The Governing Board of Windmill Hill
The Governing Board of Windmill Hill work, in partnership with the Headteacher, to develop and drive the strategic vision of the school. It has statutory duties that include, agreeing the school budget and expenditure and ensuring key policies are in place. Governors do not get involved with the day to day running of the school. Their role is that of a “critical friend” asking challenging questions and providing support. In order to be effective, Governors are expected to attend training and read all the relevant documentation. There are 3 full Governing Body meetings a year as well as 3 sub-committee meetings. These sub-committees are Curriculum, Finance and Buildings and Grounds.
At Windmill Hill Primary School we have the following sub-committees:
Buildings & Grounds:
The main purpose is to discuss health and safety; sustainability and maintenance of the learning environment and ensuring accessibility to key areas of the school grounds.
The key areas of focus are future planning and building; risk registration; staffing and recruitment; legal compliance and general financial responsibilities.
The primary focus is to discuss and monitor all aspects of our school’s work on attainment and progress. Their goal is to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum that meets statutory requirements.
Chair of Governors Mr Mike Shepherd
Governors' Impact Statement 2017/2018
Reflecting on our targets set out in the School Development Plan, the Governors are confident that progress has been made in all areas identified for improvement. Throughout the year, the Governing Body has met regularly with the senior leadership team to scrutinise pupil progress data throughout the school – our main line of enquiry being EYFS, phonics and improvements in writing.
The impact of focused interventions and high quality teaching is evident in the increased number of children achieving ‘Good Level of Development’ in the Reception class and the significant number of children achieving the expected standard in the phonics screening test. Through book scrutiny, it is evident that the whole school approach to the teaching of writing has raised the standard of the children’s written work across the curriculum. The Governors are committed to the health and well-being of staff members in our school. Therefore, the Governors and I met with staff to informally discuss any issues that may have arisen and could be affecting their work/life balance. As a result of these conversations, we concluded that the staff members are happy, motivated and proud to teach the wonderful children of Windmill Hill Primary.
Safeguarding our pupils is of paramount importance. All that we do at our school revolves around the protection of our children and safety is at the very heart of all processes. We understand the unique and challenged circumstances faced by our children, their families and, therefore, our staff members. All Governors have received up-to-date relevant, comprehensive safeguarding training to ensure that the staff members have the confidence to cope with any issues that may arise. It has been absolute pleasure to have been chair of Governors at Windmill Primary School. I remain committed to supporting the school in any way that I can and I will remain in regular contact with Miss Newman and the staff.
Chair of Governors Mr Mike Shepherd
You can view the 2016/2017 Governors’ Impact Statement below:
The list Governing Body members and all of the courses that have been attended are available below.