Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Thomas Bullock Primary Academy
In accordance with the Government's requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Thomas Bullock Primary Academy 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.
The Governing Body of Thomas Bullock Primary Academy was re-constituted in October 2014 and is now made up of 2 staff governors ( including the Headteacher) , 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Thomas Bullock Trust nominated Governor and 6 Governors appointed by the Diocesan Board of Norwich (DNEAT) . The appointed governors have a range of skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
On the governing body there are two parents, two staff members and the remaining five are members of the local community, including a teacher, a health authority worker, a member of the armed forces, a local councillor, local vicar and two retired Governors. The full Governing Body meets twice each term and there are also committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. At Thomas Bullock Primary Academy we have a Finance Committee to oversee the school budget, a Curriculum Committee to monitor the quality of teaching and pupil outcomes, an Ethos Committee to oversee the school's distinctive Christian character, and a Pay and Performance Committee. We also have small committees that meet as required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.
See above list of Governors.
Governors have good attendance at meetings and it is rare for a committee to be cancelled as it was not "quorate" ( the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).
See attached record of individual governors' attendance at meetings.
Achievement over the past year:
The Governing Body has had a high level of involvement with the school since the conversion to Academy Status in October 2014 under the umbrella DNEAT Multi Academy Trust. Due to good progress, the Trust has appointed the Academy's own Chair of Governors. The Curriculum Committee have met to consider the data produced by the school in monitoring the attainment and progress of all pupils but especially the groups for whom the Pupil Premium Grant is intended.
We have a balanced budget. This has allowed the following projects to take place: complete refurbishment of the library, redecoration throughout the school, the refurbishment of the children's toilets and the introduction on the Wonder Room. The Governors would like to thank the Friends of Shipdham School for the enablement redvelopment of the children's kitchen. Continued support from the Thomas Bullock Trust has allowed for the heavily subsidised school trips and the provision of music across the school.
Safeguarding has been a focus for the Governing Body and a named governor monitors this area and reports back to the full Body.
The budget for the Academic Year 2016-2017 was approved by the governors at the end of the summer term. The school is in a satisfactory position financially and can maintain staffing levels for the foreseeable future.
One of the roles of the governors is the adoption of the revised school policies as issued by DNEAT and a number have been received over the year and are available in the school and on the web site.
Attendance at the school continues to improve and the governors recognise the effort that parents are making in ensuring that pupils attend regularly.
Future plans for the governors.
The governors still maintain a programme of visits with specific areas of interest. Governors also take part in arrange of training.
How you can contact the governing body.
We always welcome contact with parents and are delighted to receive suggestions, feedback and ideas. The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school office. The list of governors and their attendance at meetings is attached to this report.