The Governing Body plays a vital role in the life of the school. It is responsible for setting the overall strategy, vision and ethos of the school, formulating and reviewing school policies and overseeing the educational and financial performance of the school. Our aim is to provide the best possible education, in the best possible environment for the children who attend Lytham Hall Park.
WHAT IS THE GOVERNOR VISION FOR LYTHAM HALL PARK?
The Governors will ensure that as a two form entry primary school, the family ethos we celebrate remains securely in place and the excellent reputation the school holds in the local area remains. The school will be a leader in the locality, with excellent school to school links, supporting others and in turn receiving support, sharing resources and expertise. The school will continue to be outward looking, and embrace innovative practice, with a continued commitment to provide high quality Initial Teacher Training opportunities. Lytham Hall Park will ensure pupil achievement remains excellent, whilst promoting a rich and vibrant curriculum that meets the needs of our learners and traditional values will remain at the heart of our success.
GOVERNING BODY ANNUAL IMPACT STATEMENT
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Lytham Hall Park Primary School Governing Body are:
Governance Structure and Meetings
The Governing Body of Lytham Hall Park Primary School was re-constituted again in 2015/16 year.
We are now made up of:
1 Staff Governor
1 Headteacher Governor
2 Elected Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
10 Co-opted Governors (currently 1 Co-opted Governor vacancy)
The Full Governing Body meets three times in the year. We reviewed and revised our committee structure in 2015/16 to move further in line with the core functions. We now have four committees
which meet at least termly, sometimes more often if required. We have used these meetings to monitor progress of targets in the school improvement plan and challenge and hold senior leaders to account on all aspects of the work of the school.
THE HEALTH and SAFETY COMMITTEE
Health and Safety & Projects
This committee is chaired by Alderman Fieldhouse who is a longstanding and experienced member of the Governing Body. The Health and Safety Committee actively and strategically check the whole of school through focussed walk throughs each term. In the last three years they have completed the extension to the school as the school has gown to two form entry and then took the lead on key projects to ensure the existing school was fit for purpose providing the pupils’ with a light, bright learning environment with a clear vision that the school would feel a consistent whole. In 2016/17 key projects have included the redesigning the front entrance at school to ensure to meets the needs of a two form entry (2FE) school and providing a fit for purpose office for the School Business Manager. Site security and safeguarding has been further strengthened by the introduction of an electronic signing in system.
THE educational performance COMMITTEE
This committee is chaired by Mrs Harrison who is a long standing Governor at Lytham Hall Park and is an experienced educational consultant. The Committee scrutinises all pupil progress and attainment data and monitors the quality of our school improvement plan key priorities and the impact these have pupil achievement. The committee also monitors the impact of the use of our Pupil Premium Funding and Sports Funding. They have a clear and significant focus on ensuring standards remain high as the school has grown in size to two form entry.
The Committee has previously had a presentation from our Junior Leaders introducing them to Accelerated Reader and how it impacts on pupil learning in school. The committee regularly have opportunities to examine pupils’ work and identify examples of impact, this year they carried out a 'book look' for progression in mathematics through school. This linked to the School Improvement Plan for 2016/17.
The committee also reviews the feedback from Parent and Pupil Questionnaires as part of their monitoring and evaluation role, listening and responding to our stakeholders.
financial PERFORMANCE and staffing COMMITTEE
Financial Performance and Staffing
This committee is chaired by Mr Dixon who is a qualified accountant. He has been a governor for over 3 years. As the Chair of Financial Performance and Staffing Committee Mr Dixon has improved the governors interface with Lancashire County Council’s Finance Team.
The Committee meets formally at least once every term to cover the key elements of termly business including holding the Headteacher and Finance Officer to account for the financial performance of the school and approving the draft and final school budgets. Throughout the year the Chair has provided verbal and written financial summaries to the Committee and to the Full Governing Body highlighting the financial condition of the school, and in particular the presence of ‘in-year-deficit’ and one off spending that this relates to. This year the Committee approved the decision to fund the building works to improve the main entrance of school. They also introduced TLR3 posts in school to develop the future and talented leaders in school.
In recent years the committee have made proactive decisions to appointment additional teaching staff which has further built the leadership capacity through flexibility of the assistant and deputy head in school. This has included releasing the SENCo for more designated leadership time and funding her to access the Masters Award..
The committee have ensured the funding is available to put together an effective and growing teaching team. This has included increased staffing in larger cohorts and increased administrator hours as pupil numbers have grown. They have authorised the funding of significant building works providing an excellent learning environment linked to the school vision for independent pupil learning and collaboration.
Mr Dixon led the Committee in Benchmarking for 2016/17 and concluded that school spending on training has remained higher than in comparison schools but clearly this spending has impacted favourably as pupils’ achievement remains high.
strategy and vision COMMITTEE
Strategy and Vision
This Committee is chaired by Mr Mason the longstanding and experienced Chair of Governors. It is made up of all the Chairs of the committees. The main impact of the committee has been in implementing and reviewing the structure of the Governing Body committees to be further in line with the core functions. This has also led to the defining of a clear vision and linking this the strategic direction for the school. An action plan has been put in place and is shared with the Full Governing Body. Key improvements in 2016-17 have included monitoring the impact of the training opportunities such as the full day training and the 10 minute training at each meeting. Training has been put in place responding to Governor needs analysis.
THE FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETING
Full Governing Body Meeting
This meeting is chaired by Mr Mason who also Chairs the Strategy and Vision Committee. At Full Governing Body meetings Governors receive a report from the Headteacher on all aspects of the leadership of the school including the school improvement plan. This year the Governing Body continued to support walking to school initiatives and a sub-committee has been appointed to further explore parking outside the school at pick up and drop off times.
The Full Governors have been supportive of school to school support and have continued to release the Headteacher to work as an associate adviser supporting five schools and newly appointed head teachers (as part of Headstart) and newly appointed middle leaders training. The Full Governors also supported the school taking on the role of strategic partner in the Fylde Coast Teaching Alliance. The Governing Body recognise the benefits gained through school to school support. In 2016-17 the Chair of Governors has renewed the role of the nominated governor and stronger links with faculties and key staff in school have been established with increased regularity of reporting at Full Governors meetings.
The Headteacher appraisal panel met in the autumn term to carry out the Headteacher’s annual appraisal. The Pay Review Panel met to review the school’s implementation of the Pay Policy linked to appraisal. There is also a Pay Review Appeals Panel which has not met because there were no appeals.
INDIVIDUAL GOVERNOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Individual Governor Responsibilities
In addition to sitting on the committees, Governors have a number of individual responsibilities.
Training Link Governor:
Mrs Parry has taken on the responsibility for overseeing governor training. She ensures that we attend appropriate and relevant training courses to develop the skills we need and improve our effectiveness and make an active contribution to the governing body. This year we have continued with the 10 minute training sessions at the start of each meeting. This is in addition to GEL online training, such as Prevent training, and face to face training.
Safeguarding Governor including Prevent and Pupil Premium Champion:
Mrs Harrison is responsible ensuring that we continue to work for an outstanding level of safeguarding provision in school. She liaises with the designated senior leads in school checking safeguarding policies, procedures and records for ensuring that staff and governors are appropriately trained and reporting back to the full governing body. She also acts as the voice for pupil premium and vulnerable children including those with special educational needs asking the appropriate challenge questions. This year Mrs Harrison has worked closely with the newly appointed School Business Manager to review and update the Single Central Record, and systems such as the Transfer of Control. Mrs Harrison has also received a safeguarding audit from an external consultant and also carried out the LA Safeguarding Audit with the DSL. She has examine the impact of Forest Schools speaking to pupils focusing on resilience. Mrs Harrison also met with the DSL in the summer term and completed pupil interviews around bullying - their perceptions of this and how this is dealt with in school.
Mrs Harrison is responsible for ensuring that the key responsibilities of the SENCo are clearly defined and meet the needs of the school. She meets with the SENCo and monitors the way in which the responsibilities and SEND processes are carried out. This year Mrs Harrison has supported the appointment of a new Family Learning Mentor.
Governors visit the school regularly. Visits provide an opportunity to speak with pupils, staff and parents. They observed a school assembly as part of the Governor Training Day held in school. This enabled them to observe pupil behaviour, school routines and ethos & values first hand. They carried out pupil interviews with a focus on safety and welfare.
The Chair of Governors (Mr Mason) meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss all aspects of the work of the school.
Three Governors (Mrs Livesey, Mr Hale and Mr Thompson) attended school as volunteer helpers and so have a clear and up to date understanding of the work of the school.
Governors regularly attend school events throughout the year.
Governors have sat on interview panels for teachers, TAs, welfare staff and administrative staff. This year we have made some very positive appointments which remains essential at this time of continued growth.
LISTENING TO OTHERS
Listening to Others
The Governing Body regularly seeks the views of pupils and parents as part of our function of supporting and maintaining improvements in the performance of the school, this includes the provision of weekly parent drop in sessions offered by all teachers and the family learning mentor. This is typically part of the Educational Performance Committee meetings.
We seek parents' views throughout the year and complete the Lancashire Parental questionnaire annually in the autumn term, feeding back to parents via the Newsletter. However, from 15/16 this will take place every two years with more school specific questionnaires completed more regularly. We survey KS1 and KS2 pupils towards the end of the summer term. Findings from all these consultations are fed back to the Educational Performance Committee and used to inform our questioning and improve the overall performance of the school.
The Governors have attended a range of training opportunities this year and we have completed and reviewed a skills audit. The skills audit recognises that existing Governors have a strong base of relevant expertise and experience.
Governor Training has included
10 minute training sessions at the start of meetings
Induction training for new Governors
Online training via GEL and Lancashire modules
OfSTED update and the role of the Governing Body
Health and Safety Training
Lancashire Chairs' Forums termly
Health & Safety & Projects
Patricia Fieldhouse (Chair)
Bev Harrison (Chair)
Financial Performance & Staffing
Ron Dixon (Chair)
Kelly Norton Noon
Strategy & Vision
Steve Mason (Chair)
Nominated Governor for Child Protection/SEND/Pupil Premium and Prevent