Meet the Governors
Take a look at some of the ways our Governors get involved with the children, families and community at Bewsey Lodge...
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||Mrs Melanie Hunt|
|Local Authority Governor||Mr David Barlow|
|Co-opted Governors||Miss Sandra Pope, Mrs Cathy Foster, |
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. In 2018/19 the school development plan had a strong focus on strengthening the teaching and assessment on the foundation subjects and Governors 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
Partnership and collaboration
During the year we continued to explore options for academy status. The board has considered 2 options
- 1.Forming a new academy with 9 other schools across Warrington
- 2.Joining an established Multi-academy Trust already
Impact - Becoming a part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) along with other local primary schools will ensure our long term sustainability as a school. It will also allow us to build on the partnerships we have formed with these local schools in the past by building on our collaborative approach. This will then allow us to continue to support and accelerate school improvement.
Next Steps: The option of forming a new academy is no longer viable. However the school continues to work collaboratively with other schools on school development priorities. In addition the board will continue its work to review established MATs.
Parental Engagement and information for parents
This year the Governors pages were established on the website. These pages are regularly reviewed and updated as appropriate with the aim to become more accountable to stakeholders.
In addition the school’s weekly newsletter includes items of news from governors and their visits to school and a Governor noticeboard was established
Over the years the board has tried a number of approaches to establish successful engagement with our parents and wider community. Feedback from parents has indicated they prefer a more informal approach rather than planned coffee mornings or open evenings.
Over the course of this year governors have increased the number of opportunities to meet with parents informally. This has included Governors present on the playground before or after school and Governors supporting parent’s evenings.
Many parents and carers contributed to our record book at parents evening or registered their views online at OFSTED Parentview.
Parentview data showed that 100% of the 121 parents that completed the survey would recommend our school to other parents.
Impact Improved visibility of Governors, improved engagement with parents, improved channels of communication and feedback to Senior Leadership Team (SLT).
Next Steps: Governors will undertake a parents’ survey to seek views on how well the current approaches are working and what improvements can be made.
Governance code of conduct reviewed and ratified
All Governors signed and committed.
Impact, Professional and committed Governing Board.
In the coming year Governors will work with Staff, pupils and parents to review the schools vision.
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
Implementation of 2018/19 Performance Management
All teaching staff have agreed objectives that are aligned to school priorities including educational performance of attainment and progress.
Impact Strong alignment between SDP, head’s objectives and staff objectives leading to successful delivery of school priorities.
Raise online replaced by ASP this year. Governors joined staff in a training session to understand the new system. Governors now have own access to the ASP performance tables. Governors Handbook now makes clear that not all board members need full training however all governors should familiarise themselves with the website.
In addition the Board has been supported by an external specialist to help review school data and highlight any lines of enquiry
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
Next Steps: Additional training available later in the term to consolidate knowledge. This will be cascaded to other governors via a drop in session
Individual governors were aligned to curriculum areas rather than classes/phases. This reflected the focus of the SDP in strengthening the teaching and assessment of foundation subjects.
Governors were invited to join staff to take advantage of training opportunities e.g. ASP, Mental Health First Aid. Governors ask better questions when they fully understand the issue itself and how it works in the school.
Impact: Improved focus and monitoring of key improvement areas throughout the year. Governors enjoyed the new approach and gained valuable feedback from school team on implementation of curriculum and assessment of foundation subjects. In addition governors were able to respond to a recommendation from the 2018 Ofsted inspection that Board members should understand attainment and progress within foundation subjects
Next Steps: Board will consider how link responsibilities and training opportunities will be planned to support the 2019/20 priorities
Monitor 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 is expected in the 2019/20 academic year
Governors were delighted that OFSTED recognised the leadership of our Headteacher, Mrs Wright and the hard work and commitment from all staff and Governors that help our children make outstanding progress. In 2019 our Headteacher Mrs. Wright was awarded Headteacher of the Year Award in the Warrington Schools Awards. Mrs. Wright was nominated by a number of staff and the submission was supported by the Governors.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Wright and all the staff and volunteers at bewsey Lodge that support our school and have helped our children to succeed. We look forward to another successful year.
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