What do we do?
Governors attend all major events such as Harvest Festivals, Christmas Productions, Class Assemblies, World Book Day, Arts Week, Open Evening and some school trips. In addition a governor attends the termly Parent Partnership Group meeting which is an opportunity for parents to work with the school on some of the strategic goals of the school. You can also use the contact form below.
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Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Sunnymede Infant School
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the Sunnymede Infant School Governing Body are:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders (i.e. the Headteacher) to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Body of Sunnymede Infant School was re-constituted in February 2015 and comprises 14 governors, representing different roles: 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), 4 elected parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 2 Trust governors (both are parents of the school) and 5 co-opted governors.
Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the Governing Body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The full Governing Body meets once each half term and one meeting each term focuses on pupil progress and attainment, and the other on finance, personnel and premises issues. We have separate committees to discuss Pay and Performance and Admissions. We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.
It is not the role of the Governing Body to become involved in the day-to-day running of the school. We are there to provide support and work with the school but will challenge decisions and question outcomes if necessary.
Attendance record of governors
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors required to attend to ensure that legal decisions can be made). See grid above for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.
The work that we have done on our committees and in the Governing Body this year
The Governing Body receives regular reports on various elements of the curriculum from both the Headteacher and the teaching staff. The Governing body also discuss key data giving the results of pupil achievement and progress across all year groups, so that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils.
Governors undertake visits the school on a regular basis to see for ourselves the excellent progress the children are making and giving us the opportunity to explore in more depth both the highlights and the challenges.
This year, the Governing Body has attended a full monitoring day, supported school trips as well as attending on ad-hoc days, assisting in class and seeing the wonderful presentations and assemblies performed by the pupils.
One of the roles for Governors is to review and agree school policies, and this year we have considered a number of key policies, including the Administration of Medicines, SEND, the Maths Calculation Policy, as well as a number of HR Policies. We have also worked with the Headteacher on a parent engagement questionnaire for all year groups to enable us to hear first-hand what parents really think and how we can look at the ongoing improvement of the school. We look forward to hearing your responses and assisting with the continuous improvement of the school going forward. During the next year, we aim to work with Mrs. Eades to implement Parent Partnership discussions, and which will enable the continuous engagement and follow up on the feedback received.
In addition to reviewing the academic elements of the curriculum, the Governing Body is particularly interested in how Arts, Sports and Cultural Activities are included. We were thrilled to see the school being awarded the Arts Mark Gold Award this year in recognition of the many opportunities provided for learning across the Arts at Sunnymede Infant School. The Zones of Regulation introduced earlier this year, and giving children the opportunity to talk more openly about how they are feeling is, we believe, an excellent incentive. We are pleased to see that our school continues to promote diversity and encourage pupils to learn about different cultures. This was apparent when we have joined in with children during Chinese Arts week, European week and other religious celebrations.
We continue to be interested in our “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes. We have looked at also how the Sports Funding was used and were delighted that the school had had an opportunity to participate in various events involving all primary schools across Billericay. The implementation of the daily mile and the new Dino Wall, has been very popular also encouraged our pupils to engage in keeping healthy.
The Governing Body’s priority always is the safety of the children and adults, and we have a nominated governor for safeguarding (Mrs. Wiliams) who brings her professional expertise to this vital role and who gives a termly report to the governors about any safeguarding matters. At the end of the Spring term, the governing body approved the 2019/20 budget plan for the school: we are pleased to report that the school continues to be in a healthy position financially, enabling us to make additional provision for our SEND children.
Minutes of the Governing Body meetings are public documents – you can either find them on the Governors’ page of our website or you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.
Future plans for the governors
The Governing Body is looking forward to another year, building on some of the successes embedding from the new curriculum to all year groups, as well as supporting the new members of staff and welcoming new parents joining us in September.
Use this link to contact our Governors or you can email them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org