Governors work closely with head teachers, school staff and representatives from the local authority (LA).
How To Become A School Governor
If you require further information on the roles and responsibilities of School Governors or you are interested in becoming one, visit the Durham County Council website School Governor section.
If there happened to be more nominations than vacancies, an election would take place. The only qualification required for an elected Parent Governor is that he/she be the parent of a registered pupil at the school at the time of his/her election. If the number of nominations equals the number of vacancies, then those parents are automatically elected to the Governing Body. The period of office runs for four years and parents no longer have to cease to be Governors when their child leaves the school.
All Governors are subject to pre-appointed checks.
Statutory Guidance for Governing Bodies
Burnside Primary School adhere to the statutory guidance from the Department of Education. This means that governing bodies must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools.
Governing Body Committee Structure – Our Governors
|Name||Category of Governor||Term |
(Educational Establishment Governor )
|Cllr. C Marshall||Chair||22/02/2020||Curriculum & Achievement,|
Finance & Safety and
|Chair of Governors|
Health & Safety
|Governor at North Durham Academy|
|Miss N Daglish||Parent||08/09/2017||Curriculum & Achievement,|
Finance & Safety,
|Mrs J Richardson||Co-opted||08/09/2017||Curriculum Achievement,|
Finance & Safety,
Hearings/First and Pupil Discipline
|Mrs P Renwick||Staff||08/10/2019||Curriculum & Achievement,|
|Husband runs Rescue North East|
|Mrs L Armstrong||Head teacher||Curriculum & Achievement,|
Finance & Safety,
|Mrs J Potts||Parent||12/04/2020||Appeals,|
Curriculum & Achievement and
|Mr S Laing||Parent||24/01/2021||Curriculum & Achievement and|
|Mr C Dodgson||Parent||06/02/2021||Curriculum & Achievement, Finance & Safety and Hearings/First|
Record of Governor Attendance 2016–2017
Schools are now required to display a record of Governor attendance at meetings for each school academic year. You can also view previous years attendance on our website.
/ – Attended meeting
A/A – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N – Did not attend
X – Not a member of the committee
|Mr C Marshall||/||/||/||A/A|
|Mr S Laing||X||X||/||/|
|Mr O Bell||A/A||/||Resigned|
|Miss N Daglish||/||/||/||/|
|Mrs J Richardson||/||/||/||/|
|Mrs K McCowliff||/||/||A/A||Resigned|
|Mrs P Renwick||A/A||/||/||/|
|Mrs L Armstrong||/||/||/||/|
|Mrs A. Houchen||/||/||/||Resigned|
|Mrs J Potts||X||X||X||A/A|
|Mr C Dodgson||X||X||A/A||A/A|
Annual Governance Statement
Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Burnside Primary School – June 2017
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
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 Burnside Primary we have a Finance Committee and a Pay and Performance committee.
We also have committees that meet if required to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.
After a re-constitution of the Governing Body in 2015, the establishment of a Governing Body totalling 12 was supported. This body was made up as follows:
- 1 x Authority
- 4 x Co-opted
- Head teacher (ex officio)
- 5 x Parent
- 1 x Staff
There have been substantial changes in the governing body this year.
The following co- opted Governors all resigned this year
• Mrs K McCowliff
• Mr V Miller
Mr Miller, our long standing Vice Chair of Governors resigned after a long period of ill health. Unfortunately Mr Miller passed away earlier this year. As a governing body we would like to thank both Mr Miller for his hard work and dedication to Burnside Primary School over the years.
In the Governors’ meeting in May 2017 it was realised that Miss Daglish’s term of office as Parent governor was coming to end in September 2017. However, she was voted back on to the governing body as a Co-opted governor. Mrs Richardson’s term of office was also due to end in September but this has been extended for another 4 years.
Mrs Andrea Dart was accepted as a Co-opted governor and will join the governing body at the next meeting in October 2017.
The following parent Governors also resigned this year:
- Mr O Bell
- Mrs A. Houchen
The Clerk reported on the following information:
Two Parent Governor vacancies to be advertised in the Summer Term 2017.
One additional co- opted governor to be enlisted onto the governing body.
After a recent OFSTED inspection, a review of Governance by the Local Authority and a substantial change in members of the Governing Body, we are reviewing our committees and would like to change the structure to include a Teaching and Learning committee and an Achievement and Data committee to run alongside our Finance and Safety committee. These two new committees would replace Curriculum and Achievement committee. Membership of these committees will be finalised when new parent governors have been elected and another co-opted member found.
Attendance record of governors
Governors attend our Full Governing Body meetings and we have never had to cancel a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).
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 continuous school improvement.
Governors meet termly to share school improvement (SATs results etc, safeguarding, curriculum developments and the school improvement plan, changes to the school vision, school self-evaluation form). When needed they also meet with the Senior Leadership Team on specific priorities.
- The head teacher was pleased to report on the results of assessments, particularly in KS2.
- EYFS – 72% of children reached a Good Level of Development (GLD).
- Year 1 Phonics – 83% achieved the expected level which was slightly higher than the national average of 81%.
- KS1 – there have been improvements in Year 2 and the achievement of children is comparing favourably to the national average.
- KS2 – 79% reached the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths combined which was well above the national average. The gap between free school meals (FSM) and other pupils has been eradicated in reading and reduced in Maths but is still wider in Writing.
- Progress in Reading is significant + and school are in top 10% of schools.
- Progress in Maths is significant + and school are in top 25% of schools.
The Finance Committee meets termly to monitor how the school is spending money. This includes staffing and maintenance and development of the school premises.
The school undertook an Internal Audit in November 2016. The overall assurance was judged as ‘Substantial’ which meant that there were very few areas to address that would put the school’s financial processes at risk. However, an action plan was drawn up and shared with governors to address a few areas for improvement.
We continue to focus and monitor our “vulnerable groups” of children and focus on how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.
This year, for example, we continued to employ an additional teacher in Reception to work alongside the FSU leader (0.6) and a TA (0.4) instead of a full time TA. This had previously led to an improved percentage of children achieving a Good Level of Development (60% in 2015 to 72% in 2016) which was above the national average (69%) and was viewed as an excellent way of spending Pupil premium money by OFSED January 2017.
We also installed CCTV cameras and roller shutters to the outside canopy in FSU making the school even more secure. A new boiler is due to be installed in the summer holidays and a new heating system in the summer of 2018.
One of the roles of governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies and this year we have considered a number of key policies, including:
- Safeguarding Policy
- Dismissal Policy
- Drugs Substance and Alcohol Misuse Policy
- No Smoking Policy
The governors have also undertaken the following training this year:
- Inspection Dashboard
- Pre-Ofsted by Carol Gater (EDP)
In January 2017 we had an OFSTED inspection, where we were notified that we continue to be graded as Good.
Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents – you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings or send an email to email@example.com.
Future plans for the governors
The Governing Body is looking forward to a busy year ahead.
After a recent OFSTED inspection and a review of Governance by the Local Authority we have put an action plan into place which tackles areas for development.
OFSTED 2017 stated that leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that:
- The plans to further increase the number of pupils, particularly most-able pupils, working at greater depth in reading and writing are implemented and checked for impact.
- The recently commissioned governance review is completed and used to develop further the strategic role of governors so that they provide leaders with a balance of support and challenge.
We would like to improve the percentage of children working at greater depth in Reading, Writing and Maths.
We would also like to recruit a full complement of governors and establish a more consistent Governing Body.
How you can contact the governing body
We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and carers. Please contact the Chair of Governors, Cllr. C. Marshall, via the school office or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see the full list of governors on the school website and the committees they have been allocated.
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