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What have Governors done this year?


The Chair of the Governing Body, David Borland, writes:

Work the Governing Body has undertaken this year (2017) includes:

  • achieving in partnership with the staff the Ofsted inspection judgement of 'Good'. It was recognised by the Inspector that “Much of the school’s improvement has come about because governors have tackled previous weaknesses in leadership and teaching.”
  • achieving in partnership with the staff the Statutory Inspection judgement of ‘Outstanding’ amongst Anglican and Methodist Schools
  • advising on the newly introduced behaviour system known as ‘The Whalley Way’
  • meeting with the Headteacher to discuss improvements in communications and feedback in response to the Parent’s Questionnaire.
  • adopting the new Code of Conduct now posted on the school website
  • continuing to conduct the Standards and Effectiveness Committee meetings to evaluate the quality of teaching, standards and pupil progress.
  • working closely with our professional clerk to ensure that meetings are timely and effective
  • undergoing substantive training to ensure good management practice, for example, understanding the new data system which is focussed on pupil age related expectations
  • setting and monitoring a sustainable budget during the continuing age of austerity
  • working with Schools Out to enhance pupil provision and financial propriety    
  • working with the Friends, via the Headteacher, to enhance pupil provision and resources
  • attending continuous professional development events held by Lancashire and the Blackburn Diocese.
  • attending Chair’s Forum, run by Lancashire, to keep up to date with current initiatives
  • engage in succession planning to ensure a smooth transfer within the Governing Body
  • cooperating with the Lancashire School Expansion Proposals and engaging with the subsequent building programme
  • working closely with the School Adviser in raising standards with priority afforded to Teaching and Learning
  • ensuring that the school website is fully compliant
  • updating its training development plan with emphasis on e-learning and the use of the Lancashire School Portal
  • ensuring the school fulfils its health and safety and statutory obligations by adopting and implementing Lancashire Model Policies
  • setting and measuring performance objectives for Mr Blackburn

The Reverend Sally Ratcliffe (Methodist Minister) replaced Graeme Lucas on the Governing Body

Whilst Sarah West continues to review how the school makes use of the Pupil Premium funding (money that is received from Government to support learning for disadvantaged pupils) as well as our special educational needs pupils Kelly Bishop is to oversee progress of our more able and gifted pupils.

The Governing Body in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team is charged with determining and delivering a clear vision as to where they want the school to be in 3-5 years’ time. It is responsible for setting the culture and ethos to ensure that this is inclusive and provide equality of opportunity for all its pupils and staff.

As part of their commitment to the school the Governors do not claim out of pocket expenses