What our Governors do
Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Kelvedon Hatch Community Primary school 2019
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
6 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.
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 rather than having sub-committees we have had full governing body meeting with either a pupil progress or resources focus.
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.
All governors have undergone safeguarding training and read the relevant documentation.
A safeguarding audit has been completed and the Single Central Record checked.
We have monitored progress and achievement data for all our children. Our concern is very focussed on improvement data to insure that all pupils are supported in their learning. We have also focus 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. Some governors have also had training and been involved with the development of the new Behaviour Policy for the school.
Individual governors have completed 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 2017/18 financial year and managed to have a carry forward which we will be using to support this years budget. There are issues such as pension contributions and national pay rises over which we have no control that are not fully funded which are making our task very difficult.
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.
How can you contact the governing body
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.
As the end of the school year is fast approaching I want to express the appreciation of the governing body to MS Mckay and the whole school staff for their hard work and dedication they have shown though out the year.
We are very sorry to be losing Ms McKay at the end of August. She has lead the school in developing a very strong teaching and learning environment and we thank her for the inspiration she has given us all to do the best we can for every child. I know that she now has an outstanding opportunity to follow he own interests as well as having more time to spend with her family and we all wish her every success in all her future endeavours.
KHCPS Chair of governors.