Pudsey Grammar School
Mount Pleasant Road
Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7ND
The composition of the governing body.
There are currently three vacancies on the governing body. One is due to the retirement from public office of the LA governor, Josie Jarosz. A vote of thanks for her long and valuable service to the school and community is made. A replacement has been sought for approval at the Full Governing Body in October. There are currently two vacancies for parent governors. An election will be run in September.
Meetings of the governing body and attendance.
The full governing body meets three times a year: all meetings are clerked by a trained professional. The three sub-committees also meet three times a year as described above. Governors have good attendance overall even though the majority have busy working lives. Apologies for non-attendance are considered on an individual basis; governors are aware through the code of conduct that non-attendance, which includes apologies not being accepted, will result in the removal of a governor six months from the first date of non-attendance, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The work that Governors have done on our committees and in the Governing Body.
Governors have worked closely with the school, meeting regularly to review targets and monitor progress against the School Improvement Plan in order to drive up outcomes. We have also received regular impact statements from the school’s Task and Monitoring group, and attended these meetings, making contributions where appropriate. This has been a key aspect of monitoring the School Improvement Plan this year.
Governors have monitored school finances regularly to ensure that they continue to be robust in the light of national funding shortfalls. This has involved regular one to one meetings with the Business Manager reporting back to the Resources Committee and Full Governing Body. Governors have made recommendations on staffing structure, with particular regard to enhancing the Senior Leadership Team in order to gain capacity to effect improvements identified by the Task and Monitoring Group. Performance Management of staff has been closely monitored and presented to the Resources Committee. A staff survey of well-being was recommended by governors to be carried out and reported back in September 2018.The Chair has written to the Leader of Leeds City Council concerning funding shortfalls due to an increase in pupil numbers in Year 7.
The Safeguarding governor has met regularly with relevant staff in school and worked alongside the Deputy Headteacher in submitting the school’s most recent Safeguarding Audit carried out by the LEA, much of which was described as exemplary practice. This has been presented to, and discussed with, governors.
The quality of Teaching and Learning is monitored by the Teaching and Learning Committee. Regular reports have been received, and subject areas visited in school to ensure good practice is evident. Governors attended the end of year teaching showcase event where staff presented the projects they had been working on all
year. Governors noted the excellent retention of staff in 2017/18, including the successful completion and retention of newly qualified teachers. Outcomes are also reported to this committee. A governor has analysed the results in 2017 from 2017 in order to check that they have been accurately reported. This committee also examines careers progression and equalities issues, making recommendations as a result of student voice. Governors have received presentations from the SEND co-ordinator regarding literacy and numeracy outcomes and the effectiveness of interventions.
Attendance has been tackled robustly and new strategies have been put in place and presented to the Student Support Committee. The link governor has ratified the outcomes by meeting with the Senior Leader now responsible. Outcomes are much improved.
The progress of Pupil Premium students has also been monitored by the Student Support Committee and the link governor has carried out a valuable student voice exercise concerning barriers to learning which was presented to the governors and acted upon by the Senior Leader responsible for this strand. Impact shows that progress and attendance for these pupils has improved.
Governors have supported events and carried out various monitoring visits of specific areas of school life. Each governor has been assigned a link role that they have investigated to gain an insight and understanding of the day to day operations within the school. These are reported back to the relevant sub-committee meetings and allow them to triangulate evidence presented by the Leadership Team and make recommendations. Student voice activities have also helped to ensure that what the students experience on the ground is compatible with the school ethos and values. Areas which have been monitored directly by governors include, English, Maths, Science, Attendance, Pupil Premium students including student voice, SEND and Equalities.
Governors have regular access to training, including keeping up to date with changing national statistics and examination structures.
Governors have worked tirelessly to improve outcomes for students and to realise our ambitious vision for the school.