Review of our work in 2015-16
Thank you for visiting the Governor section of The Wren School website. Here you will find our pen portraits, our roles, terms of office and declarations of interest. The governing body was appointed by The Wren School Academy Trust (SAT) on 8th June 2015, before the school opened to 73 Year 7 students on 7th September 2015, growing to 81 students by the year end. Shown below is a short review of our achievements in the year ended 31st August 2016.
We look forward to meeting you at one of the many school events, and hope that you enjoy your connection with our school. We are delighted with the overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and parents since the school has opened, and we will continue to seek the views of all the school community as part of our review of school improvement. We would like to pay tribute to the outstanding commitment that Mrs Broadhead and all her staff made during this very challenging year.
Chair of Governors
20th October 2016
What do we do?
The governing body works alongside the headteacher and the senior leaders to support and challenge their work. We are responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. We aim to ensure that children are attending a successful school that provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.
Governors of academies have three core strategic functions:
1. Establishing (together with the SAT) the strategic direction of the school.
2. Ensuring accountability throughout the school.
3. Ensuring financial probity.
Establishing (together with the SAT) the strategic direction of the school
Our attendance at meetings
GA Grant Abbott
MB Mark Barrett [Health & Safety]
JB Jo Broadhead [Headteacher]
BB Bob Burrowes [Development]
RC Ruth Carney [Inclusion]
JC Julia Cottee [Chair]
JJ Jackie John [Vice Chair]
AL Anne Lancaster
SL Sheila Loy [Safeguarding]
SM Stuart McNaught
MT Matt Thoreau
|Full Governing Body||10/09/2015||N/A||Y||Y||N/A||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N/A||N|
|Staff Appraisal & Pay||06/10/2015||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Y||Y||N/A||Y||N/A||N/A|
|Full Governing Body||08/10/2015||Y||Y||Y||N/A||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N/A|
|Teaching & Learning||27/11/2015||N/A||N/A||Y||N/A||Y||Y||Y||N/A||Y||N/A||N/A|
|Full Governing Body||17/12/2015||Y||Y||Y||N/A||Y||Y||Y||N/A||Y||N||N/A|
|Extraordinary Full Governing Body||15/01/2016||Y||Y||Y||N/A||Y||Y||Y||N/A||N||Y||N/A|
|Teaching & Learning||28/01/2016||N/A||N/A||Y||N/A||Y||Y||Y||N/A||Y||N/A||N/A|
|Full Governing Body||03/03/2016||Y||Y||Y||N/A||Y||Y||Y||N/A||N||N||N/A|
|Full Governing Body||05/05/2016||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N/A||Y||N/A||N/A|
|Teaching & Learning||26/05/2016||N/A||N/A||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N/A||Y||N/A||N/A|
|Staff Appraisal & Pay||28/06/2016||Y||N||N/A||N/A||N/A||Y||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Full Governing Body||14/07/2016||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||N||N/A||N||N/A||N/A|
|Strategic Function of Governance||Challenges and Achievements||Review of our Effectiveness|
|Establishing (together with the trust’s members) the strategic direction of the school||We have:|
• reflected on identified strategic risks and taken steps to mitigate them;
• contributed towards setting the School Development Plan for 2016-17;
• reported regularly to the SAT on progress made towards strategic targets;
• established a working party with the members and the staff to explore future options for the school as part of a Multi Academy Trust;
• collaborated with the delivery design team for the temporary and permanent buildings to ensure that our accommodation supports our vision;
• helped to promote the school as a local school for the local community.
|We consider our overall effectiveness in this area to be Outstanding*.
Next year we will:
• make a decision regarding the future of the school as part of a Multi Academy Trust;
• continue to secure high student admission numbers;
• ensure that the school continues to demonstrate the values espoused in its vision and values statement.
|Ensuring accountability throughout the school||We have:|
• established governor links with curriculum leaders;
• attended training which enables us to develop our confidence and experience in our roles;
• recruited more governors and associate members to give the GB a breadth of skills which allows us to operate as effectively as possible;
• approved the staffing plan for 2016-17 and supported the headteacher with recruitment, specifically with regard to senior staff;
• sought to ease the pressure on the workload of the headteacher, teachers and support staff;
• made use of external quality assurance and triangulation evidence to moderate the quality of education delivered;
• acted on the data given to us, to support and challenge school leaders;
• sought to provide clear guidelines which promote responsible behaviour from every member of the school community;
• been visible throughout the school community, attending school functions and building lasting relationships with staff.
|We consider our overall effectiveness in this area to be Good*.
Next year we will:
• develop governor links with curriculum leaders and support them as departments and workloads grow;
• continue to recruit more governors to give the GB a breadth of skills which allows us to operate as effectively as possible;
• approve the staffing plan for 2017-18 and support the headteacher with recruitment, specifically with regard to senior staff;
• continue to attend training which enables us to develop our confidence and experience in our roles;
• continue to make use of external quality assurance and triangulation evidence to moderate the quality of education delivered;
• ensure that the staffing levels adequately support senior leaders to fulfil their roles, given normal budgetary constraints;
• continue to act on the data given to us, to support and challenge school leaders;
• continue to be visible throughout the school community;
• receive training on the new assessment system, in order to systematically challenge senior leaders to secure excellent outcomes for each student.
|Ensuring financial probity||We have:|
• started to establish a detailed set of financial procedures;
• appointed a Responsible Officer to fulfil the internal audit function;
• continued to stringently monitor financial performance against budget;
• considered value for money, performed some financial benchmarking;
• explored opportunities to collaborate with other schools’ finance teams;
• developed those governors who are less experienced in scrutinising and challenging schools’ finances so that they can contribute towards the impact of the governing body.
|We consider our overall effectiveness in this area to be Good with Outstanding features*.
Next year we will:
• complete the detailed set of financial procedures;
• identify relevant opportunities to perform financial benchmarking exercises to determine if we are achieving the best value for money;
• explore further opportunities to collaborate in future procurement;
• support procurement for major contracts such as cleaning and catering;
• consider our audit processes to ensure that they provide best value;
• investigate potential revenue opportunities.
For each of the categories in the above table, the available judgements are: Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. These judgements are in line with the Ofsted framework (August 2016).