Thu Oct 8 2015



West Byfleet Junior School Governing Body


Our governing body reconstituted in September 2014 in line with government statutory guidance. I am chair of the governing body and am supported by the Vice chair; Peter Holdsworth.

We are eleven governors with three associate members, ably supported by our clerk Marian Legg. We operate with two full governing body meetings every term.

To support school development we have set up four working groups which meet during each term, reporting back to the full governing body half termly.
Pupil outcomes and quality of teaching - led by Peter Holdsworth joined by; Lesley Lawrence, James Wallbank, and Harriet Dalby-Quenet
Curriculum and assessment - led by James Wallbank joined by Sophie Fromhotz, Lesley Lawrence, Katie Drabble and Peter Holdsworth
Buildings and expansion – led by Jonathan Edwards joined by; Lesley Lawrence, Ruth Murton, Harriet QD, Richard Wilson, James Wallbank
Financial Efficiency - led by Ruth Murton joined by Lesley Lawrence, Joe Dunne, Claire Hart, Tim Risborough, and Jo Hambly
In addition we have two further standing panels:
Headteacher Performance Management - led by Ruth Murton joined by; Peter Holdsworth and Judy Brewer and our external adviser Rosie Malarkey
Staff salaries and appraisal - led by this year by Judy Brewer; joined by Ruth Murton, Claire Hart (will be leading 2015 16) and Victoria Cole
Some governors are responsible for very important link roles:
Leadership and management – Ruth Murton
Inclusion, SEND and pupil premium - Judy Brewer
Safeguarding - Lynette Davies
Health and Safety - Richard Wilson with Jonathan Edwards
Developing our skills and knowledge and keeping them up to date is very important to us. Claire Hart leads on the professional development of our governing body. Our governors and clerk regularly attend training provided by Babcock 4S. A key part of our development programme is when we meet once a term to enhance our knowledge and to review major improvements for the school.
We are fortunate to have three associate members who support our governing body by bringing specific skills: Joe Dunne a qualified accountant and very experienced governor; Richard Wilson, local councillor and planning /buildings expert; and Harriet Dalby-Quenet, quality management and safety management systems specialist.
Do visit our governor list to read our pen portraits for further details about us all.
Together with our staff, at West Byfleet Junior School, we have created a culture of high expectations, aspirations and academic excellence delivering this through our broad and balanced curriculum. We are very successful at supplementing the formal curriculum with extra-curricular opportunities for pupils to extend their knowledge and understanding and to improve their skills in a range of artistic, creative and sporting activities. There are fantastic displays of the many varied and exciting opportunities undertaken by the children throughout the school highlighting this. The school works hard to make sure that our children are well prepared for life in modern Britain and for the next stages in their development and education. There is excellent feedback from secondary schools on the transition, indicating that our children are extremely well prepared for their next steps in learning. We provide support to children when they need it and we pride ourselves in making sure that no child is left behind; our KS 2 results demonstrate this.
Our children tell us that they feel safe and happy; enjoying their time at West Byfleet. Our staff are vigilant, making sure all children are safe by implementing effective safeguarding procedures and supporting any vulnerable children in our community.
During this year, the governing body has played a big role in:
The school expansion; keeping the building and expansion project and its budget on track and ensuring that the new resources are fit for purpose for our community
Supporting and strengthening school leadership adding another highly skilled and experienced teacher to the team for September 2015
Overseeing that money is well spent and pupil premium funds are being spent on interventions which are having an impact ensuring our less
advantaged pupils perform and progress as well as all other pupils
Improving monitoring of school performance by senior staff, external agencies and governors; and implementing a new robust governor pupil progress monitoring system
Redefining the vision and values for the school as part of our strategic planning process
Reviewing our own effectiveness and redefining the way we operates to make sure the Governing Body is holding the school to account.
It will be sad to say goodbye to this year’s amazing year 6’s; we wish them all the best at their new schools. Our head boy, Miles Hitchins; head girl, Evie Smith; their deputies Dougie Harries and Jessica Wakeford; student council chairman Ben Way and Secretary Sophie Jones have attended several governing body meetings this year. They have taken time to talk to children across West Byfleet Junior School and have fed back to us about what is happening in the school, what's working well and what could be even better. This has allowed us to take the children's views into account when making decisions, at the same time as them learning about the way our Governing Body works.
I will see many of you at sports day (weather permitting) and am looking forward to meeting our new Y3 parents on 30th June. Over the summer the new classrooms and refurbishment projects will be completed ready to start the new academic year.
Thank you for all your support.
Ruth Murton
Chair of the Governing Body
June 2015