FGB December 2018
Discussion in the FGB covered a wide-range of issues, including a review of the performance of St John’s pupils in the 2018 standardised tests. Governors considered the school’s self- evaluation form and approved the School Development Plan for 2018-19. A key focus 2018-19 will be on continuing to improve standards in writing as well the performance of high-level attainers in Maths. The FGB approved the committee’s priorities for this academic year which include addressing the increasing financial challenges of school funding, governor succession planning and working with the Camino Partnership (of local Catholic schools). Ahead of the Diocese Section 48 Inspection, the FGB discussed the impact of the Catholic Life of the school and the Diocesan SEF. In her report, the headteacher updated the FGB on several issues including current catering arrangements, attendance data and staffing plans. In other business, the FGB received reports from the Teaching, Learning & Standards, and Finance & Premises committees. Finally, Governors approved the Risk Assessment for the Year 6 Skern visit taking place in the Spring; and the following policies: Uniform; Anti-bullying; E-Safety; Attendance & Punctuality; Homework; and Pay.
FGB September 2018
In the first Full Governing Body of the academic year, Governors voted into office a new Chair, Michèle Tayler, and welcomed new member, Catherine Edwards and new Clerk, Shelley Dormon. Following approval of the FGB Standing Orders and Memorandum of Understanding, the FGB formally approved the new committee structure. In summary two main Committees will support FGB: one for Teaching, Learning and Standards and one for Finance and Premises. Under the Head Teacher’s report, the FGB discussed the school’s results for 2018 and approved the School Development Plan for 2018-19. The HT also updated FGB on recruitment underway at present, and initial response to the new catering arrangements. Governors approved the revised uniform supplier, and expressed thanks to parents and pupils who led investigations in to the new uniform arrangements. Finally FGB approved the Risk Assessment for the Year 5 Kilve trip and the following policies: Health & Safety; SEN; and Child Protection.
FGB July 2018
In the final FGB meeting of the academic year, Governors first approved the appointment of and welcomed Gerard Hickie, Chief Operating Officer at Prior Park College to his first meeting of the FGB. Governors then received and questioned the HT on her report which covered a range of issues including: teacher appointments, class structures, the school’s admissions policy, planned Inset days for 2018-19 and pupil performance. On pupil progress, Governors were particularly pleased to see that the gap between the progress of disadvantaged children and their non-disadvantaged peers in Maths had almost been removed. The two major items of business concerned the school’s catering provider and a recent Review of Governance. On catering, after extensive investigation and a full tender process, Governors approved that the new catering provision should be overseen by Weston All Saints Primary School, where the take up of schools dinners at this large school is currently at 96%. On the Governance Review, Governors approved proposed changes to governance following a review by a National Leader of Governance, which will result in streamlining the committee structure of the FGB and enable Governors to meet their statutory duties more effectively. Governors also approved several revised policies including Behaviour and RE. Finally, the FGB expressed their thanks to the Chair, Giles Mercer and Deputy-Chair, Karen Neate who are retiring after many years’ service. Governors are delighted however that Giles Mercer is willing to stay on the FGB until April next year to support the succession of the incoming Chair.