Annual Governance Statement 2019-2020

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Fairburn Community Primary School 2019

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Fairburn C P School Governing Body are:

  1. 1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  3. 3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body of Fairburn C P School is made up of: 

4 Parent Governors 

1 Local Authority Governor 

1 Staff Governor 

1 Staff Governor Head teacher 

2 Co ‑opted Governors 

1 Associate Governor

The total number of Governors is 10

The range of skills required to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school are reflected in the following governor experience: 

  • Financial Management (inc. accounting) 
  • Education
  • Health & Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Facilities Management

The governing board has a programme of meetings throughout the school year and a committee structure that focuses on two specific areas of governance; Finance and Resources and Curriculum. The board meet four times in one academic year and the two additional committees meet in advance of the full board meetings, feeding in updates and reports. 

Attendance Record of Governors

A record is kept by the Clerk to the Governing Body, of Governors’ attendance at meetings. Details of governor attendance can be supplied upon request. 

Meetings need to be quorate’ to ensure that key strategic decisions can be made. A meeting is quorate if 50% or more governors are in attendance.

All meetings have gone ahead except the Curriculum Committee meetings. This has been due to not being Quorum.

The work we have done on our committees and in the Governing Body meetings

The governors have spent time in school observing lessons and speaking with staff about progress of areas highlighted in the School Development Plan. The following priorities have been monitored by assigned governors:

  • To continue to raise pupil outcomes across the school so that more pupils achieve greater depth in their learning

Due to small cohorts, our pupil performance data is not available on our website but it accessible by contacting the school.

Financial Management

The Finance and Premises Committee have overseen the strategic financial management of the school’s budget and, in particular, have discussed and implemented the following: 

  • Monitoring and planning for the complete reduction to the school’s current deficit. The reason for the deficit is due to little staff movement and those in post are at the top of their scales balanced against the school being a large small school’ with regards to pupil numbers and only having two classes.
  • An additional extension will allow for 20 additional pupils to enter the school which will help reduce the deficit.
  • The HT is working for North Star Alliance a day a week which will also bring in additional revenue.

Policy review

All school policies are reviewed on a rolling programme. Appropriate amendments are agreed and adopted by the Governing Body following robust discussion and reflecting a clear evidence base for the need to review key elements.

Strategic Planning for the future

The following areas have been identified by the governing board as being key to securing Fairburn C P School’s long term success: 

  • Continuing to further strengthen and build upon the school’s success
  • Making links with local businesses to strengthen community links
  • Continued awareness of the changing landscape, both locally and nationally, with regard to the academies agenda to be able to make an informed decision at a time that is right for our school. 
  • To ensure that the school’s building and grounds continues to fully meet the needs of a growing school community.