Governor’s Annual Report
Epinay Business and Enterprise School
Governors’ Annual Report 2017/18
Annual Statement of Key Issues Faced and Addressed by Governors
The Governing Board of Epinay School continue to work closely with the Head Teacher Mr Rue, his senior leadership team, teachers and support staff to maintain high standards of education.
We said a sad goodbye to our Deputy Headteacher Mrs March after 18 years of continued service to our school. Sue will be a great miss to our school. We welcome her successor Emma Price in September.
This year has saw many improvements to our school which was validated by our fabulous OUTSTANDING rating in all areas when we were OFSTED inspected on the 28th and 29th March 2018 by Her Majesty’s Inspector Mr Michael Wardle. The inspection was robust and diligently methodical. The pupils of all ages represented our school amazingly, their manners, behaviour and attitude to learning made the board very proud. Our school motto “Ready to listen, Ready to learn together” Is alive and pupils are keen to learn and have positive attitudes in lessons, Is what the inspector wrote, it was wonderful to hear this was visible as it is what underpins the learning at Epinay School. The most important role of the governing board is to ensure that all pupils achieve appropriate progress. The Inspection highlighted the quality of teaching and learning as outstanding and progress pupils were making was impressive. The board completes learning walks, book checks, classroom visits, assemblies, the inspector opinion consolidates our opinion of the School. The personalised interventions are targeted, supportive and help to remove barriers to learning.
Epinay’s the long term future under Mr Rue’s leadership is very secure. He has a clear vision for the school and he sets high exceptions for both staff and pupils who strive hard to meet.
Attendance and Behaviour are key to the schools success and both areas have seen significant improvement in last 12 Months. Exclusions for the year have significantly reduced to 2 this year, we continue to closely monitored this. We have had no racial or homophobic issues and this is because British Values are embraced by all and embedded throughout the school. Attendance is better then National average currently 93.84% which confirms children want to listen and want learn!
The PITSTOP interventions which are a targeted strategy has been successfully designed to provide support and opportunities for individuals. The board has seen evidence which shows pupils have made great strides in Maths and Reading. Our pupils have gained in confidence and understanding in these two key areas.
Our social media presence is fantastic and has raised the profile of Epinay exponentially, we hope this continues this year.
The Governing Board have prioritised the following key issues during the year:
- To have an accurate understanding of the school’s enterprising and creative curriculum and how this embeds key skills in English and Maths.
- To have a solid understanding of the schools effectiveness in order to maintain outstanding Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.
- To have a deep understanding of the schools effectiveness.
- Governors have a deep, accurate and solid understanding of outcomes for all pupils.
Our role is to provide the strategic direction for the School and to assist the Senior management Team in continuing to improve the standards and quality of our provision.
Behaviour and Welfare:
Young people’s personal development, behaviour and welfare in our school will always be a focus for our school, it can at times be challenging, especially with the increasing mental health concerns of young people. The school has rigorous processes in place for monitoring and supporting attendance which is now well embedded.
Pupils work together, to overcome issues, the school council gives the pupils a voice and an understanding that sometimes what they want can not always happen. This is supporting pupils in building self confidence.
The House system of GEMS has made a huge impact on working together as a house to achieve a team goal.
Pupils work well with peers from other schools, often taking the lead when working together on a project.
Safeguarding and Safety:
We review all our policies and procedures, we have rota in place that ensures reviews are timely and any required changes are actioned. We rapidly respond to those young people who have been identified by Operation Encompass. We have identified a need for a some improved parking systems to be implemented at the entrance gates.
On going and refresher safe guarding training has been completed across the school including the Governor board.
Twice daily checks continue to ensure we support students whom have been affected by domestic violence in the home.
Parking restrictions have been agreed with highways and road safety improvements are in place.
Improving Outcomes for Students:
Numbers on roll have increased to 128 pre-16 and 12 post-16. We have 4 out of borough pupils on roll. We have challenged the Leadership team to identify needs and monitor the outcomes for those pupils who are receiving pupil premium funding. We want to show improvement for our disadvantaged pupils and monitor this closely. We monitored how the Pupil Premium funding was being implemented across the school.
We have seen better outcomes for some disadvantaged pupils when comparing them against some of our non pupil premium children’s results.
The continued use of Music, Art and Dance therapies, are now an integral part of our intervention strategy.
Leadership and Management:
The focus has been on the improvement of best teaching practice and promoting a positive atmosphere for learning. Middle leaders are being supported through their training programme and this is identifying talent for the future. We have reviewed the staffing structure of the School and have filled posts with experienced and NQT teachers to give us both value for money and flexibility. The curriculum has been continuously developed most notably the personalised vocational learning and mentoring at KS4 this has enabled all students the opportunity to work toward achieving an accreditation in readiness for post-16.
The impact has been seen by the staff who are embracing the idea of “leadership” is needed throughout the team and they make a valuable contribution, to the success of the school, this is particularly evident in the emerging talent pool of teachers.
There has been continued healthy pressure on teachers to consolidate and improve their teaching practice to meet ever shifting and complex needs of the children.
Epinay Sixth Form:
We continue to work in partnership with South Tyneside College and will be expanding our working with Jarrow Hall and Groundwork’s from Sept 2018. Pupils attend Epinay for 3 days and another provision for 2, each young person is accessing the courses they want too. Students study Maths and English to up skill their Entry Level qualification. We were commissioned for a 12 place Sixth Form, we are increasing this to 16 from September 2018. The new Sixth form off site provision is now complete and occupation will commence early September this will give a greater opportunity for our learners.
All sixth form students either continue in full time education at South Tyneside College or go to other colleges across the regions to study specific subjects.
We continue to track progression pathways and we have found that the Independence of our sixth form students has increased.
We have no students who are NEET. This is a great success, for a third year running.
Responding to National Education Policy Reforms:
Throughout the last academic year, there have been many changes to national policies in education. The governors, have ensured that the school meets all statutory requirements, we work alongside another governing board crossing checking each other’s website for compliance and to ensure navigation is easy for parents and stakeholders. We have clear links to our OFSTED reports, values and ethos statement we show impact of pupil and sports premium spends. We publish, our school offer, policies, events calendar and social media updates to name a few.
Epinay School meets its statutory requirements and ensures staff are trained effectively as soon as possible after implementation of any new policies.
Single central record is checked and compliant.
Staff are up skilled when necessary to support the school.
Holding the Senior Team to account: A critical part of the governors’ role is to support and challenge the Senior Team of the School. The headteacher and his team are more accountable because governors are now better informed and information is more visible and easy to understand. There is a strong and robust relationship between Governors and the Senior Team. The Chair and Vice Chair meet the head regularly for updates and to discuss wide ranging topics, including staffing, finances, pupils behaviour, attendance and future planning. Governors fully support the work of the School and are able to monitor and evaluate the school based on both primary and secondary evidence.Governors talk to students and staff while on school visits. We receive reports about the work of the School. We complete learning walks and feedback any areas for improvement and celebrate the great work we witnessed. We have attend numerous events throughout the school year, whole school Assembly, fundraising activities, Christmas lunch in our Café with members of the public, staff and the Mayor, this gives us further opportunities to engage with wider school family.
It is clear there are numerous and varied activities that makes a significant impact on pupils achieving their full potential.
A new Deputy Head has been appointed after a robust interview process was completed.
The Chair and Vice Chair have completed Leadership in Governance accreditation. Refresher training for all governors has been undertaking regards safe guarding.
Governor attendance at meetings is very good and apologies for absences are accepted and approved.
Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School:
The SEF identified need for a governor with a sound financial background. We Interviewed two prospective Governors and one has been co opted onto board to ensure the school’s financial standing. Governors have worked with the School to ensure continued achievement of the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS). We utilise regular budget monitoring reports to enable us to challenge how spending is aligned with the School budget thus ensuring solvency.
We plan for potential financial challenges by working towards a three year plan continually refreshing data when finances are confirmed. The budget is managed effectively, it is continuously reviewed, sustainable and financial resources are used appropriately. A Balanced Budget has been set, with 10% contingency built in to budget. Departmental budgets have seen accountability for budgets given to middle and senior leaders. We address financial constraints by supporting the leadership team with further funding ideas.
- Looking towards expansion of provision to extend learning opportunities for a growing number of young people in the borough.
- Embedding of the nurture group.