Governors & Impact Statement

Portfield Primary Academy is an academy as part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT). 

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010.  Its constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation.  TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.

Please click here to link to the Directors of the TKAT Board.           (http://www.tkat.org/96/meet-the-team)

Portfield Primary Academy Local Governing Body (LGB)

Mission Statement

Our Governing board will oversee the success of the school.

We will set the school vision; ethos; and detail the aims and objectives for the school;

  • We will agree the policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • We will agree the priorities and monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives by using agreed targets and timescales.
  • We will always endeavour to give constructive support and challenge to the school HT (be a critical friend), and to the SLT wherever and whenever we can to enable them to do their job to the best of their ability.
  • Above all we will ensure the safeguarding, inclusion and happiness of our young persons by setting the policies and standards ensuing their implementation, monitoring and inspection.
  • We will always recognise the role of the governing board is a strategic one, we will not run or manage the school – that is the job of our school’s staff.

 

Name

Type

Responsibility

Attendance %

Ac Yr 17-18

Jenny

Buckley

Appointed

Health & Safety

(H&S)

67%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Ruth

Campbell

Appointed

Curriculum

N/A

Declarations of Interest

Head & Governor at Chichester Nursery

Kim

Carter

Appointed

Safeguarding, Child Protection & Looked After Children

67%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Lisa

Gauntlett

Appointed

Special Educational Needs & Disabilites (SEND)

100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Maureen

Hensman

Appointed

Chair &

Finance & Resources

100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Gareth

Jones

Elected by parents

Vice Chair, Data Protection,

Website Compliance

100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Malcolm

Porter

Appointed

Finance & Resources

100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil

Jamie

Potts

Elected by staff Fire Safety Officer 50%

Declarations of Interest

  Nil  

Andrew

Strong

Ex-Officio N/A 100%

Declarations of Interest

Nil
Vacancy Elected by staff
Vacancy Elected by parents

 

Leavers in current and previous academic years

- Parent Governor - Laura Bradley

- Parent Governor - Neil Billingham

- Appointed Governor - Margaret Barrett 

- Appointed Governor - Yasmin Maskatiya 

- Appointed Governoe - Paul Johnson

- Appointed Governor - Colin Cross

- Parent Governor - Kate Davies

- TKAT aappointed - Geoff Conway

Please see the section above for details or our current and recent LGB members.  If you wish to contact governors, please do so via the school contact details or at governors@portfield-tkat.org.

Structure

There are five meetings of the full Local Governing Body each academic year.  In addition to this, there is one committee who has delegated responsibility laid out in their terms of reference.

Please review the Scheme of Delegation

Finance Committee

To promote school improvement via financial control and responsibility by the following objectives:

  • To provide financial guidance to the GB, Head and other committees/governors with responsibilities
  • To review and monitor the financial policies operating within the school and ensure compliance with legal requirements
  • To act on the recommendations and requirements of financial audits carried out in the school
  • To review financial information from TKAT and the school records to monitor income and expenditure and to report to the GB on the financial health of the school
  • To agree the level of day-to-day financial management delegation to the HT
  • To ensure auditing of non-public funds
  • To consider the SIP and other relevant documentation in monitoring the appropriate allocation of funding in line with school priorities for improvement
  • To draw up the Annual Budget for approval by the GB
  • To advise on the determination of available funding for staff pay increments as recommended by the HT or Performance Management group

 

Safeguarding

This Governing Board is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The Governing Board will act in accordance with the supporting statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’  to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in this school.

Governors, understand the importance of working in partnership with children, their parents/carers and other agencies in order to promote children’s welfare.

Governors respect the right of all children to be safeguarded from harm or exploitation whatever their

  • race, religion, first language or ethnicity
  • gender or sexuality
  • age
  • health or disability
  • political or immigration status

The Governing board will all undertake training to understand the fundamentals of safeguarding.

 

Health & Safety

The Governing Board will

  • monitor and oversee health and safety matters at a local level.
  • appoint a Governor with particular responsibility for health and safety. Health & Safety will be a standing item on every Governing Body agenda.
  • Where the spending decisions are controlled by the Governing Body, they accept the duty for the way in which health and safety issues are addressed.
  • ensure there is local asbestos management and arrangements within the Academy.
  • ensure there is a Fire Safety Officer for the Academy who will be the designated as the “responsible person” for fire safety and whom is suitably trained in accordance with H&S regulations.
  • scrutinise the local arrangements for the effective evacuation of premises in the event of a fire. This will include the provisions contained in the local Fire Evacuation Plan and the effectiveness of the practical application of that plan.
  • ensure the Academy makes all appropriate DBS checks. This includes school staff, parents, Governors, trustees and contractors.
  • ensure the Academy develop a policy to cover the needs of children who have additional health needs and may require medicines, adaptations or support to keep well.
  • ensure that staff and pupils have easy access at all times to free, fresh drinking water on Academy premises.
  • promote well-being of children in terms of:  
  • physical and mental health and emotional well-being;
  • protection from harm and neglect;
  • education, training and recreation;  
  • the contribution children make to society; 
  • social and economic well-being. 
  • establish measures for the local implementation of the health and safety policy, organisation and arrangements.
  • ensure that child protection policies are in place that meet both local and national guidance. It is also imperative that effective monitoring by the senior leadership team (SLT) is in place and being reported back to the governing board.
  • ensure a member of the governing body, usually the chair, is nominated to liaise with the designated officer(s) from the relevant local authority and partner agencies in the event of allegations of abuse made against the head teacher, the principal of a college or proprietor or member of governing body of an independent school.
  • ensure there is an effective child protection policy in place together with a staff behaviour policy.
  • ensure the Academy appoint a member of the SLT to the role of designated safeguarding lead.
  • ensure that there are procedures in place to handle allegations against other children.
  • the most common reason for children becoming looked after is as a result of abuse and/or neglect. The Governing Board of this Academy will ensure that staff have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to keeping looked after children safe.

 

Portfield School – Governors’ Impact Statement September 2018

Governors’ Role

The role of the Governing Body is an intrinsic part of the leadership of the school, although often unseen by parents and other community stakeholders. We are here to oversee the school is providing the best for your child to the best of their capabilities. This impact statement is one way in which the Governing Body articulates their role in school leadership, the impact we have had on school improvement, and being transparent about their activities. The Governing Body is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers, who invest a huge amount of good will, hard work and time for the sole purpose of improving the education of every child in our school. We are expected to be a dynamic group of highly skilled individuals who focus on supporting the Head Teacher and all the staff to shape the strategic direction of school. As Governors we are accountable for the performance of our school; we are measured by three core strategic functions:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction
• Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is spent well

Plans

Governors worked co-operatively with the Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in creating and monitoring the School Development Plan (SDP). This document sets the aims and objectives for the forthcoming year. The current SDP is based on priorities identified from data, school self-evaluation and Ofsted and Department for Education priorities. The SDP is set out with clear aims, the key tasks which will be completed in order to achieve these aims and the success criteria in order to measure outcomes. The SDP is monitored and reviewed regularly, with an evaluation overview being completed and presented to governors as part of the Head teacher’s report. 

From 2018/19, in order to focus the governors’ efforts more effectively, the governors will be producing their own Governors’ Plan to work alongside the SDP, created by the Headteacher and SLT, but we will continue to monitor closely and hold the Head and SLT to account for the delivery of the SDP.

The Governors

The Governing Body is made up of people who have particular expertise to help it work effectively. These include, amongst other skills, detailed knowledge of SEN, child protection, teaching, school finance, IT and school leadership.  We all work collaboratively to support and challenge the SLT to achieve the best possible outcomes for the pupils and staff.

Governor visits

 The governors visit the school regularly as part of their monitoring of the SDP and in search of evidence of specific issues and these are considered a valuable opportunity for governors to be able to work closely with all staff members and students. In addition to attending Governors’ Meetings, the governing body visited the school on 3 separate days to observe lessons in Literacy and Maths No Problem, the latter being a Maths scheme recently introduced to the school with very encouraging results.  We also visited a range of other lessons from Art to PE. In addition to visits by individual governors reviewing safeguarding, finance, SEN, health and safety etc, the governors were delighted to attend several wonderful school performances from Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and special assemblies. Governors have also attended on 2 separate days to work on improving the grounds and outside environment.

Data analysis, Attendance, Safeguarding, Staffing

Data on Pupil Progress is made available to governors through termly meetings with written presentations followed by question and answer sessions with the Head teacher. This enables the governors to challenge outcomes and benchmark the data against national results as well as to compare results with previous years. This ensures that the expectations of every child continue to be high and are achieved as far as possible.

Details on safeguarding issues, attendance, staffing and pupil numbers are provided in the Head’s half-termly report to Governors and the governors are given the opportunity to challenge and understand the reasons for any changes. The specialist knowledge of the Governing Body in these areas is of great use to enable the Governors to work effectively.

 Policies

 Governors review all relevant policies on a rolling basis to ensure that all guidance is current and up to date.

Financial management

 The governing body has a specialist in school finance who works closely with the Head Teacher and the School Business Manager. The Governors receive regular detailed Finance Reports from the School Business Manager and agree the school’s annual budget. The school has made superb efforts to work within its annual budget to provide a challenging and inspiring curriculum as well as support the wide ranging needs of the pupils. The budget is managed effectively and improvements are effective and continuous.

Premises

The Governors were delighted to hear the school will receive a substantial capital grant to radically improve the outside area of the Reception and Year 1 class before the end of the 2018/19 academic year.

Governor Meeting Attendance

There have been 6 formal governor meetings for the year 2017 – 2018. Governor attendance has been at a good level, with absences explained to the governing body. There are no causes for concern at the level of commitment shown by any member of the governing body. The governing body shares a passion for education with the dedicated staff.

 Results

 The governing body, the Head teacher, SLT and all members of staff are constantly striving to improve and develop the School. KS2 results were largely above national averages; results excluding the Special Support Unit pupils were even better.  +4.5 for progress in reading put the school in the top 5% nationally. The newly introduced “Maths No Problem” has been a great success with the pupils enjoying the new ways of learning Maths.

Pupils enjoyed a very wide range of visits outside of the school and interesting visitors to the school. We are also fortunate to have a number of volunteers, who give their time and efforts to enhance the offer to the pupils.