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Governance Statement

Governance Statement

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Beaumont Lodge Primary School Governing Body are:

 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher 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.

 

The Governing Body comprises of the Full Governing Body, the Resource Management Committee and the Performance and Standards’ Committee.  Each committee meets every term to consider different aspects of the school in detail.  The Resource Management Committee examines the financial plan and makes vital decisions about how the school should use the budget, monitoring expenditure closely throughout the year.   The Performance and Standards’ Committee focuses on the curriculum, pupil attainment and pupil progress including SEND and the impact of interventions and Pupil Premium.

 

These committees meet each term and report back to the full Governing body. Governors have legal duties and responsibilities as a joint body but not individually. They give freely of their time in support of the school and are welcome visitors who share their expertise with us. Most are elected every four years and represent:

 

  • The Local Authority
  • Parents
  • Teachers and support staff
  • A number of Governors are 'co-opted' which means they are elected, by the governing body, to represent the local community and businesses.

 

The governors also visit the school regularly and each have a close links to a curriculum subject.  This ensures a clarity of strategic direction and allows governors to monitor and evaluate the impact of actions.

 

Following Ofsted’s criteria (paragraph 28, September, 2015), the governing body works proactively to demonstrate an ambitious vision, having high expectations for what all children and learners can achieve and ensure high standards of provision and care for children and learners.  It also actively promotes equality and diversity and narrows any gaps in achievement between different groups of children and learners.

Additionally, the governing body also:

 

  • Actively promote British values
  • Make sure that safeguarding arrangements to protect children, young people and learners meet all statutory and other government requirements, promote their welfare and prevent radicalisation and extremism

 

At Beaumont Lodge Primary, we believe that every child matters and it is important to governors that the children have the very best start in life.  We believe that by promoting school improvement, supporting and challenging the headteacher, monitoring and evaluating progress and ensuring best use of the budget that we are having a positive impact in helping children achieve this.