Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of
Cotmanhay Junior School
In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Cotmanhay Junior School’s Governing Body are:
The Governing Body of Cotmanhay Junior School was reconstituted in March 2013 and is now made up of the following eleven governors, who each have a four year term of office:
There is currently one Associate Member.
Chair of Governors Mr Sean Platt
Vice-Chair of Governors Mrs Dee Hill
The governing body has a programme of meetings throughout the school year, and a committee structure that focuses on specific areas of governance.
Governors’ Annual Statement of Impact 2015-16
There can be no doubt that 2015-16 was a very successful year for Cotmanhay Junior School. The exam results for year 6 pupils were extremely pleasing and attendance remained the same as the previous year.
The Governing Body evolved over the course of the year and, whilst the knowledge and experience of the previous Chair will be missed, we are excited with the appointments of several new members – all of whom bring a range of compatible skills and unprecedented enthusiasm. All governors have undergone safeguarding training and remain focussed upon ensuring our pupils are safe, happy learners.
In addition to the regular governing body meetings, through which governors challenged and supported the school’s leadership team, the governors were involved in monitoring activities and focussed school visits which increased their depth of knowledge and allowed challenge and support to be balanced and progressive.
Governors held the leadership team accountable for the content of the School Improvement Plan and, having helped agree its content, went on to monitor progress of its key objectives both directly and indirectly. Examples of indirect monitoring include hearing regular updates of pupil progress at the FGB meetings and holding the Head Teacher to account for meeting set targets, and an example of direct monitoring come from governor attendance at teachers’ pupil progress meetings. Direct, in-school monitoring is a strength of the current Governing Body. Individual governors attend 1:1 meetings with the Head Teacher to discuss the progress of an assigned area of responsibility. They undertake pre-planned individual monitoring visits to ensure objectives from the SIP are being met. Another governor helped monitor maths achievement over time by working with a DCC school improvement advisor to monitor books and outcomes. As a result of this monitoring, the grouping of year 5 pupils was changed. A follow up visit indicated that this had instigated positive impact.
The governor responsible for Health and Safety had involvement in routine health and safety inspections, which directly resulted in improvement to site safety. Governors gathered opinions of parents at parents’ evenings and assemblies. These were fed back to the senior leadership team for action to be taken on the suggestions.
Governors oversaw the spending of pupil premium money, which led to disadvantaged pupils making good progress against national counterparts. The disadvantaged pupils made good progress against non-disadvantaged pupils in school also. In similar fashion the governors help plan and approve spending of the sports premium allowance, which led to a sharp increase in pupils participating in competitive and non-competitive sporting events. It led to the evolution of an intra-school program of events which allowed many more pupils to lead and compete.
2015-16 saw the continuation of the Community Curriculum. It is hoped that this scheme’s effectiveness will resonate through the community for a generation. The governing body helped develop a shared vision for how this project could impact the community and approved spending to ensure it was able to launch on time. The governing body heard from representatives of the University of the First Age (UFA) before deciding that this organisation was the right partner organisation in which to invest , using pupil premium funding, in order to ensure that 2016-17 is another positive and successful year for our pupils.
Strategic Planning for the Future
The targets for the next academic year 2016-17 can be summarised as:
Contacting your Governing Body
Information about the school’s governing body is available on the governors’ page of the school’s website. Governors at Cotmanhay Junior School can be contacted by the following methods:
Telephone 0115 930 2011
Letter Cotmanhay Junior School, Beauvale Drive, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. DE7 8RR
Cotmanhay School Governing Body – Current Membership
Governor Category Date Appointed Term of Office Expiry Date
Mr Simon Robinson Headteacher 01/09/2012 Not applicable
Mrs Linda Atkins Staff 11/12/2014 10/12/2018
Mrs Dee Hill Local Authority 27/03/2014 26/03/2018
Mrs Ruth Hallam Parent 11/12/2014 10/12/2018
Mrs Hazel Shaw Parent 19/03/2014 18/03/2018
Mr Richard Vallance-Spencer Co-opted 11/12/2014 10/12/2018
Mr Sean Platt Co-opted 03/10/2013 02/10/2017
Mr Adam Cope Co-opted 17/9/2015 17/9/2019
Other Governors from the Previous 12 Months:
Previous Governors Category Date Appointed Date Stepped Down
Headteacher By virtue of their position
Staff Elected by school staff
Parent Elected by parents
Authority Nominated by the local authority, appointed by the GB
Co-opted Appointed by the governing body
Associate Member Appointed by the governing body
Committee Structure & Membership
Resource Management Committee Teaching & Learning Committee
Mr Simon Robinson Mr Simon Robinson
Mrs Dee Hill Mrs Linda Atkins
Mr Richard Vallance-Spencer Mrs Hazel Shaw
Mr Adam Cope Mrs Ruth Hallam
Mr Sean Platt
Governors with Specific Responsibilities
Governor Area of Responsibility
Mr Sean Platt Headteacher Performance Management
Mr Richard Vallance-Spencer Headteacher Performance Management
Mrs Hazel Shaw Headteacher Performance Management
Mr Richard Vallance-Spencer Safeguarding
Mr Richard Vallance-Spencer Looked After Children
Cotmanhay Junior School Governors’ Attendance Record for 2015-16 (%)
A record is kept by the clerk to the governing body, of governors’ attendance at meetings, details of attendance can be found below. Meetings need to be ‘quorate’ to ensure that decisions can be made.
Governor Full GB (6) Meetings Committees
Mr Simon Robinson 100% Data not available
Mrs Linda Atkins 67% Data not available
Mrs Dee Hill 67% Data not available
Mrs Ruth Hallam 33% Data not available
Mrs Rebecca Eley-Kirk 100% Data not available
Miss Hazel Shaw 83% Data not available
Mr Richard Vallance-Spencer 67% Data not available
Mr Sean Platt 100% Data not available
Mrs Amanda Wyles (Associate) 50% Data not available
Pecuniary & Personal Interests Declared for 2015-16
Governor Pecuniary Personal
Mr Simon Robinson None None
Mrs Linda Atkins None None
Mrs Dee Hill None None
Mrs Ruth Hallam None None
Mrs Hazel Shaw None None
Mr Richard Vallance-Spencer None None
Mr Sean Platt None None
Mrs Amanda Wyles Not available Not available
Mr Adam Cope
Governors who are also a Governor or Trustee of Any Other School/Academy
Governor Name of School/Academy Position Held
None Not applicable Not applicable