Chair of Governing Board’s Annual Report 2017-2018
The purpose of this report is to summarise the work of the governing board during the school year 2017/18. Its principle audience is parents and carers of our pupils.
We have had another busy and rewarding year both supporting and challenging the school to make sure we deliver the best possible outcomes for all our pupils.
The governing board now consist of 11 members including the headteacher. This is an increase on last year’s figures because of an active recruitment drive for new governors and we welcome and look forward to their contribution. All but one of our meetings last year were quorate, enabling us to make valid decisions when quorate.
The governors undertook a variety of training courses including, but not limited to; new governor training, safeguarding and PREVENT (anti radicalisation), understanding data, Journey to Outstanding, updates from Kent County Council via Kent Governors Association meetings. This year we are looking to step up the training for governors and have a governor to monitor and encourage other governors to undertake focussed training.
Governors undertook monitoring visits which coincide with the school plan, for example safeguarding, SEND, Health and Safety, SLT monitoring. Additionally, governors attend school functions and even award prizes such as the Easter Bonnet competition!
East Stour is part of the CATS federation of Ashford schools. The idea is to share resources, experiences, cost etc for mutual benefit. This also extends to governance and some of our governors are ‘on call’ to help with other schools should the need arrive, and of course other schools can help us.
Moving forwards the 2018/19 year is anticipated to be an even better year for governance with the increased number of governors now on board and ‘jobs’ allocated in term 1 for the forthcoming year.
Finally the governing board welcomes comments and suggestions from parents, carers, staff, and other members of the school community who can contact the Chair of Governors, Robert Cooke, via the school office or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.