Millhouse Primary School and Nursery

Governing Body Information

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Millhouse Primary School & Nursery
(Formally the Governing Bodies of Millhouse Infant & Junior Schools)


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. We currently have 2 vacancies for a parent and co-opted governor. The full Governing Body meets at least once each term, and we also have a number of 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

Much of our work during the last year was to ensure the smooth process of amalgamating the Infant & Junior Schools and we continually checked to ensure the schools remained focused on learning and attainment during this process.
A Project Implementation Group was set up to work on behalf of both GBs and reported back to each full governing body meeting as well as allocating tasks to the committees.

Finance Committee
At the start of the last academic year we merged the infant and junior school finance committees. This ensured that we were able to organise and monitor both schools’ budgets as well as set a 7/12 budget for the new primary school. This committee held the Headteacher to account for the spending in school and ensured that the school got value for money. As part of this monitoring, the committee also ensured that funds were available for the staffing structure for the new primary school.

Personnel Committee
During the year, this committee reviewed several policies per the policy schedule. Staff performance was reviewed and pay decisions made. We regularly monitored staffing levels to ensure that the staffing structure continued to meet the needs of the school and provided the most effective use of the school budget. As part of the PIG committee, members of the personnel committee worked with the Headteacher to decide the staffing structure for the new primary school and held interviews for new posts within school.

Premises Committee
As well as ensuring the school premises were kept safe and well maintained, this committee oversaw and monitored changes to the school buildings in readiness for the amalgamation. This included the reorganisation and remodeling of the school office and the building of a new staffroom.

Curriculum & Raising Standards Committee (Jnr Sch) / Curriculum Committee (Inf Sch)
These committees reviewed school assessment data every term and monitored the achievement of all groups of children, including ‘vulnerable’ and ‘disadvantaged’ pupils. They also met with senior leaders to clarify new assessment systems for ‘assessment without levels’. A range of policies were reviewed, including attendance, behaviour and teaching & learning. As part of the amalgamation process, the committee were presented with a new creative curriculum for all key stages and ensured that it was broad and balanced.

Future plans for the governors

As a newly amalgamated primary school, we will be ensuring that there is a smooth transition and that all teams of staff work well together for the benefit of the children. We will continue to monitor assessment data and the new curriculum and review the new staffing structure.
As governors, we will be developing our skills and learning about the key stages which are unfamiliar to us as well as supporting the development of governing bodies of other schools in the local authority.

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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