Mr P Murphy – Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor
Mrs S Ingram - Co-opted/Safeguarding Governor
Mrs A Hathaway – Co opted Governor
Mrs K Callaghan – Co opted Governor
Mrs K Donaldson - Co opted Governor
Mrs S Hill - Parent/SEND Governor
Mrs S Fogarty - Parent Governor
Mrs A Warden – Staff Governor
Annual Governance Statement
Rednal Hill Infant School Governing Body works to ensure that the children who attend the school are nurtured and cared for, and are given the best start in life.
They work to ensure that the school provides a high quality of education with excellent teaching and learning and a stimulating range of extra-curricular activities, thereby, ensuring that every child has the provision to achieve their full potential. By doing so, this prepares them for the next steps in their education, enabling them to contribute in a positive manner to life in the local community.
Part of the Governing Body's core strategic function is to hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils and staff and to oversee the financial performance of the school, making sure its money is well spent. This will be achieved by rigorous monitoring of the School Development Plan, School Improvement Plan and pupil data.
Teachers will be provided with appropriate professional development and monitored to ensure that the teaching they deliver is of the highest standard. The Governing Body is itself responsible for ensuring that the training of its own individual members is regularly updated and that self-assessment appraisal and skills audits are completed on an annual basis.
- To set and monitor the Strategic Development and performance of the school.
- To maintain pupil numbers at the school.
- To ensure the school provides excellent teaching and learning opportunities by attracting and retaining well qualified and motivated staff.
- To use the Pupil Premium funding to its best possible effect to ensure increased access to additional resources for those who need it.
- To use the Sporting Grant to involve all children in fitness and fun sporting activities and for the training of staff in coaching where appropriate.
- To continue to give children the opportunity to develop themselves beyond the formal curriculum.
- To ensure effective financial management of the school.
- To ensure that the school continues to provide a safe and welcoming environment for pupils, staff and visitors alike.
- To ensure effective governance of the school.
- To provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) of the children.
- That the School Self Evaluation Form (SEF) is updated regularly and to complete a shadow action plan.
- That the Schools Improvement Plan (SIP) is monitored regularly.
- The school's finances are monitored and that the school remains in budget.
- That data provided by the school, LA and DfE are monitored and actioned as necessary.
- The career development and training of the teachers is continual and relevant.
- Teaching is monitored to ensure the highest quality possible.
- The school remains a safe environment for the staff and children.
- Governors attend relevant training to continue their effectiveness.
The Governors are made up of 9 people from different parts of the school community which ensures a sufficient diversity of views and experience are represented:
- Parent Governors are selected by election from parents and carers from the school
- Staff Governors are selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school
- Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority and may be Councillors
- Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body with particular skills or experience
Each Governor’s term of office is four years. The Full Governing Body meets once a term; additionally there are two sub committees which also meet once a term:
* Curriculum & Standards
* Finance, Facilities & Personnel
Governors’ Responsibilities for Teaching and Learning include:
- Monitoring and reviewing information on School Performance to include Raise Online and Data Dashboard.
- Monitoring and reviewing school targets.
- Monitoring and reviewing in year progress for all year groups and all groups of pupils.
- Comparing school performance against national data.
- Reporting to parents according to statutory requirements.
- Monitoring achievement for all groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium).
- Monitoring pupils work and carry out pupil conversations.
- Monitoring school target setting systems and how this is reported to parents.
Teaching and Learning:
- Reviewing Raise Online/Data Dashboard, ensuring the school is meeting standards.
- Ensuring targeted support and action plans are in place for all teachers who are not at least good.
- Monitoring and reviewing quality of teaching across the school.
- Monitoring teaching for groups of pupils (inc. pupil premium).
- Monitoring intervention groups for all groups of pupils.
- Monitoring homework arrangements.
- Ensuring the school is meeting National Curriculum requirements and to review the Curriculum Policy Statement ensuring it meets pupil’s needs.
- Monitoring and reviewing the curriculum with a focus on basic skills.
- Monitoring skills coverage of curriculum in all subjects.
- Parental engagement.
- Reviewing and updating SEF (Self Evaluation Form).
- Monitoring and reviewing School Improvement Plan.
- Monitoring how school are developing pupil’s spiritual, cultural, social and moral awareness.
Governors’ Responsibilities for Staffing and Finance include:
- Producing and approving the annual budget and present it to the full Governing Body for ratification.
- Reviewing the actual expenditure and monitoring statements at least once a term.
- Receiving and Reviewing financial projections.
- Approving expenditure and virements of sums over £10,000; sums below that amount are delegated to the Head Teacher.
- Conforming to the Schools Financial Value Standards in Schools.
- Assessing the financial progress towards achieving the objectives in the School Improvement Plan.
- Reviewing of leases and contracts – including traded services.
- Ensuring Best Value principles apply.
- Reviewing the financial implications on the budget of the Pay and Conditions document.
- Receiving LA Budget and Out turn Statement (Section 122).
- Receive the annual accounts and certificate of audit of the School Fund Account and other voluntary funds held within school.
- Assessing the schools insurance cover to ensure that it provides adequate protection against risks.
- Reviewing and approving the petty cash to be held by the school.
- Ensuring LA financial procedures are complied with.
- Obtaining quotations with a view to placing contracts/orders.
- Considering applications from staff for variation to contract (secondments, early retirements, leave of absence, reduced working hours etc.)
- Ensuring all personnel records are held securely.
- Reviewing annually the staffing structure of the school ensuring that it meets the requirements of the curriculum and is in line with the School Improvement Plan.
- Reviewing staff work/life balance, working conditions and well-being, including the monitoring of absence.
- Implementing the Appraisal Policy and monitor teacher appraisal process.
- Ensuring implementation of performance management for support staff and moderation of ratings.
- Equal Opportunities.
- Reviewing impact of staff training and CPD.
- Staff Grievance and Discipline (in line with school policies).
- Staff dismissal, redundancy and redeployment.
Governors’ Responsibilities for Site and Premises include:
Premises Health and Safety:
- Review the schools Health and Safety Policy on an annual basis.
- Receive a regular report on accident statistics, near misses and incidents of violence or aggression.
- Comply with current fire safety legislation and regulations: review fire risk assessment and ensure compliance with recommendations.
- Ensure Risk Assessments are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis.
- Inspect the school site and buildings to enable maintenance and improvement, including security. (Site visit)
- Review and Authorise upcoming offsite activities, ensuring that health and safety planning and risk assessments that have been undertaken for them.
- Receive reports and audits from Health and Safety representatives (to include Caretaking and Cleaning).
- Ensure staff and Governors undertake appropriate Health and Safety Training.
- Ensure that Health and Safety documents and records are up to date: Fire log book; Asbestos on site; Premises log book (PAT Testing, Glazing Inspections, An annual check of PE Equipment/Playground Equipment).
- Establish and review an Accessibility Plan.
- Review e-safety policy and procedures.
Governors’ Responsibilities for Safeguarding includes:
- Ensuring all safeguarding procedures are adhered to.
- Review the Safeguarding Audit and ensure action plan is implemented.
Behaviour and Attendance:
- Review Behaviour Policy and monitor school behaviour.
- Review and Monitor attendance data against school and national targets.
Our Governing Body meets every term to provide strategic leadership, accountability and ensure effective and financial management of our school.
The Chair of the Governing Body can be contacted through the Clerk (Denise Brooke) in school. Please either ring the main school telephone number 0121 453 2636, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, marking your correspondence for the attention of the Clerk to the Governing Body.
If you would like more information about the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Body, or about being a governor, please call into school to speak to the Clerk to the Governing Body. Further information can be obtained from the National Governors’ Association website:
Code of Conduct for Governing Boards (Updated: September 2018)