South Green Junior School

South Green Junior School

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"Pupils say that South Green Junior School is amazing and that lessons are always packed with excitement and adventure."Ofsted 2016

"The walls are adorned with good-quality work."Ofsted 2016

"The Head Teacher and her effective team build pupils' confidence to approach their work with the mind-set that they 'can do that'." Ofsted 2016

"In every lesson pupils were able to say what they were learning and how they would know if they were successful in their learning."Ofsted 2016

"Pupils say that they feel very safe in school." Ofsted 2016

"Senior leaders work extremely well together, complementing each other's skills well." Ofsted 2016

"There are numerous examples throughout the school of the high expectations set about 'how we want to be at South Green." Ofsted 2016

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Governance Statement 2016 2017

 

 

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of South Green Junior School

September 2016

 

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of South Green Junior School’s Governing Body are:

1.          Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2.            Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

3.            Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

 

Governance arrangements

 

The Governing Body of South Green Junior School was re-constituted in 2014 and is now made up of 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), 3 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 2 Co-opted Governors and 2 Trust Foundation Governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and Trust Foundation Governors are appointed by the Billericay Community Trust following a recommendation by the school’s Governing Body.

 

The Billericay Community Trust is a registered charity comprising of fifteen schools in Billericay, Anglia Ruskin University and Billericay Educational Consortium.

 

Our school’s governors are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school: our governors have varied experience and skills and include a Priest of a local church, business manager of a local school, trustees of various charities and experience within various industries including banking, accountancy, education, the service industry and motor manufacturing.

 

The full Governing Body meets four times a year and we also have a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. Our committees include a Resources Committee, which focuses on finance, premises and personnel matters; a Standards Committee which reviews and analyses the performance of the school and advises the governing body on any action required in order to sustain improvement, a Pay and Performance Committee and an Admissions Committee. We also have committees that meet, if required, to consider pupil discipline and staffing matters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attendance record of governors

 

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings, which reflects their commitment to their role at South Green Junior School. See page 5 for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.

 

 

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

 

The Governing Body continues to support and challenge the leadership of South Green Junior School. We have allocated Governors who are responsible for the monitoring of various areas of the school and pupil groups, such as ‘Health & Safety’, ‘Pupil Premium’ children and ‘Equality & Diversity’.

 

As Governors we like to visit the school to monitor and assess for ourselves how effective the school is at delivering its aims and being true to itself as providing an opportunity for ‘Achievement for All’.

 

Our main committees meet once a term to monitor academic progress and ensure that all pupils reach their expected levels of progress across the curriculum. We look at different groupings of pupils, including those with special educational needs, children entitled to pupil premium as well as those who are more able.   We pride ourselves that our school provides effective education and learning for all pupils and this is recognised by gaining the Inclusion Quality Mark award.

 

Our main committees are continually monitoring the financial performance of the school. We are constantly reviewing the state of the school premises, ensuring that whilst it is a safe environment it is also working most effectively for the education of the pupils. Investment has been made in the lower school area to improve areas for better working for intervention groups and improved storage for a safer and tidier environment. We also look to improve the environment for the wellbeing of the pupils and this has seen improvements in the outside spaces.

 

Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents and are available from the school office.

 

The school has undergone continued maintenance and refurbishment over the last year, with new furniture and fittings in the reception area making the school a more welcoming entrance for visitors.   The school hall is now looking bright and cheery and the lower school area is now much smarter and tidier.   We are also pleased to report the outside gym was installed at the beginning of the new school year and is a wonderful facility that the children can use both during PE lessons and at playtimes.

 

 

 

 

The school reported an excellent set of SATs results in July 2016 under the new assessment criteria, which reflect the hard work that both the teachers and pupils put into these assessments:

 

Subject

SGJ

Essex

National

Reading

71.2%

66.8%

66%

Writing

76.2%

76.2%

74%

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

83.1%

72%

Maths

84.7%

71.1%

70%

Reading, writing & maths combined

64.4%

55.6%

53%

 


 

 

Future plans for the governors

 

The Governing Body is looking forward to the year ahead with an opportunity to work closer with the partner infant school to align our vision and strategy. Our focus is to continually review and challenge the new leadership team and ensure that the school continues to aspire to its motto of ‘Achievement for All’.  

 

The school’s priorities for the year ahead are to continue to improve, not only with academic progress, but also the personal development, behaviour and welfare of both staff and pupils. Over the next year we will continue to monitor academic progress against targets and ensure that every pupil makes the progress that they deserve. We continue to understand the importance of writing and look forward to the new ‘Talk for Writing’ scheme will leading to improvements in writing standards.

 

The challenge for the year ahead is to embed the new assessment criteria and steps of progress across all year groups in the school and for teachers to effectively monitor progress so that intervention is targeted in the right areas for maximum impact whilst fully utilising resources available.

 

 

 

How you can contact the governing body

 

We are an inclusive school and we value the opinion of both our children and their parents and carers. If you have any feedback and ideas please contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs H Powling, via the school office. More information can be found on the Governors’ page of the school website.