Vauxhall Primary

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The Governance Statement


Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of Wyvern Federation

 Vauxhall Committee

July 2017


In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Wyvern Governing Body are:

1.     Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2.     Holding the Senior Leadership Team to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

3.     Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of the Wyvern Federation was re-constituted in 2016 and is now made up of 2 staff governors (including the Executive Headteacher), 2 elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 2 Partnership and 8 Co-opted governors. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the governing body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school: on our Governing Body three of the Co-opted governors are parents, one is a staff member and the remaining four are members of the local community.


The full Governing Body meets once a term. At these meetings, decisions are made on the General Policy and Strategy of our schools. A Resources Committee meets termly and if important issues on matters of budgets and finance arise.


There is a Vauxhall Committee who’s primary role is to focus on Vauxhall – this meets once a term and discusses Pupil Achievement, Curriculum and Welfare and matters impacting on the school.


A full list of governors in published on Page 4.


Attendance record of governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The Vauxhall committee of the Wyvern Federation meets termly and, in addition, has been involved with the following;


·        Inclusion Quality Mark – IQM Centre of Excellence

·        Participated in the steering group for the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools award Level 1

·        Produce terms of reference for the committee

·        Had briefings from the Senior leadership team on

o   Outcomes for pupils

o   Quality of teaching

o   Attendance

o   Behaviour and safety

o   Leadership

o   Early Years Foundation Stage

o   Pupil Premium Grant

o   Sports Premium Grant

o   Special Educational Needs

o   Able, gifted & talented learners (Maths & English)

·        Conducted governor visits covering

o   Literacy

o   Numeracy

o   Pupil Premium

o   Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education(PSHCE)

o   Single Central Record

o   Health & Safety

o   Safeguarding

·        Conducted a Skills Audit and had training in

o   Safeguarding

o   Prevention of Terrorism

o   FGM


Future plans for the governors

·        Participate in the steering group for the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools award Level 2

·        Be trained in the Raiseonline 2017 data and understand the implications and action required

·        Update understanding of the measures to track Pupils’ progression

·        Conduct a Safeguarding review once the annual Lambeth Safeguarding Audit is completed

·        Conduct termly Parent Forums

·        Conduct a governor visit on Health & Safety once the building work is complete.


How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Philip Higgins, via the school office. You can see the full list of governors; their attendance at meetings and more information about what we do, on the Governors’ page of the school website.