What our Governors do
What our Governors do
Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Kelvedon Hatch Community Primary School 2020
In accordance with the government’s requirements for all governing bodies the 3 core strategic functions of Kelvedon Hatch Community Primary School continue to be;
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
KHCP Governing Body Consists of:
1 teacher governor plus the head teacher
2 parent governors
1 local authority governor
9 co-opted governors
In respect of the above categories, staff governors are elected by the school staff and head teachers are a member of the governing body by virtue of their office and Mr Weston attends many meetings as an observer.
We have been pleased to welcome 2 new parent governors and 2 new co-opted governors to the Governing body in 2020.
Local authority (Essex County Council) governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body and co-opted governors are appointed based on their skills and knowledge.
The Full governing body meets at least once a term and this year all Governors have also been part of the Pupil Progress committee which focuses on the teaching and learning of the pupils. There is a separate Resources Committee that meets at least termly and reports back to the Full Governing Body.
A list of the current governors, their roles and responsibilities can be found on the school website.
The work the governing body has done this year:
Interviewed for and appointed a new Headteacher from April 2020. We were very pleased to welcome Sue Twaites to KHCPS and are very pleased with the way she has settled into the role in such challenging times!
All governors have undergone safeguarding training and read the relevant documentation.
A safeguarding audit has been completed and the Single Central Record checked.
The governors attended online training on protecting the well-being of staff.
Governing Body meetings normally take place face to face but from March we had to get to grips with working in a different way and now hold our Governing Body meetings via Teams.
We have monitored progress and achievement data for all our children both during the periods of school closure and when the children are in attendance. Our concern is very focussed on improvement data to insure that all pupils are supported in their learning. We have also focused on Pupil Premium Grant spending and it’s impact on the learning of our vulnerable children. Governors have an on going role in reviewing school policies.
Individual governors have completed online monitoring visits to look at teaching and learning in a range of curriculum areas and reports have been presented to the governing body.
A termly Health and Safety inspection has been completed and reported to the full governing body.
We are continuing to be challenged by our budget and we are closely monitoring our spending.
We have worked with Romy Barnes, Finance Officer, reviewing the school budget throughout the 2019/20 financial year and managed to have a carry forward which we will be using to support this years budget.
The pay panel meets annually to:
- Review pay progression recommendations for staff, ensuring that they comply with both statutory requirements and school policy.
- Monitor staff work life balance and wellbeing, including monitoring absences.
- Undertake policy reviews.
The Minutes of the governing body (except for confidential matters) are public documents and you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any agreed minutes of our meetings.
The governing body always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and the school community and you can always contact the Chair of Governors via the school.
We are all very proud of our school and we recognise the hard work and commitment shown by all our staff especially during these very challenging times and thank them for the excellent work they have put into providing the ‘remote’ learning offer as well as providing for the children who were attending school during the lockdown.
KHCPS Chair of Governors.