Ellingham News, Woodton News

Governing Board Annual Report July 2017

The Governing Board provides both support and challenge to the schools.  We are tasked with three core functions: Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the schools and pupils; Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and ensuring that financial resources are well spent.

Our effectiveness in achieving these functions is evaluated by Ofsted and during visits we are held to account as much as the schools.  We had a very positive and constructive HMI visit to Ellingham in January in the light of the RI Ofsted rating.  The Inspector concluded that Senior Leaders and Governors were taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement highlighted in the Ofsted report.  He noted that pupils were fully engaged in learning, making improved progress and that resources and displays of pupils’ work make classrooms and corridors a rich, stimulating environment in which to learn.

We meet as a Full Governing Board at least six times annually while each of our two committees (Finance and Steering) also meet six times a year.  Attendance at these meetings has generally been good and the figures are published on our website.  As well as these meetings Governors visit the schools regularly during the school day in order to monitor different aspects of school life.  In reviewing the way that the schools work, the Governors have gained a huge respect for staff at the schools and recognise the high levels of skill, effort, professionalism and care for the children that we see on a regular basis.

We would like to thank the Head Teacher and all staff for their continued commitment to the success and wellbeing of all pupils in the schools.

Whilst we understand that parents will have concerns over issues arising in the school from time to time we would like to ask that these are dealt with through the correct procedures and in a courteous and friendly manner.  The class teachers will make themselves available to meet with you to discuss your concerns and they should be your first point of call.  Please do make an appointment to meet with them through the school office as this will be the most effective way of resolving any concerns.  A leaflet setting out the school’s complaints process is available in the offices and the school complaints policy is on the website.

A list of current Governors and their roles can be found on the website as well as being displayed in the school entrances.  This year we lost Angela Wilson from the Governing Board. Angela was the Link Governor for SEN and Jane Paul has now taken on her role.  I took over the Chair of the Governing Board from Elizabeth Ward in October 2016.  Sadly Elizabeth has now resigned as a Governor as she has moved out of the area.  Elizabeth made a huge contribution in her time both as Governor and then as Chair and was instrumental in the Governors obtaining a “Good” rating at the last Ofsted inspection at Woodton.  We will miss her attention to detail, extraordinary ability to recall information and her excellent filing!  Most of all she will be missed for her sense of humour and calm control in tricky and testing situations.

The Governors are also grateful for the efforts of the two PTAs who have continued to raise much needed funds for the schools.  The fundraising has, as always, had a very positive impact on the educational experiences of our children.

As Governors we all remain proud of being associated with two successful, vibrant and friendly schools and are committed to ensuring that each pupil flourishes academically, socially and spiritually whatever their strengths and aspirations.  We always welcome feedback from parents and carers, staff and members of the community so do feel free to get in touch with us through either school office.


Charlotte Carter

Chair of Governors