Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Seaham High School 2016
|School Vision Statement
To enable the young people of Seaham to achieve the highest possible outcomes which they can use to continue their learning and make a valuable contribution to the global society in which we all now live. They should feel safe, secure, be free from prejudice and be able to develop a mutual respect for all others. Students should be ready to take on the challenges the twenty-first century with and leave School with hope for their future. They should have the confidence to take on new opportunities and know where to turn when a helping hand is required. When they leave their minds have been engaged, their horizons have been broadened and they should have valued their educational experience.
The Governing Body of Seaham High School has a strong
focus on its three core strategic functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its Students, and the performance management of staff; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
|The Governing Body of Seaham High School was re-constituted in February 2015 and consists of the following members; The Head Teacher, 1 staff Governor, 1 Local Authority Governor, 5 parent Governors, 9 co-opted Governors and 3 Associate members.
The full Governing Body meets once each term and we also have committees who meet to consider different aspects of the School in detail. The committees which include, policy, personnel and buildings meet each term whilst the finance committee meets four times per year. We also have committees that meet if required to consider student discipline and staffing matters.
|Key Issues faced and addressed by the Governing Body||The Governing Body are actively involved in the life of the School and meetings are well attended. Meetings are never cancelled are always quorate so key issues are dealt with promptly.
As is typical in a large School, Governors are involved in a range of issues but their main focus is student welfare and continuous School improvement. Governors look closely at examination results so that they can celebrate the many successes of the School and to challenge areas of concern. Last year Governors invited the Heads of modern foreign languages and ICT to their meetings and looked in detail at their planned developments to secure further improvement.
Governors have been fully involved in the significant development of moving to assessing without levels in key stage 3. They were briefed by senior staff on all aspects of this issue so that they could formally agree the strategic direction that the School would be taking.
The School worked hard last year to produce new behaviour management systems for implementation in September 2015. The chair of Governors attended all working group meetings to ensure Governors involvement in this development. This is an excellent example of where Governors work hand-in-hand with the staff of the School for the benefits of the students.
Student welfare is of paramount importance to Governors and to help them in their monitoring role in this area. Safeguarding is a standing item at the Buildings committee. All aspects of safety are covered but Governors have had an emphasis on e-safety in the last year. To support them in this aspect of their work all Governors have taken part in termly online e-safety training so they are up to date with the challenges facing young people in today’s society. Another standing item Governors have added to their meeting agenda is pupil premium where the progress of these students is reviewed at the finance committee.
Many policies were received last year and new and updated policies introduced last year include;
-Child protection within Safeguarding
-Governor code of conduct
-Governor visit and protocol
-Leave of absence
-Performance management for support
-Recruitment and selection
-School financial procedures
-Schools counter fraud strategy
-Schools monies and operation of private School funds
-Schools sickness absence management
-Supporting students with special medical needs
Governors have been fully involved with the developments of the new School build. The Governing Body Agreement for the contract was signed in February 2015. The Governors and all members of the School community look forward to moving into the new build in September 2016.
|Assessment of Impact||Governors monitor the work of the School very closely. Examination results are reviewed in detail at the full Governing Body meeting in the Autumn term which helps governors to ensure the School improvement plan is fit for purpose.
The Head Teacher and all Heads of Faculty have to produce a termly written report for all governors on their work of the previous term under the four headings of:
-Outcomes for students and learners
-Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
-Personal development, behaviour and welfare
-Effectiveness of leadership and management
These reports are discussed with the Head Teacher at Full Governing Body meetings and with Heads of Faculty at their meetings with link Governors. Each faculty has a link governor who regularly comes into School to monitor the impact of each faculty.
Governor’s request briefing papers as required which are presented to the policy committee. Recent briefing papers have included quality assurance and British values.
|Future plans for the Governing Body||In addition to the regular monitoring of the work of the School the next year will see particular scrutiny of:
-Curriculum development for the new national curriculum and examination courses.
-Assessing without levels is key stage 3
-New Behaviour management systems
-New School Build
|Contact Details||The Governing Body welcomes suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents/carers. Please contact the Chair of Governors c/o the school office.