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 Governing Body 2016-17





Term of office expiry date

Fr. Tom Pyke
Chair of Governors, Chair of FPPC, Link for RE
Ex officio
Charmaine Healey
Vice Chair of GB, Member FPPC, CSC, Admissions
Foundation Governor (Deanery Synod)
Rebecca Abrahams
Headteacher, Member FPPC, CSC, Admissions
Revd Ed Dix
Member CSC, Link for SDP
Foundation Governor (Deanery Synod)
Jackie Pitchforth
Member FPPC
Parent Governor
LA Governor
Sue Hudson
Sue Hudson - Class Teacher
Member Admissions, Link for Pupil Premium, Sports Premium,
Staff Governor
Val Lashmar
Link for Early Years, Looked after Children
Foundation Governor  (Christ Church PCC)
Sherman Singh
Member CSC
Foundation Governor  (LDBS)
Hylton Bellinger
New member of GB
Parent Governor
Charles Achaw
New member of GB
Foundation Governor (Christ Church PCC)
 Foundation Governor  (LDBS)
For further details of the governor’s dates of appointment and their Business and Pecuniary Interests (2014-2015; 2015-2016), please click here.


Governance Statement for the Governing Body of St Luke’s Church of England Primary School, 1 January 2015 – 31 March 2016

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

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governance arrangements

The Governing Body (GB) of St Luke’s CofE Primary School was re-constituted with effect from October 2015 and is now made up of:

  • 7 Foundation Governors (2 London Diocese, 2 Tower Hamlets Deanery Synod, 2 Parish of the Isle of Dogs and the holder of the following office is a foundation governor ex-officio: The Officiating Minister of Christ Church, Manchester Road)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor;
  • 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher);
  • 2 elected Parent Governors and the Vicar who is ex officio.

The full GB meets twice a term, and has 4 committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail:

  • The Finances, Premises and Personnel Committee (FPPC)
  • The Curriculum and Standards Committee (CSC)
  • The Admissions Committee
  • The Redundancy Committee (and its Redundancy Appeal Committee)

Please see a table below for the details of the governors and their membership of committees.

Attendance record of governors

Despite a great deal of change in personnel on the GB attendance at meetings has been good at 77% over the 6 meetings of the GB. Attendance of governors logged at the committees has been 75% (4 meetings).

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

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Our key strategic action in 2015 has been the appointment of a new Headteacher. After an interregnum of more than a year, and the employment of an Interim Head (syndicated with another Deanery School), the Governors appointed a new Headteacher, Mrs Rebecca Abrahams, who took up her post at the beginning of the Summer Term 2015.

The GB has been reconstituted (see above) and is leaner and more attuned to the skills profile required by the GB to carry of its 3 core strategic functions. It has revised the terms of reference, and agreed the membership for each of its committees.

The Headteacher consulted with the GB on the introduction in September 2015 of an interim pattern of senior and middle leadership for the school. The GB has monitored the effectiveness of this change through the Autumn Term 2015. This pattern is part of a planned permanent restructure of staffing in 2016.

The Headteacher and GB have been reviewing school policies in 2015/2016, creating new policies where necessary and renewing others in the light of new legislation and good practice.

Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

The GB maintains scrutiny of pupil attendance figures, and was consulted on the introduction of an electronic attendance register in September 2015 and the management of the data created in accordance with the school’s new Policy for Attendance.

The GB received the Headteacher’s report at each GB meeting in 2015/2016, the end of term report in each case including the updated SEF and SDP. From these reports the GB improved its knowledge and understanding of RAISEonline and the Ofsted school dashboard, including issues like changes in pupil performance, progress across Key Stages and in relation to any groups causing concern. Most notably the governing body has recognised the need to monitor closely the performance of the following groups:

  • Boys
  • White British
  • More able
  • Pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium

In 2015, as part of the implementation of the School Development Plan (SDP), the GB was asked for its’ approval for allocation of spend to several ‘bought in’ interventions to improve the children’s learning. In particular early on in the Autumn term, governors agreed to the virement of £12,000 from the carry forward to significantly improve the provision for reading in Early Years and Key Stage 1 with the introduction of a ‘Daily Supported Reading’ programme. The GB monitored the value for money closely, and one intervention was suspended because of poor evidence of effectiveness. The GB also reviewed outcomes and value for money of CPD courses and training attended by the teaching staff.

Governors visited the school and reported their visits to the next meeting of the GB to the school. Governors looked at interventions with groups making less than expected progress, the ownership of learning by the pupils (Learning Ladders) and the numeracy and literacy scheme Every Child Counts.

The GB has governors appointed with responsibility for oversight of SEN provision, the School Development Plan, Safeguarding, the Pupil Premium, the Sports Premium, and Religious Education.

At the July 2015 meeting governor’s heard the Headteacher’s case for extending the school day by 20 minutes to increase the teaching time available to staff. This change was made in September 2015.

In the Autumn Term 2015 Governors in the Curriculum and Standards Committee worked with the Headteacher to define a set of school Christian Values. At the October 2015 meeting of the GB governors received the report of John Viner (Grow Education Partners Ltd) into the characteristics that make St Luke’s distinctive as a Church School.

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

The Finance Personnel and Premises Committee set a balanced budget for 2015/2016 with a projected c/f of £137K . The budget and implementation of a Surplus Spending Plan were agreed by the full GB.

The GB requested and received (March meeting) a survey of the effectiveness of CPD courses and training on pupil outcomes, and the value for money of each course. ‘Bought in’ interventions to address poor pupil progress have been monitored for value for money, and in one case, suspended.

In 2015 the GB received a report on the School’s Breakfast Club and After School provision. It considered the profile of parents using these services and the current cost to parents of each session. The GB accepted a recommendation that the cost to the parents be raised from 50p to £2.50 per day, so that the Breakfast Club could break even.

In 2015/2016 the GB discussed the Nursery Admissions Policy and the split of ft/pt places (agreed at 60:40). Getting this split right determines whether Nursery makes a loss or breaks even. Too late to change for 2015, the GB was informed by LBTH that it could set the split at 80:20.

In November 2015 the GB and the Headteacher appointed Mr Mike Gleeson to be a School’s Business Manager, increasing the school’s management and financial capacity initially on a part time basis.

In 2015 a probity audit was undertaken by Mazars on behalf of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The outcome was a Limited Assurance, and the Governing Body and the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee has monitored the mitigations that have been put in place to address this audit report.

In 2015 the GB carried out an audit of the effectivess of its allocation/spending of the Pupil Premium. It recognised that interventions are best carried out at a small group or individual basis.

Ensuring Governor effectiveness

In January 2015 governors Participated in a Governors’ Review with LDBS advisor Ann Foster. This emphasised the GB’s responsibility for the 3 core strategic functions at the school, and the increased trust vested in school governors.

The whole GB received Safeguarding Awareness training at its May 2015 meeting. 5 members of the GB were trained in Safer Recruitment in May and June 2015.

Governors attended Prevent Training run by LBTH, and the Chair attended a further Prevent briefing for LBTH Governors in January 2016.

At the January 2016 GB meeting the governors were trained to better understand and use RAISEonline. They were trained to understand issues of context (high mobility in local families, impact of EAL (English as an Additional Language) children joining the school in year , impact of high Free School Meal (FSM) eligibility on learning outcomes and were made aware of anomalies in assessment (near misses of levels, effect of reduced class numbers on percentage results etc).

In 2015/2016 The GB has filled gaps in its membership, welcoming 2 new Parent Govenors and 1 PCC Foundation Governor. The GB has used a skills matrix of its existing governors to define the desirable skills in new governors.

Future plans for the governors

Governors are increasing their knowledge base and skills through training, and through full participation in the work of the GB and its committees. 3 Governors are new to this work and will be signposted to training provided by the Local Authority, including the termly meeting with the London Borough of Tower Hamlet’s Director of Education at the Professional Development Centre. All governors are encouraged to use the online Modern Governor course and training material provided by the National Governors Association. The GB is enjoying the professionalism of the new Headteacher and morale among the governors is high.

How you can contact the governing body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Fr. Tom Pyke, via the school office.

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