Annual Statement

Annual Governance Statement for The South Hams Federation Board of Governors

Stokenham Area Primary School
Malborough with South Huish C of E Primary School
Loddiswell Primary School
Modbury County Primary School

September 2017

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the core strategic functions of the South Hams Federation Board of Governors are

Establishing the strategic direction, by:

  • Setting and ensuring clarity of vision, values, and objectives for the Federation
  • Agreeing the school improvement strategy with priorities and targets
  • Meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability, by:

  • Appointing the Executive Headteacher (where delegated)
  • Monitoring the educational performance of the school/s and progress towards agreed targets
  • Performance managing the Executive Headteacher (where delegated)
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Contributing to school self-evaluation

Overseeing financial performance, by:

  • Setting the budget
  • Monitoring spending against the budget
  • Ensuring money is well spent and value for money is obtained
  • Ensuring risks to the Federation are managed

 Instrument of Government – The South Hams Federation Board of Governors comprises:

1 Executive Headteacher
2 Parent Governors
1 Staff Governor
1 Local Authority Governor
5 Co-Opted Governors
2 Foundation Governors who are appointed by either the Diocesan Board of Education or the Parochial Church Council of Malborough. One of the Foundation Governor’s is Ex-Officio.

Total 12

The Board of Governors meets six times a year.

The two Standards Committees meet as required.

The Ethos Committee meets once a term.

The Executive Committee (comprising Chair, Executive Headteacher and Business Manager) meets fortnightly.

The meetings are held in school time, allowing Governors the opportunity to meet the children and staff, undertake Learning Walks and see all four schools operating on a day- to-day basis.

Board of Governors – September 2017

Executive Headteacher                                                         Sue Jezard
Chair of Governors/Foundation                                          Jane Greaves
Parent Governor                                                                   Rebecca Minty
Parent Governor                                                                    Paul Merrifield
Parent Governor                                                                    Mary Roberts
Co – Opted Governor                                                            Emma Meek
Co – Opted Governor                                                            Anne Rossiter
Co – Opted Governor                                                            Tina Graham
Co – Opted Governor                                                             Vacancy
LA Governor                                                                            Kirsty Richards
Staff Governor                                                                        Lucinda Kirkham
Ex-Officio Foundation Governor                                         Vacancy

Clerk                                                                                         Zoe Hayhurst
Business Manager                                                                 Penny Amos

Attendance Record of Governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and all meetings are quorate.

Attendance records for individual governors are published on the Federation and Schools’ websites.

Each year Governors are required to complete a Skills Audit to identify the skills, knowledge and experience to identify any additional skills or experience that the Board ideally requires. The outcome of the audit helps formulate opinion as to whether prospective Governors have the skills to contribute to effective governance and the success of the Federation.

The Work achieved by the Board of Governors in the Academic Year 2016 – 2017

The Board of Governors has had another busy year:

  • The Federation formed part of the South Devon Primary Partnership.
  • The Federation’s single budget was approved and we are pleased to report the Federation is in a healthy financial position.
  • New projects linked with Ofsted outcomes have been identified in the School Improvement Plan 2017-2018.
  • The monitoring of our in house school meals has been a priority throughout the year. With a governor leading on this and making sure all the food standards are in place. Sourcing local fresh produce.
  • The board continued to make attendance a high priority. The monitoring of attendance is monitored on a monthly basis. All parents within the Federation have been informed in a newsletter, of Devon’s position regarding holiday in term time as of June 2017.
  • Governors received safeguarding training.
  • The Executive Head Teacher’s Performance Management has been conducted and new targets set for the year.
  • The Board of Governors has looked at Subject Leaders’ performance, Pupil Premium outcomes, SEND and children at risk together with the progress and attainment of able children.
  • The Board has also reviewed the Sports Premium funding and evaluated its impact on all groups of pupils.
  • This year the Forest School curriculum has been firmly embedded across all the schools in the Federation.
  • The Board of Governors has closely monitored pupil data. Will review in detail in the autumn term key stage 2 SATs, early years and key stage 1 phonics screening results.
  • Target Tracker is used to track pupil progress based on the Learning Journey /Steps devised by the federation to track children’s progress through the expectations for each year of the national curriculum.
  • Observing the teachers’ INSET and All CPD is based on impacting positively on pupil progress and improving the quality of teaching and learning through identified key priorities in the School Improvement Plan 2017-2018.
  • The School Improvement Plan (SIP) has been reviewed throughout the year and the new SIP 2017-2018 will be reviewed and adopted at the September 2017 meeting.
  • The Governors have remained focused on the data within the Executive Headteacher’s Report of pupils’ performance and progress across the Federation in EYFS and Key Stage 1 analysing year-on-year data and trends over time.
  • Loddiswell once again judged “Good” by Ofsted (March 2017)
  • Malborough once again judged “Good” by Ofsted (April 2017)
  • One of the roles of Governors is to review and agree policies. During the year Governors have continued to identify and consider a number of key policies. All the statutory policies are on the School website
  • For the Academic Year 2016-2017 there has been little staff movement, recruiting a new class teacher at Stokenham and a couple of new TAs at Stokenham and a MTA at Malborough.

A number of building works and improvements were carried out:

Loddiswell
Building of the new school at Loddiswell has started and is due to completed by 26th March 2018. The turf cutting ceremony took place in July 2017.

Stokenham
The school hall, servery and the toilets were redecorated as part of the on-going rolling painting programme. Fencing has been replaced around the KS1 Playground and the main school path repaired.

Malborough with South Huish
The entrance hall, office, staffroom, staff kitchen, dining room and the boys and girls toilets were all redecorated as well the main fascia of the school as part of the ongoing painting programme with new carpets for the entrance hall and office.   The swimming pool changing rooms were redecorated and windows replaced; the PTFA purchased new benches for the children.

Modbury
The new Foundation Stage classroom and redecoration of the KS1 toilets were completed at Christmas with further redecoration to the school office, Class 4 and the corridor by Class 2. With new carpets for Class 4, the SEN room and School Office and new blinds for Year 6. An outdoor kitchen garden was created with new outdoor benches. A school pool liner was installed and the area around the pool painted and gutters and walls pressure washed.

Church Links: Malborough with South Huish C of E Primary

The Foundation Governors have a particular responsibility towards Malborough with South Huish C of E Primary School to “preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the ethos of the Church of England and in partnership with the church at parish and diocesan level as well as to “encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils”. The Ethos Committee has worked with the Church and Diocese to implement Christian values throughout the curriculum of the school and the community of Malborough and its surrounding area. The school has weekly assemblies, daily collective worship and once a month the whole school visits the church for their monthly church service, with the children actively taking part, Holy Communion lessons for the Year 6 children in the summer term. Once a week the church organist comes to school to teach the children hymns. The school prayer is said before lunch every day. The children are actively working with the church community. The school was awarded In January 2016 the Gold RE Mark.

Future Plans for the Governors

The new Board of Governors looks forward to the challenges the autumn term will bring. The 2017-2018 academic year will see new challenges on the horizon, awaiting the outcome of the consultation on short Ofsted Inspections, awaiting the proposed National funding formula, which has been delayed until 2018-2019, replacement of RAISonline to Analyse School Performance. The tightening of school budgets and looking at MATs and continue the work on the South Devon Primary Partnership and most importantly continuing to maintain teaching standards across all four schools to ensure that outcomes for all pupils remain high. The Governors will continue to monitor and build on the Federation’s strengths and weaknesses as outlined in the School Improvement Plan (SIP 2017 – 2018). The Ethos Committee along with the Board of Governors will work on the areas to improve after the last SIAMS Inspection (November 2016) the school was judged to be “Good”. The Governors will continue to develop their skills and update their knowledge, attend governor training courses (internal and external) and through visits to each of the schools, conducting Learning Walks, monitoring the quality of the teaching and learning, meeting the children and sampling the school lunches. Ensuring best value and maintaining a balanced budget.

How You Can Contact the Board of Governors

We always welcome feedback, suggestions and ideas from parents: Please contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs. Jane Greaves, via the Stokenham School Office.