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Governor Impact Statement

At Watford Field School Infant and Nursery, the Co-Headteachers and the Governing Board work closely to deliver our unified shared ethos of nurturing all to aspire to achieve.

The role of the Governing Body is an integral part of the leadership of the school, although often unseen by parents and other community stakeholders. We are here to oversee the school providing the best for your child by supporting the Co-Headteachers, staff, pupils and parents. Through the school’s vision we aim to ensure that all children have every opportunity to be successful learners who achieve and aspire to do their best. As a school we have high ambitions to reach this potential, and value each child as an individual and encourage them to develop lifelong skills and qualities. This Impact Statement enables the Governing Body to be transparent in their role in the school, its leadership and the impact that they have had on school improvement.

The Governing Body of Watford Field School Infant and Nursery is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers who invest a large amount of good will, hard work and time for the sole purpose of improving education of every child in our school. The 13 members include parents, teachers, a Local Authority recommended governor and co-opted governors who are elected from the local community by the full Governing Body. The Governors come from a variety of backgrounds, and bring different skills, experience and expertise, but are united in their commitment to doing everything possible to ensure the wellbeing, progress and achievement of our children. An annual skills audit is undertaken to ensure the skills of the Governors are used effectively and to plan for relevant and required training to keep up to date with the responsibilities.

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 Co-Headteachers 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

Set out below in summary are a number of activities the Governing Body carried out over the school year 2019-20:

  • Worked with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to develop and monitor the School Improvement Plan, including scheduled visits into school across the year to see first hand what happens in school and to monitor the impact of the School Improvement Plan priorities and approved policies.
  • Regularly reviewed progress and attainment data (across Key stages, classes, pupil premium, those receiving Free School Meals, category of need and gender) within the school and in partnership with the leadership team. Through scrutiny and benchmarking of the data we help ensure all pupils have every opportunity to improve their outcomes.
  • Strategically planned a balanced school budget for the 2019/20 financial year, monitoring this throughout the year. This year one of the major spending decisions that the Governing Body approved was the purchase of a suite of new whiteboards to support learning in all classrooms, as well as new reading books.
  • Continue to improve the rigorous safeguarding and wellbeing provision within the school. This has included agreement to continue funding activities which support whole-person development such as Relax Kids, Drama Therapist and lunchtime sports tuition. Methods to further support the wellbeing of staff have been implemented.
  • Monitor and assure health and safety of the building and all persons on site. This year has been challenging from this respect. The Governing Body and SLT have overseen the replacement of the roof following a flood from a leak, refitting of pipes in the basement, installation of a monitoring system and replacement of a toilet block.
  • Developed the skills of the Governing Body through attending various training sessions and successfully recruiting new Governors to fill skill gaps.
  • Continued to improve standards in reading, writing and maths and narrowing the gap for disadvantaged pupils.
  • Involvement in the recruitment of new teaching staff for the school to maintain the excellent provision for learning across the school. We also hold the Co-Head Teachers to account and monitor their performance annually.
  • Attended school events to celebrate the Children’s achievements and engage with children, staff and parents. This includes seeking feedback from parents at consultation evenings.

The School’s 2020-21 Key Priorities are:

Key Priority 1:  Leaders of all levels will ensure that a responsive and adapted approach will be used to maintain a high quality of education for all learners.

Key Priority 2: To enhance language acquisition across EYFS and KS1 to raise standards in Reading.

Key Priority 3: To enhance the provision of physical health and mental wellbeing for all children and staff.

Actions and the impact against these will be reported on in September 2021.