through the effective teaching of vocabulary and language thereby improving reading and writing skills.
- To increase the percentage of Year 6 pupils making expected progress in maths and thereby increasing the number achieving greater depth standard.
- To implement and develop our curriculum provision for Personal, Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.) taking into consideration the schools Early Help for Mental Health Plan (EH4MH) and the new requirements regarding Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (SRE) and Health Education.
- To improve progress and outcomes for our children with special educational needs by addressing any social, emotional or academic barriers.
- To increase the percentage of Reception pupils making expected progress across the Early Years curriculum and thereby improving the percentage achieving a good level of development compared to National.
The governors visit the school as part of their monitoring of the SIP and of specific issues and these visits are considered a valuable opportunity for governors to be able to work closely with staff members. Link governors follow a cycle which sets out the monitoring activities which they will be undertaking with the staff leaders. Guidance in terms of the roles and responsibilities of statutory link governors are provided to relevant governors and regular training is available in order to up skill our team.
Examples of the impact of these visits include:
- Ensuring that Health and safety guidelines are adhered to and that the school has all policies and risk assessments regarding health and safety in place.
- Being involved in monitoring activities such as work scrutiny to ensure that the School Improvement Plan is having an impact, especially on progress.
- Ensuring safeguarding procedures are being followed.
- Monitoring the impact of Pupil Premium and Sports Premium Money.
Data is made available to governors through termly meetings with verbal and written presentations followed by question and answer sessions with the head teacher and members of the senior management team. The governors are able to benchmark their data against similar schools, the Local Authority and schools nationally to ensure the schools standards and expectations are high and are able to be closely scrutinised.
Challenges around school performance and data can be found in the governor minutes.
Particular scrutiny is placed on pupil progress across all ability groups including vulnerable groups and on the effective use of the Pupil Premium.
Governors review all relevant policies on a programmed basis to ensure that all guidance is current and up to date. Policies are monitored to ensure they are being followed.
Specific attention is paid to ensure that the school complies with the Department of Education mandatory policy list and the Local Authority recommended list.
The Governing body have been trained in School Finance management.
The governors have worked with school staff to achieve The Schools Financial Value Standard accreditation.
The impact of the governors’ role in the school ensures that the budget is managed effectively and improvements are effective and continuous. Examples of the impact of governor expertise on school improvement include involvement in the provision of ICT throughout the school. This has helped the school to improve its wireless and mobile technologies, introduce new and upgraded hardware, establish and review the website and develop its ICT strategy for the future.
Allocated funding has been supported by the governors to provide:
- Continued and improved staff and governor CPD
- An increase in intervention teaching which is having an impact for pupils with additional needs. This includes providing time for our Early Help for Mental Health Champion to meet with children with identified needs.
The head teacher and a number of governors are trained in “Safer Recruitment”
- Governors are involved in the recruitment and selection of all teaching staff and use the appointment process to ensure that high quality staff who share the schools mission statement and aims are appointed.
Governor Meeting Attendance–
There are thirteen formal governor meetings for the year 2019/20.
Governor attendance has, as always, been of a very good level, with any absences having been fully explained and accepted and approved by the governing body.
There are no causes for concern at the level of commitment shown by any member of the governing body.
The governing body was reconstituted in year 2014/15.
Governor Training -
During this academic year governors will receive training in a range of subjects including:
- Introduction to Safeguarding and Child Responsibilities
- Lead Safeguarding Responsibilities
- Responding to Allegations and the Role of the LADO
- Keep them safe - Protecting Chidlren from Child Sexual Exploitation
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Introduction to Primary Curriculum for Governors
- Pupil Exclusion Procedures - For Governors
- Introduction to Health & Safety for Governors
- In addition the Vice Chair of Governors regularly attends Devon Association of Governors meetings and conferences and chairs the Devon Education Forum.
Governor Development Plan–
One of the main objectives of Governor Development is to align the governors’ focus on its three core strategies; the requirements of the school improvement plan, training requirements and any requirements arising from the Ofsted inspection.
Impact statement – review -
The governing body, the head teacher and senior management team and indeed all members of staff are constantly striving to improve and develop the school. This was recognised by OFSTED in our October 2017 inspection. A new chair was appointed in September 2018.
Good quality first teaching has ensured sustained high attainment in the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1 with the school being in the top 8% (2017) and top 3% (2018) of all primary schools in the country.
This teaching follows through into Key Stage 2 with 100% pupils attaining expected standard or above in reading in 2017.
There has been effective allocation and imaginative use of Sports funding so as to further inspire and up skill teaching staff and pupils.
There have been upgrades in both the fabric of the building and technology.
The impact of pupil premium has been monitored and reviewed.
Further safeguarding training for staff and governors has ensured all procedures are correctly followed.
Future and Continuous improvement -
- Improved program of governor visits.
- Ensure continued improvement in pupil progress and attainment across all ability groups, including vulnerable groups.
- Review of the curriculum
- Further training for governors.
- Objectives for Lead governors
Future and Continuous improvement –
The governing body and senior management team are constantly striving to improve and develop the school.
Ongoing and future areas for targeting will include:
- Ensure continued improvement in pupil progress and attainment across all ability groups including vulnerable groups.
- Ensure that cpd is closely aligned to the SIP.
- Improved program of governor visits
- Further understanding of the curriculum