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Accountability Statement

Front Lawn Primary Academy

Local Governing Committee (LGC) Annual Report and Accountability Statement

(2016-17)

 
   

 

 

 

Introduction

During the last school year there was a major reorganisation of the governance at Front Lawn Primary Academy. In the autumn term, governance for the school was through a ‘Local Governing Body’, with powers delegated under the ‘TKAT Scheme of Delegation’. At the start of the spring term the school’s governance was restructured as part of the TKAT South partnership.

 

TKAT South is a partnership of three primary academies, Front Lawn (in Havant), Portfield (in Chichester) and Seal (in Selsey). Under the reorganisation, the Front Lawn ‘Local Governing Body (LGB)’ became the Front Lawn ‘Local Governing Committee (LGC)’. The membership of the new Front Lawn LGC includes all the previous members of the Front Lawn LGB, with the addition of the Executive Chair of TKAT South Local Governing Body. The responsibilities of the new LGC are almost identical to those of the previous LGB. Some responsibilities, which are shared across all three schools, have been taken on by the TKAT South Executive Committee and the TKAT South Local Governing Body.

 

Who we are (2016-17)

The Local Governing Committee (LGC) has 12 governors:

  • The Executive Headteacher
  • Two Heads of School
  • The Executive Chair of the TKAT South LGB
  • One staff governor
  • One parent governor
  • Six TKAT South - appointed governors

During the 2016-17 school year, the members of the LGB and LGC were as follows:

Name

Start date

End date

Type of Governor

Responsibilities 2016/17

Mr James Munt

28.02.17

27.02.21

Executive Headteacher (ex-officio)

 

Mrs Kate Couldwell 

28.02.17

27.02.21

Head of School

(ex-officio)

 

Mrs Janette McClintock

28.02.17

27.02.21

Head of School

(ex-officio)

 

Mr Geoff Conway

28.02.17

27.02.21

Executive Chair of TKAT South Local Governing Body (ex officio)

Health & Safety, Finance and Resources

Lainey Franks

 

28.02.17

27.02.21

Appointed

Vice-Chair LGB (Acting Chair), Special

Educational Needs & Disability (SEND),

Training & Development, Pay Committee

Kirsty Ballantyne

16.03.17

15.03.21

Appointed

 

Barbara Batey

 

28.02.17

27.02.21

Staff

 

Peter Neville

 

16.03.17

15.03.21

Appointed

 

Maisie Rudkin

01.11.15 28.04.17

(Resigned)

Parent

 

Belinda Clack

01.04.13 31.03.17

(Resigned)

Appointed

Health & Safety, Pupil Premium, Pay Committee

Vacancy

 

 

 

Vacancy

 

 

 

What we are expected to do – our ‘Core Functions’

The Local Governing Committee is expected to do three things. These are our ‘Core Functions’:

 

To make sure we do these three things well, we also set ourselves the following added task:

  • To ensure the Governing body is organisationally efficient and effective.

 

Our Mission

As Governors, our mission is to support and challenge the school to achieve its vision:

 

‘At Front Lawn Primary, we always put the children first.

 

We believe all children can achieve and all children must achieve while at Front Lawn.

 

Our children will reach their potential, be happy, enthusiastic and well-behaved - ready for the next stage in their education.

 

We feel strongly that it is our role to develop a ‘Moral Compass’ within our children.

This is exemplified by our core values that extend across the school and are at the heart of everything we do.

 

Our core values are developed through the RR programme that we are committed to and is referred to as often as possible.’

  1. How we are organised

 

TKAT South

The school is now part of a partnership of three local schools, Front Lawn Primary Academy, Portfield Primary Academy and Seal Primary Academy. The TKAT South partnership was created during the spring term of 2017. 

 

 

All the members of the local governing bodies, of the three partnership schools, became members of a new ‘TKAT South Local Governing Body’. This large group of about 30 people meets once a year to review the work of TKAT South and agree on its priorities for the following year.

 

Like the other schools, Front Lawn has a governing group which is called the ‘Local Governing Committee’ (LGC). The LGC has the vital task of knowing all about Front Lawn as a school, so that governors can carry out the ‘Core Functions’ of governance for the school.

 

To coordinate the work of the Local Governing Committees and the TKAT South Local Governing Body, there is a ‘TKAT South Executive’. The Executive is made up of the Executive Head of the three schools, the Executive Chair of Governors, the headteachers for each school, two non-staff representatives from each of the LGCs. The Executive meets termly.

 

Official Positions

The Local Governing Committee (LGC) has the following official positions:

  • Chair of Local Governing Committee (Chair)
  • Vice Chair of Local Governing Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Headteacher (ex officio)
  • Executive Chair of the TKAT South Local Governing Body (ex officio)
  • Clerk to the Governing Body (the Clerk)

 

The Chair and Vice Chair of Governors are elected annually by members of the LGC.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is appointed by the LGC.

The Headteacher is appointed in accordance with TKAT’s Scheme of Delegation.

 

Sub-Committees

There is one committee who have delegated responsibility laid out in their terms of

reference.

  • Pay Committee - Focus: application of the Pay Policy including review of performance-related pay recommendations.

 

Other Responsibilities

Members of the LGB have responsibility for supporting and monitoring the following areas of school activity:

Finance and Resources; Headteacher Performance Review; Health and Safety; Pay; Pupil Premium; SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

 

 

 

What we have done

Formal Meetings

During the 2016-17 school year, the following meetings were held:

  • Five meetings of the full LGB or LGC.

 

Governor

Attendance in 2016-17

LGC Meetings

Number

% (while in post)

Mr James Munt

4

80

Mrs Kate Couldwell 

3

60

Mrs Janette McClintock

5

100

Mr Geoff Conway

4

100

Lainey Franks

3

60

Kirsty Ballantyne

3

75

Barbara Batey

1

20

Peter Neville

1

20

Maisie Rudkin

0

0

Belinda Clack

2

100

Our main concerns

During the 2016-17 school year, the main concerns of the LGC were:

Other Meetings

During the 2016-17 school year, members of the LGC attended meetings involving or concerning:

  •  Staff disciplinary 

 

Visits

During the 2016-17 school year, members of the LGC made visits to observe and discuss the following:

  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Finance

 

​​​​​​​Training

During the 2016-17 school year members of the LGC completed the following formal training:

  • Safeguarding
  • Chairing Governing Body meetings

What difference have we made?

With respect to our ‘Core Functions’, the Front Lawn Local Governing Committee has carried out the following actions over the 2016-17 school year. The final columns of the tables below show the impact we believe we have had.

 

Core Function 1: To ensure that there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Area of Activity

What we have done

The impact we have had

    1. Vision and Improvement Planning
  • LGB reviewed and endorsed the school’s strategic goals. (5-12-17)
  • LGB reviewed and supported the revised and updated School Improvement Plan. (16-3-17)
  • LGB reviewed the performance of students in national tests. (5-12-16)
  • We have made sure that the school has a clear vision and strategic direction for the next 3-5 years.
  • We have confirmed that the school has in place an appropriately focused and detailed improvement plan for its development over the next 2-3 years.
  • We have strongly supported the priority given to improving student performance in national tests which has contributed to the improvement in public examination results in 2017.
    1. Monitoring and Evaluation
  • All governors’ visit reports tabled at LGC meetings. (Various)
  • We have developed sound relationships between the LGB and school staff, so that governors are able to make informed decisions and ensure that staff are both supported and held accountable for their actions.

 

Core Function 2: To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students

Area of Activity

What we have done

The impact we have had

    1. Staff Performance Review
  • Chair of Governors participated in the performance review of the Executive Headteacher. (3-5-17)
  • Pay Committee supported the staff pay review process and pay recommendations from the head.
  • We have made sure that the TKAT policies for staff performance management and pay have been implemented appropriately and successfully.
    1. Target Setting, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • LGC agreed targets for student performance in national tests. (16-3-17)
  • LGC reviewed targets for student, in-year progress for all year groups. (16-3-17)
  • LGC agreed targets for student attendance. (16-3-17)
  • LGC reviewed the performance of students in national tests. (5-12-16)
  • LGC reviewed the progress of all students and groups of vulnerable students, each term. (Various)
  • LGC reviewed data on student attendance behaviour and exclusions, each term. (Various)
  • LGC received reports on the school’s systems for safeguarding. (Various)
  • We have strongly supported the priority given to improving student performance in national tests which has contributed to the improvement in public examination results in 2017.
  • We have continually monitored the data on student progress and achievement and held detailed discussions with senior leaders on actions to raise standards.
  • We have worked closely with the school leadership to improve student attendance, through the continual monitoring of data and discussions on strategies to improve attendance.
  • We have monitored the school data on student behaviour to help make sure that the school maintains its positive, learning ethos, characterised by high standards of student behaviour.
  • We have helped to make sure that the school has robust systems and procedures for child protection and safeguarding.
    1. Report to Parents/Carers

n/a

n/a

 

Core Function 3: To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

Area of Activity

What we have done

The impact we have had

    1. Finance Policies and Budget Setting
  • LGC reviewed the end of year accounts for 2015-16, including the outrun position and the impact on the budget for 2016-17. (5-12-16)
  • LGC members met with senior leaders and the school Business Manager to agree the school budget for the next financial year. (23-5-17)
  • LGC members with senior leaders and the school Business Manager to review budget projections for the next five years. (23-5-17)
  • LGC members reviewed the school’s staffing structure. (16-3-17)
  • LGC members have reviewed and supported the school’s programme for capital spending. (16-3-17)
  • We have worked closely with senior leaders and other senior staff to make sure that the school finances are managed efficiently and effectively and in accord with TKAT policies.
  • We have worked closely with senior leaders and other senior staff to make sure that the school finances meet with the TKAT policies on budget contingencies and protect the school’s financial security into the foreseeable future.
  • We have worked closely with senior members of staff to ensure that there is an appropriate staffing structure in place to deliver a high-quality curriculum.
    1. Budget Monitoring
  • LGC reviewed and discussed the school budget at each termly meeting, including any changes to income and expenditure. (Various)
  • Members of the LGC met with senior leaders and the school Business Manager to review school finances. (Various)
  • LGC reviewed and approved the school audit report. (4-5-17)
  • LGC reviewed the school’s use of Pupil Premium funding. (16-3-17)
  • LGC reviewed and supported the use of Sport Funding to support sport development, health and fitness. (4-5-17)
  • We have worked closely with senior leaders and other senior staff to make sure that the school finances are managed efficiently and effectively and in accord with TKAT policies.
  • We have reviewed the use of Pupil Premium funding to make sure that it has the highest impact on the achievements of those student entitled to be supported by it.

 

    1. Safeguarding
  • LGC reviewed the school’s audit of its safeguarding systems and procedures. (2-10-17)
  • Through visits and reviews at LGB meetings, we have helped to ensure that the school has robust systems and procedures for child protection and safeguarding.

 

    1. Health and Safety
  • LGC members carried out Health and Safety monitoring visits with members of the senior leadership. (Various)
  • LGC discussed Health and Safety. (Various)
  • We have worked closely with senior staff in the school to carry out Health and Safety monitoring visits and reviews at LGB meetings, which have contributed to the school having an outstanding record with respect to health and safety.
    1. Admissions
  • LGB reviewed the school’s admissions policy. (2-10-17)
  • LGC reviewed admission numbers termly. (Various)
  • We have continually reviewed the school’s admissions numbers and their impact on the curriculum, staffing and school finances, now and into the future.

 

Core Function 4: To ensure the Governing body is organisationally efficient and effective.

Area of Activity

What we have done

The impact we have had

    1. Governance Structure and Appointments
  • Chair and Vice-Chair elected. (5-12-16)
  • Acting-Chair elected. (16-3-17)
  • Clerk appointed. (5-12-16)
  • Composition of LGC confirmed. (16-3-16)
  • Revised committee structure implemented following development of TKAT South Partnership (16-3-16)
  • Governor additional roles agreed. (16-3-17)
  • Governor additional roles updated. (4-7-16)
  • Governing body membership updated on website. (Various)
  • We have made sure that Front Lawn has an appropriately constituted, well-organised and well-run governing body that has been able to carry out its responsibilities.
    1. Governor Compliance
  • Register of governor interests updated at each LGC meeting. (Various)
  • Governors’ Code of Conduct reviewed and restated. (5-12-16)
  • TKAT revised Scheme of Delegation reviewed and confirmed. (28-2-17)
  • We have made sure that the Front Lawn LGB meets statutory requirements and is compliant with all TKAT policies relating to governance.
    1. Governor Training
  • Governors engaged in a variety of training. (See above).
  • We have further developed the knowledge and expertise of governing body members so we are better able to carry out our responsibilities as governors.
    1. Governance Operation
  • Calendar of LGC meetings confirmed. (4-7-17)
  • Draft programme of visits agreed for 2017-18. (4-7-17)
  • TKAT and School Policies reviewed and confirmed at each LGC meeting. (Various)
  • All meetings are minuted and minutes reviewed as LGC standing agenda items. (Various)
  • Governors Annual Review and Impact Statement reviewed and published.
  • School residential visits reviewed and supported by LGB. (Various)
  • We have focused on making sure that the Front Lawn LGB is a well-organised and well-run representative body that is able to successfully meet its statutory and other responsibilities.
  • We have made sure that all TKAT and school policies have been appropriately reviewed and scrutinised before implementation.
  • We have helped to ensure that all school residential visits meet statutory and other guidance.
  • We have created a Governors’ Annual Review and Impact Statement which has been published on the school website.

 

 

How can I find out more about the Front Lawn Local Governing Committee?

There is more information about the LGC on the school website at:

 

http://www.flpa-tkat.org/governors/

 

How can I contact the Front Lawn Local Governing Committee?

You can contact members of the Front Lawn Academy Local Governing Committee as follows:

 

By phone: Phone the school Reception on 02392 475904 and leave a message. Your message will be forwarded to the Chair of Governors.

 

By e-mail: Send your e-mail to: admin_office@flpa-tkat.org

 

Your e-mail will be forwarded to the Chair of Governors.

 

By post: Send correspondence, for the attention of the ‘Chair of Governors’, to the school

address at:

 

Front Lawn Primary Academy

Broadmere Avenue

Leigh Park

Havant

Hampshire

PO9 5HX

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