The governing body of Cherry Tree Primary School is made up of a group of people from both professional and parental backgrounds. It also has representation from the Powers Hall Academy Trust, to which the school is accountable as it is now part of this Trust.
The individuals are appointed because, in the opinion of the board, they have a range of skills to share with the school and will contribute to the effective governance and accountability of Cherry Tree to all the parties concerned.
All the governors meet once a term as a Full Governing Body to discuss and question the head teacher on the educational performance of the school and to ensure that the strategic direction agreed and planned is being maintained. The governors also sit on sub- committees which meet regularly to focus on key elements of the school’s business and academic structure. These are made up of a Finance/Premises and Personnel committee, Pay Committee, Performance Management Committee and a Pupil Related Matters Committee. These committees challenge and hold to account allocation of the schools budget and to ensure value for money in all areas of spending.
Attendance Record of Governors
Governors at Cherry Tree are fully committed to their roles and responsibilities and to fulfil their statutory duties as required. Meetings are recorded by the professional services of a clerk and any non attendance by governors is noted in the minutes.
The Work that we do as a Governing Body
The focus for the governing body in 2015 is to ensure that the strategic direction of the school is on track, through close monitoring of progress and attainment, against the school improvement plan. This supports the target of “Good” that the school has set out to achieve at the next Ofsted Inspection.
The monitoring of the school’s progress and attainment is measured against the targets set by the school and is regularly reviewed and challenged by governors at meetings and when planning a governors monitoring day. This is to ensure that the governors are fully aware of the schools progress and that it is on track to achieve the targets set. Governors are required by Ofsted to review and challenge this information. Governors regularly review the data on Pupil Premium allocation across the school and ask to see evidence of how this has been used to enhance the children’s learning experience.
The Finance/Premises and Personnel Committee meet regularly to review the school’s budget allocation and consider its financial accountability to governors. This is to ensure that value for money and good financial practices are being maintained and when challenged constructive and well thought through expenditure is being applied.
The Pupil Related Matters Committee (including Curriculum based information) meets once a term to review all aspects of Pupil Related Matters including the curriculum and the use of resources in line with the school improvement plan and targets set for progress and attainment. To support the school’s strategic plan governors monitoring is rigorous and includes specific key areas highlighted in the school improvement plan and their part in the school day. A report is made on the findings and included in the minutes of Termly full governing body meetings. Governors find monitoring days a very effective way of challenging and holding to account many aspects of the schools strategic plan and targets.
In the autumn term the governors will be working closely with Powers Hall Academy to bring together the “Connected Learning” visions and aims of the school in improving the partnership working and engagement of pupils and parents within the local community.
The Head Teacher and Chair of Governors meet every fortnight 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.
The governing body is looking forward to supporting the plans in place for the remainder of the year. Some of which are listed below;
The Governors welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and the community of Cherry Tree Primary School. Please contact the Chair of Governors Mrs Robinson via the school office to forward any suggestions. You can obtain more information about our governing board through the school website.
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