Governor's 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: a copy of this is available on the website. This details our priorities for the academic year 2018 – 19 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.

Governor's 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

cofg@uwpf.n-yorks.sch.uk

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