Annual Report of Governing Body Activity for 2017/18
In accordance with Department for Education guidelines, this report sets out the key issues that have been faced by the Governing Body in the last school year, and includes an assessment of the impact of the Governing Body on the school.
Recruiting good staff is becoming increasingly more difficult as there are insufficient staff being trained within the profession, and the numbers of staff choosing to leave the profession continues to increase. The school has been fortunate to retain and recruit many excellent staff, both teaching and non-teaching, particularly as finance resources continue to be squeezed. As always, there has been some movement of staff, to further careers elsewhere, and Governors have been actively involved in the recruitment process. Governors continue to be involved with the staff and Head Teacher appraisal process and, in conjunction with the Head teacher, with the process for the awarding of pay increases.
Review and allocation of the finance inevitably takes up considerable time, with day to day management by the Head teacher and Finance Officer but with responsibility for the best use of the funds available remaining with the Governing Body. The increased demands on staff time have led to an amended staffing structure which balances efficient working practices and increased staffing costs, with ever shrinking budgets. Teachers have continued to work with the appropriate external agencies to ensure we obtain the best and appropriate facilities for all pupils regardless of need or ability. The use of sports premium to provide a lunchtime football session has proved popular with all and the children's skill has developed as a result.
Buildings & Equipment Maintenance & Renewal
Looking at ongoing maintenance of the school buildings is a continuous role for the governors. In recent years we have carried out small works that have a great impact on the school. Cladding has been applied to the interior school walls, which has improved appearance and made it quicker to clean. Ongoing review of safety and security within the school has been the subject of governor’s time and energy throughout the year. The wireless routers were replaced as the 'screaming' was becoming audible to some pupils.
Membership of the Governing Body
As with most schools in Hampshire, it has been difficult to recruit new governors to fill vacancies. Inevitably, this has meant that existing governors have had to take on additional responsibilities to ensure the Governing Body is fulfilling its role. Despite busy professional and home lives, Governors have continued to take up training provided by Hampshire County Council to develop their skills further.
Awareness with and Compliance with Existing, New, and Proposed Government Legislation
Changes within education have continued, which has impacted on the work of the governors and the school staff. Governors have supported the teaching staff throughout the year to ensure finance, equipment and training have been available. Discussions around GDPR and the new OFSTED inspections have taken significant time and resource, with governors attending various training and briefing sessions to keep abreast of developments.
All school Governing Bodies are required by law to focus on three core strategic functions:
During the year, the above functions were covered by the Governing Body by:
The Governing Body has met each half term, with additional detailed work being undertaken throughout the year by individual governors, and by the two principal committees (Resources and Curriculum) which also met each half term.
The working practices of the Governing Body are contained in its Standing Orders, which are subject to continual review.
Governors have been in school regularly during the year, were interviewed by the school council and available at parent’s evenings during 2017/18.