Millhouse Primary School and Nursery

Governing Body Information


Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Millhouse Primary School and Nursery

For the academic year ending August 2017

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Millhouse Primary School & Nursery 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 Millhouse Primary School & Nursery was re- constituted in 2016 after the amalgamation of the Infant Junior Schools. It is now made up of 1 staff governor, 4 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor and 5 Co-opted governors; Mrs Haken & Mrs McGarry (Deputy Headteachers) are also Associate Governors and have voting rights on all committees. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The full Governing Body meets at least once each term, and we also have several committees that consider different aspects of the school in detail. At Millhouse Primary we have: finance committee, personnel committee, premises committee &   curriculum and raising standards (CARS) committee. We also have a Head Teacher’s Performance Management Committee and committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

Attendance record of governors

Please see the separate report on our website

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

The Finance Committee has reviewed and agreed the first full year budget for the Primary school. It has been mindful of a slightly reducing budget and has reviewed both 3 year and 5 year budget projections. Normal regular monitoring of spend against budget has taken place, including review of the Catering and Children’s Club trading accounts.

The Personnel committee has closely monitored the staffing position for the school and has discussed various options to manage staffing levels within the budget available in future years. The committee also reviewed the performance management process and agreed salary recommendations. Normal review of policies has taken place, as has receiving reports on staff morale and well-being.

The CARS committee reviewed school assessment data every term and monitored the achievement of all groups of children, including ‘vulnerable’ and ‘disadvantaged’ pupils. They challenged the achievement of children across the Primary school in Reading and were also concerned at the gap in achievement between Pupil Premium and non Pupil Premium children. As normal a range of policies were reviewed. A new function this year was to review and determine the way forward on whether or not to become a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). This is on-going.

The Premises committee has continued to ensure the school site is safe. They signed off the building work for the new staffroom and corridor and oversaw the replacement to the school roof (in two phases). During the summer holidays, a new CCTV system was installed which was requested by the committee during the year. The committee carried out termly health and safety walks as well as liaising with the schools’ building consultant on more detailed checks. Any policies relating to health & safety and site management were reviewed.

 

Future plans for the governors

Now that the Primary school has settled in well the immediate focus is to determine whether or not to become a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Governors believe that we (the school) has the talent and resources to lead such an initiative. As a Governing Body we are also driving towards our ambition for Millhouse Primary School and Nursery to become an Outstanding School and to deliver the best possible education for the pupils that attend the school.

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome comments and suggestions from parents and members of our local community – you can contact the chair of governors, David Smith, via the school office. Copies of minutes from the full governing body and committee meetings are kept in the school office.

 

Millhouse Primary School and Nursery

Headteacher : Gareth Allen

Tavistock Road | Laindon | Basildon | Essex | SS15 5QF

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