Governance Statement



Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of

Hermitage Primary School 2016-17


The Governing Body of Hermitage Primary School has a strong focus on the three core strategic functions:


1.     Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2.     Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff;

3.     Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Governance Arrangements


The Full Governing Body meets once each term.  There are two committees that also meet on a termly basis – The Teaching and Learning Committee and the Resources Committees with overall responsibility for financial planning and control. The Governing Body also has a Pay and Pay Appeals Committee which meet annually.  Full Governing Body meetings and all committee meetings are professionally clerked and agendas and approved minutes are kept in the school office.  Each committee has terms of reference.


Governors are also linked to areas or aspects of the school. Governors who visit the school provide a written report which is shared with the governing body.


A list of Governing Body members is available on the school website together with their individual responsibilities. Governors have a wide spread of knowledge and expertise and are part of the committees which utilise their skills.


Attendance at meetings is very good and an attendance grid is available on the school website (governor pages).


Key issues addressed by the governing body 2016-17

The Governing Body has fulfilled its statutory duties in terms of monitoring all areas of the school’s work and offering support and challenge through the agreed agendas of each committee and the agendas of Full Governing Body meetings. Some of the areas covered this year:


·         Review of statutory policies and ensuring there is compliance of the school website

·         Rigorous budget management and assurances of ‘best value’

·         Monitoring the use of Pupil Premium funding and Sports premium funding (statement available on the school website)

·         Monitoring the school’s response to the TELTSA partnership School Review

·         Consultation with staff members regarding staff restructuring

·         Appointment of new staff on the Senior Leadership Team

·         Monitoring of pupil progress across the school and ensuring there is a broad offer of curriculum to all students

·         Participation in the assessment for the Inclusion Quality Mark

·         Assisting in the fundraising efforts for a new library building

·         Governor training with a key focus on Safeguarding and Prevent.

·         Partnership work to support  a local school and its school governing body

·         Raising concerns with the local authority regarding insufficient funds for SEND and requesting financial support for children with medical conditions

·         All Governors and the Senior Leadership Team spent a day discussing Hermitage’s ethos and vision, and planning the strategic direction of the school.


Assessment of Impact

Governors provide a high level of challenge to the Head Teacher and the school.  They consider a range of documents and data provided by the school in order to judge the impact of strategies within the school.  Governors also visit the school to meet with Curriculum Leaders and other staff to gain a greater understanding of the school and the ongoing urgency in raising standards. The TELTSA partnership provides notes of School review visit which are considered at governing body meetings.


Governors monitor finance stringently to ensure the school’s budget is spent to achieve the best possible outcomes for students.


Governors have encouraged the Head teacher and the Senior Leadership Team to develop their assessment and monitoring skills. The Head teacher has developed a key role within the TELSTA Partnership, she has led and contributed to a number of whole school reviews which have been externally validated through the Ofsted inspection process, demonstrating the accuracy of her self-evaluation skills. The innovative work undertaken by this partnership is recognised by the EEF, and of particular note is the cross-phase aspect of the collaboration which is enabling the schools involved to address KS2/3 transition.


Future plans for the governing body

The governing body will continue its work in line with the government agenda.


During the next academic year, the Chair of Governors will participate in the Governor Leader Programme led by the National College of Teaching and Leadership this will improve the knowledge of good governance practice and help to strengthen the work of the governing body.


The Governing Body is keen to move towards gaining Governor Mark accreditation, and to further partnership with other schools to address those aspects of the school’s performance that need improving.


Contact Details

The Governing Body welcomes suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents/carers.  Please contact the Chair of Governors c/o Hermitage Primary School.