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Annual Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Board of

St Issey School

DATE : 16 November 2015

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Governing Board of St Issey School are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and for the performance management of the staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

About Our School

Our school is a small, rural Church School in a village setting. Pupils on roll are currently 50 taught in three light and vibrant classrooms, with a spacious outside area allowing children the space to use their imagination.

We aspire towards excellence in teaching and learning while ensuring that each child and member of the school community is valued in a safe, happy, enquiring and Christian atmosphere of love, acceptance, forgiveness, security and inclusion. It is openly declared and celebrated that God is at the heart of the school and all its activities and the school is a worshipping community. The school promotes respect and open-mindedness for all in the school, home, community and wider world.

The school has strong community links within the village and wider areas, joining the St Issey in Bloom annual competition nationally, and joining with other local schools to ensure that our children have every opportunity available to them.

Governing Board Constitution

The previous Governing Board was dis-banded in June 2015 and the Local Authority put an Interim Governing Board (IGB) in place in order to rapidly ensure significant and sustained school improvement.

The IGB is currently made up of 1 Local Authority Governor (John Fitter), 2 Co-opted Governors (Sharon Redman and Sally Attwell (Chair)) and the Headteacher.

Attendance

IGB Governors’ attendance at meetings has been 100%. We have not had to cancel a meeting because it was not "quorate" (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

You will be able to see the full list of governors and their attendance at meetings on the new school website.

Governing Board Structure

The IGB meets once a month. Because of the small size of the IGB, we do not run committees, but rather deal with all governing Board matters through our very regular meetings.

All of our meetings are clerked by an experienced clerk and minutes are available from the school office on request.

Effectiveness and Impact of the Governing Board

The IGB was put in place to ensure rapid and secure school improvement.

After just 4 months, the IGB is now pleased that the following has been put into place and its effectiveness is being closely monitored and evaluated by both the IGB and the LA:

  1. Commissioning a substantial package of school to school support from Trevithick Learning Academy (TLA), which began in October and has provided an intensive programme of work on the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school.
  2. Agreeing to a re-structuring of classes, to facilitate the incorporation of the pre-school into main school. There is now an Early Years Unit, with pre-school children and Reception children. Class 2 now comprises of: Y1, Y2 and Y3. Class 3 comprises of: Y4, Y5 and Y6.