Welcome from the Chair

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Welcome to our Governor pages.

The Governing Board of Gayton Junior School is comprised of parents (2), staff (1), Headteacher (1), Local Authority (1) and Co-optees from the local community (12).

The main function of the team is to work with the Head teacher in setting the future direction for Gayton Junior School and in deciding how our school budget is to be spent. As Governors we provide the Head teacher with support and advice, drawing on our varied knowledge and experiences.

In November 2014, our Governing Board were reviewed by a Lead OFSTED inspector to evaluate the quality of governance of the school and to provide recommendations for further improvements.

The outcome of the review confirmed the school’s self-evaluation that governance of the school is outstanding. They ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, carrying out their duties effectively. They have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. Other strengths include:

  • A strong understanding of pupil data, used to assess the impact of teaching on learning and progress in different year groups and subjects;
  • Monitoring of appraisal systems and suppoting of the headteacher in decisions about teachers’ salary progression;
  • Provide support for the headteacher and also hold her and the Senior Leadership Team to account for further improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and behaviour and safety;
  • Ensure solvency and ensure that fincancial resources, including the Pupil Premium and Sports Funding are used to improve pupil outcomes;
  • Ensure that the school promotes tolerance and respect for people of all faiths, cultures and lifestyles and support the school’s work in preparing children positively for life in modern Britain. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) awareness is a strength of the school.

Recommendations:

  • Take a more active role in self-evaluation to evaluate the impact of their own work;
  • Engage fully with all stakeholders;
  • Assure themselves of the rigour of the new assessment processes;
  • Minutes of meetings should clearly highlight where challenge has taken place.

Evaluating Recent Impact

Since the review, members of the Governing Board have contributed their expertise to the appointment of the new headteacher, Mrs Jo Chapman, and played a vital role in the appointment of a Media Technician and the setting up of the TV Studio, including working with school staff to evaluate its impact on learning within school. The whole governing body also lent its support to the leadership team during the Equal Pay Review carried out by Derby City Council for school support staff.

The Chair of the Premises, Health & Safety and Finance Committee has attended budget review meetings and supported the headteacher and School Business Manager in collating the evidence for the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) audit. The Chair of the committee also supported the school in evaulating tenders for the new catering company that will provide our school meals from July 1st 2016. The Personnel and Pupils Committee investigated whether further opportunities for swimming lessons were viable, following a request to review swimming provision from a parent, which has led to a catch-up programme being run for weaker swimmers in Years 4-6.

The link governors for Safeguarding, SMSC, Pupil Premium, Sports Premium, Maths, Writing, Reading and SEND all meet reguarly with revelant post-holders in school, providing robust challenge to ensure high standards of learning at Gayton Junior School.

Andy Cokayne

Chair of Governors

 
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