The Governing Body plays a vital role in the life of the school. It is responsible for setting the overall strategy, vision and ethos of the school, formulating and reviewing school policies and overseeing the educational and financial performance of the school. Our aim is to provide the best possible education, in the best possible environment for the children who attend Lytham Hall Park.
WHAT IS THE GOVERNOR VISION FOR LYTHAM HALL PARK?
The Governors will ensure that as a two form entry primary school, the family ethos we celebrate remains securely in place and the excellent reputation the school holds in the local area remains. The school will be a leader in the locality, with excellent school to school links, supporting others and in turn receiving support, sharing resources and expertise. The school will continue to be outward looking, and embrace innovative practice, with a continued commitment to provide high quality Initial Teacher Training opportunities. Lytham Hall Park will ensure pupil achievement remains excellent, whilst promoting a rich and vibrant curriculum that meets the needs of our learners and traditional values will remain at the heart of our success.
GOVERNING BODY ANNUAL IMPACT STATEMENT (2017- 18)
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Lytham Hall Park Primary School Governing Body are:
Governance Structure and Meetings
The Governing Body of Lytham Hall Park Primary School was re-constituted again in 2015/16 year.
We are now made up of:
1 Staff Governor
1 Headteacher Governor
2 Elected Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
10 Co-opted Governors (currently 2 Co-opted Governor vacancies)
The Full Governing Body meets three times in the year. We reviewed and revised our committee structure in 2015/16 to move further in line with the core functions. We now have four committees
which meet at least termly, sometimes more often if required. We have used these meetings to monitor progress of targets in the school improvement plan and challenge and hold senior leaders to account on all aspects of the work of the school.
THE HEALTH & SAFETY and PROJECTS COMMITTEE
This committee is chaired by Alderman Fieldhouse who is a longstanding and experienced member of the Governing Body. The Health and Safety Committee actively and strategically check the whole of school through focused walk throughs each term. In 2013 they completed the extension to the school as the school has grown to two form entry. The committee then took the lead on key projects to ensure the existing school was fit for purpose providing the pupils’ with a light, bright learning environment with a clear vision that the school would feel a consistent whole. In 2017/18 key projects have included laying a new hall floor and securing the boundaries of the school site with new wooden fencing. They have continued work with the PTFA to secure funding for improvements to outdoor play facilities including adding two stages, a daily mile track and repairs to fixed play equipment to ensure it remains safe for our children. The committee continue to access the Health and Safety SLA and the school business manager accesses the support visits as part of the SLA to ensure best practice.
THE EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE
This committee is chaired by Mrs Harrison who is a long standing Governor at Lytham Hall Park and is an experienced educational consultant. The Committee scrutinises all pupil progress and attainment data and monitors the quality of our school improvement plan key priorities and the impact these have pupil achievement. The committee also monitors the impact of the use of our Pupil Premium Funding and Sports Funding. They have a clear and significant focus on ensuring standards remain high as the school has grown in size to two form entry.
The Committee received a presentation from the assistant headteacher reviewing the impact of the school improvement plan key priority in Teaching and Learning and the impact of the work of both senior leaders and an external consultant. The committee regularly have opportunities to examine pupils’ work and identify examples of impact, this year they examined mastery in mathematics and reviewed the PowerMaths Scheme supporting its implementation in Autumn 2018. This linked to the School Improvement Plans for 2017/18 and 2018/19.
The committee also reviews the feedback from Parent and Pupil Questionnaires as part of their monitoring and evaluation role, listening and responding to our stakeholders. This year this was part of the OFSTED Jan 2018 Inspection review.
FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE and STAFFING COMMITTEE
In 2017/18, this committee was chaired by Mr Dixon, a qualified accountant. He has been a governor for over 4 years. As the Chair of Financial Performance and Staffing Committee Mr Dixon has developed the governor interface with Lancashire County Council’s Finance Team.
The Committee meets formally at least once every term to cover the key elements of termly business including holding the Headteacher and Finance Officer to account for the financial performance of the school and approving the draft and final school budgets. Throughout the year the Chair has provided verbal and written financial summaries to the Committee and to the Full Governing Body highlighting the financial condition of the school.
In recent years, and continuing in 2017/18, the committee have made proactive decisions to appointment additional teaching staff which has further built the leadership capacity through flexibility of the assistant and deputy head in school. This has included releasing the SENCo for more designated leadership time and funding her to access the Masters Award. This year the Committee approved further TLR3 posts in school to develop the future and talented leaders in school. They also agreed an increase in hours for the Family Learning Mentor recognising the significant impact this work has in relation to the community well-being, safeguarding and leadership capacity of the school. They agreed to the appointment of a sport apprentice from Sept 2018, to make best use of the apprenticeship levy and the sport funding.
The committee have ensured the funding is available to put together an effective and growing teaching team. This has included increased staffing in larger cohorts and increased administrator hours as pupil numbers have grown. They have authorised the funding of significant building works providing an excellent learning environment linked to the school vision for independent pupil learning and collaboration.
The committee explored benchmarking for 2017/18 and concluded that spending has impacted favourably as pupils’ achievement remains high. This often links to the proactive decision made in relation to investment in and appointment of high quality staff.
STRATEGY AND VISION COMMITTEE
This committee is chaired by Mr Mason the longstanding and experienced Chair of Governors. It is made up of the most senior members of the Governing Body. In recent years, the main impact of the committee has been in implementing and reviewing the structure of the Governing Body committees to be further in line with the core functions. This has also led to the defining of a clear vision and linking this to the strategic direction for the school. The committee leads on the annual action plan which is shared with the Full Governing Body. Key improvements in 2017-18 have included the exploration of Safer Travel through a parental questionnaire, with HSP Committee now taking the lead. The committee also contributed to the OFSTED inspection in January 2018 through effective and accurate self-evaluation and monitoring of school improvement planning. The committee took the lead in exploring and agreeing opportunities for school to school links and reviewed bids. Successful applications were made for involvement in the Mathematics Hub, for LHP to access support and training, and in taking the lead as a Phonics Partnership (DFE) lead school, with LHP leading the support and training in Phonics for five schools. The committee reviewed key policies in depth, this included the Safeguarding Policy, Complaints Policy and Leave Policy.
THE FULL GOVERNING BODY
This meeting is chaired by Mr Mason who also Chairs the Strategy and Vision Committee. At Full Governing Body meetings Governors receive a report from the Headteacher on all aspects of the leadership of the school including the school improvement plan.
The Governing Body have been supportive of continuing to further school to school support and have continued to release the Headteacher to work as an associate adviser supporting five schools and newly appointed head teachers (as part of Headstart) and newly appointed middle leaders training. The Governing Body also continued to support the school in maintaining the role of strategic partner in the Fylde Coast Teaching Alliance. This has enabled the deputy headteacher to increase her involvement in initial teacher training (ITT) and in the development of the primary SCITT. The Governing Body recognise the benefits gained through school to school support. In 2017-18 the Chair of Governors has continued to drive the governors’ understanding of the role of the nominated governor and stronger links with faculties and key staff in school have been established with increased regularity of reporting at Full Governors’ meetings.
The Headteacher appraisal panel met in the autumn term to carry out the Headteacher’s annual appraisal. The Pay Review Panel met to review the school’s implementation of the Pay Policy linked to appraisal. There is also a Pay Review Appeals Panel which has not met because there were no appeals.
INDIVIDUAL GOVERNOR RESPONSIBILITIES
In addition to sitting on the committees, Governors have a number of individual responsibilities.
Training Link Governor:
Mr Hale has taken on the responsibility for overseeing governor training. He ensures that we attend appropriate and relevant training courses to develop the skills we need and improve our effectiveness and make an active contribution to the governing body. This year we have continued with the 10 minute training sessions at the start of each meeting. This is in addition to GEL online training, such as Prevent training, and face to face training.
Safeguarding Governor including Prevent and Pupil Premium Champion:
Mrs Harrison is responsible ensuring that we continue to work for an outstanding level of safeguarding provision in school. She liaises with the designated senior leads in school checking safeguarding policies, procedures and records for ensuring that staff and governors are appropriately trained and reporting back to the full governing body. She also acts as the voice for pupil premium and vulnerable children including those with special educational needs asking the appropriate challenge questions. This year Mrs Harrison has worked closely with the newly appointed School Business Manager to review and update the Single Central Record, and systems such as the induction of volunteers and storage of personnel records. Mrs Harrison has also attended training to update her DSL level training. Mrs Harrison meets regularly with the DSL, including reviewing all Online Safety policy and practice.
Mrs Harrison is responsible for ensuring that the key responsibilities of the SENCo are clearly defined and meet the needs of the school. She meets with the SENCo and monitors the way in which the responsibilities and SEND processes are carried out.
In 2017/18 nominated Governors have been introduce with a link to Faculties across school. They regularly meet with the Faculty leads, attend training and events within the faculty and work with the Faculty leads to increase their understanding of the Action Plans and Impact Reports for each faculty.
Governors visit the school regularly. Visits provide an opportunity to speak with pupils, staff and parents. This enables them to observe pupil behaviour, school routines and ethos & values first hand.
The Chair of Governors (Mr Mason) meets regularly with the Headteacher to discuss all aspects of the work of the school.
Governors (Mr Hale and Mr Thompson) attended school as volunteer helpers and so have a clear and up to date understanding of the work of the school and the Forest School Provision.
Nominated Governors visit the school to establish and maintain strong links with designated faculties and link staff. They attend relevant events, meetings and review the impact statements with the faculty leads.
Governors regularly attend school events throughout the year.
Governors have sat on interview panels for teachers, TAs, welfare staff, sport apprentice and administrative staff. This year we have made some very positive appointments which remains essential at this time of continued growth.
The school was inspected by OFSTED in Jan 2018. Three Governors met with the inspector and six governors attended the OFSTED feedback.
LISTENING TO OTHERS
The Governing Body regularly seeks the views of pupils and parents as part of our function of supporting and maintaining improvements in the performance of the school, this includes the provision of weekly parent drop in sessions offered by all teachers and the family learning mentor. This is typically part of the Educational Performance Committee meetings.
We seek parents' views throughout the year and complete the Lancashire Parental questionnaire every two years in the autumn term, feeding back to parents via the Newsletter. More school specific questionnaires are completed more regularly. This year this has included Forest Schools and Safer Travel. Also in 2017/18, the school was inspected in January and the Staffing and Vision Committee evaluated the Parent View responses and the OFSTED feedback.
We survey KS1 and KS2 pupils towards the end of the summer term. Findings from all these consultations are fed back to the relevant Committee and used to improve the overall performance of the school. In 2017/18, this led to a review of the PSHE curriculum.
The Governors have attended a range of training opportunities this year and we have completed and reviewed a skills audit. The skills audit recognises that existing Governors have a strong base of relevant expertise and experience.
Governor Training has included:
10 minute training sessions at the start of meetings
Induction training for new Governors
Online training via GEL and Lancashire modules
OfSTED update and the role of the Governing Body
Health and Safety Training
Lancashire Chairs' Forums termly
Chair and Headteacher attended the pilot cohort for World Class Leadership for Governors.
Committee Membership 18/19 (Sept 2019)
Health & Safety & Projects
Patricia Fieldhouse (Chair)
Bev Harrison (Chair)
Financial Performance & Staffing
Kelly Norton Noon (Chair)
Strategy & Vision
Steve Mason (Chair)
Nominated Governor for Child Protection/SEND/Pupil Premium and Prevent