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In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies the three core strategic functions of the Governing Body are:


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


Governance arrangements

The governing body for the year has included:

The Headteacher:                   Rowena Sykes

Foundation governor:              Penny Robson (Joint Chair)

LA governor:                           Rosina Gilboy

Elected staff governor:           Rachelle Leech(for Autumn & Spring terms); Nicola

                                                Rayner for Summer term

Parent governors:                   Nicky Holmes (joint vice-chair), Matthew Cornforth

Co-opted governors:               Kurt Bauwens (Joint Chair), Keith Writer, Esme Hadley (joint vice chair), Pat Quinn, Richard Craw

Associate governor                 Lesley Boynton

Ex Officio governor                Reverend Stephen Gamble


During the year Pat Quinn and Lesley Boynton resigned for personal reasons although both continue to support the school. Rosina Gilboy joined us as the Local Authority governor, Matthew Cornforth as a parent governor and Richard Craw as a co-opted governor. Richard is currently taking responsibility for finance and resources, supported by the school bursar. Matthew is supporting Kurt Bauwens to carry out health and safety responsibilities and is the link governor for Maths.  Rosina has taken responsibility for  pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare. The governing body is provided with clerking services by Val Brown who helps to provide up to date information from the local authority and ensures that the governing body has all the necessary information about the many changes coming through from government in relation to education and the way in which schools are organised.


All meetings are now full governing body meetings with planned agendas rather than having separate committee meetings. This has worked well and enabled all governors to have a holistic understanding of all aspects of the Board’s responsibilities.


A total of 8 meetings have been held in addition to meetings held with Leeming and Londonderry school governing body to discuss moving from collaboration to federation.


All governors have specific responsibilities including those linked to the school development plan. They are tasked with coming into school to ensure that progress is being made and providing support and challenge to the Headteacher as appropriate.


Attendance record of governors


The clerk to the governors keeps a record of governors’ attendance at meetings. Details of attendance can be seen at the end of this report.

Meetings have to be quorate to ensure that decisions are made


Governor Training

The Local Authority holds Governor Information Network meetings each term and we are usually represented at these so that we can keep abreast of national, regional and local initiatives. New governors have specific training either through the Local Authority or the Swaledale Alliance of which the school is a member.  Governors have also completed basic Safeguarding and Prevent training. Two governors have completed the Safer Recruitment in Education course


The work we have done in our governing body


1.         Vision, ethos and strategic direction

We have spent time reviewing our vision and ethos and considering the strategic direction of the school in terms of collaboration / federation with Leeming and Londonderry Primary School. The Joint Strategic Development Committee has met throughout the year It has three governors from each school. Kurt Bauwens, Nicky Holmes and Penny Robson represent Pickhill and Kurt chairs the Committee.


The governing body (GB) has had a development plan for the year and this has enabled us to focus on succession planning and maximising the use of governors’ skills and experience. It has also ensured that we have focused on talking to pupils and parents about the work of the GB and evaluating our own performance.



2.         Holding the headteacher to account

When the school was inspected in 2014 it was judged to be good. Everyone agreed that our aim should be to be judged as outstanding when we were next inspected. To monitor the school’s progress towards achieving this, governors became responsible for monitoring each of the priorities in the school development plan as follows:


  1. To further improve the quality and effectiveness of Leadership and Management from good to outstanding – Keith Writer
  1. To further improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment  - Penny Robson overall; Maths – Matthew Cornforth; English – Esme Hadley; Science Esme Hadley, PE – Kurt Bauwens
  2. To further improve Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare – Rosina Gilboy
  3. To further improve relationships with stakeholders – Nicky Holmes
  4. To raise attainment and achievement in the EYFS – Penny Robson
  5. To further develop the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Pickhill as a Church of England School – Rev. Stephen Gamble


In addition Esme Hadley and Keith Writer took responsibility for special educational needs provision;  Kurt Bauwens for Health and Safety supported by Matthew Cornforth, Richard Craw for Finance, Esme Hadley for Safeguarding and Penny Robson for aspects relating to Pickhill as a church school.


We were pleased to see the erection of the canopy in the school grounds, with funding from the Lottery Fund, after a challenging period concerning planning permission which took a lot of governor time.


Miss Leech left the school at Easter 2018 to follow a career in special educational needs. Miss Masters took up post as Class1 supply  teacher for the summer term.


SATs (Standard Attainment Tests) results for Year 6 pupils : 75% of pupils gained expected levels in Reading , Writing and Maths.


The results for Year 2 pupils are not published because of the low number if pupils involved.


As well as monitoring priorities, governors have carried out Learning Walks each term, with one focused specifically on Pickhill as a Church school. School has focused on gaining pupils’ views including forming a school council. Parents’ views have also been sought. All these activities help us to know our school really well and identify what we can do better. To ensure that we are doing our job as effectively as possible we did a self evaluation exercise which showed us where we could improve and identified our strengths. This will be followed up in the Governors’ Development Plan for 2018/19.


The governing body, supported by the clerk, also reviews the school’s policies throughout the year to ensure that they are up-to-date.



3.         Overseeing the financial performance of the school

Led by Richard Craw and advised by our Local Authority bursar we have monitored the school’s budget carefully during the year. The NYCC bursar comes into school regularly, prepares financial reports for us and attends meetings as required. The outturn on the budget for 2017 / 18 was an in-year surplus of £2,598. However, due to the carry forward deficit from the previous year the final balance was an overall deficit of £6,911. The Start Budget and forward plan submitted show a move towards a balanced budget with a surplus of £20,000 expected by March 2019.



How to contact your Governing Body


Full details of the governing body are available on the school website and any of the governors can be contacted through the school.




Full GB




Type of Governor / Category


















R Craw          













K Writer








K Bauwens








E Hadley







Foundation 2

P Robson








Foundation 2

Rev Gamble







LA 1

R Gilboy 







Parent 2

N Holmes











Parent 2

M Cornforth 












Staff 1

R Leech







Head Teacher

R Sykes               












* Relationships between Governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.  

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