The Governors at SIJS
Our role is to ensure that the aims defined in the SIJS Mission and the School Development Plan are the constant focus of achievement for all. In carrying out our strategic leadership responsibilities, we monitor and evaluate progress towards meeting the Mission’s objectives; we challenge and support the Head Teacher and his team of teaching professionals as they strive to deliver even greater performance; we promote lifelong learning for the benefit of every child at SIJS.
Governor Meeting Attendance
*T&L Focus = Teaching & Learning Focus Group
|Name||Term of Office|
|Jodi Scaddan||20/7/15 – 22/7/16|
|Tony Hollow||10/6/14 – 2/2/16|
|Suzannah Teagle||21/4/14 – 16/4/17|
From time to time opportunities arise to contribute to SIJS as a governor. If this is of interest to you, please contact Mrs Prescott in the office who will pass on your details to Jo Harvey, our Chair of Governors.
To download a copy of the SIJS School Improvement Plan Click Here
To download a copy of the SIJS Self Evaluation Form (SEF) Click Here
To download a copy of the Governor Code of Practice Click Here
To download a copy of the Governor Pecuniary & Business Interests Click Here
Parent/Carer Questionnaire Results 2017
To download a copy of the questionnaire results Click Here
Annual Governance Statement – July 2017
In accordance with government requirements, the 3 core functions of our governing body are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure there is value for money.
Our governing body is made up of 2 staff governors (including the headteacher), 2 parent governors, 1 local authority governor, 7 co-opted governors (including 2 associate members with limited voting rights).
Governing Body Structure
We have a full governing body meeting at least once a term and twice in the autumn term.
We also have a Teaching and Learning Focus Group which meets once a term to look at the School Improvement Plan progress, data and subject monitoring in greater detail. This is still made up of the whole governing body.
There is a Finance committee and a Headteacher Performance Management Committee.
There is also a Personnel Committee and Appeals Committee that meets when needed.
Working parties are also set up when the need arises.
We have welcomed 4 new governors this year. Each new governor has a formal induction from the Chair of Governors and training provided by the Local Authority.
Suzannah Teagle left the governing body in April to take up her position as head of Threemilestone School. She will be hugely missed as a teacher and governor and we are enormously grateful for her commitment to the school.
Mrs Watts replaces her as an associate governor by virtue of her position as deputy head.
Helen Mason and Louise McMahon joined the governors as co-opted governors due to the skills they bring.
Katie Bowen was elected (uncontested) as the new Staff governor.
Attendance at Governor meetings
Governor meetings are well attended and any absences are explained and approved by the governing body. A table of governor’s attendance is available on the website. We have never cancelled a meeting because it was not ‘quorate’.
The finance committee continues to monitor and manage the financial situation of the school alongside the head teacher and business technician. The school had a financial audit in October which was largely positive, and any weaknesses have been dealt with. The governing body has approved the budget for 2017- 18. It is well documented that schools are facing severe financial pressures at the moment and SIJS is no different. At the moment the school remains in a relatively good financial position, but there is no doubt that going forward that will become increasingly challenging. To reflect this we are recruiting another governor who has expertise in finance to join the finance committee.
One the most important tasks that governors face is the recruitment of a new head teacher and deputy head. This year we had to do both! Governors were delighted to appoint Ali Watts as the new Deputy Head and after a gruelling and rigorous 2 days of tasks and interviews devised by governors, we were delighted to appoint Ruth Davey as the new Head Teacher.
Mrs Watts has already taken up her position and Ms Davey will start in September. The transition process is already well underway and going well, and governors are very involved in facilitating that transition.
Governors supported the headteacher and senior leadership in writing and monitoring the School improvement plan. Many things inform the plan, including the in depth analysis of whole school data.
Governors visit the school as part of their monitoring of the SIP and specific subjects and areas that governors are linked to. The Chair of Governors also has regular meetings with the Head teacher throughout the year.
The school is always looking to improve attainment and progress for all pupils. The initial results in key stage 2 tests look to be positive and to be above the national average in all areas for the 3rd year running. We will however be looking at them in detail early next year.
Governors and staff analysed in detail the parent/carer questionnaires and pupil questionnaires and responded to any issues. The responses were largely very positive.
Governors review all policies at the school to ensure all guidance is current and up to date. Many of the policies are published on the school website.
Governors prioritise the safety of pupils and staff at the school. The school had a Health and Safety Audit and a Building Condition Audit and they were both largely positive. Any weaknesses have been quickly addressed.
The head teacher and 2 governors (including the chair) are trained in ‘safer recruitment’. Governors have been involved in the recruitment of 2 new teachers this term, alongside senior leadership.
We are constantly looking at ways to develop and improve as a school and a governing body. We will be supporting the Senior Leadership Team to update the School Improvement plan early next year, following in depth analysis of whole school data. Some of our priorities for the year ahead are:
- Ensuring the smooth transition of the new head and deputy head.
- Ensuring improvement in progress and attainment across all pupils – especially disadvantaged groups.
- Safeguarding our pupils and staff
- Considering the future of the school within the current political framework. We will be considering all options and evaluating what will serve the school most effectively.
- Evaluating and reshaping the current governing body structure to best meet the challenges for the school.
How to contact the Governing Body
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents. You can contact Jo Harvey – the Chair of Governors – via the school office. We also try to have governors at school events and open days so please feel free to come and have a chat.
Thanks to everyone for an enjoyable and successful year at SIJS.