A summary of the work of the governing body during 2018-19
- We helped compile and then monitored the School Development Plan through visits to school, discussions with staff and children and analysis of data. These visits focussed on a variety of issues and curriculum areas including RE, PE, science, EYFS, intervention, SEND provision, attendance, and safeguarding. Governors visited a number of classes which increased their understanding of different age groups and contributed to the children’s understanding of the role of governors. Governors further increased their understanding of the curriculum by accompanying children on school visits – e.g. to a Hindu temple.
- We attended and helped at various school events in order to support and better understand the schools’ work as a community and in the community – e.g. Pancake Pandemonium, Christmas fair, summer fair, Christian Aid breakfast. Oakwood Lights Switch On.
- We reviewed, updated and approved a range of policies all relating to the effective running of the school and ensuring the best possible outcomes to children’s education.
- Working together with the school’s leadership team we set and monitored the budget. This included the finance governor attending the budget setting meeting with the HT and LA finance officer. Governors have been active in considering in detail the implications of the school’s ever tighter budgetary situation.
- Governors completed training on a number of topics including safer recruitment, induction and administration of SATs tests.
- We monitored the school’s effectiveness as a C of E school through visits to school and by joining in with school acts of worship and attending Christmas performances. In particular governors monitored assemblies planned and led by children.
- Governors were closely involved in reviewing and rewriting the school’s vision statement and then ensuring that all parts of the school community had opportunity to explore and consider its significance. Governors upheld the ethos of the school, giving pupils opportunities to explore the meaning of Christian faith as a gift to be experienced and enjoyed. This was done through leading acts of worship and Easter activities which provided children with opportunity to reflect on Christian belief and express their own questions and comments.
- We further developed links between the school and local churches (especially Oakwood church) through encouraging external visits to the school from local churches, ensuring the school is represented in church newsletters, reporting to Oakwood church PCC and participation in church/school events ourselves. Governors supported and monitored the contribution of local church members through the “Open the Book” project. Oakwood church was invited by the school to have a stall at the school summer fair. Governors facilitated this which gave an opportunity for people within the school community to meet those from the church community and for informal conversations to take place about the role of the church.
- A SIAMS inspection in May 2019 was highly positive about governors’ role in contributing to the school’s success as a church school
- We further developed links between parents and the governing body through being present at some parents’ evenings and leading parent forums. Two parent forums were held, giving parents opportunity to meet governors and to discuss particular aspects of school life ( the school ethos statement, behaviour, homework and home-school communication)
- Several governors helped administer SATS tests for children who needed to take the tests separately from their peers. This increased understanding of SEND provision within the school.
- We monitored health and safety in the school through discussions and visits.
- We continued to monitor the refurbishment of the school house which is now fully functional as an extra resource for the school.
- We continued to evaluate and improve our effectiveness as a governing body. We supported new governors through individual induction meetings and all governors with an individual annual review meeting.
- We ensured that the information about governors on the website is relevant and up to date.
- Governors supported the school’s application to renew the Investors in Pupils Award by visits to school and conversations with the assessors.
GOVERNORS' ATTENDANCE 2018 - 2019