Roach Vale Primary School

Roach Vale, Colchester, Essex CO4 3YN

01206 861324

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Roach Vale Primary School
Governance Statement

In accordance with the Government’s outlined functions for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Roach Vale Primary School Governing Body are:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governance Structure

The Governing Body of Roach Vale Primary School is made up of two staff governors (including the Headteacher), two elected Parent Governors, one Local Authority Governor and five co-opted governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school: currently on our Governing Body two of the Co-opted governors are parents and one is a staff member.

The work that we do as a Governing Body

The full Governing Body meets four times a year and, in addition to these meetings, we have four sub-committees. These are as follows:

The Pay committee which meets annually in the autumn term.

The Personnel Committee review staffing matters and staff morale and wellbeing and workload.

The Finance and Premises Committee deals with the school’s finances and upkeep of the school buildings and grounds. This committee also sets the school’s budget annually.

The curriculum committee currently held as a School Improvement Board format are held once a term to review all aspects of Pupil Related Matters including what is the intent of the curriculum, how is it implemented and what impact has it had on all the children’s learning and engagement outcomes. To support the school’s strategic plan governors, carry out regular monitoring days which are rigorous in their questioning and include specific key areas from the school improvement plan and their impact on day-to-day learning. A report is made on the findings and included in the minutes of termly full governing body meetings. Governors monitoring days are a highly effective way of challenging and holding to account many aspects of the school’s strategic plan and targets and measuring the impact that these have on all school improvement.

Each governor is a member of at least one of the above committees and school improvement board. Governors have additional areas or responsibility such as safeguarding, health & safety, attendance and quality of teaching to name but a few. Governors also periodically review and/or amend and agree all the schools many policies.

In March 2018, the Governors undertook the major project of erecting walls to create individual classrooms and thus end the school’s “open plan” layout. This was done at the suggestion of most children who felt that there was too much background noise due to the open plan nature of the school. This made hearing their teachers when they were sat at the back of the class extremely difficult. In 2018/19 the Year 5 and 6 classes were walled, Year 3 and 4 classes in 2019/20. It was our intention to complete this project in 2020/21 by erecting walls between the year 1 and 2 classrooms but, unfortunately, this work has been delayed by the continuing Covid pandemic. It is hoped to complete this work in the coming academic year.

The school has undertaken another ongoing project which is to update the children’s toilet facilities which will lead to a much more comfortable and pleasant experience for them while they are at school.

The Head Teacher and Chair of Governors meet regularly for updates and to review any matters that arise outside the regular meetings. This supports communication between the school and the governors and is recorded and reported to the board for their consideration.

Future Plans Include.

The governing body is looking forward to supporting the plans in place for the next academic year. Some of which are listed below.

It is the governor’s plan to complete the walls project. To continue to support the upgrading of the children’s toilet facilities.

To support the schools upgrading of the children’s toilet facilities

The continuing growth of Community links with local schools and businesses and to support the school to enhance the children’s engagement and learning experiences.

Attendance Record and Recruitment of Governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings, and we have not cancelled a meeting in 2019/20 because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

A full list of Governors and their attendance record at meetings this year is available to view on the “Governors” page on our website.

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents –you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Johnson, via the school office. You can see the full list of governors, their attendance at meetings and more information about what we do, on the Governors’ page of the school website.

If any parent or local community person is interested in joining us or would like more information about the governing body, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs Sampson or Mr Johnson via the school office.