Meet our Governors
The Governing Board of Bewsey Lodge Community Primary School comprises the following governors.
|Chair of Governors||Mrs Donna Kendal|
|Vice Chair||Mr Nigel Spencer|
|Head Teacher||Mrs Emma Wright|
|Parent Governors (x2)||Mr Mike Jones & Mr David Wright|
|Staff Governor||Miss Chloe Turnbull|
|Local Authority Governor||Mr David Barlow|
|Co-opted Governors||Miss Sandra Pope, Mrs Cathy Foster, Mr Stuart Perkins,|
Mrs Emma Ray-White & Mr Phil Chadwick
To enable Governors to perform their statutory duties we form part of the Leadership team of the school. Together with the school’s Senior Leaders, we have helped develop the school strategy and development priorities. In addition, we have strengthened our own systems to support improved monitoring. This is supported through termly Full Governing Board meetings and regular committee meetings. Terms of Reference, cycle of business and non-confidential minutes can be accessed by clicking here. Minutes of meetings are made available to the full governing body termly. The minutes of the Full Governing Body meetings are available by clicking here.
From time to time highly confidential matters are discussed and these happen in Part 2 of the agenda.
In addition each Governor consolidates their own understanding of school management, curriculum and learning through individual visits to meet staff and participate in other activities and training. Our school development plan has a strong focus on strengthening the teaching and assessment of the foundation subjects and Governors have aligned themselves with subject co-ordinators to better monitor these strategic outcomes.
Core Functions: The Governing Board has 3 core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Vision, ethos and strategic direction
CHAIR’S STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD – Academic Year 2019/20
I often start this statement by saying it has been another busy year for the Board of Governors, but this time, I have to say there has never been a year like this. The pandemic has touched many of our lives so significantly and given us all so many challenges, but I am proud to say that the whole school community has risen to these challenges.
As a board, we held our first virtual board meeting and conducted much of our usual business remotely. Mrs Wright and the senior leaders worked tirelessly to complete risk assessments and put procedures in place to minimise the risks for everyone in school.
Our wonderful children and their families have also played their part, whether they were children of key workers and in school or having to stay home during the first part of lockdown.
As Governors, we strive to continue to support the work of the school. We have worked together in our strategic role both before and during lockdown:
To oversee the provision of home schooling for many pupils and in-school provision for children of key workers
To ensure pupils still enjoy school, feel valued and part of the school community
To ensure the staff are supported as needed
To oversee and approve the school’s budget
to approve policies and procedures
to establish strategic direction, monitor pupil attainment and attend school events before lock down began
By carrying out our strategic monitoring role, the Board is enabling the senior leadership team to focus on the day to day running of the school.
Much of our work centres on the governors’ own development plan and that of the school. In line with this, we regularly review our roles and the experience, knowledge and skills that we individually bring to the Board, ensuring there are no gaps that could affect our efficient governance of the school. We recruited a new member to the board this year to strengthen our curriculum knowledge and experience. Stuart Perkins, a Headteacher from a neighbouring Local Authority, joined us just as the pandemic started and I know he is keen to get to know the school better in the coming months.
Governors continue to identify suitable training and were able to attend sessions in autumn term 2019 and since lockdown this has been via digital sessions through online platforms like Zoom and Teams. Training is linked to each governor’s individual development plan.
Although each governor is still assigned to a different area of curriculum, we weren’t all able to meet our staff links or subject champions this year. Although the school council and I had started our work on fundraising activities to make our school even better.
We continue to review policies and procedures to ensure that these are fit for purpose and meet not only our legal responsibilities but also our vision and aims for the school and our pupils. This was important during lockdown as some policies carried addendums to reflect the changes to the school environment. This included safeguarding - ensuring that there are adequate provisions for keeping children safe online was a particularly important responsibility during lockdown and in the new school year we will invite children to come and chat to us and tell us about how this was achieved. Meeting the children is always the most enjoyable part of our role.
The children and staff remain at the forefront of our decisions as we endeavour to provide the best educational environment for them. We continue to closely monitor the school budget to ensure the school can cope with reduced funding and rising costs. This is a constant challenge and the pandemic has provided even greater challenges as we strive to ensure that staffing levels and resources (including those for enhanced cleaning and our protective measures) are maintained.
It is reassuring too that our breakfast and after school clubs remain popular and provide a vital service to many parents at a reasonable cost. Unfortunately, these had to temporarily close, in line with the Government guidance in the summer term, but will be up and running again in autumn term in line with any Government ‘bubble’ restrictions.
Progress against the elements of the school development plan (SDP) were well underway as school entered lockdown. The SDP included a strand that recognised the importance of mental health and wellbeing for pupils and staff. School had implemented the greater majority of the plan by the time lockdown was initiated and development proved to be a firm foundation from which the school could respond meaningfully as we started to reopen in summer term. It forms part of the autumn term SDP and remains a focus for the new academic year.
Due to the COVID pandemic the School will focus on the return of all children to full time education in the Autumn term 2020. It is hoped that a formal SDP can be formulated to commence for Spring 2021, subject to the progress of the pandemic.
Mrs Donna Kendal
Chair of Governors
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
Implementation of 2020/2021 Performance Management
All teaching staff have agreed objectives that are aligned to school priorities including educational performance of attainment and progress.
Strong alignment between SDP, head’s objectives and staff objectives lead to successful delivery of school priorities.
Since the changes to the way school performance data is communicated, Governors have had the opportunity to be part of training, delivered by an independent consultant, to assist them in understanding the areas of strength and improvement held within it. Data is shared as part of the Children & Learning committee cycle of business 3 times per year. This gives Governors the chance to ask searching questions and deepen their understanding of how things are going.
Impact: Strengthening of Governors understanding and ability to deliver one of its core functions. The Governing Board is now able to access anonymised data directly to help triangulate evidence provided by school. The desk top data evaluation from an external adviser highlighted lines of enquiry that were used to inform performance management objectives and monitoring work of the governors
Monitoring the financial performance of the school
Chair of Resources Committee meets with the Head Teacher, Budget Officer and Business Manager each term. The budget is set annually and reviewed termly by Resources Committee.
In current financial climate the budget continues to be reviewed closely and the forecast updated as appropriate throughout the academic year. 3 year forecast supports longer term planning.
Prudent financial management has seen further investment in the school’s learning environment and staffing. This has enabled us to establish smaller class sizes to better support children in their learning
Impact: Through regular reviews and meetings the Finance and Resources Committee has gained a detailed understanding of the school’s budget and therefore been able to support the school in prioritising expenditure and ensuring the school has a sound financial base to support our children and the school development plan
Next Steps: Governors will support the headteacher in reviewing options for the coming year including the maintenance of smaller class sizes and implementation of workload initiatives/research.
Governing Board Effectiveness
We continue to review our effectiveness as a Governing Board. Over the last 3 years we have undertaken a self-review, restructured in line with its findings and streamlined the Governing Board with only 2 committees: Children and Learning and Resources. This effectiveness was confirmed following a review by a National Leader of Governance and during 2018/19 we reviewed our effectiveness using NGA guidance as a basis.
We will continue to support the development of skills within the governing body and staff across school by aligning our training budget with development priorities and skills analysis.
In March 2018, school was inspected by OFSTED and achieved a rating of ‘Good’. However OFSTED recognised that Bewsey Lodge was on a journey to ‘Outstanding’ and recommended a more detailed inspection in due course. A return visit was expected in the 2019/20 academic year however, the Covid-19 pandemic and all of the associated restrictions has delayed the process. It could be as late as summer 2021 or even into the academic year of 2021-2022 before we are visited again.
Governing Body Statement of Responsibilities - Safeguarding
Schools and their governing boards have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This responsibility is outlined in statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE).
Our governing board must comply with its duties outlined in detail in part 2 of KCSIE, and make sure that policies and procedures in our school are effective and comply with the law at all times.
These duties include:
- Making sure that all staff read at least part 1 of KCSIE
- Making sure that all staff receive regularly updated and appropriate child protection training
- Having policies and procedures in place that support safeguarding, including child protection, pupil behaviour and staff behaviour policies
- Making sure that pupils have the opportunity to be taught about safeguarding, including online safety
- Making sure that an appropriate member of staff is appointed as the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)and there is at least one Deputy DSL
- Preventing people who pose a risk of harm from working with children by following safer recruitment procedures
- Discussing and reviewing safeguarding matters arising at Full Governing Body and Committee Meetings
- Ensure the school remedies any deficiencies or weaknesses brought to its attention without delay.
Responsibilities of the Safeguarding Governor
The governing board must also appoint a governor to take leadership responsibility for the school's safeguarding arrangements. Our safeguarding governor is Mrs. Donna Kendal. Responsibilities include:
- Keeping up to date with statutory guidance and any advice issued by safeguarding partners and local safeguarding children’s board
- Ensuring the school has suitable and up-to-date policies for child protection, staff behaviour/code of conduct, and handling allegations against staff and volunteers
- Supporting the Governing board to develop its understanding of their safeguarding responsibilities, and report back to the board about safeguarding issues and developments
- Meeting regularly with the DSL to monitor policies and procedures, and check that all staff, governors and volunteers have had the appropriate level of training
- Monitoring the single central record with the school business manager to make sure school carries out appropriate recruitment checks.
- Acting as a contact for any concerns staff may have related to the
governing body over the last 12 months
bewsey FGB structure
attendance of meetings 2019 - 2020
governor meetings Autumn Term 2020
statement of behaviour principles
business and pecuniary interests of the FGB
committees & subject link governors