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 her 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|
|Matt Allcock||4/1/10 – 26/7/17|
|Amelia Ainley||9/4/16 – 4/10/17|
|Jez Kemp||26/2/14 – 25/2/18|
|Katie Bowen||25/4/17 – 24/7/18|
|Cheryl Nichols||21/7/17 – 16/11/18|
|Jo Harvey||5/3/17 – 20/11/18|
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 Summary Click Here
To download a copy of the Governor Code of Conduct Click Here
Parent/Carer Questionnaire Results 2018
To download a copy of the questionnaire results Click Here
Click below to read the letter from the Chair of Governors.
Annual Governance Statement – July 2018
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 its 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 said goodbye to Jez Kemp this year. He has had a huge impact on the governing body over the past 4 years and we are sorry to see him go. We are very lucky that he has been replaced by Sarah Hall. We also say goodbye to our staff governor Katie Bowen as she moves on to teach at another school. We have Juli Hosking already in the governing body, who will take over her position. We advertised for a parent governor this year and we are delighted that Mel Thomas has volunteered to fill the post.
Each new governor has a formal induction from the Chair of Governors and training provided by the Local Authority.
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 governing body has approved the budget for 2018 -19. It is well documented that schools are facing severe financial pressures at the moment and SIJS is no different. There is no doubt that balancing the budget has become increasingly challenging, and changes have had to be made to ensure the school remains financially healthy – for example we now have a deputy head and SENCO who also have teaching responsibilities as well.
It has been a whirlwind of a year with a new head teacher, deputy head and SENCO. Governors have worked closely to support them. Ms Davey has settled in to life at SIJS and taken time to get to know the school and all that makes it special.
Governors and SLT had to review the attendance policy at the school this year and make changes to ensure the school conforms to government requirements. We understand that this is a big change but we really need parents support to improve children’s attendance and reduce the number of holidays being taken in term time.
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 School Improvement Plan, and specific subjects and areas that governors are linked to. The Chair of Governors also has regular meetings with the Headteacher throughout the year.
The school is always looking to improve attainment and progress for all pupils. The results of key stage 2 tests have only just been released, but it seems like there are some areas that are cause for concern. Senior Leadership and governors have started to analyse the data in detail and it would appear that there are explanations available and we are already putting things in place to address this. Governors will monitor this closely 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. We have also had to ensure the school is compliant with the new GDPR this year.
Governors prioritise the safety of pupils and staff at the school. We have employed a new Site Supervisor- James Allen. He will work closely with the Headteacher and Facilities Manager to ensure the learning environment is both safe and inspirational for everyone.
The headteacher and 2 governors (including the Chair) are trained in ‘safer recruitment’. Governors have supported senior leadership in the recruitment of 2 new teachers this term.
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 improvement in progress and attainment across all pupils – especially disadvantaged groups
- Safeguarding our pupils and staff
- Continue to support the SLT with any changes that need to be made
- 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.
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.