Governing Body Annual Activity Report 2016/17
Denise Bates (parent governor)
In addition to attending meetings of the full governing body and the Resources committee, I also attended most of the teaching and learning committee meetings to get a more holistic view of the school's activities.
I was offered the opportunity to see first-hand the Singapore maths training that was given to the teaching staff. It was good to see the level of enthusiasm and engagement of everyone involved. It will be interesting to see the improvements in maths as the children move up in the school using the visualisation approach.
I have also attended "Improving financial efficiencies" and "Strategic View of monitoring and evaluation your school's effectiveness" courses to ensure that school funds are put to appropriate use and give me a broader understanding of the accounting process and good practice.
Stephen Brooks (co-opted governor)
During this current academic year, the Governors have been considering the issues concerning the Government’s initial desire that all schools should become academies, though this has more recently become less urgent. Accordingly, along with other governors, or as a stand-in for the Chair of Governors when absent because of his work commitments, I have attended, various meetings with other schools and the Local Authority to consider various options for the future arrangements of educational structures for Hook Lane School.
I have continued to chair the Teaching and Learning sub-committee of the governing body which considers amongst other issues such things as curriculum
I have attended a number of training courses supplied by the local authority including head teacher appraisal, pupil premium and the funding arrangements for academies.
In a role, more as a volunteer than as a governor I visit the school weekly to hear selected children from a Year 3 read.
Val Clark (Local Authority Governor)
During this year I have attended full Governing Body committee meetings, Resources sub-committee meetings, chaired the schools Fast Track meetings, carried out termly Health and Safety visits, listened to children read on a Friday and attended the Friday assemblies.
I have assisted with issues of concern to the school by speaking to the appropriated Officers of the Council to get the advice that would help resolve such issues.
I also took part in the Head Teacher pay review sub-committee and joined the team to assess the qualities of all the applicants for the post of Head Teacher and to interview all suitable applicants.
I continue to take an interest in road safety and parking around the school. I made myself available for the Year 3 Road Safety Training but the school was able to enlist the help of the councils cycling instructors to carry out the training.
Gavin Jackman (Vice-Chairman)
In my capacity as
I have visited the school several times including the week-long science focus on Space Week and the whole school arts week. Together with the other KS2 Governor, I have met formally with the KS2 teachers at the beginning and end of the academic year to discuss a wide range of topics including, but not limited to; progress, resources, Singapore Maths, assessment, school improvement, homework, and tracking.
Together with the Chair of Governors, I have also supported the school cricket team in their run to the Borough Finals with a lunchtime coaching session.
I have responsibility for keeping the Governor section of the school website up to date as and when new text is supplied by the Chair.
I have attended Governor training sessions with the Local Authority and met with the Chair and Head Teacher on several occasions to discuss various issues.
Anthony Staddon (Chairman)
The role of the chair, with support from the vice chair, is to ensure the effectual functioning of the governing body. It is the chair’s role to give the governing body clear leadership and direction, keeping it focused on its core functions.
In addition to chairing the main meeting and Resources Committee, I have attended meetings of the Teaching and Learning Committee and Pay Committee and hold regular meetings with the Head Teacher. I have also attended a learning walk at the school on development marking and the Governor Open Morning in the summer term. I have taken part in governor training on Academy Funding and Accountability for Governors; Forming or Joining a Multi-Academy Trust and Ofsted Framework: Update for all Governors. I have also attended meetings with governors of other schools at which we discussed future options for maintained schools in Bexley.
One of the most important aspects of my work this year was chairing the panel for the recruitment of our new Head Teacher and ensuring that safeguarding practices at the school are rigorous and up-to-date. I also take a special interest in the ASD Resource Provision and have held three meetings with Provision staff over the course of the school year during the termly teacher/governor meetings.
I have also ensured that parents are kept informed of the work of the governing body by regular correspondence and met with parents at the parent/teacher meetings earlier this year.