Governance & Finance
The work of the Governing Body at our School is varied and challenging.
The guide below should help parents and carers, as well as the wider community, understand how Governors help support and challenge the Head teacher, leading to improving out comes for pupils.
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Chair of Governors,
Normanby Primary School,
Ironstone Academy Trust.
Governance at Normanby Primary School
- Governors work to “ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction” at our School
- The Executive Head Teacher was appointed by Governors as he represented the direction they wished school to travel in, meetings are open and Governors representing all sections of the school and community have opportunity to contribute to the schools development. Smaller working groups give Governors and staff the chance to develop their understanding of specific issues and work alongside our staff.
- Governors “contribute to the school’s self-evaluation and understand its strengths and weaknesses”.
- All Governors can attend the schools termly standards meeting where all pupil performance data is analysed, their feedback is used by Senior Leadership Team to revise the schools self-evaluation and plan future improvements.
- Governors “support and strengthen school leadership”.
- The Executive Head Teacher has been supported in developing his leadership in the school and the wider school community ( as a National Leader of Education and previously an OfSTED Additional School Inspector), staffing decisions have allowed all teachers time to research teaching and develop their role in leadership in school and the wider educational community. The Head of School has worked successfully as a Specialist Leader of Education and knows our school and community well having worked here as at teacher previously and as Assistant Head Teacher for a number of years.
- Governors can “provide challenge and hold the Headteacher and other senior leaders to account for improving the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and pupils’ behaviour and safety”.
- Governors have freedom to ask any questions of the Head teacher in full meetings, committee meetings have full access to reports and pupil data (eg RAISEonline) and training is made available to assist Governors understanding of the schools current position.
- Governors “use performance management systems, including the performance management of the HT, to improve teaching, leadership and management”.
- The use of an external advisor ensures that procedures for the Head teachers Performance Management are followed with due care, the Head reports to Governors on the Performance Management of all staff. The Senior Leadership Team have had training on current requirements for Teachers Performance Management and Pay Progression. The school has linked all Teachers, and Support Staff, targets to the School Improvement Plan.
- Governors “ensure solvency and probity and that the school’s financial resources are managed effectively”?
- The school complies with all guidance and returns all records to the appropriate bodies in a timely manner. The school employs a specialist advisory service to assist in budget planning and management.
- Do we “operate in such a way that statutory duties are met and priorities are approved”?
- Do we “engage with key stakeholders”?
- Regular surveys of parents and carers indicate that the school is well led, but we are aware we can do more as Governors to support increased understanding of our role in the community.
- Do we “use the pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning including reading, writing and maths”?
- Data indicates that Normanby Primary School has had many successes in it’s skilful use of the Pupil Premium. Further details can be found on the Pupil Premium section of the website. Pupil Premium Page of the Website