Annual Governance Statement – January 2018

Downs View Infant School Annual Governance Statement

January 2018

We are very pleased to report on the governor focus for 2017 and the planned next steps for 2018. We want to ensure that our pupils progress appropriately in their education and to ensure that we all adhere to Downs View Values. The Governing Board recognises for this to happen, the children must be supported by a well led, professional and enthusiastic staff working together in a positive and safe environment. The Governing Board has a good working relationship with the Headteacher and we have been working to deliver the Key priorities identified in the School Plan.

Governance Organisation & Arrangements 2017/18:

The Governing Board of Downs View Infant School appointed four new governors and four governors have been re-elected. The Governing Board meets up to 10 times a year. Where possible, governors have been and will be recruited to match skills identified to provide effective governance of the school.  The skills and experience of the current members and their respective business/community interests are listed on the school website, along with a profile of each individual governor.  The skills audit is continually updated as part of an exercise to map and share the skills and experience of all of the governors.

We have no governor vacancies as of January 2018. Details of governor’s attendance at meetings are updated regularly on the school website.

The Governing Board has three core strategic functions which are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors along with all staff set the school’s strategic framework, identified key priorities and have monitored progress against success criteria. We prepare reports to identify areas of strength, and areas for development in relation to school improvement priorities and milestones. Governors have high expectations of attitudes to learning and positive behaviour in the school and strive to ensure the wellbeing of staff and children.

  • Holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance and achievement of the school and all its pupils

Governors provide challenge and hold the senior leadership to account for improving the quality of teaching and learning and school performance. We do this through questioning the Headteacher and analysing data on children’s progress during Governing Board meetings and governor monitoring visits. We also hold the Headteacher to account for the performance management of teachers and teaching assistants. Governors with the Educational Improvement Partner conduct the Headteacher’s annual appraisal and set the objectives for the following year.

  • Overseeing the financial management of the school and making sure that its money is effectively and appropriately spent

Governors receive a financial report from the Business Manager at each Governing Board meeting and we discuss the budget and ensure the school makes efficient use of its budget and provides best value for money.

Each year the Governing Board considers:-

  • Standards of attainment and progress of all children
  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Staffing
  • Finance
  • Health and Safety
  • Regular Reviews School Development Plan and the School’s Self Evaluation (SEF)
  • Monitors the implementation and impact of Pupil Premium and Sports Funding and statutory policies across the school.

What governors achieved during 2017:

  • Governors have encouraged other schools to GOVERNOR MARK, a national quality accreditation award which recognises excellence in school governance.
  • Governors contributed to a local video to encourage recruitment of new governors in Ashford.
  • Since April 2017 we have used KLZ an electronic storage facility to enable governors to immediately locate papers both past and current.
  • We supported the CATS Pupil Premium Strategic Review conducted by Marc Rowland. The Inclusion and Equality Audit with next steps was approved by Governors.
  • The Chair has met regularly with the School Improvement Partner and conducted two learning walks with her. The Improvement Partner says she enjoys visiting the school and supports evaluations made by Senior Leaders.
  • Governors reviewed statutory policies due for renewal and ensured polices complied with the Department for Education requirements and Local Authority recommended list.
  • Governors have monitored the school during numerous focused visits to the school and provided feedback reports to all governors.
  • Governors have updating their knowledge, understanding and competence with regard to changed safeguarding and anti-radicalisation statutory requirements.
  • Several members of the governing Board have been trained in financial management to ensure that the budget is managed effectively.
  • Chair successfully completed the extensive chair’s training and safe recruitment training
  • All new governors have enhanced DBS checks

Foci for Governance in  2018

  • To continue to closely monitor areas for improvement identified in the School Plan
  • Supporting/challenging the improvement and outcomes for children, particularly accelerated progress from starting points for children starting below expectations and diminish the difference in reading, writing and maths for Year 1 and Year 2.
  • Increased understanding of national processes for assessment of progress and attainment
  • Raising the profile of governors and their work with pupils, parents and the wider community
  • Improve and review monitoring reports to show where governors add value
  • Conduct a staff satisfaction survey



Felicity Moore

Chair of Governors

January 2018