Governor Impact Statements

St Mary& St Thomas CE Primary School Governor Impact Statement 2016-17

This statement outlines the key accomplishments and impact of the Local Governing Body for the 2016-17 academic year and the strategic decisions that were made to achieve these.

Development of Staff:

Through the Headteacher’s report, the LGB have an accurate picture of the developments of staff within the school and the high-quality CPD which they receive on a termly basis. The LGB prioritised school spending to ensure that in 2016-17 our staff continued to access high-quality CPD which had a direct impact on the quality of teaching and learning delivered to our pupils. This also enabled the staff to share best practice with teachers from other schools enabling them to develop their practise to impact up on the pupils in school.


The Local Governing Body holds the Headteacher (HT) to account with regards to standards on a termly basis. The Headteacher’s report includes a section on standards which is closely monitored by the Governing Body. In the autumn term, the LGB, along with the HT, analysed the previous year’s data along with the national data and identified strengths to feed into the school self-evaluation and identified areas for development. These areas for development related to attainment at the end of each key stage. These areas for development were then reported on and discussed at each subsequent meeting until the final data was reported. This resulted in outstanding outcomes for the children- the % of children reaching expected standard at the end of each key stage has increased from 2015-16. A key achievement was the % of pupils who reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths which was 86% (25% above the national average). The % of pupils who achieved greater depth within the expected standard the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 has at least doubled in each area.

Development of Curriculum Provision:

The Local Governing Body enabled the HT to design a bespoke curriculum offer as part of her NPQH assessment. At each Governors’ meeting, progress on the design and the implementation of the curriculum was discussed and Governors would question the HT to evaluate the impact of the curriculum. At each Governor open morning, the Governors witnessed in person the impact of the curriculum on the pupils by collecting pupil voice and talking to them about their learning. 

Support of, and for, growth of the trust:

The Local Governing Body are updated regularly about the development of the trust by the Directors and the Executive Principal. Working alongside the Directors and the Executive Principal, the LGB have supported the growth of the trust by encouraging and supporting them to seek out opportunities for growth. They also have released staff from the school to support other schools to share best practice. The LGB released the Executive Principal to become Executive Principal of another school who needed support and agreed with the decision for the previous Assistant Headteacher to become substantive head.

Monitoring of attendance and punctuality:

Although the LGB monitor attendance and punctuality as part of their termly monitoring, this year they have been proactive in meetings in holding the HT to account. They have done this by tracking whole school attendance, analysing the percentage of persistent absentees and by ensuring that all steps have been taken to ensure that attendance is in line with the national average and that the percentage of persistent absentees is reducing.


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