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ANNUAL STATEMENT OF GOVERNANCE FOR SUNNY BANK PRIMARY SCHOOL 2017/18
In September, the school implemented its plan to establish a more permanent leadership for the school and secure a stable and financial viable future. The school entered into a Contract of Understanding with the Hampton Collaborative Trust and Hampton Primary School in Herne Bay. The senior leadership team has been headed by Ms Yvonne Nunn from Hampton, as Executive Headteacher, who is supported by Mrs Claire Harrap-Stanley as Acting Head of School and Mrs Natalie Gee as Assistant Headteacher. During the academic year, staff from the HCT have been supporting Sunny Bank by assisting in the improvement of teaching practices and policies, methods of assessment and training. In addition, administrative and business support meant that the school was able to budget effectively between the departure of school office manager and the newly appointed business manager being up to speed. As a result of their support and the hard work of our SBM, the school is in a relatively healthy financial position for the coming year. There has been a restructuring of staff positions during the academic year which lead to a small number of voluntary redundancies. As part of the restructure the school now employs a School Business Manager and a Premises Manager, both new appointments that promise to bring benefits to the school from their professional experience.
The most important focus has been on the improvement of outcomes for our pupils and I am pleased to report that progress has been steady and on an upward trend. The Executive Headteacher reports to the Governing Board on a regular basis on the results of the school improvements and provides robust answers to any challenging questions from the Governing Board. The Senior Leadership Team is supported by School Improvement Advisor who met with the SLT on eight occasions throughout the year with the Chair and Vice Chair of the GB in attendance whenever possible. During our Governor monitoring visits and attendance at events it is apparent that there has been an improvement in pupil behaviour within the school and that there is an atmosphere of calm and learning.
School policies are reviewed regularly and ratified by the Governing Board and Health and Safety monitoring visits have been made routinely, ensuring the school and its environments are both safe for pupils, staff and visitors. The Governing Board has been pro-active in monitoring the progress and outcomes of EYFS and Key Stages 1 & 2, Inclusion, School Values and Ethos and Finance. Safeguarding remains a key focus of the school and is closely monitored by the Governing Board. All visits are followed by a report to the Governing Board and Senior Leadership Team and any issues arising from these reports are discussed at GB meetings.
The Governing Board has increased in strength with five new governors being appointed this year. New governors attend a training course to introduce them to governance and are mentored by experienced members of the Board. Governors are required to attend one training course or more each academic year and this has been mostly achieved. Governors are kept up to date with the latest changes in national education and local authority policies and procedures and are sent copies of relevant publications from the Department of Education and Ofsted to enable them to keep abreast of new legislation and changes. The Board is a member of the National Governors Association and takes advantage of the benefits of that membership
There have been staff changes during the academic year and the Governing Board wishes to thank those who have left and wish them well in their future careers and welcome those who have joined Sunny Bank. The Governing Board supports all its employees in the school and has noted the dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism of all the staff, ensuring we can be confident in the knowledge that pupils are well supported and that there is a continual desire to improve.
During the next academic year, the collaboration with the HCT and Hampton Primary School will continue, with Sunny Bank being led by Ms Yvonne Nunn as Executive Headteacher; there is also no change to other members of the Senior Leadership Team. The Board will be exploring the possibility of joining the Hampton Collaborative Trust as an academy and the parent and staff communities will be consulted as part of this process before any final decision is made. For the next academic year, the Governing Board will monitor and evaluate the collaborative arrangement to ensure Sunny Bank continues to improve and build on the progress already brought about by the hard work of all staff involved from both schools.