South Hams Federation Annual Governance Statement
Kingsbridge Community Primary School
Loddiswell Primary School
Malborough with South Huish C of E Primary School
Modbury County Primary School
Stokenham Area Primary School
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the core strategic functions of the South Hams Federation Board of Governors are:
Establishing the strategic direction, by:
- Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the Federation
- Agreeing the Federation improvement plan with priorities and targets
- Agreeing the Governors’ improvement plan with priorities and targets
- Meeting statutory duties.
Ensuring accountability, by:
- Appointing the Executive Headteacher
- Monitoring progress towards targets
- Performance managing the Executive Headteacher
- Monitoring staff well being
- Engaging with stakeholders
- Contributing to Federation self-evaluation.
Ensuring financial probity, by:
- Setting the budget
- Monitoring spending against the budget
- Ensuring value for money is obtained
Instrument of Government -
The South Hams Federation Board of Governors comprises:
1 Executive Headteacher
2 Parent Governors
1 Staff Governor
1 Local Authority Governor
5 Co-Opted Governors
2 Foundation Governors who are appointed by either the Diocesan Board of Education or the Parochial Church Council of Malborough. One of the Foundation Governor’s is Ex-Officio.
The Full Board of Governors usually meet 7 times a year, this year however due to challenging reasons and Covid-19 from March 2020 we met more frequently with our meetings held virtually.
Governors hold School Improvement Plan Meetings at least once a term to challenge and hold
senior leaders to account and report back to the Full Board of Governors. These were put on hold in March 2020 due to Covid -19
The two Standing Committees meet as required.
The Ethos Group meets once a term. Due to Covid -19 they only met twice.
The Executive Committee meets as frequently as required. Due to Covid -19 they met virtually weekly.
All Board meetings are usually held in school time, allowing Governors the opportunity to meet the children and staff, undertake Monitoring Visits, monitor pupils progress, through book scrutinies and see all five schools operating on a day- to-day basis. The Governors are also welcome to enjoy lunch with the children. This was put on hold in March, due to Covid-19
Board of Governors – September 2019
Executive Headteacher Sue Jezard
Chair of Governors/Foundation Jane Greaves
Parent Governor Ed Barker
Co - Opted Governor Kim Stevens
Co - Opted Governor Anne Rossiter
Co - Opted Governor Tina Graham
Parent Governor Justine Grove
Co - Opted Governor Stuart Smith
Co – Opted Governor Vacancy
LA Governor Kirsty Richards
Staff Governor Lucinda Kirkham
Ex-Officio Foundation Governor Vacancy
Clerk Tracey Kidd
Business Manager Penny Amos
Deputy Executive Headteacher Tess Coulthard
Attendance Record of Governors
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and all meetings are quorate.
Attendance records for individual governors are published on the Federation and Schools’ websites.
Each year Governors are required to complete a Skills Audit to identify the skills, knowledge and experience to identify any additional skills or experience that the Board ideally requires. The outcome of the audit helps formulate opinion as to whether prospective Governors have the skills to contribute to effective governance and the success of the Federation.
The Board has an Improvement Plan and undertakes a Self-Evaluation review.
The Work achieved by the Board of Governors in the Academic Year 2019- 2020
The Board of Governors has had another busy year:
A number of building works and improvements were carried out at all five schools: Summer 2019
Stokenham Area Primary School:
New tarmac resurfacing work, new swimming pool fence, new pool cover and roller, new carpets for year 5 and 6 classrooms, new Urinal’s in KS2, new furniture for year 1 and new office furniture ordered.
Malborough with South Huish C of E Primary School:
Replace some new windows, new carpet and redecorated, class 4 and new classroom furniture ordered.
Loddiswell Primary School:
New office furniture ordered
Overhaul of all the health & safety checks including fire detection, TMVs, fire extinguishers and play equipment checks
Modbury County Primary School:
Boiler room repairs, asbestos Survey carried out, new playground fencing, repairs to some windows, new pool roof, external painting, new carpets in year 4 and emergency lighting repaired.
Kingsbridge Community Primary School:
Improvements to parents waiting area, Year 2 cloakroom painted, replace water tank, new fence around school, outside improvements to buildings and tarmacing and a new carpet for year 2
Church Links: Malborough with South Huish C of E Primary
‘The roots to grow, the wings to fly. All within the love of God’
The Foundation Governors have a particular responsibility towards Malborough with South Huish C of E Primary School to “preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the ethos of the Church of England and in partnership with the church at parish and diocesan level” as well as to “encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promote Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils”. The Ethos Group has worked with the Church and Diocese to implement Christian values throughout the curriculum of the school and the community of Malborough and its surrounding area. The school has weekly assemblies, daily collective worship and once a month the whole school visits the church for their monthly church service, with the children actively taking part and Holy Communion lessons for the Year 6 children in the summer term. Once a week the church organist comes to school to teach the children singing through hymns and reads bible stories to each class. The whole school celebrates important dates in the yearly calendar. The school prayer is said before lunch every day. The children are actively working with the church community. The school was awarded In January 2016 the Gold RE Mark. SIAMS Inspection (November 2016) the school was judged Good. The school also has its own Self-Evaluation Form – Vision Provision Impact and has updated the new RE syllabus inline with a C of E School. The school is also preparing for the new SIAMS (Statutory Inspection Anglican, Methodist Schools) Framework., Governors and staff have attended the new SIAMS training.
Future Plans for the Governors
The Board of Governors looks forward to the challenges the autumn term 2020 will bring. We continue to improve and maintain teaching standards across all five schools and Loddiswell Pre School, to ensure that outcomes for all pupils remain high in all subjects. We are focusing on the ‘Recovery curriculum” our priority is to make sure all of our pupils are returning back to school well and safe, we will Benchmark and assess all pupils and record data from March 2020-September 2020 to ensure that all children within the South Hams Federation are back on track in their subjects and receive the support to access a broad, balanced and cohesive curriculum entitlement; that encourages all of our children to become independent, resilient, resourceful learners for life. We acknowledge that as Stokenham is currently rated ‘Outstanding’ (October 2012) and that the school may well have an inspection/Visit this academic year. The Governors will continue to monitor and build on the Federation’s strengths and weaknesses as outlined in the School Improvement/Development Plan (SIP/D 2020 – 2021).
The Ethos Group along with the Board of Governors will work on the areas to improve after the last SIAMS Inspection (November 2016)
The Governors will continue to develop their skills and update their knowledge, attend governor training courses (internal and external and virtual ) and through visits to each of the schools, conduct Monitoring Visits, book scrutinise, meeting with the children, sampling the school lunches, ensuring best value and maintaining a balanced budget, alongside being strategic, to support and challenge the Acting Executive Head Teacher and the Acting Deputy Head Teacher and the Heads of School, in whatever format that may look like in the coming months.
How You Can Contact the Board of Governors
We always welcome feedback, suggestions and ideas from parents: Please contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs. Jane Greaves, Email: Jgreaves@southhamsfederatiom.org.u