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Annual Governance Statement 2020-2021

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirements for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery 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.

 

Following the creation of the Epping Forest Multi-Academy Trust, school governance within the Trust has changed in a number of ways to accommodate the requirements of the MAT. The key change is that we are now known as the Local Governing Body (LGB), and report into the Trust governance structure. This gives Heads and Trustees of the MAT the opportunity to review feedback and monitoring information coming from each of the schools, and has also generated some standardisation across the Trust, whereby, for example, certain aspects of governance become areas of focus at certain times of the school year.

 

The Local Governing Body of Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery during this academic year 2020 – 2021 is made up of 2 Co-Chair of Governors, 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, and 1 Trust Governor. We currently have a vacancy for a Trust Governor.  Trust Governors are appointed by the LGB 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. A term of office is 4 years.

 

The LGB body generally meets twice each term to consider various aspects of the school in detail. In previous years, we have operated sub-committees to carry out certain monitoring activities for reporting back into the main governing body, but during the last academic year, it has been more productive to operate only the LGB, which considers all matters within the remit of school governance, with individual governors covering specific areas (eg. Safeguarding, SEND, Pupil Premium and Finance) completing their monitoring as appropriate, and reporting back into LGB periodically.

 

Governors are expected to attend all LGB meetings across the academic year, in addition to carrying out any monitoring required by their specific portfolio responsibilities, and participating in the annual Governor Day, which is held on-site during the school day. Unfortunately this year we are looking at how the governing body can monitor this safely and  virtually where possible due to these unprecedented times.

Meeting attendance during the last year has been good, and this has enabled full discussion of the matters in consideration at all meetings.

 

The Clerk to the LGB ensures that all meetings are accurately recorded and governors are updated on the latest policies relating to their responsibilities. LGB delegates the day-to-day running of Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery to the Headteacher and Leadership Team.

 

Governors use the School Development Plan to monitor the school’s objectives on an annual basis. The key areas of the School Development Plan have been continued and adapted from last year due to the COVID School Closure and unfortunately not being able to complete the full school year.

 

Throughout the academic year, Governors monitor pupil progress data to ensure that attainment is reaching expected levels, and also monitor the implementation of appropriate interventions that are put in place to raise attainment for any groups of pupils where it is felt necessary. Due to the unprecedented nature of the early conclusion to the normal academic year in 2020, no Key Stage 1 tests were carried out in the summer term 2020. This was particularly unfortunate for the children and teachers who had worked hard throughout the year to ensure that the school would continue to show the strong performance in all areas that ongoing monitoring of progress had suggested would be the outcome of the tests, had they been held as normal.

 

The impact of COVID-19 on the school has been profound, and Governors worked closely with the school leadership team during the summer term to develop a robust risk assessment, that would ensure that all appropriate measures were in place to facilitate the safe opening of the school to some pupils towards the end of the term. An additional meeting was arranged at the start of this academic year due to COVID, this meeting was to discuss the risk assessment, and agree that the school was safe for the full re opening for all pupils as of September 2020. The LGB has continued to support the Headteachers wellbeing throughout this difficult time. Additionally, the Governors worked together with the Trust to appoint an Acting Headteacher- Miss Taylor, following the resignation of Mrs Grisley.

 

Finally, Governors and staff alike have continued to enjoy the benefits of participating in the conversion to Academy Status and forming and being part of the Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust. In the view of the LGB, the Trust has so far been successful in allowing Limes Farm Infant School and Nursery to maintain its unique character, while also facilitating the collaboration and opportunity to share best practice that the Trust provides.

 

2020 saw all governors across the MAT, and separately the Chairs of Governors, come together to discuss the aims and vision of the MAT, and also to share experiences so far, creating a genuine ethos of a supportive wider local community that places the welfare and progress of the pupil at the centre of school life. These meetings have been extremely beneficial, and will continue (virtually where necessary) throughout 2021, as we look to consolidate and build on everything that has been achieved so far. We always welcome suggestions, ideas and feedback from parents.

Name of Member

Role and appointment date (Governor’s term of office is four years)

Appointed by

Positions of responsibility

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest (including whether a governor at another school)

Personal relationship (if any) with members of school staff e.g. spouse, partner, relative

Mr Kevin O’Connor

Appointed 1/7/18

Governing Board

Co Chair of Governors

 Safeguarding

Pay Committee

None

None

Ms Michelle Worsley

Appointed 26/2/19

Governing Board

Co Chair of Governors

Safeguarding

Pay Committee

Chair of Parents Association

None

Ms Michelle Taylor

Appointed: 18/9/19

Parents

 

None

None

Ms Hayley Beasley

Appointed 4/6/19

Parents

 

None

None

Ms Toyin Owadayo

Appointed 1/7/18

Governing Board

Finance Governor

Health and Safety Governor

None

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Samantha Taylor

Appointed 1/7/18

 Acting Headteacher

 

None

None

Mrs Kerry Tutty-Lyons  

Appointed 1/09/20

Acting Deputy Headteacher

 

None

None

Governors Attendance 2019-2020

Members of the Governing Body - 2018-19

Members of the Governing Body - 2017-18

Members of the Governing Body 2014-17

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