Annual Statement

Annual Governance Statement for The South Hams Federation Board of Governors September 2016

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the South Hams Federation Board of Governors are:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction across the Federation.
  • Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for education and school improvement across the Federation.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the Federation and ensuring best value at all times.

Governance Arrangements
The South Hams Federation Board of Governors comprises:

  • 1 Executive Headteacher
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 5 Co-Opted Governors
  • 2 Foundation Governors who are appointed by either the Diocesan Board of Education or the Parochial Church Council of Malborough.  One of the Foundation Governor’s is Ex-Officio.

Total 12

The Board of Governors meet six times a year. 

The two Standards Committees meet as required.

The Ethos Committee meet once a term.

The Executive Committee (comprising Chair, Executive Headteacher and Business Manager) meet fortnightly.

The meetings are held in school time, allowing Governors the opportunity to meet the children and staff; undertake Learning Walks and see all four schools operating on a day-to-day basis.

Board of Governors for 2016-2017
Executive Headteacher: Sue Jezard

Foundation Governor: Jane Greaves (Chair)

Foundation Governor (Ex-Officio): Vacant

Parent Governor: Rebecca Minty

Parent Governor: Joanne Howell

Co-Opted Governor: Alexis Bowater

Co-Opted Governor: Nikki Curzon

Co–Opted Governor: Tina Graham

Co-Opted Governor: Kirsty Richards

Co-Opted Governor: Anne Rossiter

LA Governor: Emma Meek

Staff Governor: Lucinda Kirkham

Clerk: Zoe Hayhurst

Business Manager: Penny Amos

Attendance Record of Governors
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and all meetings are quorate; attendance records for the individual governors are published on the school’s website.

Each year Governors are required to complete a Skills Audit to identify the skills, knowledge and experience to identify any additional skills or experience that the Board ideally requires. The outcome of the audit helps formulate opinion as to whether prospective Governors have the skills to contribute to effective governance and the success of the Federation.

The Work Achieved by the Board of Governors in the Academic Year 2015-2016
The Board of Governors has had another particularly busy year:

A number of building works and improvements were carried out:

Malborough New roof on the Old School House, new fencing erected around Class three.

Modbury The old school kitchen has been converted to a Foundation Stage class, with an outside learning space; refurbished Key Stage 1 toilets, new blinds for the classrooms and hall fitted, a forest school and outdoor classroom has been made, the key stage 1 outdoor play area has been refurbished, the Old School House, has been made safe.

Stokenham New adventure play area for Key Stage 2, new front entrance, providing additional office, staffroom and SEND space.

  • Malborough underwent a SEND Audit spring 2016.
  • Each school within the Federation was awarded Happiness and Wellbeing Award, summer 2016.
  • The South Hams Federation has formed an informal partnership with six local authority primary schools in South Devon, in order to promote “best primary practice.” The South Devon Primary Partnership comprise: Ermington and Ugborough (The Beacon Federation); The Erme, Cornwood and Shaugh Prior (Moorsway Federation);  Manor Primary School and the schools of the South Hams Federation – Loddiswell, Malborough with South Huish, Modbury and Stokenham. 
  • The Executive Headteacher’s Performance Management Review has been conducted and new targets were set for the year.
  • Governors received safeguarding training in January 2016 focusing on Child Sexual Exploitation and Prevent Duty and its implications for schools and further safeguarding training has been booked for October 2016.
  • The School Improvement Plan (SIP) has been reviewed throughout the year and the new SIP 2016-2017 will be reviewed and adopted at the FGB meeting in September 2016.
  • Observing the teachers’ INSET and all CPD is based on impacting positively on pupil progress and improving the quality of teaching and learning through identified key priorities in the SIP.
  • New projects linked with Ofsted outcomes have been identified in the SIP 2016-2017.
  • The Board has looked at Subject Leaders’ performance, Pupil Premium outcomes, SEND and children at risk together with the progress and attainment of able children.
  • The Board has also reviewed the Sports Premium funding and evaluated its impact on all groups of pupils.
  • The Board continues to monitor pupils attendance and bench marked against other schools nationally in performance tables.
  • All schools have now got one year’s worth of data on Target Tracker to track pupil progress based on the Learning Journey /Steps devised by the Federation to track children’s progress through the expectations for each year of the national curriculum.
  • The Governors have remained focused on the data within the Executive Headteacher’s Report on pupils’ performance and progress across the Federation in EYFS and Key Stage 1 analysing year-on-year data and trends over time.
  • The Board has closely monitored pupil data. It will review in detail Early Years Profiles, Phonics Screening and the Key Stage 1 and 2 results in the Autumn Term 2016.
  • The monitoring of our in-house school meals has been a priority throughout the year. With a governor leading on this and making sure all the food standards are in place. Sourcing local fresh produce.
  • This year the Forest School curriculum has been firmly embedded across all the schools within the Federation.
  • The Federation’s single budget has been approved and we are pleased to report the Federation is in a healthy financial position.
  • Governors have continued to review and adopt key policies. All the statutory policies are on the School website.

Church Links: Malborough with South Huish C of E Primary
The Foundation Governors have a particular responsibility towards Malborough with South Huish C of E Primary School to “preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the ethos of the Church of England and in partnership with the church at parish and diocesan level as well as to “encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils”. The Ethos Committee has worked with the Church and Diocese to implement Christian values throughout the curriculum of the school and the community of Malborough and its surrounding area. The school has weekly assemblies, daily collective worship and once a month the whole school visits the church for their monthly church service, with the children actively taking part, Holy Communion lessons for the Year 6 children in the summer term. Once a week the church organist comes to school to teach the children hymns. The school prayer is said before lunch every day.  The children are actively working with the church community.  In January 2016 the school was awarded the Gold RE Mark.

Future Plans for the Governors
The new Board of Governors looks forward to the challenges the autumn term will bring. The 2016-2017 academic year will see new challenges on the horizon, with changes to safeguarding, awaiting the proposed National funding formula which has been delayed until 2018-2019, what the future will hold with the new head of Ofsted, and the changes to the school website requirements, continue to examine Multi Academy Trusts, continue the work on the South Devon Primary Partnership and most importantly continuing to maintain teaching standards across all four schools to ensure that outcomes for all pupils remains high.  The Governors will continue to monitor and build on the Federation’s strengths and weaknesses as outlined in the School Improvement Plan (SIP 2016-2017).  The Ethos Committee will work towards a SIAM’s inspection. Governors will continue to develop their skills and update their knowledge, attend governor training courses (internal and external) and through visits to each of the schools, conducting Learning Walks, monitoring the quality of the teaching and learning, meeting the children and sampling the school lunches. Ensuring best value and maintaining a balanced budget.

How You Can Contact the Board of Governors
We always welcome feedback, suggestions and ideas from parents: Please contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs Jane Greaves, via the School Office.