Governance

Our aim is sustain and develop the good standard of ‘Primary’ education in the Dales.

We are building on our individual strengths, whilst strengthening the whole. We share our staff expertise across the four schools thus benefiting from a wider range of knowledge and experience, than is usually found in very small settings.

The school staff work closely together supporting each other with curriculum areas and assessments. They plan joint learning events for the children, where the children learn whilst forming a wider circle of friends in an enriched environment.

Welcome

There is one Governing Board for the whole Federation which oversees the work of all four schools.

The Governors’ role is strategic in nature and we do not get involved in the day-to-day management of the Schools, responsibility for which lies with the Executive Headteacher. The Governing Board works closely in partnership with the Headteacher with specific focus on matters pertaining to strategy and school improvement.

As part of our role, we also agree the principles guiding Federation and School policies and actively monitor and evaluate how the policy framework is applied within the Federation and individual Schools. We also have responsibility for reviewing and approving the Schools’ budgets to ensure financial sustainability, probity and value for money and monitoring progress against this throughout the year. The Governing Board, as a whole, meets regularly throughout the year, in addition to the meetings of its various subcommittees. All Governors are also linked to aspects of the Federation Development Plan.

In order to discharge their duties effectively the Governing Board has a range of skills. These include experience and expertise in Financial and Business Management, Teaching and Learning, School Leadership, Public Relations, Human Resources, Marketing, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Premises Management and Performance Management.

Anne Vetch, Chair of Governing Board

Vision statement

The Core purpose of the Governing Body is stated below:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteachers to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure money is well spent.
  • Developing and maintaining the distinctive ethos of our three Church schools.

We have done this primarily by;
“Being the light”

In terms of…

  • Monitoring, with the EHTs and subject leaders, the work of pupils in the classroom.
  • Scrutinising the work done by pupils.
  • Examining and challenging internal and external performance and progress data.
  • Ensuring the judgements of staff and the Headteacher are in line with local and national standards through Local Authority validation, OFSTED and the Diocese.
  • Ensuring that the individual needs of pupils are met through appropriate interventions.
  • Judicious financial planning.

The detailed work we have done in our working groups and in the Governing Body meetings revolves around the Federation development plan. This details our priorities for the academic year and we work on these with the Executive Headteacher, Local Authority, Diocese and all staff.

In addition, we must fulfil our statutory responsibilities in the areas of;

  • Financial Management
  • Safeguarding
  • Performance Management of the Headteachers
  • Health and Safety
  • Reviewing and updating statutory policies
  • Monitoring the effectiveness and impact of pupil premium and sports premium funding

Governors have undertaken a variety of training including Local Authority Networks, OFSTED preparation, School Improvement, Safeguarding, Finance,
Complaints, Data, Distinctive Ethos, SIAMS new framework, Leadership in Action – Beyond the measurable, Introduction to Governance, GDPR, Special Needs, Federation networks.

Our major aims for the forthcoming year 2019 to 2020 are as follows;

  1. To work with our two Co-Heads on moving the Federation forward in terms of curriculum, teaching and learning and finance.
  2. To continue to ensure that teaching and learning are at least consistently good and work towards their becoming outstanding for all pupils.
  3. To continue to plan for a sustainable future.
  4. To work effectively to implement the school development plan within the Federation.

Who we are

The Federation has one Governing Body which consists of two elected Parent Governors, one elected Staff Governor, one Local Authority Governor, the Executive Head teacher, and four Foundation Governors. In additional three Co-opted Governors positions are appointed to the Board filled following a skills audit analysis: this ensures a balance and inclusion of necessary skills.

The Governing Board is made up of two elected Parent Governors, Mr Nathan Clayton and Mrs Niki Child. The Executive Co-Headteachers, Mrs. Besharati and Mrs Boxall. The elected Staff Governor is Miss Wendy Thompson. The LA Governor is Mrs Anne Vetch. The three Co-opted Governors are Mrs Siobhan Tywang, Mrs Jacqui Eames and Mrs Nicky White. The four Foundation Governors are Mrs Maggie Maclellan, Mr Peter Vernon, Mr Kester Horn and Rev’d David Macha.

The Governing Board has a duty to report on attendance by Governors at meetings and to publish all Declarations of Interest, including relationships to members of staff, etc. A number of the governors held posts on the predecessor Governing Bodies.

The Governing Board of the Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation aims to meet six times a year.

All Governors are also linked to aspects of our current School Development Plan, and to curriculum areas which they monitor through visits to school and discussion with staff.

All twelve governors’ posts are filled at present.

Attendance

Governor attendance at meetings:

Communication

Governors send out letters to parents at least once a term.

In addition, Governing Board meeting every half term for a full governing body meeting and finance committee meeting.

We have two steering groups that focus on certain aspects of school life:

  • Spirituality
  • Early Years

Copies of the agenda and minutes are available on application to the clerk: he can be contacted through any of the schools offices.

For information about how to contact members of the school’s governing body, email cofg@uwpf.n-yorks.sch.uk