Message from Gary Booth
Chair of St Helens Primary School Governors

Welcome to the Governors’ page of our school website.

As Governors of St Helens Primary School, we are ambitious for every one of the children at our school, and are committed to pursuing a programme of continuous school improvement to achieve the best possible outcomes. We have signed up to the National Governors’ Association Code of Conduct  and have defined our core aim, namely: to be an effective Governing Body, that works to maximise the potential of every child in a safe and caring environment.

Our main job is to set the strategic direction of the school. These are our three strategic priorities: 

  • Ensuring the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school are clearly defined
  • Ensuring the Headteacher is held accountable for the performance of the school 
  • Ensuring the financial resources of the school are used in a sound, proper and effective way.

Through a programme of school visits and Full Governing Body (FGB) and working group meetings, we monitor progress against the school improvement plan (SIP) and Action Plan. The  key SIP priorities for 2019/20 are:

  • Establish a consistent approach to the teaching of writing so pupils experience a rich learning journey.
  • Ensure pupils are increasingly fluent in maths and are able to reason to solve problems of increasing complexity
  • Ensure a clarity of pedagogical approaches to teach reading that balance whole class and group guided reading and evidence explicit comprehension skills.
  • Ensure that pupils have opportunities to edit and refine their work to help highlight the breadth of the broad and balanced curriculum available.

We ensure we know the strengths and weaknesses of the school and are able to provide a balance of challenge and support to the Headteacher and senior staff in areas including:

  • Teaching, learning and assessment
  • The transition from pre-school and the progress of children in EYFS
  • Financial management and spending, in particular the effectiveness of Pupil Premium Funding in ‘closing the gap’ in progress and attainment of vulnerable groups
  • Effectiveness and consistency of behaviour management
  • Equality of opportunity and inclusion
  • Effective safeguarding, including the implementation of the school’s Prevent policy
  • Effective promotion of the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (including the promotion of British Values), as well as their physical well being
  • Effective attendance management.
  • Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings 

Our Clerk to Governors manages minutes of the meetings, the governors’ calendar and policy ledger.

In addition to the FGBs, we meet regularly within smaller working groups. (See the structure of our Governing Body.)

Training is important for all Governors, and we conduct an annual skills audit to identify need. During the past few years Governors have participated in a wide range of training including:

  • Induction training (required for all new governors)
  • Monitoring, Evaluating and improving SEN
  • Life after levels (Assessment)
  • School finance for maintained schools
  • Safeguarding and Child protection
  • Safer recruitment
  • Ofsted update
  • HT and Chair of Governor’s seminar
  • Prevent training
  • Information management (Data Protection and Freedom of Information)

We evaluate the impact of the Governing Body to ensure we are making a positive contribution to school improvement. We do this in a number of ways, including through our regular Strategy Group meetings and our annual development day, which all Governors attend.

If you would like to know more about the Governing Body, please contact the Clerk via the school office.

Gary Booth