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Annual Governance Statement

Annual Governance Statement – October 2016

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

  1. Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school.
  2. Holding the Headteacher 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.

The Role of a Governor at Waterloo Primary School

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body of Waterloo Primary School was reconstituted in 2014 and is now made up of:

  • 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher)
  • 3 elected Parent Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (vacancy)
  • 3 Co-opted Governors (two vacancies)
  • 1 Associate Governor (the Deputy Headteacher)

Staff Governors are members of the teaching and non-teaching staff, including the Headteacher.

Parent Governors are elected by you, to represent you, the parents/guardians of children attending the school.

Local Authority Governors are appointed by Tameside Council.

Co-opted Governors are appointed on the basis of skills or experience.

Associate Governors are not on the board of governors and do not have a vote at full governing body meetings, but are selected to attend the meeting as they have a particular knowledge or expertise of the matter being discussed.

Our Governors: 
Mrs A Fawcett – Staff
Mr A Fitton – Parent – Chair of governors
Mrs A Goodman – Acting Headteacher
Mr D Harris - Associate - Deputy Headteacher
Mrs S Harrison – Parent
Mrs A Smith – Staff
Mrs G Smith - Co-opted Governor


Recent initiatives include:

  • A new data entry system in the front reception area for both staff and visitors to access the premises; this is in accordance with our safeguarding policy.
  • Most classrooms windows have been replaced with double glazed units.
  • Replaced the hall floor.
  • Placed lockers in one year group cloakroom.
  • Changed the use of some rooms to maximise learning opportunities.
  • Retextured areas of the playground.
  • Refurbishment of the front reception offices.
  • We are in the process of redesigning the reception area and the library.

Attendance Record of Governors

  • Full Governing Body (2015 – 2016) = 77%
  • Curriculum and Standards Committee (2015 – 2016) = 83%
  • Finance and Personnel Committee (2015 – 2016) = 100%
  • Interim Strategic Group (Sept 2015 – present) = 90%

Governor Attendance at Training Course 2015/16

  • Pay Policy (October 2015)
  • Governors’ Health and Safety (November 2015)
  • Managing Attendance at School (November 2015)
  • School Funding Induction for New Governors (December 2015)
  • Raise Inspection Dashboard (January 2016)
  • SEN Link Governor Meeting (February 2016)
  • Exclusion for Governors (March 2016)
  • Raise Inspection Dashboard (June 2016)
  • SEN Link Governor Meeting (June 2016)
  • Drugs and Alcohol Awareness (June 2016)

Future Plans

We are in the process of redefining a strategic 5 year plan, which will look at many aspects of school life including school premises and how we can utilise the space to gain optimum usage, for the benefit of our pupils. The overview will also indicate school improvement priorities within: the effectiveness of Leadership and management; the quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for pupils and Early Years provision. Governors will continue to attend appropriate training sessions to ensure they have the knowledge and skills required to be part of an effective leadership team. We will continue to liaise with other governing bodies and visit successful schools to collect and compare information.

How you can contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents/carers.   We also like parents to come along and take part in events that are happening in school and help and encourage their child to ensure that they become a valued member of society and a good citizen. You can contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.