Please see the blog below written by Paul Connolly, Chair of Governors:
It recently became clear to the school’s governing body that not all staff, pupils and parents have a clear idea of what the Governors do on a day-to-day basis. Here is a snapshot of what we’ve been up to recently:
This spring and early summer term were dominated by preparations for the long-awaited Ofsted Inspection. This included having a “mock interview” with Russell Andrews (now an ex-Governor but a veteran of the last Ofsted inspection of September 2013). This proved to be an excellent test of how much we knew about the school, what examples we could give of providing challenge to the school, how we operate as a team both strategically and practically and for us to experience what it would feel like in the real interview – quite scary was the answer!.
Now that the Ofsted inspection is finished, I would like to thank all students, staff, governors and parents for the outstanding teamwork on display for those two days. Our contribution involved a 50-minute interview with seven Governors. We presented a simple visual picture of how we are structured and how we work to assess and mitigate the key risks faced by the school. This drives the strategy on how we both challenge and support the school to achieve the very best outcomes for all students whilst staying safe at all times.
Apart from this focus on the inspection, here are some examples of recent Governor visits that give examples of our work:
- All governors attended their own specialist committee/s, namely Attainment and Standards, Finance, Personnel, Student Community/Partnerships and Health, Safety and Environment. Each committee reported their work to the Full Governing Body meetings to ensure we:
– Keep the vision, ethos and strategic direction on track
– Hold the school to account for the educational and staff performance
– Oversee the financial performance of the school
- Governors also have “link” roles. Recent visits by these Governors are listed below:
– An unannounced visit to check how absences are recorded (Tara Bullworthy)
– Obtained information/ check details regarding safeguarding (Jayne Abery)
– Larch Centre visits to see how Years R-2 are operating and to see how the children are being taught and engaging with other parts of the school in Spanish, Reading, Maths & Music (Emma Davies)
– Supporting Mark Taylor in planning how we will sustain “Our Musical School” as the primary phase expands as 60 more pupils join each year (Ann Orpin)
– Planning the implementation of new European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Will Davies volunteered to become the school’s Data Protection Officer and has been in to the school on several occasions to support the staff who will look after this important area
It’s not all work though as several Governors attended the fantastic first “all-through” concert. I think is a great example of how everyone is working to fully integrate the school across all age groups and will have so many benefits for learning and personal development of students.
Finally, can we also take this opportunity to wish all of our students the very best of luck in their forthcoming exams!