Governors Impact Statement
The governing body at Rosehill School works to meet the requirement set nationally by government for governing bodies. The role is a fundamental part of the leadership of the school and as such we aim to make our school the very best it can be for the benefit of all of our pupils. We constantly strive to raise standards in accordance with Rosehill’s vision statement (updated following consultation July-Sept 2021);
“It is our vision to provide a specialist provision that enables every learner to achieve the best possible outcomes in learning, social and emotional wellbeing, in order to fulfil their true potential and participate fully in society.
Children, young people and their families will have a voice, be listened to, included and empowered, and have access to the right support at the right time from the right people”.
The government requires the governing body to be a dynamic group of highly skilled individuals who focus on supporting the Headteacher and all the staff to shape the strategic direction of the school.
We focus on three main tasks:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is spent well.
In this statement we aim to outline some of the impact we have on the school through our role of challenge and support.
The Governing Body of Rosehill School is made up of:-
Mrs C Steele - Headteacher
With experience and skills in:-
Mr G Hicks - Chair of Governors
Education and Curriculum, Safeguarding, Finance, SEND, Inclusion and Behaviour Management
Miss N Kenneison – Vice chair
Education, Performance Management and KPIs, Operations and Human Resources and SEND/Inclusion
Miss A Corey – Vice chair
Project Management, Buildings and Property, Education
Mrs R Hyder
Education, SEND, Safeguarding & School improvement
Mr K Forder
Education and Finance
Mrs S Harris - Staff Governor
Individual Governor Responsibilities
As well as sitting on committees, Governors have a number of individual responsibilities. Wherever possible linked to our own skills and expertise.
Finance & Budget/ GDPR /HR
Pupil Premium (LAC)
Equality & Diversity/ Staff Workload
Health & Wellbeing/ Pupil Voice
Health & Safety/ Risk Assessments / Premises
Behaviour & Attitudes
Teaching & Learning Standards/ Catch Up Plans/ Sports Premium
Assessment & Progress
Gareth Hicks (Chair)
Staff Development/ Training & CPD
Sixth Form/ Careers/ Work Related Learning/ Qualifications
Pupils Personal Development & School Community (Parent & Carers, Local Community & Wider Engagement)
Looked After Children
Art & Design
Computing & ESafety
Community Skills/ Educational Visits
D&T & Food Tech
English (reading, writing, phonics)
Outdoor Learning & Eco Schools
PE, Dance, Swimming & Sports Premium
PSHE, Citizenship, Drugs Education & RSHE
RE, SMSC, FBV, Cultural Capital
Work Related Learning
Whenever possible, due to work commitments, governors will try to visit school to discuss relevant areas. If this is not possible reports are then sent to the governors and questioned via email or phone calls.
Impact of full Governing Body Meetings
Governors attend two full governing body meetings each term. In addition, there is a finance committee that meets regularly to scrutinise financial matters and report back to the governors. each governor is linked to one of the four self-evaluation areas and the school development plan.
Before governor meetings take place, each governor meets with the appropriate member of staff to find out more details about their area of responsibility. A report is then written and presented at the next full governing body meeting. The impact of this is that governors are much better informed, can ask important questions and can therefore hold leaders to account for standards in their area effectively. Evidence of this can be found in governing body minutes.
At all full governing body meetings Governors also receive a report from the Headteacher on all aspects of the running of the school, including quality of teaching and learning, attendance, behaviour and safety. Governors discuss this report and ask questions of the Headteacher thereby improving their knowledge and understanding of the school. It is also an opportunity to challenge the Headteacher and to question aspects of the school’s performance. At these meetings we also review the School Improvement Plan, School Financial Value Standards, Self-Evaluation Form and policies.
Impact of Support and Challenge Meetings and Monitoring
During 2020/21, governors established Support and Challenge meetings to take place each half term as a minimum. The key focus of these meetings is to take time to monitor the quality of the school’s self-evaluation (SEF) and also monitor the implementation of the school development plan (SDP). Governors report back findings to full governing body meetings. The impact of this initiative has been a much sharper focus on the SDP and SEF as well as on the pace of improvements in school. It also ensures that the focus is on the right priorities for the school at this stage in its development.
The Governor with responsibility for teaching and learning and standards, is tasked with following our pupils’ progress and assessment using data provided by the SLT from internal and external tracking systems. Allowing us to track all groups of children within school and against similar schools nationally.
For maximum progress to be made it is important that we look closely at all curriculum areas, interventions, children in receipt of pupil premium, the outcomes of sports premium and safeguarding including personal development, behaviour and attitudes, attendance, e-safety and the prevent strategy.
Governors have received training on assessment and EHC Plans, and are taken through both internal and external data reports by the SLT. There is a high level of competency in data analysis in the school leadership team. Governors ensure that they ask the school about the comparative progress and attainment of different groups including those targeted by the pupil premium grant and the different ethnicity, gender, and ability groups. They ensure that the pupil premium grant is used to have an impact on the outcome of disadvantaged pupils. Governors receive information regarding the use of Sports Premium Funding and the impact this has on the development of PE across the school.
For the academic year 2020-21, the Governors also received additional information regarding the school’s strategy for dealing with the ‘Catch Up’ following the Covid-19 school closure and how the Government ‘Catch Up Premium’ was spent. The impact of additional intervention plans during the last academic year, along with pupil premium plans for 2021-22, has been shared.
Governors have a wide range of skills in many education areas within mainstream and special educational needs settings and we encourage inclusiveness of all pupils.
Impact of Budget Scrutiny
In the Finance committee we are tasked with ensuring that all monies allocated to all areas are accounted for and spent accordingly.
The key elements of termly business are discussed and governors hold the headteacher to account for the financial performance of the school and approve the draft and final school budgets. Governors also receive an in-depth Pupil Premium Grant Allocation/Provision and Impact report which helps us to assess whether this funding is being spent correctly supporting the highest possible outcomes for these children. We also scrutinise the effect of pupil numbers on the budget.
In this meeting, we also look at building maintenance, building improvement and the health and safety audit. This ensures that our pupils and staff reside in an environment conducive with learning while also providing a feeling of security and wellbeing.
The governing body is competent in financial management.
The governors bring a wide range of expertise to the school and this helps to ensure that budgets are monitored effectively and improvements are effective and continuous. The impact of the governors’ role in the school ensures that the budget is managed effectively and the school is continually moving forward.
The school budget is further scrutinised and reviewed in detail at the full governing body meetings. Governors review end of year budgets, attend pre-budget meetings and question deficit/surplus balances. The impact of this is that governors agree and approve the school budget and ensure that finances are used efficiently and effectively across school. In addition, the governors ensure the Headteacher and school business manager are reporting the impact of best value for money systems.
This committee also monitors staff absence, staff well-being and the school staffing structure.
Additional committees linked to resources and finance are:
SFVS Panel, the Pay Committee and the Headteacher’s Performance Management Committee.
All Committees and Panels are well attended ensuring that all governors are well aware of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and the best ways forward. We consider ourselves a pro-active not a re-active governing body.
Strategic Direction and School Development Plan
Setting the strategic direction of the school is a vital role of governors. They support the Headteacher and senior leadership team in setting the school’s priorities and strategic direction.
Governors continually monitor the School Development Plan (SDP). They receive reports from the Headteacher relating to the SDP and monitor the progress towards achieving targets and goals.
Governors receive reports on the progress of each area of the SDP throughout the year. We then receive an in-depth end of year evaluation detailing the progression, the methods used, pupil outcomes, the timescale in which it was actioned, resources used to enable the progress, the success criteria and how and who it was monitored by.
This information along with questioning and analysis of data helps to set the SDP for the following year.
The SDP 2021-22
Governors have approved the SDP for this coming year and its key areas for improvement across the school:-
Quality of Education:
- Develop our personalised curriculum and raise standards in Reading, Writing, Communication and Maths
- To ensure outstanding teaching and learning
- Further develop our assessment system and programme of monitoring, which promotes a positive growth mindset philosophy and sharing of good practice
Behaviour and Attitudes:
- To implement trauma informed practice, working collaboratively with all health providers
- Maximise the use of specialist areas
- Further develop systems for pupil attendance and ensure excellent communication of learning priorities with pupils and parents
- Develop IPLJ across the curriculum, personalised through EHC plan targets
- Promote physical development
- Raise the profile of our creative curriculum, SMSC offer and rights respecting school ethos.
- Extend extracurricular opportunities and outdoor learning
Leadership and Management:
- Develop our school vision and further develop the quality of Leadership and Management
- Build on our learning community culture (CPD, training, collaboration and research)
- Further support mental health and wellbeing across the school
- Continue to ensure effective and robust safeguarding processes
- Enhance the Governor role and impact of the Governing Board
Governors review all relevant policies, during the relevant committee meetings, on a programmed basis to ensure that they meet the statutory requirements and that all guidance is relevant and up to date. Specific attention is paid to ensure that the school complies with the Department of Education mandatory policy list and the Local Authority recommended list.
Impact of Training
All members of the governing body have and continue to receive training. The impact of this is that the governing body are kept abreast of their responsibilities regarding the latest requirements and expectations. Learning and actions from this training are shared at full governing body meetings and this has helped to inform the work of governors.
Recent training has included:
- Support and challenge
- Effective monitoring
- The role of the governor
- Staff well-being and workload
- Quality first curriculum
- Safer recruitment
- Governor induction
- Essential knowledge for effective governance
- Health and safety.
The governing body carries out Headteacher appraisal annually and ensures this is in line with national requirements. Governors have undertaken Headteacher appraisal training and with expert assistance from an education adviser, the appraisal is carried out. This process allows us to look closely at the performance of the Headteacher, have discussions about areas of strength and if necessary, those for development. New targets are set against criteria which the Headteachers’ performance will be evaluated. The impact of this is that governors have good understanding of the Headteacher’s performance as measured against the National Standards of Excellence for Head Teachers.
Other Impact Across the School
As governors we celebrate the fantastic work around school and provide challenge and support in areas that can improve and monitor progress in all areas.
- Recruitment. Governors have completed “safer recruitment” training and have contributed to the recruitment process ensuring that the school is able to recruit the right staff for the pupils.
- Link governors have specific responsibility for specific areas of interest within school. Each governor conducts a monitoring visit to review their area and produced a report which has been shared with the full governing body. This makes sure that governors have good details on which to make important decisions and can also raise important questions about standards where necessary
- Progress and attainment. Governors have been able to develop clear understanding of the rates of progress and attainment of pupils in school through information provided by school leaders. The impact of this is that governors are aware of how well pupils are achieving and where there are issues, challenging questions can be asked to ensure that any identified problems are addressed in a timely manner. This ensures that all pupils make good progress.
- One governor joins the senior leadership team on a termly basis to look at pupils’ work. The impact of this is that best practice examples are identified and senior leaders shared this with staff more widely across school and this subsequently raised expectations.
Governors continue to monitor policies throughout the year including safeguarding policies. The impact is that all policies are kept up to date, parents and staff are very well informed about expectations and it also ensures compliance with statutory duties.
Meet The Governors of Rosehill School 2021/2022
The Governing body is constituted as follows:
- 1 Local Authority Governor
- 1 Staff Governor
- 2 Parent Governors
- 5 Co-opted Governors
- 1 Associate Governor
Individual Governors have areas of responsibility such as Leadership and Management, Safeguarding, Finance, Health & Safety, GDPR, Premises Development and Governor Training.
Dates for meetings (01.04.2021 - 31.03.2022)
- 16th March 2022 - Full Governors Meeting
- 26th January 2022 - Full Governors Meeting
- 17th November 2021 - Full Governors Meeting
- 6th October 2021 - Full Governors Meeting
- 17th June 2021 - Full Governors Meeting
- 28th April 2021 - Full Governors Meeting
Governor details including name, business interest, relationship with school staff plus governor role elsewhere
Term of Office
01.04.2021 - 31.03.2022
|Governing Body||04.03.2020 - 03.03.2024||2/2|
|Kai Forder||Co-opted||Governing Body||17.06.2021 - 16.06.2025||1/1|
08.02.2019 - 07.02.2023
|Governing Body||22.01.2020 - 21.01.2024||2/2|
|Rebecca Hyder||Co-opted||Governing Body|
27.01.2021 - 26.01.2025
18.11.2020 - 17.11.2024
27.01.2021 - 26.01.2022
02.02.2017 - 01.02.2025
Amy Taylor -
Community Paediatrician, Chair of Governors at Archbishop Cranmer CofE Academy
term of office ended 25.09.2021
Finance committee - Gareth Hicks (Chair), April Corey (Vice Chair), Cheryl Steele (Headteacher). Also in attendance Elizabeth Eyre (School Business Manager) who does not have voting rights.
Pay committee – April Corey (Vice -Chair), plus 2 non staff members of the governing body.
Pay appeal committee – Chair, Gareth Hicks, plus two non staff governors.
Pupil discipline committee – Chair or Vice-Chair, plus two non staff members of the governing body.