In this section, you can read a review of work of the governing body in the previous academic year and look at the record of attendance of governors at meetings across the previous year...
A summary of the work of the governing body during 2021 – 2022
The work of the governing body was again wide ranging and in depth. Moving on from the pandemic, we have particularly valued a full return to the school building for our meeting of the full governing body, committees and other visits during the school day. Challenges remain in the wake of the pandemic and it has been essential for governors to be able to see first-hand how the school is addressing our priorities.
We were particularly pleased to welcome some new governors on board and continue our detailed work through our committee structure. These include: Resources, Teaching and Learning, Pupil Support, SIAMS and admissions. We also continue to overview our own work as a governing body through our strategy group.
We helped compile and then monitored the School Development Plan from September 2021 in light of the disrupted education of the previous academic year. We have engaged with the school as it has reconsidered and evaluated its overall curriculum intent and have overviewed the work done by subject leaders as they have established new plans for their curriculum subjects, ensuring a progressive 3-11 curriculum in all subjects which has been a significant body of work.
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.
We supported the school in a number of practical ways and paid particular attention to the well-being of the staff as well as that of the children.
Working together with the school’s leadership team we set and monitored the budget. Governors have been active in considering in detail the implications of the school’s ever tighter budgetary situation.
We further developed links between the school and local churches (especially Oakwood church) through ensuring the school is represented in church newsletters and reporting to Oakwood church PCC.
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. This ensures that we are getting the best out of each governor and making the best use of their skills.
Plans for the future:
As we go into the new school year, there is much for us to embed in our curriculum development work and in ensuring that the school’s inclusive approach is demonstrated in achievement for all children. We aim to keep wellbeing at the top of our agenda.
We will be starting the new year with a significant refit of our Learning Resource Centre into a new library which has been a source of great excitement.
Contacting the governing body:
You can contact the chair of governors, Rev George Bailey, through the school office and there is more information about how we work on the school website.