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Annual Governors' Statement

Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body

of South Normanton Nursery School



In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of South Normanton Nursery School Governing Body are:


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Head teacher 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 South Normanton Nursery School was reconstituted in January 2015 and is now made up of:


1 LA appointed Governor

4 Parent Governors

1 Staff Governor

6 Co-opted Governors

Head teacher


The names, terms of office, committee membership and areas of responsibility of our Governors can be seen on our “Meet our Governors” page.


Our Governors have a range of skills and experience which contribute to effective governance and the success of the school. These include Governors with experience in Education, Finance and Business.


Attendance record of Governors


A record is kept by the Clerk to the Governing Body of Governors’ attendance at meetings and visits to school. The attendance record for September 2016 – July 2017 can be seen by following the link at the bottom of the “Meet our Governors“ page.


Meetings need to be ‘quorate’ to ensure that decisions can be made; this means that at least half of the members must attend.




The work we have done on our committees and in the Governing Body

The Governors have had a busy year focussing on school improvement priorities and ensuring that the impact of these result in standards raised, improved outcomes and good progress.

More specifically we have:

  • Achieved an outstanding judgement under the new Ofsted framework
  • Reviewed the school improvement plan and set actions for 2017/18
  • Began working on a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cluster working
  • Governors supported the implementation of the new South Normanton Nursery School Rights Respecting Charter
  • Approved an Early Years Educator to become a licensed Thrive Practitioner
  • A teaching and learning committee meeting reviewed the external SSTEW audit results in line with Governor learning walks.
  • Recruited 4 new Governors who contributed to the effectiveness of the Governing Body
  • Reviewed the induction process for new Governors
  • Set up a working party to discuss funding options and charity status
  • Held successful school readiness workshops
  • Supported the SBM and HT through sustainability of the Nursery in relation to the Early Years National Funding Formula and Local Authority funding allocations.
  • Agreed the implementation of 30 hours in nursery
  • Analysed the school data
  • Monitored and evaluated the progress and attainment of all nursery children
  • Reviewed the impact of EYPP funding on the progress and attainment of the eligible children
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of the new teaching and class structure within the nursery
  • Supported HT through the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator
  • Reviewed the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing through learning walks
  • Supported in the initial stages of the Unicef Recognition of Commitment towards Level 1 of the Rights Respecting Schools Award.
  • Allocated policies and procedures to key Governors
  • Supported a successful bid for outdoor development
  • Ensured a continual visible presence of Governors through Governor pen portraits

on the website

  • Attended workshops, activity days, concerts and open days
  • Achieved value for money and better quality by procuring an outside grounds maintenance agreement
  • Reviewed policies as per the yearly review cycle
  • Approved the purchase of resources linked to EYPP and the school improvement plan
  • Reviewed an analysis of all accident records held
  • Overseen the refurbishment of the new path
  • Reviewed parental feedback through end of year questionnaires and Ofsted’s parent view
  • Considered options for external governance as recommended by Ofsted
  • The vice-Chair regularly attended strategic Governor briefings
  • Approved the purchase of a new interactive whiteboard
  • Completed an audit of skills that each Governor has, including finance
  • Monitored attendance through following up on first day of absence from nursery
  • The SEN Governor has liaised with the SENCO throughout the year to discuss the needs of the school in relation to this school group
  • The H&S Governor has liaised with the Headteacher throughout the year
  • Approved the appointment of the new Caretaker
  • Approved the appointment of a new Early Years Educator
  • Reviewed the staffing structure, making temporary contracts permanent
  • Reviewed safeguarding and anti-bullying audits and action plans
  • Supported the Headteacher through the Masters award for Designated Teacher of Children in Care
  • Approved the extension of the wet floor area allowing greater numbers to access lunchtime sessions, specifically children with additional needs

Strategic Planning for the future

The Governing body is looking forward to the new school year with actions in mind for 2017/2018

As part of the school improvement planning for 2017 -2018, Governors have planned to:

  • Secure an external review of governance
  • Reassign Governor with specific monitoring roles to ensure they are able to further challenge the school effectively to drive improvement.
  • Representative from the external review to meet with the Chair and create an action plan
  • Continue to support the school in the applications towards International Schools, ECO Schools, Rights Respecting Schools award, Millies Trust and Makaton Friendly Award
  • Support staff through applications for SLE status
  • Review the work of the Thrive practitioner in relation to the SIP
  • Continue to monitor and support in work to develop the promotion of mental health and emotional well-being of the whole school community and training of staff in the recognition and enhancement of mental health and wellbeing and links to child development
  • Monitor and support in the review and audit of the maths provision in school
  • Continue to monitor communication and language through learning walks and work scrutiny
  • Supporting the Headteacher in developing the formal collaboration of cluster schools (COSNS)
  • Supporting the Headteacher in the continued development of community links
  • Key Governors are to continue to visit nursery to monitor their area with a focus on school improvement priorities
  • review the impact of the school’s ANTSA membership

How to contact your Governing Body

Information about the school’s Governing Body is available on the Governors’ page of the school’s website. Go to the ‘Home’ page, then use the ‘About us’ tab and navigate to the “Meet our Governors” pages.


The Chair of Governors may be contacted via the School Office.