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Governance Statement 2020

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of

Wells Park Primary School  

July 2021

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the core strategic functions of Wells Park Primary School Governing Body are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Headteacher ad Head of Care to account for the educational and residential care performances of the school and its pupils
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  4. Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  5. Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  6. Hearing appeals and grievances.

Governance arrangements
The Governing Body of Wells Park Primary School was reconstituted in 2014 and has a composition of up to 12 Governors: Headteacher; 1 Staff Governor; 2 elected Parent Governors; 1 Local Authority Governor; and 7 Co-opted Governors who 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.

The full Governing Body meets once each term, and we also have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. At Wells Park Primary we have: Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee; Academic and Wellbeing Committee; and a School Development and Strategy Committee. We also have committees that meet, if required, to consider pupil discipline and staff pay.

Attendance record of Governors
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and this is detailed at the end of this report.

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body
The Governing Body has had a particularly busy year: focusing on school improvement; ensuring we are  compliant in all areas relating to Covid-19 and continuing to implement the recommendations of the Education inspection both of which resulted in an OUTSTANDING rating; The Academic and Wellbeing Committee has spent time monitoring the thematic curriculum this year and governors also discuss key data on pupil achievement and progress so that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils with special needs and we continue to focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact that has on the children’s outcomes. The Finance Premises and Personnel Committee (FPP) looks at the maintenance and development of budget.                    

Jason Cornish is our Health and Safety Governor and he carries out regular checks of the premises with Paul Johnson the Deputy Head of Care of Care. Governors are also particularly vigilant about Safeguarding (Joanne Sefre). Sally Elliott is giving all governors and staff a greater understanding of collected data from the Edart software. All of these governors and more give termly reports to the GB. Earlier in the school year the FPP Committee approved the 2020/2021 budget plan for the school. This was made possible by, in particular the strenuous efforts of the finance committee governors and Headteacher who have worked tirelessly in conjunction with Essex education and as such we are pleased to report that the school has achieved a balanced position financially.

One of the roles for the Governors is to review, develop and agree school policies, and this year we have considered a number of Key policies, including:  behaviour management and Safeguarding. We also approved a  cycle of monitoring and evaluation for the education team which links with the care team.  The governors approved the emergency measures in response to Covid-19,and as a result we now have excellent attendence by pupils within a covid secure environment. The school continues to develop other ideas and is building towards a therapeutic approach available to all children from within the school. The governors are prioritising the rapid continued development of the high needs units, details of which are on the school website.

The governors agreed to the establishment of the most obvious developments at the school which has been the school farm. The farm has a large poly tunnel ( fully stocked ) and small paddocks currently housing  5 goats and 5 sheep. This is a work in progress and is already much loved by both pupils and staff

The Governing Body is actively participating in discussions to establish new 1, 3- and 5-year strategic plans incorporating both strategy and budgetary elements. The new bespoke IT system now encompasses all aspects of administration in both education and care, is an essential part of any progress envisaged and the future of this development is being overseen by the governing body. This IT system is now installed and in phase 3 of its implimentation.

The governors have overseen continued improvements in residential care which include the continuous repair and maintenance of staff accommodation and appointment of a new head of Care, Amy Antoniou.

Governing Body and Committee minutes are public documents you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings or view an archive of these on our website. 

Future plans for the governors

The governing body is looking to improve its own relevance, effectiveness and efficiency by developing individual governor skills and roles. In addition the Governing Body is in the process of establishing the new role of Wells Park School in the ever changing Local Authority special needs education strategy; the Headteacher and governors are all heavily involved in this process.

How you can contact the governing body
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the chair of governors, Sally Elliot, via the School office. You can see the full list of governors and more information about what we do on the Governors’ page of the school Website.






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