In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing Bodies, the three core strategic functions of South Normanton Nursery School Governing Body are:
The Governing Body of South Normanton Nursery School was reconstituted in July 2020 and is now made up of:
1 x LA (Local Authority) Governor
3 X Parent Governors
3 X Co-Opted Governors
1 X Staff Governor
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 the school. The attendance record for September 2019 – July 2020 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:
At the start of the 2019/2020 school year, the Governing Body were assisting the Headteacher and the staff in moving forward with the School Improvement Plan (SIP). One area the SIP focused on was reading and developing children's language and holding the Headteacher and teaching staff to account over pupil's progress in this key area.
We approved the spending for several resources to assist the Headteacher in achieving this aim; several Governors attended and participated in a successful reading activity day planned by the staff. The Headteacher and Governors worked hard increase parental engagement, with the Governing Body viewing and approving a new home learning agreement.
However, in the spring term of 2020 the nursery, along with all others in the UK, shut to all but keyworker and vulnerable children due to COVID-19. The Governing Body continued to meet, very quickly adapting to virtual meetings via Microsoft Teams. We were able to continue the governance structure of the nursery, supporting the Headteacher and staff as they navigated this difficult and uncertain time. We viewed and supported the implementation of various risk assessments which needed to be constantly reviewed and amended as the situation developed.
The nursery provided food hampers and help to the vulnerable families; this was supported by the Governors, even when it became clear that we would not be eligible to claim any of these costs back, unlike schools.
We also looked at solutions for issues experienced by the SBM, with regards to overdue payments for lunches and additional hours. By approving a new payment system allowing parents to pay online, cash handling was vastly reduced, diminishing a COVID 19 risk.
We supported the Headteacher’s plans for transition to infant and primary schools and the virtual way in which the nursery transitioned new children arriving at the start of the 2020/2021 term.
The Governing Body is immensely proud of the work of the Headteacher and staff during this time to ensure the safety and happiness of our nursery children.
What we intend to do in 2020/2021
Once again it is likely COVID-19 will have a significant impact on South Normanton Nursery School during this year. The Governing Body will continue to meet virtually and provide support to the Headteacher and the staff.
We will assist with ensuring that any financial impacts are mitigated by approving a balanced budget and holding the Headteacher to account on delivering this. The agreed SIP considers the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of our children and staff, and Governors have already helped to provide mental health first aid training to staff via an Inset day. This is something the Governing Body will continue to monitor as the year goes on; and will help to provide and signpost appropriate support to the school.
As a Governing Body, we have approved the spend on improvements to the nursery facilities for both staff and pupils
The newly approved SIP focuses on increasing provision and inclusion of children with ASD and the Governing Body has and will continue to support this priority with the Headteacher.
It is hoped that in 2020/2021, Governors will be able to resume in-person meetings. However, in the meantime, we will continue to carry on via Microsoft Teams as we have done for the last year, until we are sure it is safe to do so.
As well as being able to meet for Governors' meetings, Governors plan to visit the nursery for traditional learning walks, to look at how staff are improving our provision for children with ASD and increasing the social and personal development of our children who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the lockdowns, at such a critical time in their development. We will continue to look at the progress made towards these goals and hold the Headteacher to account for delivering the improvements in these areas.
The Governing Body is extremely proud of all our staff for everything they have done and all of the commitment they have shown through the pandemic. We know that as we head into 2021/2022, they will continue to do an amazing job for the children of our nursery.
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.