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Annual Statement 2018 - 2019

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of The Trumpington Federation

July 2019

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of the Trumpington Federation Governing body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the education performance of the schools and their pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure money is well spent.

 

Governance arrangements

The governing body of the Trumpington Federation was constituted on 1 September 2013 and is made up of two elected parent governors, one Local Authority governor, one elected staff governor, one Executive Headteacher, six co-opted governors and two partnership governors.

 

Governors have one or more ‘link roles’, which are defined focus areas in the school. We currently have governor link roles for:

  • SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
  • Safeguarding and LAC (Looked After Children)
  • Early Years
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key stage 2.

 

The full governing body meets twice per term, and we also have two committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. The Resources Committee focuses on finance, premises and staffing matters, and the Teaching and Learning Committee focuses on curriculum standards and progress.

 

The members of the governing body at the Trumpington Federation during the 2018-19 academic year were:

Catherine Jones (Co-Chair: Co-opted Governor)

Liz Woodham (Co-Chair: Co-opted Governor)

Emily Black (Chair of Resources: Co-opted Governor)

Marc Neeson (Chair of Teaching and Learning: Co-opted Governor)

Vered Frechter (Parent Governor) 


Ian Jones (Parent Governor)

Mark Johnston (Co-opted Governor)

Ollie Monro (Staff Governor)

Oriana Dalton (Executive Headteacher) 


The clerk to the governors is: Jen Hefti


 

Attendance record of governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings, which usually take place every half term.

 

Summary of Full Governing Body and Committee activity

The governing body has had a particularly busy year, with these main challenges:

  • Continuing to develop and review our curriculum, in particular ensuring that pupils have opportunities to use and apply skills taught in English and Maths across all subjects
  • Continuing the planned expansion and growth of the schools to become two forms of entry
  • Raising standards and improving progress particularly in KS1
  • Setting the budget for the coming year in a difficult context.

 

The Teaching and Learning Committee exists to provide guidance to the governing body and Executive Headteacher on all matters relating to the schools’ curriculum, and statutory obligations under the National Curriculum. It considers key data such as pupil achievement and progress so that we can be sure the schools are on track to fulfil their targets to raise attainment set out in the Federation Development Plan and each School’s Improvement Plan. One of the ways in which governors have monitored these plans has been via Learning Walks and visits to the schools.

 

The Resources Committee makes decisions about how the schools should use their budgets and also discusses staffing challenges. Earlier in the Summer Term, the Resources Committee approved the 2019-20 budget plan for the Federation. Despite funding challenges, we are pleased to report that we have approved a loan arrangement with the County Council to invest in energy saving measures across both schools. Among other things, this will include additional solar panels, more efficient light bulbs, and better heating controls.

 

One of the roles of governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and to this end, throughout the year, we have ensured that all Federation policies meet statutory obligations.

 

We were delighted that the Federation was asked by the Local Authority to support Dry Drayton and Oakington schools from November 2018 to April 2019. This provided opportunities for the Executive Headteacher, members of the Senior Leadership Team and other members of staff to share their expertise with others. The Federation Governing Body received letters of thanks from the schools’ governing body and from the Local Authority.

 

Minutes of full governing body and committee meetings are public and can be viewed on the governors’ page of the Federation website or obtained from either school’s office.

 

Future plans

Having appointed two Heads of School to take up post in September 2019, the governing body is looking forward to working with them and the Executive Headteacher to further embed the work achieved to date.

 

Contacting the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents - please contact the Co-Chairs of Governors, via the school office. More information about what we do is available on the governors’ page of the Federation website.