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 Rosehill School Governors Impact Statement 2019/2020

 

 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 School’s vision statement which is “Caring about Learning, Learning about Caring”. 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 Head teacher 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. 

 

Impact of full Governing Body meetings

Governors attend two full governing body meetings each term. In addition, each governor is linked to one of the four self-evaluation areas and the school improvement 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.

 

Impact of Support and Challenge meetings

In November 2019, 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.

 

Impact of Budget scrutiny

The school budget is 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. We also scrutinise the effect of pupil numbers on the budget. 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.

 

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:

 

  • Safeguarding
  • Support and challenge
  • Effective monitoring
  • the role of the governor
  • staff well-being
  • safer recruitment
  • governor induction
  • Essential Knowledge for Effective Governance. 

 

Headteacher appraisal

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.

 

This impact statement was approved by the FGB at the meeting on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

 

General information about the work of a school governing body, a guide to the laws affecting schools and governors, and advice on how to become a school governor may be found by using the following link  http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/governance

 

For further information, please see our contact details below.

Meet The Governors of Rosehill School

 

Dr Christopher Reynolds - Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 02.02.2017 - 01.02.2021

Conflicts of Interest: Project Director for Excellence in Assessment, Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, Vice Chair Board of Directors at St Thomas Aquinas Multi Academy Trust and Occasional Consultant for Nottingham City Local Authority. 

Responsibility: Finance, Performance Management, Standards of Teaching, 

Pecuniary Interest: Yes

Contact: admin@rosehill.nottingham.sch.uk

 

Jonny Kirk - Vice Chair of Governors

Local Authority Governor

03.10.2018 – 02.10.2022

Conflicts of interest: Service Manager, Nottingham City Council

Pecuniary Interest: Yes

 

Helene Denness

Co-opted Governor

30.01.2019 – 29.01.2023

Conflicts of interest: Consultant at Nottingham City Council

Pecuniary Interest: Yes

 

Sharon Harris

Staff Governor

08.02.2019 - 07.02.2023

Conflicts of Interest: None

Pecuniary Interest: None

 

Joanna Lawson

Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 2017-2020

Conflicts of Interest: None

Responsibility: Safeguarding

Pecuniary Interest: None

 

Sibusisiwe Madangombe

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 2017-2020

Conflicts of Interest: None

Responsibility: Policy Review/Response to non-financial audit

Pecuniary Interest: None

 

Cheryl Steele

Headteacher

Term of Office: 2017-2020

Conflicts of Interest: None

Responsibility: Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Training

Pecuniary Interest: None

 

Amy Taylor

Co-opted Governor

26.09.2017 – 25.09.2021

Conflicts of interest: Community Paediatrician, Chair of Governors at Archbishop Cranmer CofE Academy

Pecuniary Interest: None

Pay committee – Chair – Jonny Kirk, plus 2 non staff members of the governing body

Pay appeal committee – Chair Christopher Reynolds, plus two non staff governors

Pupil discipline committee – Chair or Vice-Chair to chair, plus two non staff members of the governing body

Dates for meetings (2019-2020)

29th April 2020 - Full Governors Meeting

4th March 2020 - Full Governors Meeting

22nd January 2020 - Full Governors Meeting

27th November 2019 - Full Governors Meeting

8th October 2019 - Pay Committee Meeting

25th June 2019 - Full Governors Meeting

 

Dates for meetings (2018-2019)

30th April 2019 - Full Governors Meeting

28th March 2019 - Full Governors Meeting

30th January 2019 - Full Governors Meeting

22nd November 2018 - Full Governors Meeting

17th October 2018 - Pay Committee Meeting

3rd October 2018 - Full Governors Meeting

 

Dates for meetings (2017-2018)

19th June  2018 - Full Governors Meetings

25th April 2018 - Full Governors Meeting

27th February 2018 - Full Governors Meeting  

23rd January 2018 - Full Governors Meeting

21st November 2017 - Full Governors Meeting

26th September 2017 - Full Governors Meeting

25th July 2017 - Standards of Progression/Achievement

14th June 2017 - Full Governors Meeting

26th April 2017 - Finance and Policies

3rd March 2017 - Standards of Progression/Achievement

2nd February 2017 - Full Governors Meeting

MEETING ATTENDANCE 30th August 2019 - 24th July 2020

GOVERNOR

ATTENDANCE

Christopher Reynolds, Chair

1/1

  Jonny Kirk, Vice Chair

1/1

  Ronald Eagle 1/1
  Joanna Lawson 0/1

Sibusisiwe Mandangombe

1/1
  Sharon Harris 1/1
  Dr Amy Taylor 0/1
  Helene Denness 0/1
  Cheryl Steele, Headteacher 1/1

MEETING ATTENDANCE 31st August 2018 - 26th July 2019

GOVERNOR

ATTENDANCE

Christopher Reynolds, Chair

6/6

Lesley Odell, Vice-Chair

2/6

  Neville Bailey

1/6

  Ronald Eagle

5/6

  Jonny Kirk 6/6
  Joanna Lawson 5/6

Sibusisiwe Mandangombe

2/6
  Amy Taylor 2/6
  Cheryl Steele, Head Teacher 6/6
  Helene Denness 3/4
  Sharon Harris 3/3
Governor Information and Attendance at Meetings 2017 - 2018

Governor details including name, business interest, relationship with school staff plus governor role elsewhere

Category

Appointed by

Term of Office

Attendance

2017 - 2018 Meetings

Role/Responsibility

Mr Christopher Reynolds -

Project Director for Excellence in Assessment, Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and governor at St Charles Primary School in Measham

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

5/5

Chair - Finance

Performance management and standards of teaching

Mrs Lesley Odell -

Chair of the local governing body of Nethergate School, a trustee of the Greenwood Academies Trust

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

4/5

 

Vice Chair - Standards, progression and achievement

Ms Patricia Lewis -

Member of the governing body of Oakfield School

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

2/5

Health and Safety

Mr Richard Henderson -

Member of the local governing body of Victoria Primary School and employee of Nottingham City Council

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

3/5

HR and Staffing

Mrs Joanna Lawson

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

4/5

Safeguarding

 

Mr Ken Gambura

Parent

Governing Body

Resigned Feb 2018

0/3

Policy review and response to non-financial audits

Ms Sibusisiwe Mandangombe

Parent

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

3/5

Policy review and response to non-financial audits

Mrs Amy Taylor

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

 

2/5

Pupils

Ms Claudette Howell

Staff

Governing Body

Resigned August 2018

2/5

Teaching and Learning

Mrs Cheryl Steele

 

Acting Head Teacher

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

5/5

Training & Curriculum

Governor Information and Attendance at Meetings 2016/2017

Governor details including name, business interest, relationship with school staff plus governor role elsewhere

Category

Appointed by

Term of Office

Attendance

2016 – 2017 Meetings

Role/Responsibility

Mr Christopher Reynolds -

Project Director for Excellence in Assessment, Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and governor at St Charles Primary School in Measham

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

5/5

Chair - Finance

Performance management and standards of teaching

Mrs Lesley Odell -

Chair of the local governing body of Nethergate School, a trustee of the Greenwood Academies Trust

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

5/5

 

Vice Chair - Standards, progression and achievement

Ms Patricia Lewis -

Member of the governing body of Oakfield School

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

4/5

Health and Safety

Mr Richard Henderson -

Member of the local governing body of Victoria Primary School and employee of Nottingham City Council

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

1/5

HR and Staffing

Mrs Joanna Lawson

Co-opted

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

4/5

Safeguarding

 

Mr Ken Gambura

Parent

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

4/5

Policy review and response to non-financial audits

Ms Sibusisiwe Mandangombe

Parent

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

5/5

Policy review and response to non-financial audits

Ms Claudette Howell

Staff

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

4/5

Teaching and Learning

Mrs Cheryl Steele

 

Acting Head Teacher

Governing Body

4 year

01.02.21

5/5

Training & Curriculum


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