Dear Parents/Carers and Pupils,
Welcome to the Trinity St Mary's C of E Primary School Governors Page.
I am very proud to be the Chair of Governors here at Trinity St Marys' School and to be part of a fantastic governance team. We are extremely fortunate to have a governing body who are committed, together with the staff, to achieve the very best outcomes for all of our pupils.
Regards and very best wishes to you all.
Chair of Governors.
ANNUAL GOVERNANCE STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNING BODY OF
TRINITY ST. MARY’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL – 2020/2021
In accordance with Government requirements for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of Trinity St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School Governing Body are:
There are 12 members of the Governing Body who all serve a 4 year term of office. They consist of; 1 Local Authority Governor, 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher,) 2 elected Parent Governors and 7 Foundation Governors. School Governors are part of one of the largest volunteer forces in the UK.
Foundation Governors are appointed to represent either the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity or the Diocese of Chelmsford. They include a member of the Holy Trinity Methodist community, family members of past and present pupils, and the Incumbent of the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity. All parents are invited to stand when a Parent Governor vacancy arises.
During this year, Mrs Geraldine Humphries ended her term as a Parent Governor. Geri had also worked in various roles in school, including being a Breakfast club and a Mid day assistant. We are grateful for the many contributions that Geri made to the life of our school.
Towards the end of the summer term a Parent Governor election was held, the Governing Body would like to thank all parents and carers, both those who were nominated as candidates and those who voted. Ruth Lucas-Levitt was duly elected and has joined the governance team for a 4 year term.
Governor committees look at the many aspects of school life. Business is divided into; Pre-school Management, School Admissions, Finance and Premises, Curriculum, and Executive and Personnel. Most hold termly meetings. Discussions and meetings relating to staff and pupil matters are held if required. Governors who have a teaching background may support pupils in classes, both individually, and in groups. Governors also join and assist with trips and visits outside of school and are fortunate to attend events held during the school year.
GOVERNANCE SEPTEMBER 2020 - 2021
As another different kind of year unfolded, governors joined the rest of the country in continuing to conform to government advice. All committee and Full Governing Body meetings this year have been conducted virtually, meeting details and attendance are attached. A planned face to face monitoring meeting at the end of the summer between subject leading staff and governors was cancelled due to concerns over the general rise in Covid cases.
Virtual governor training was undertaken, the subjects covered include; Reforms in Curricular and Financial planning, the launch of a new Teacher training framework and Early Years Baseline assessments. Statutory Safeguarding training and updates were attended.
Throughout the various governmental changes, governors were kept updated by the Headteacher. Along with the rest of our community they also had the excellent resource of the school website, which enabled monitoring of the remote learning offered. They were also able to view Collective Worship sessions and enjoyed the efforts to make Christmas a special occasion for everyone in a very different way. The governors are extremely grateful to Mr Williams and all members of staff for their immense efforts to educate pupils and maintain the wellbeing of the children, whether they were in school or being home educated. Gratitude is also due to our parents and carers, the world outside became a different place for everyone, your support of the school and ‘enthusiasm’ for the challenges of home schooling were much appreciated.
FINANCE AND PREMISES
The annual school budget was drawn up by the School Business Manager and Headteacher. In a challenging financial climate, they identified development priorities for the forthcoming year. Finance Governors agree, oversee and manage the budget on behalf of the Governing Body. Deviations from budget predictions and detailed spending reports are circulated monthly. Presently Governors have no income as there are no long term lettings of the school premises. The allocation of Sports Premium and Pupil Premium funding has been closely monitored. During this year our Health and Safety governor was able to undertake vital monitoring sessions. The governor fund made a contribution to the purchase of new laptops. We are hopeful that a new long term letting of the school hall will generate much needed funds to enable governors to contribute to the life of the school and meet the expectations of being a Voluntary Aided school.
Whilst it was generally not possible for governors to monitor subjects within the school, reports and documents detailing pupil engagement and progress, school strengths and areas for development were distributed and discussed in detail.
GOVERNORS PLANS FOR 2021-22
Following another disrupted year, the efforts of the whole school will be focussed on ensuring that pupils are settled and that they are making good progress towards their own personal outcomes. The use of the specific government funding awarded will be observed. Governors intend to resume visits to school, specific subjects will be monitored and an overview of the ever important wellbeing of pupils will be gained. Governors will also maintain an oversight of general premises issues and plan any necessary building projects.
The governors may be contacted through the Chair, Mrs Karen Munro, via the school office.