All Governing Bodies of maintained schools are required to be constituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012. Our Governing Body reconstituted on 1st August 2015. Please see the Governing Body contact list for the structure of the Governing Body.
The Full Governing Body (FGB), Resource Management Committee (which focuses on finance, premises and some personnel matters) and Performance Standards committee (which focuses on curriculum and pupil matters) meet each term to consider different aspects of the school in detail. We also have a Pay Committee which focuses on performance management of staff, and other committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.
Some of the work we have done during 2015/16
The Governing Body had a busy year and below is some of the business we have focussed on:
Following the decision of Mr Dix to retire in July 2015, governors were responsible for recruiting a new Headteacher. We understood that it was paramount to recruit the right headteacher who would build on Glebelands' many strengths and bring innovative ideas for the future; to be accessible and have a consultative style of leadership; and to bring a challenging approach to school improvement for the benefit of all our children. Governors put together a very rigorous, two day selection process during which candidates were extensively tested on their suitability to lead our school. They were unanimous in their decision to appoint Mr Lee, the Deputy Headteacher, who had been acting up as Headteacher since the beginning of the academic year. Following his appointment, the next step was to recruit a Deputy Headteacher, and again following a rigorous interview process, Mr Kitchener was successfully appointed. Governors are confident that both Mr Lee and Mr Kitchener will work effectively with the Governing Body, senior leadership team and school staff to lead our school forward.
Following the Governing Body’s reconstitution at the end of the last academic year, one main focus has been on how we can develop and improve our team and structure to better support and hold the leadership to account, thereby ensuring we have a real impact on improvements within our school for the benefit of the children. The following are some of the actions we have taken to do this:
- A skills audit was carried out on the members of the Governing Body to better understand any areas of development, and to identify that where further skills were required, that these would be desirable of any new governors coming onto the board, and/or training is taken by current governors.
- The Local Authority's governance self evaluation tool was used to reflect on the audit/changes and to further ascertain where development was needed and celebrate strengths.
- Following reconstitution, responsibilities were shared among all members to monitor the School Improvement Plan and share feedback appropriately at both committee and FGB levels.
- An annual planner was created to better organise the work of the Governing Body between all committees and FGB, to ensure all statutory work is covered and meetings are more effective and efficient at dealing with business.
- An executive committee was created to deal with the strategic elements of the FGB and to ensure the annual planner is effectively implemented.
- An Induction pack was created to ensure that any new governors can 'hit the ground running' with mentors to support them and relevant information/training is identified and in place.
- An academy working group was created to research and assess the national agenda and the changing landscape to support the FGB in decision making.
The pay Committee met throughout the year to look at objectives, approving performance related pay for staff and staying informed about quality of teaching and staff development.
The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is agreed by governors and staff and focuses on the actions needed for continuous improvement within school. The governors spent time in school monitoring and evidencing the good work of the school and identifying potential improvements that could be made in discussion with the headteacher. They spent time in the Performance Standards Committee monitoring pupil progress and achievement in different subjects across the curriculum including SEND and impact of interventions. Governors discussed this key data, to ensure that the school was on track to fulfil its ambitious targets – for all pupils. We are always monitoring our ‘vulnerable groups’ of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium and Sports Grants are being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes. (Please contact the office if you think your child is eligible for pupil premium as your child can benefit from receiving free school meals as well as additional support for trips, swimming and other activities).
Governors are particularly committed to safeguarding, behaviour and safety of all pupils, equality, anti-bullying, attendance and punctuality. Following an audit which was completed by the Headteacher and Safeguarding Governor, a report was prepared for the Governing Body to ensure the safeguarding policy is being met and all statutory requirements are effectively covered.
Governors are regularly involved in reviewing and agreeing school policies through a scheme of delegation and also carry out an annual check of the premises.
Minutes of the Full Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – these are all available on the website.
Future plans for the Governors
Every child matters to the governors at Glebelands – we want them to flourish and be well prepared for the next stage of their life. We believe that by promoting school improvement, supporting and challenging the headteacher, monitoring and evaluating progress and ensuring best use of the budget, that we are having a positive impact in helping them achieve their potential. We will continue the good work that was achieved last year and look to improve and develop our own team to support these objectives.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for supporting our school and the children for their enthusiasm and attitude towards learning. I would also like to give a big thank you to all the Glebelands staff for the time and effort they put in to deliver excellent, engaging and creative teaching. Finally, a thank you to my fellow governors for their commitment, hard work and enthusiasm. Together we are all 'what makes Glebelands great'!
On behalf of the Governing Body