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Welcome to the Governor parent information page of our school Website. Here you will find listed all the Governors and their individual areas of responsibility as well as a copy of our annual Governance Statement.

 

We are all volunteers who have joined the Governing Body to try and give something back to the school community and support the school in our “critical friend” role to hold the head teacher and school leaders to account. Some of us are parent governors and some are co-opted governors; there is also one staff governor, one associate governor and one Local Authority governor.  We come from a variety of different backgrounds to try and ensure we have the skills the school needs.


The role of governors involves;

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school
  • Reading the papers prepared for us by the school and asking any questions these may generate in order to hold the Senior Leadership of the school to account
  • Attending meetings to discuss personnel, finance, premises or curriculum and pupil related matters, as well as full governing body meetings.
  • Undertaking monitoring visits to the school in order to monitor the implementation of the school’s vision and school development plan.

There are also opportunities for us to take part in further training to support us in our roles and it can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Personally, being a governor has helped me to gain a much better understanding of my own children's’ journey through school and the ever-changing challenges that schools and children face in today’s society.

 

Governors also undertake school visits to monitor the implementation of the school development plan and to see first hand the policies and procedures being put into action.  This gives us the opportunity to see staff and children at work and to take part ourselves in the full and varied opportunities on offer at Broomgrove Infant school. You may well see us at sports days, Christmas plays, Bonfire night, class open mornings, or at the Christmas and Summer Fairs but most of our work for the school happens during the school day or at our committee meetings on Thursday evenings.

 

From time to time we have vacancies on the governing body and anyone interested in being part of our committed team is more than welcome to discuss this with myself or Mrs Abbott.  Currently the Board of Governors is complete but we are always interested in hearing from anyone with HR experience or links with the university.

 

All Governors are committed to working in close partnership with parents, carers, and the wider community. Should you want to contact us or discuss any issues with us, then please feel free to leave a message at the office and we will do our utmost to respond promptly.  You can also contact the governors by e-mail on: governors@broomgrove-inf.essex.sch.uk

 

Dr Emily Baker 
Governing Board Chair 

 

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS:

Chair of Governors

Dr Emily Baker

Chair of Personnel, Finance & Premises and Vice  Chair of Governors

Mr Jon Guy

PFP Committee

Mr Graeme Davies (Vice Chair)

Dr Emily Baker
Mr Lee Allen
Mrs Lehla Abbott (Head teacher)

Cllr Rosalind Scott

Barry Atkinson

Hannah Hunt

Chair of Curriculum & Pupil Related Matters

Mrs Clare Ratcliffe

CPR Committee

Mrs Sally Turner (Vice Chair)

Mrs Janet Harrison
Rev Erwin Lammens
Mrs Gill Strudwick

Mrs Lehla Abbott (Head teacher)

Sylvia Chegra

(Sarah Cleavely – observer)

Associate Governor

Julia Homewood

 

 

GOVERNOR STATEMENT FOR 2016

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Broomgrove Infant School

September 2016

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Broomgrove Infant School Governing Body are:

 

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements

The governing body of Broomgrove Infant School is constituted of 15 governors; the Headteacher, 1 Local Authority Governor, 5 parent governors, 1 staff governor, 1 associate governor and 6 co-opted governors.  All governors sit on the Full Governing Board (FGB) and either the Curriculum and Pupil Related (CPR) committee or the Personnel, Finance and Premises (PFP) committee.  We also have a Joint Interest Committee (JIC) together with the Junior School to improve partnership and strategic working across the schools in the best interests of our pupils and their families.

 

The work that we have done in our committees and in the governing body

The Personnel Finance & Premises committee (PFP) looks at the financial operation of the school, Human Resources, the staffing structure and the upkeep of the premises and grounds. Working with the school’s Financial Consortium Manager we agree the budget and then monitor its implementation.   

This year the PFP Committee has been working on a number of issues; we have again managed to set a balanced budget and have been able to implement the staffing structure that we had been working towards in order to make our staffing costs sustainable.  We have also been working on Health and Safety (H&S) policies and procedures in line with changes in legislation.  The H&S audit was completed successfully and more robust systems are in place for storage of documentation. 

The use of Pupil Premium and dedicated Sports Funding has been reviewed and we are working hard on increasing capacity and ensuring sustainability of SEND provision. We also work with the other schools in the Colne Cluster to leverage the economies of scale and therefore manage costs.  This allows us to maximise the share of the school budget that can be utilised for the benefit of the pupils and their learning. 

 

The Curriculum & Pupil Related matters committee (CPR) has discussed pupil progress and attainment, comparing progress across different groups of children to ensure we are meeting the needs of the whole school community. Outcomes for children of spending on Pupil Premium, Sports Premium and the teaching of phonics have been discussed with Governors having a chance to look at the phonics screening test and the evaluation of it alongside measures that the school has put in place to raise the pass rate, which were implemented successfully this year. We have also reviewed policies that have required updating.

Time has been given to discussing the attendance of pupils especially the issue of persistent absenteeism, the impact this has on children’s progress and the actions and measures that the school has in place to address this issue.

Assessment within the new curriculum has been a focus and evaluating and responding to the changes in Government expectations regarding Assessment Without Levels. Staff areas of responsibility have also been discussed, with subject leaders presenting or submitting reports on their area of responsibility within the curriculum.

 

The Joint Interest Committee (JIC) is constituted to discuss the (mainly financial) issues which concern both the Infant and Junior schools, such as the catering facilities, the use of the bungalow, IT, premises and grounds. The committee also looks at areas where the two schools can work in tandem for the benefit of the pupils such as handwriting, English and mathematics; processes which enhance consistency and continuity, enabling the children to have a smoother transition between both schools.  This year topics have included; updating grounds and premises, reviewing the impact of UIFSM on school dinner uptake, redecorating the bungalow, future planning for IT servers, non-pupil days, Out of School club and working more strategically together. The committee is made up of the Head teacher, Chair of Governors and the Chair of the PFP and our opposite numbers in the Junior School (although the Junior School representatives are currently their Chair and Vice-Chair rather than Chair of PFP). 

 

The first Full Governing Board (FGB) meeting of the year reviews the work of the governing body from the previous year, identifies training needs of governors and any gaps in skills we require from our members, allocates responsibilities and plans the work of the governing body (including monitoring visits) for the rest of the year.  The majority of work is undertaken by the committees as described above, so full governing body meetings have been an opportunity to give feedback from this work, answer questions arising from members of the opposite committee and to set a strategic overview for the school.  This includes agreeing the five year budget plan, looking at the school’s self-evaluation form and reviewing policies that require full governing body agreement.  We have also discussed children’s attainment and progress, benchmarking against other schools, attendance, safeguarding, staffing, Assessment without Levels and embedding all the changes from last year.  All this feeds in to the school development plan for the following year.

 

Governors have undertaken 24 monitoring visits across the academic year which have impacted directly on the school, as well as a governor meeting with the school council on a weekly basis and other governors running activities on Friday afternoons so that they are working directly with children at the school.  Some examples of changes that have been made following monitoring visits include; robust systems for managing health and safety risk assessments and documentation,  ensuring the Single Central Record is up-to-date and that the correct Safeguarding procedures are in place and adhered to, planning for the future and ensuring we have allocated funds to meet the needs of all pupils within the school, ensuring that the new assessment procedures are in place and working well and having an impact on attainment in the areas targeted, as well as monitoring progress in meeting the challenges set out in the School Development Plan.

 

Individual governors have undertaken training relating to their areas of responsibility and a governor also attended the Essex Governors Conference.  Governors have attended updates and Essex briefings, as well as supporting the school at events throughout the academic calendar and collecting feedback from stakeholders.  We had a whole governing body training session on engaging with parents, which is a strength of the school, but we were looking at ways for governors to engage directly with parents and are beginning to implement those ideas.  We have also sought feedback from staff, parents/carers and pupils on their views of the school and what is special about it, that we are using to inform and update our vision.

Future plans for the governors

This year we will be continuing to monitor the implementation of the school development plan 2016, contributing to the school development plan for 2017 and undertaking monitoring visits for statutory responsibilities.  The school development plan is accessible on the school website and on the wall of the corridor between the headteacher’s office and the staff room.  We are updating the vision and values of the school in preparation for discussions around academisation, in line with the government White Paper.  We are working closely with the Junior School and other schools within our cluster in order to ensure we can retain our autonomy and values, whilst also meeting our legal requirements from the Department for Education.  We keep the needs of the children at the centre of all our discussions and decisions and will investigate all our options thoroughly to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our local community.  We will endeavour to work closely with the school community and keep everyone informed of our work via the school website and contributing to the school newsletter.

How you can contact the governing body: please email:

governors@broomgrove-inf.essex.sch.uk  or leave a message in the governors post tray in the front office of the school for the attention of the chair of governors.

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Statement for 2015

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Broomgrove Infant School

September 2015

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Broomgrove Infant School Governing Body are:

 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements

The governing body of Broomgrove Infant School is constituted of 15 governors; the Headteacher, 1 Local Authority Governor, 5 parent governors, 1 staff governor, 1 associate governor and 6 co-opted governors.  All governors sit on the Full Governing Body (FGB) and either the Curriculum and Pupil Related (CPR) committee or the Personnel, Finance and Premises (PFP) committee.  We also have a Joint Interest Committee (JIC) together with the Junior School to improve partnership and strategic working across the schools in the best interests of our pupils and their families.

 

The work that we have done in our committees and in the governing body

The Personnel Finance & Premises committee (PFP) looks at the financial operation of the school, Human Resources, the staffing structure and the upkeep of the premises and grounds. Working with the school’s Financial Consortium Manager we have agreed the budget and then monitor its implementation.

 

This year the PFP Committee has been working on a number of significant issues for the school as a whole. They include the financial implications of the move to the new national curriculum, the monitoring of the catering budget in the light of the introduction of the Universal Infant Free School Meals for the pupils at the school, and the use of the school’s sports funding grant for the benefit of the students. We also work with the other schools in the Colne Cluster to leverage the economies of scale and therefore manage costs.  This allows us to maximise the share of the school budget that can be utilised for the benefit of the pupils and their learning. 

 

The Curriculum & Pupil Related matters committee (CPR) has discussed pupil progress and attainment, comparing progress across different groups of children to ensure we are meeting the needs of the whole school community. Outcomes for children of spending on Pupil Premium, Sports Premium and the teaching of phonics have been discussed with Governors having a chance to look at the phonics screening test and the evaluation of it alongside measures that the school has put in place to raise the pass rate. We have also reviewed policies that have come up for updating.

Time has been given to discussing the attendance of pupils especially the issue of persistent absenteeism, the impact this has on children’s progress and the actions and measures that the school has in place to address this issue. Assessment within the new curriculum has been a focus, with the school trialling Early Excellence Baseline Assessment in September 2015 as Government expectations regarding new Assessment without levels have yet to be published. Staff areas of responsibility have also been discussed, with subject leaders presenting or submitting reports on their area of responsibility within the curriculum.

The Joint Interest Committee (JIC) is constituted to discuss the (mainly financial) issues which concern both the Infant and Junior schools, such as the catering facilities, the use of the bungalow, IT, premises and grounds. The committee also looks at areas where the two schools can work in tandem for the benefit of the pupils such as handwriting, English and mathematics; processes which enhance consistency and continuity, enabling the children to enjoy a smooth transition between both schools.  This year topics have included; introduction of UIFSM, our shared IT server, non-pupil days, Out of School club and feedback from the disability access audit and Health and Safety assessments, and implementing actions arising from these (such as the introduction of the new benches outside). The committee is made up of the Head teacher, Chair of Governors and the Chair of the PFP and our opposite numbers in the Junior School (although the Junior School representatives are currently their Chair and Vice-Chair rather than Chair of PFP). 

 

The first Full Governing Body (FGB) meeting of the year reviews the work of the governing body from the previous year, identifies training needs of governors and any gaps in skills we require from our members, allocates responsibilities and plans the work of the governing body (including monitoring visits) for the rest of the year.  The majority of work is undertaken by the committees as described above, so full governing body meetings have been an opportunity to give feedback from this work, answer questions arising from members of the opposite committee and to set a strategic overview for the school.  This includes agreeing the five year budget plan, looking at the school’s self-evaluation form and reviewing policies that require full governing body agreement.  We have also discussed children’s attainment, benchmarking against other schools, attendance, safeguarding and embedding the “big four” issues for Infant Schools this academic year; Universal Infant Free School Meals, SEND reforms, the new National Curriculum and Assessment without Levels.

 

Governors have undertaken 48 monitoring visits across the academic year which have impacted directly on the school.  Some examples of changes that have been made following these visits include; improved systems for managing health and safety risk assessments and ensuring new legislation is implemented and complied with, ensuring the Single Central Record is up-to-date and that the correct Safeguarding procedures are in place so all adults working with the children have been appropriately checked and the new Childcare Disqualification procedures adhered to, planning for the future and ensuring we have allocated funds to meet the needs of all pupils within the school, ensuring that the new assessment procedures are in place and working well, as well as monitoring progress in meeting the challenges set out in the School Development Plan.

 

Individual governors have undertaken training relating to their areas of responsibility and a governor also attended the Essex Governors Conference.  Governors have attended updates and Essex briefings, as well as supporting the school at events throughout the academic calendar and collecting feedback from stakeholders.  We were unable to book a whole governing body training session on implementing the new curriculum and assessment without levels as the guidance on assessment had not been published but will continue to look for this as the new system is in place.

Future plans for the governors

This year we will be focusing on monitoring the implementation of the school development plan 2015, contributing to the school development plan for 2016 and undertaking monitoring visits for statutory responsibilities.  The school development plan is accessible on the school website and on the wall of the corridor between the headteacher’s office and the staff room.  We are planning a whole governing body training session on engaging with parents/carers, as well as having identified individual training needs for each governor in line with their areas of responsibility.  We will endeavour to work closely with stakeholders and to keep you informed of our work via the school website and contributing to the school newsletter.

How you can contact the governing body: please email governors@broomgrove-inf.essex.sch.uk or leave a message in the governors post tray in the front office of the school for the attention of the chair of governors.

 

Attendance record of governors

We have had good attendance at all meetings and have not had to cancel or postpone any meetings due to not having enough participants to be quorate. See spreadsheet below for attendance of individual governors at meetings. 

 

 

2015-16 Academic Year Governors and their areas of responsibility

Mrs Lehla Abbott (Headteacher)

Dr Emily Baker (Chair of Governors) – co-opted governor – Safeguarding, EYFS, MITA project

Mr Jon Guy (Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of PFP) – parent governor – SEND, Pupil Premium, Inclusion, Curriculum

Mr Graeme Davies (Vice Chair of PFP) – parent governor – Finance and data, Sports Premium

Mrs Carol Pearson (Chair of CPR) – LA governor – Literacy (writing)

Mrs Sally Turner (Vice Chair of CPR) – co-opted governor – Link governor (governor training)

Mrs Sarah Cleavely (CPR) – staff governor - Equalities

Rev Erwin Lammens (CPR) – co-opted governor – SMSC and British Values

Mr Ron Rumble (PFP) – co-opted governor – Health and Safety

Mrs Janet Harrison (CPR) – co-opted governor - Maths

Mrs Gill Strudwick (CPR) – co-opted governor – Assessment and Phonics

Mrs Tracy Stang (CPR) – associate governor (on adoption leave)

Mr Lee Allen (PFP) – parent governor – ICT and website

Mr Neil Barnes (CPR) – parent governor – Attendance and Quality of Teaching and Learning

1 parent governor vacancy

 

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Statement for 2014

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Broomgrove Infant School

September 2014

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Broomgrove Infant School Governing Body are:

 

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Governance arrangements

The governing body of Broomgrove Infant School is constituted of 15 governors; the Headteacher, 1 Local Authority Governor, 5 parent governors, 1 staff governor, 1 associate governor and 6 co-opted governors (formally community governors).  All governors sit on the Full Governing Body (FGB) and either the Curriculum and Pupil Related (CPR) committee or the Personnel, Finance and Premises (PFP) committee.  We also have a Joint Interest Committee (JIC) together with the Junior School to improve partnership and strategic working across the schools in the best interests of our pupils and their families.

 

The work that we have done in our committees and in the governing body

The Personnel Finance & Premises committee looks at the financial operation of the school, Human Resources, the staffing structure and the upkeep of the premises and grounds. Working with the school’s Financial Consortium Manager it will agree the budget and will then monitor its implementation. This year the PFP Committee has been working on a number of significant issues for the school as a whole. They include the ongoing development and use of the bungalow, the operation of the Out of School Club, the implementation of the school’s ICT system, e-safety, the financial implications of both the move to free school meals for every child and the SEND reforms.  We also work with the other schools in the Colne Cluster to leverage the economies of scale and therefore manage costs.  This allows us to maximise the share of the school budget that can be utilised for the benefit of the pupils and their learning. 

The Curriculum & Pupil Related matters committee has been discussing the changes to the National Curriculum and how the school plan to continue to monitor and assess children’s progress following the move away from National Curriculum levels.   We have also focused on ensuring the investment in ICT across the school is being utilised and monitoring the impact on outcomes for pupils of this, along with discussing e-safety considerations.  The CPR committee also discuss pupil progress and attainment, comparing progress across different groups of children to ensure we are meeting the needs of the whole school community.  Outcomes for children of spending on Pupil Premium, Sports Premium and the teaching of phonics have also been discussed, along with reviewing policies and focusing on teaching and learning, attendance and safeguarding issues.

The Joint Interest Committee is constituted to discuss the issues which concern both the Infant and Junior schools, such as the catering facilities, the use of the bungalow, IT, premises and grounds. The committee also looks at areas where the two schools can work in tandem for the benefit of the pupils such as handwriting, English and mathematics; processes which enhance consistency and continuity, enabling the children to enjoy a smooth transition between both schools. It is made up of the Head teacher, Chair of Governors and the Chair of the PFP and our opposite numbers in the Junior School. This year the JIC has worked on several core issues such as the bungalow, the preparation of our catering facilities for the introduction of universal free school meals for the Infant School and the installation of the IT system and server.  It also held a meeting with the then Head of Essex Education services, Tim Coulson, to highlight the way in which the two schools work in tandem. The JIC has also worked on the joint marketing of the schools to local nurseries and the wider community.

The first Full Governing Body meeting of the year reviews the work of the governing body from the previous year, identifies training needs of governors and any gaps in skills we require from our members, allocates responsibilities and plans the work of the governing body (including monitoring visits) for the rest of the year.  The majority of work is undertaken by the committees as described above, so full governing body meetings have been an opportunity to give feedback from this work, answer questions arising from members of the opposite committee and to set a strategic overview for the school.  This includes agreeing the five year budget plan, looking at the school’s self evaluation and reviewing policies that require full governing body agreement.  We have also discussed children’s attainment, benchmarking against other schools, attendance, safeguarding and planning for the “big four” issues for Infant Schools this academic year; Universal Free School Meals, SEND reforms, the new National Curriculum and Assessment without Levels.

Governors have undertaken 32 monitoring visits across the academic year which have impacted directly on the school.  Some examples of changes that have been made following these visits include; changing the internet access settings for pupils, implementing a log book and health and safety recording system for issues in the bungalow, the purchase of encrypted memory sticks, a wider range of parent information evenings being arranged, as well as other visits which have helped individual governors gain a better understanding of teaching in key subjects in school so we can more successfully hold the headteacher to account.  Governors have also been working on policies and procedures with regard to SEN and supporting children with medical needs.  Individual governors have undertaken training relating to their areas of responsibility and we had a whole governing body training session on Safeguarding.  Governors have attended conferences and updates as well as supporting the school at events throughout the academic calendar and collecting feedback from stakeholders.

Future plans for the governors

This year we will be focusing on monitoring the implementation of the “big four” changes described above, contributing to the school development plan for 2015 and undertaking monitoring visits with regard to the 2014 school development plan, which is accessible on the school website and on the wall of the corridor between the headteacher’s office and the staff room.  We are planning a whole governing body training session on the implementation of the new national curriculum as well as having identified individual training needs for each governor in line with their areas of responsibility.  We will endeavour to work closely with stakeholders and to keep you informed of our work via the school website.

How you can contact the governing body: please email governors@broomgrove-inf.essex.sch.uk or leave a message in the governors post tray in the front office of the school for the attention of the chair of governors.

 

Attendance record of governors

We have had good attendance at all meetings and have not had to cancel or postpone any meetings due to not having enough participants to be quorate. 

 

Attendance of Governors at meetings 2013-14 academic year (reported as number attended out of number of meetings they were due to attend):-

 

Dr Emily Baker (Chair of Governors): 14/14 - community governor

Mr Jon Guy (Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of PFP): 10/11 – parent governor

Mr Steve McGloin (Chair of CPR): 1/5 – parent governor

Mr Graeme Davies: (Vice Chair of PFP): 7/7 – parent governor

Mrs Sally Turner (Vice Chair of CPR): 6/7 – staff governor

Mrs Janet Harrison (CPR): 6/7 - LA governor

Mrs Carol Pearson (PFP):  5/7- LA governor

Rev Erwin Lammens (CPR): 4/7 - community governor

Mrs Jenny Coleville (CPR): 6/7- parent governor

Mrs Nicola Welham (CPR): 3/4- staff governor (maternity leave)

Mrs Sarah Cleavly (CPR): 2/3 – staff governor (maternity cover)

Mr Clive Heasman (PFP): 4/7 - community governor

Mr Adrian Rayner (PFP): 2/7 - parent governor

Mr Kieran Johnson (PFP): 4/7 – parent governor

Mr Ron Rumble (PFP): 1/2 - LA governor

Mrs Tracy Stang (CPR): 6/7 - associate governor

Mrs Lehla Abbott: 13/14 - headteacher

1 Community Vacancy

 

 

2014-15 Academic Year Governors

Mrs Lehla Abbott (Headteacher)

Dr Emily Baker (Chair of Governors) – co-opted governor

Mr Jon Guy (Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of PFP) – parent governor

Mr Graeme Davies (Vice Chair of PFP) – parent governor

Mrs Carol Pearson (Chair of CPR) – LA governor

Mrs Sally Turner (Vice Chair of CPR) – co-opted governor

Mrs Sarah Cleavely (CPR) – staff governor (maternity cover for Mrs Nicola Welham)

Rev Erwin Lammens (CPR) – co-opted governor

Mr Ron Rumble (PFP) – co-opted governor

Mrs Janet Harrison (CPR) – co-opted governor

Mrs Gill Strudwick (CPR) – co-opted governor

Mrs Tracy Stang (CPR) – associate governor

Mr Lee Allen (PFP) – parent governor

Mr Neil Barnes (PFP) – parent governor

1 parent governor vacancy