Annual report

Governors’ Annual Report to Parents 2017

The Governing Body of Redhill for the year 2016-2017 comprised:

  • Beth Tutchener-Ellis – Chair – Co-opted Governor
  • Adrian Jenkins – Vice Chair – LA Governor
  • Claire Lamb – Headteacher
  • Mandy Ward – Staff Governor
  • Ian Simmonds – Co-opted Governor
  • Sharon Dore - Parent Governor
  • Debra Garside – Co-opted Governor
  • Stephen Tidmarsh – Parent Governor 

We have continued to ensure that Governors have, between them, the relevant skills needed to successfully drive standards upwards. All Governors actively participate in tasks in school that are designed to allow Governors to see first-hand how the school operates and how to further support the school community. All Governors have carried out a series of monitoring and evaluation tasks during the past year looking at specific areas taken from the Raising Attainment Plan. 

It is the responsibility of the Governing Body to fulfil a set of Core Functions: 

Setting the vision and strategic direction of the school: 

This year, the Governors have: 

  • Reviewed the school vision, aims and values, which are clearly set out on the school website 
  • Reviewed a wide range of data and feedback from monitoring sessions within school to identify areas of both strength and weakness, and ensured that these are fed into the school improvement plan. 
  • Carried out monitoring and evaluation tasks relating to specific areas from the Raising Attainment Plan and ensured that actions and plans stay focussed on areas that require improvement. 
  • Set, reviewed and monitored performance targets for the Head Teacher, and ensured that these link to school improvement. 
  • Considered, reviewed and updated key policies including Behaviour, Extremism, Safeguarding and SEND. Governors have ensured that they have fulfilled their statutory duty by ensuring that all relevant policies are in place and have been updated appropriately.
  • Sought out, and acted upon the views of pupils and parents through direct discussion and through questionnaires. Results of the parental questionnaires have again been collated and analysed by the safeguarding Governor and communicated to the full Governing Body and to parents. 
  • Governors have attended relevant training courses to improve their skills in order to support the whole school community and ensure that we continue to be effective in our role. 

Holding the Head Teacher to account for the performance of the school: 

This year, the Governors have: 

  • Performed regular and detailed analysis of all school data to identify the school’s strengths and weaknesses, and actively challenge the Head Teacher to ensure robust systems are in place to address areas of weakness. 
  • Actively questioned the Head Teacher on details of the School improvement plan and ensured that resources continue to be directed effectively to areas of need. 
  • Monitored teaching and learning within the school. The Governors are pleased to be able to report that the quality of teaching within school remains good with many outstanding features. 
  • Visited school on many occasions to take part in learning walks and book scrutinies alongside senior and middle teachers, in order to gain an understanding of pupil data and tracking methods, pupil progress and attainment. 
  • Carried out comprehensive audits of the safeguarding provision. 
  • Continued to specifically consider the progress and attainment of our pupils with SEND. 
  • Received information regarding Curriculum, Quality of Teaching, Behaviour and Safety, Progress and Attainment. This has ensured that the Governors have a clear and broad understanding of the context of their work and helped shape strategic questions and decisions. 

Ensuring financial resources are well spent: 

This year, the Governors have: 

  • Set a budget which demonstrates spending choices are made in line with school priorities. 
  • Ensured that resources for increased intervention support have continued to have a positive impact. 
  • Ensured that all spending is in line with ‘best value’ principles. 
  • Ensured the strategic planning for the spending of other grants such as Sports Funding is robust, with a strong focus on the impact for pupil outcomes.

Ensuring statutory duties are met and priorities approved: 

This year, Governors have: 

  • Carried out a full audit of the school website to ensure that it is up to date and complies with regulations. These include details of provision of PE and sport and how sports funding is to be spent. Governors have ensured that key policies are available on the website. 
  • Updated the governance section of the website to ensure compliance with the regulations to publish key information. 
  • Continued to have a specific Safeguarding Governor to ensure that all safeguarding responsibilities continue to be met. This Governor has completed a comprehensive audit of the school’s safeguarding provision, resulting in some additional areas of good practice. 
  • Updated the school Safeguarding policy to include guidance from the government specifically including aspects such as Female Genital Mutilation and Radicalisation/Extremism.
  • Maintained a robust schedule for monitoring compliance of our statutory duties in respect of policies. 
  • Ensured that ‘Prevent Duty’ guidance has been fully considered and that we have maintained a full and comprehensive Radicalisation/Extremism Policy. 
  • Carried out a comprehensive Radicalisation/Extremism Risk Assessment to ensure compliance in these areas throughout school. 
  • Ensured that we continue to have a specific Governor with responsibility for Health & Safety.

Governor attendance at meetings has continued to be at a very good level, with any absences having been fully explained and accepted. The Chair of Governors has again been involved this year in presenting to other governors within Telford & Wrekin to show some areas of good practice within the work that we have done. The Governing Body of Redhill School is committed to improving all aspects of our provision, working with the Head Teacher, staff and pupils, together with the wider community. We value the views of all stakeholders and constantly strive to develop ourselves and others around us. The school continues to be successful with ongoing improvement in pupil progress and attainment which reflects a whole school drive to consistently raise standards.

Future Plans for 2017-2018 

  • To monitor the continued development of the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar provision within school 
  • To continue to monitor the numeracy provision within school
  • To continue to monitor the new assessment without level system
  • To continue to ensure that we comply with all statutory duties
  • To continue to seek out and listen to the views of all stakeholders. 
  • To publish a termly governor newsletter to parents in which we will set out some of the work the governing body has done that term 
  • Continue to support the staff to ensure that British Values are fully embedded within the curriculum
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If anyone wishes to discuss any aspect of this report then the Chair of Governors can be contacted via the School Office. 

Beth Tutchener-Ellis

Chair of Governors