Bosvigo School Governor Statement: September 2016

Bosvigo School Governors would like to inform the Bosvigo community about the work that we carry out. To do so we have prepared this statement that reviews the 2015 – 2016 school year. Governors are volunteers who provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and we hold the main responsibility for finance in schools. We work with Mr Wallis, the headteacher, to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Our role is a strategic one, and our key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

Mr Wallis is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

In the 2015 – 2016 School year we:

  • Developed our Vision for the school using parental input. You may read our vision at http://bosvigo.cornwall.sch.uk/index.php/our-school.
  • Developed school strategy with leaders at the school and throughout the year we ensured that school leaders were on track to deliver that strategy. Our current school development plan can be found on our website at http://bosvigo.cornwall.sch.uk/index.php/our-school/school-development-plan.
  • Looked at options for our school to become an academy, taking into account the interests of our children, meeting with representatives of the Department for Education and three local Multi Academy Trusts.
  • Helped develop the 2016 – 2017 annual budget, which all governors reviewed and approved. When doing this we took into account the financial security of the school, but also bore in mind that our children and their education are at the heart of what we do.
  • Ensured that safeguarding at the school meets statutory requirements, including termly reviews, meeting safeguarding lead and helping carry out the annual S175 Safeguarding review.
  • Carried out health and safety visits to ensure that our school is a safe place for children, staff, parents and visitors.
  • Developed parental engagement by being a visible presence at school, carrying out surveys
  • Carried out formal visits; meeting with subject leaders and talking to children about their experiences at school and how they feel at school. These included visits examining children’s safety and perception of how secure they feel, Pupil Premium, Maths, English, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, Health and Safety, Wraparound, Religious Education, Thrive, PE
  • Welcomed two new parent governors onto the board, Victoria Robinson and Julie Selwood.
  • Regular informal visits to school to discuss aspects of school life with Mr Wallis and other school staff, children and parents. This is so we can get a better understanding for how school life is progressing and to support the school development.
  • Our committees met regularly to discuss all aspects of our school. We have three main committees; Learning and Development, Operations and Pay.
  • There were eleven Learning and Development committee meetings last year covering all aspects of the school curriculum, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium, the development of school values and school data and results.

The Learning and Development committee is updated regularly on Safeguarding (we are updated on any Safeguarding issues in every meeting). We discuss curriculum topics with the subject leads and are updated on any curriculum development. Last year there was a particular focus on English, as the way that Phonics was changed within the school. We discuss the development of children within groups, such as those on the Pupil Premium register and those with Special Educational Needs.

  • There were ten Operations committee meetings last year, covering staffing, recruitment, health and safety, school budget, Wraparound and our school premises. We are updated regularly by the school business manager on school budget, any development of premises and health and safety.
  • There were five Pay committee meetings. In the Pay committee we:
        • carried out headteacher performance management
        • reviewed all staff performance management

For more information on the Bosvigo School Governing Board please look at our pages on the website or contact us via our email address governor@bosvigo.cornwall.sch.uk.

Bosvigo School Governor Statement: September 2016

Bosvigo School Governors would like to inform the Bosvigo community about the work that we carry out. To do so we have prepared this statement that reviews the 2015 – 2016 school year. Governors are volunteers who provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and we hold the main responsibility for finance in schools. We work with Mr Wallis, the headteacher, to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Our role is a strategic one, and our key functions are to:

set the aims and objectives for the school

set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives

monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

Mr Wallis is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

In the 2015 – 2016 School year we:

Developed our Vision for the school using parental input. You may read our vision at http://bosvigo.cornwall.sch.uk/index.php/our-school.

Developed school strategy with leaders at the school and throughout the year we ensured that school leaders were on track to deliver that strategy. Our current school development plan can be found on our website at http://bosvigo.cornwall.sch.uk/index.php/our-school/school-development-plan.

Looked at options for our school to become an academy, taking into account the interests of our children, meeting with representatives of the Department for Education and three local Multi Academy Trusts.

Helped develop the 2016 – 2017 annual budget, which all governors reviewed and approved. When doing this we took into account the financial security of the school, but also bore in mind that our children and their education are at the heart of what we do.

Ensured that safeguarding at the school meets statutory requirements, including termly reviews, meeting safeguarding lead and helping carry out the annual S175 Safeguarding review.

Carried out health and safety visits to ensure that our school is a safe place for children, staff, parents and visitors.

Developed parental engagement by being a visible presence at school, carrying out surveys

Carried out formal visits; meeting with subject leaders and talking to children about their experiences at school and how they feel at school. These included visits examining children’s safety and perception of how secure they feel, Pupil Premium, Maths, English, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, Health and Safety, Wraparound, Religious Education, Thrive, PE

Welcomed two new parent governors onto the board, Victoria Robinson and Julie Selwood.

Regular informal visits to school to discuss aspects of school life with Mr Wallis and other school staff, children and parents. This is so we can get a better understanding for how school life is progressing and to support the school development.

Our committees met regularly to discuss all aspects of our school. We have three main committees; Learning and Development, Operations and Pay.

There were eleven Learning and Development committee meetings last year covering all aspects of the school curriculum, Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium, the development of school values and school data and results.

The Learning and Development committee is updated regularly on Safeguarding (we are updated on any Safeguarding issues in every meeting). We discuss curriculum topics with the subject leads and are updated on any curriculum development. Last year there was a particular focus on English, as the way that Phonics was changed within the school. We discuss the development of children within groups, such as those on the Pupil Premium register and those with Special Educational Needs.

There were ten Operations committee meetings last year, covering staffing, recruitment, health and safety, school budget, Wraparound and our school premises. We are updated regularly by the school business manager on school budget, any development of premises and health and safety.

There were five Pay committee meetings. In the Pay committee we:

carried out headteacher performance management

reviewed all staff performance management

For more information on the Bosvigo School Governing Board please look at our pages on the website or contact us via our email address governor@bosvigo.cornwall.sch.uk.

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