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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 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. 


Governance arrangements


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 2020 – July 2021 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: 


Following the emergency measures taken in the 2019/2020 school year, the Governing Body focused our attention on assisting the Headteacher and the staff in moving forward with the School Improvement Plan (SIP). Reading and developing children's language remained a key area with Governors holding the Headteacher and staff to account over performance. We discussed with the Headteacher his plans to do this and approved the spending on training and resources to increase the love of reading and early reading and language skills across the nursery.


In January 2021, Covid -19 once again forced schools to close their doors to all but key workers but the staff at South Normanton Nursery School chose to keep our doors open to all children, supporting the families and community of South Normanton. This ensured that children were able to access high quality early educational provision within the community.


During this time, the Governing Body continued to meet remotely via Microsoft teams and managed to effectively navigate the governance of the Nursery in those uncertain times.


We also focused on assisting the Headteacher in moving forward with his vision to address the needs of vulnerable children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), in particular ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) which the Headteacher had identified as being increasingly challenging within the nursery.


The Governing Body also scrutinised and approved plans for spending, to enable the nursery to continue to develop and thrive while maintaining a balanced budget.


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 2021/2022


Although it appears that in this year Covid-19 will play a less significant part in our day-to-day lives, the nursery is prepared for the potential impact the last two years have had on the development and wellbeing of the children who are attending the nursery. The SIP reflects this.


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. We have approved the spending to enable the nursery to upgrade some of the facilities within the building.


During this academic year, we are hoping that Governors will be able to hold in person meetings and to attend the nursery to carry out learning walks and other visits, which are vital in our task of holding the Headteacher to account and identifying progress being made in key areas. We will continue to build on this in 2021/2022, ensuring all staff understand our objectives as a nursery and how these are implemented across our curriculum.


Following on from the previous SIP, we have seen an increase in awareness of children with SEND who attend our nursery and Governors will work with the Headteacher to identify how we ensure these children are reaching their full potential and are able to access the education on offer in the nursery.


Staff and pupil mental wellbeing continues to be a priority in this next year. Governors are involved with the Headteacher in working with both staff and parents/carers to try and find ways to support everyone in the school community.


The staff and Headteacher have been focused and dedicated to their pupils in an extremely challenging time. As a Governing Body we are extremely proud of all they have achieved and the commitment and dedication they have shown the pupils in the nursery. We know they will continue this into the next year and beyond.



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 also be contacted via the School Office.