October 2015: Governors reviewed the summer 2015 GCSE results. These were the school’s best results ever with 73% of students achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and maths. Disadvantaged students achieved in the top 1% nationally and the school had been invited to join the London Schools Gold Club. The governing body discussed the initial analysis and the Headteacher reported on variances from predicted outcomes. Governors reviewed the curriculum model proposal for first teaching from September 2016 prior to consultation with parents/carers of Y9 students. Governors were made aware of responsibility to read Sections 1 and 2 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (July 2015) and to return their confirmation slips.
December 2015: The Headteacher gave her first termly report of the year to governors. The termly report enables governors to monitor and ask questions about:
- student numbers and attendance including looked-after, SEN and pupil
- student progress targets and tracking data
- intervention plans to support student progress
- safeguarding, behaviour and safety data
- progress with the school improvement plan
- staff vacancies/recruitment and staff development/performance management
- partnership work with other schools, SSAT and Leading Edge.
Specific items considered by governors were:
- presentation and discussion re school’s visual identity review
- support given to vulnerable students
- interventions offer broadened to wider range of Y11 students
- wellbeing programme to be offered to Y11 students
- analysis of Y7 attainment in reading, writing and maths
- development of new attainment system for KS3
- Quality Assurance Review (QAR) to be conducted in February 2016 by WF Challenge.
- the final GCSE curriculum model and timeline for introduction autumn 2016
- the proposed targets for GCSE:
- % A*-C including English and maths and A*-A grades
- whole school average attainment and progress
- report on pupil premium expenditure
-website compliance review and publication of governor information.
External Review of Governance
Governors discussed the report of the external review of governance, which was very positive. The recommendations would be considered further and incorporated in the governing body’s SIP and progress monitored.
- Equalities Statement; Pay policy, Data Protection policy; Financial Regulations
- the annual Health & Safety report for submission to the local authority.
March 2016: The Headteacher’s report included all the items listed above. In particular governors were pleased that the school:
- was in the top 10% for pupil premium outcomes and progress
- had received a Pupil Premium awards ‘Local Winner’ award for 2015
- appears in the Good Schools Guide 2016 for the first time.
- analysis of pupil achievement, progress and standards
- draft QAR report from WF Challenge partners
- fixed term exclusions
- progress with the School Improvement Plan and schedule for 2016/17, including governor input
- letter from the Regional Schools Commissioner that all schools should become academies by 2022. Governors set up a working party to monitor and research.
- a large number of new statutory policies supplied by the LA policies, which had been scrutinised by relevant committees
- the School Financial Value Standard and Statement of Internal Control.
Governors’ Code of Practice addendum introduced to include consent to publication of governor information on the school website. Governors signed forms at the meeting.
May 2016: This was the annual budget meeting where the governing body:
- considered and ratified the school’s budget for 2016/17 and the three-year
- signed off the out-turn statement for 2015/16 financial year
- reviewed and approved the Best Value Statement 2016/17.
All had previously been discussed in detail and recommended for ratification by the Finance Committee.
- discussed the impact of funding cuts and the likely impact of the impending National Funding Formula.
In order to make savings, governors agreed to:
- continuing cuts being made to resource and maintenance budgets
- reducing staffing costs over three years by not necessarily replacing staff and
regular reviews of the staffing structure
- to increase the school’s lettings income (new provider tender).
Governors ratified the appointment of a new Deputy Headteacher recommended by the appointment panel (including two governors) after a two-day selection process.
Governors reviewed progress with the external review of governance’s recommendations. Chair had applied to become a National Leader of Governance and had been invited to join the governing body of a local primary school to provide support.
Governors were delighted to learn that the school had won two SSAT awards for being in the top 10% of non-selective schools for achievement and progress.
July 2016: The main business of the summer term meeting was the school improvement plan (SIP) and school self-evaluation, plus the latest student progress data.
Governors agreed the final update on the 2015/16 SIP outcomes and requested a high level summary of actions and achievements.
Governors had previously had an opportunity to review and comment on the draft leadership section of the SIP for 2016/17 as well as their link faculty SIPs.
The final draft of the SIP for 2016/17 (year three of the three-year strategic plan) was endorsed.
Governors also noted the work the school is doing in relation to KS3 following the Wilshaw report, ‘The Wasted Years’, including student voice which will be addressed in the SIP and in faculty SIPs.
Governors reviewed and discussed the school self-evaluation framework and made some requests concerning the presentation of the information.
Governors discussed the Headteacher’s report including:
- student attendance
- fixed term exclusions
- the final predictions for summer 2016 GCSE student attainment
- student progress data by year group.
Governors ratified policies on: self-evaluation; marking, feedback and assessment; anti-bullying; cover; educational visits; positive behaviour for learning; flexible working. They also reviewed the policy checklist/schedule for 2016/17. The SEN budget plan was approved for submission to the local authority.
A final update on staffing appointments and recruitment for September 2016 was received.
During the year, a governors’ task and finish marketing group provided input into the school’s re-brand project, ready for the launch at the start of the 2016/17 academic year.