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Annual Governors Report 2018

Welcome from the Co-chairs of Governors

On behalf of all the Governors, we welcome you to Bishop Monkton Primary School.

We continue to have a very strong and dedicated Governing Body with a range of experts from different backgrounds who have the capability, along with the Headteacher, to deliver the best opportunities for learning and development for the children who attend our nurturing village school.

For this academic year, Julia Russell joins us as a new member of the Governing Body as a parent governor. Jeremy Trigg also joins us as our Local Authority Governor and we are sure both will quickly settle in to their new roles and responsibilities.

As Governors we volunteer our services because we care for our school and want it to provide the best possible education for every child. The key objectives of our Governing Body are:

 

· To ensure that legal obligations are met;

· Determine the aims for the school and then monitor and evaluate how effectively the school is working towards achieving them;

· To be a critical friend to the Headteacher to ensure that the school operates effectively and continually seeking school       improvements

· To ensure any public money provided to finance the school is used prudently.

 

The full Governing Body Meetings take place on a half termly basis, but in addition each Governor is a member of either the Resource Committee or the Standards and Curriculum Committee both of which also meet half termly. Key actions and discussion points from these two meetings are fed back into the full Governors’ meeting to ensure that we can manage the effective running of the school.

 

Last year saw many successes and we were awarded by Ofsted a continued rating as ‘Good’. All these achievements are down to the hard work and passion shown by the very dedicated staff team. They really do put our children first and the Governors would like to personally thank them for all their time and effort that they put into school; they are a real credit to us.

 

Looking ahead to the future, we are conscious that we are due a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) this academic year but feel confident we will be able to demonstrate the Christian values and ethos of the school to ensure that this will be a positive experience.

 

Again, thank you for continuing to support the school. We feel privileged to have a community that puts a great deal of time and effort into ensuring that Bishop Monkton School is a continued success. We are positive and excited about the future and know that by continuing to work together we really can make a difference to the lives of all who attend our school.

 

Achievement

In the Summer term 2016 the DfE introduced new tests for Key stage 1 and 2 children which reflected the new national curriculum. Outcomes for tests are reported as scaled scores, rather than levels, with scores ranging from 80 to 120.  100 is the national expected standard that a child should achieve. Children may be working towards this standard (WTS), working at the expected standard (EXS) or working at a greater depth within the standard (GDS).

Key Stage 2 Data 2018:

 

 

School

National

Reading:  EXS

82%

75%

                 GDS

23%

29%

Average scaled score

105

TBC

 

 

 

Grammar, punctuation and spelling:   EXS

 

71%

 

78%

                 GDS

18%

34%

Average scaled score

103

TBC

 

 

 

Maths:     EXS

82%

75%

                 GDS

18%

23%

Average scaled score

104

TBC

Writing:   EXS

82%

78%

                 GDS

35%

20%

 

 

 

Reading, writing and maths combined (at EXS or above)

76%

64%

Key Stage 1 Data 2018:

 

 

School

National

Reading:  EXS

81%

75%

                 GDS

25%

26%

 

 

 

Maths:    EXS

88%

76%

                 GDS

19%

22%

 

 

 

Writing:  EXS

75%

70%

                 GDS

19%

TBC

Reading, writing and maths combined (at EXS or above)

75%

TBC

Year 1 Phonics 2018

 

Early Years Foundation Stage:

A Good Level of Development is defined as children working at the expected standard or exceeding the expected standard in the key areas of literacy, maths, physical development, communication and language and personal, social and emotional development.

 

 

Ofsted

When being inspected, there are 5 main areas of judgement which are:                                                          

 Overall effectiveness

· Effectiveness of leadership and management

· Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

· Personal behaviour, development and welfare

· Outcomes for pupils

 

During our inspection in January, which was really successful, it was commented that the school is caring and inclusive with a real family ethos. Behaviour was a key strength and the children were seen to be treating each other with kindness and respect which is fabulous.

As with any inspection there are things for the school to work on, but what was clear to see was that the inspector was impressed with what he found and that we should all be proud to be part of the Bishop Monkton School family. For us, the education of the children who attend our school is crucial and we always strive to ensure that our children flourish so that they can change our world for the better.    

 

Financial Overview

At a national level, concerns remain about the overall sufficiency of school funding.  There is currently a new transitional National Funding Formula in place between 2018 and 2020 with the objective of ensuring that schools are funded fairly in a transparent manner as well as addressing historic inequalities.  Whilst our funding has increased by 3.95% for this financial year, our school has already suffered cuts in real terms as a result of:  historic levels of underfunding; increase in teachers and support staff pay settlements and salary increases; and additional expenditure on National Insurance and pensions.  There have also been further costs associated with general inflation, the Apprentice Levy and the work around GDPR. 

 

The widely held belief is that there is not enough funding going into education which is a fundamental problem.  As a Governing Body we are fully committed to having the necessary resources to deliver an outstanding education for our pupils.  However, we are constantly striving to find efficient ways to save money without impacting on the quality of our education.  Every year we benchmark our expenditure against other schools of a similar nature and character.  From the 13 comparable schools it is comforting to know that key costs relating to staffing and learning resources are either at a similar or greater level of spend per pupil.

 

Unfortunately, for the first time we are currently predicting a deficit budget at the end of this financial year which is clearly a concern and there are challenges that lie ahead. This situation is becoming increasingly common in other schools throughout the country but as a Governing Body we will continue to do our utmost to ensure we efficiently manage and control the resources we have available without compromising our education standards.

 

 

 

Contributions to Visits

There are two key areas that significantly contribute to the deficit school budget and these are swimming and trips/visits. Both these costs the governing body wishes to share with the parent body so that they can understand the impact these are having on the school budget.

 

Swimming

Over the last 3 years the school has incurred costs of £6,535 for swimming alone. This consists of what the school subsidises but is mostly down to non-payment contribution of parents. The figures for 2017-2018 academic year stands at a deficit of £1693.50 of which £815.80 is through non-payment of contribution from parents. Over the past 4 years non-payment contribution of parents totals £3635.45. It costs the school £136 a week for swimming which covers transport, pool hire and coaches. The school subsidises this and asks parents to pay £4 a week for lessons which is considered good value compared to classes run outside of school.

The school is in a precarious position as it is a National Curriculum requirement that all primary aged children leave school being able to swim 25m and we are not allowed to use Sports Funding for this. Despite results from those who completed the parental questionnaire in March 2017 finding that 80% of the parents were happy to pay the £4.00 a week for lessons, unfortunately this hasn’t transpired into payment. Taking on feedback from parents we changed swimming from years 2-6, with half a term each, to KS1 to try and ensure best outcomes for pupils. For parents whose children swim out of school by offering the same year group swimming for a whole year it was thought that this would allow parents to opt out of external lessons for this period if they wanted. Our aim is that at the end of a year’s block of swimming that all children will be able to swim 25m. For those that can swim this distance there is also a focus on water safety and personal survival which are key life skills. We are mindful of spilt classes and hope to target one KS1 year group in future years to avoid

repetition. 

 

We are constantly reviewing swimming provision and are always open to feedback. However, at a cost to the school of £8229.40 over 4 years it is not something we will be able to sustain in future years.

Trips & Visits

The trips we run as a school are chosen to enrich the topics that our children are learning about and have educational value. Each year group has a school trip with the exception of year 6 who have more and the whole school go to the pantomime in Harrogate each year.

Over the last 4 years school trips have cost the school £6,837.89 which is largely down to how heavily the school subsidises these trips but in part £1,419.90 down to non-payment of parents.

In summary, with costs of over £14,500 over the past 4 years, the plea from the governing body is that in order to sustain the opportunities for swimming and trips and visits for our pupils, we would kindly ask that parents support us with their voluntary contributions on ParentPay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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