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Annual Governance Statement (2016/2017)

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

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

This Annual Statement is prepared in accordance with current Department for Education guidance which states: “It is good practice for the Governing Body to publish an annual governance statement to explain how it has fulfilled its responsibilities.”

 

About our School:

St Edmund Campion Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre is situated on the corner of Holly Lane and Sutton New Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B23 5XA.  There are 1004 students on role (as at 23 September 2016).  The Head Teacher is Mrs M P Steele. 

The school’s last Section 5 OFSTED Inspection took place in January 2016 where the school was judged to be ‘Requires Improvement’.   However, the letter/report dated 6 October 2016 from the HMI Inspection on 20 September 2016 was very positive and the findings were that “The school is taking appropriate and effective action to address the areas for improvement identified in the previous inspection report.”  The contents of the letter/report is available on the school website.

The Motto of our school is “Achieving through Christ” and the school mission statement is:

St. Edmund Campion Catholic School exists as part of a partnership of home, parish and school, which together educate and pass on the Faith to our children. We aim to assist parents in their God given role as educators by providing a Catholic secondary education.

As a Catholic school, our aim is to develop a community which is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. It is a community based on love, trust and respect, in which young people develop as fully integrated persons in Christ.

Together we strive for every member of our community to achieve their full potential, academically, personally and spiritually in the atmosphere of high quality personal relationships.

All stakeholders are requested to model Catholic moral purpose and British Values and an enthusiasm for making a positive difference for children and to engender in others the belief that schools have a crucial role to play in changing lives and improving life chances.

The school has three Designated Senior Leads for Safeguarding and a Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which is reviewed and disseminated to all staff on an annual basis.  In addition there are regular staff updates in respect of Safeguarding and the Prevent agenda.  Safeguarding has a very high priority at St Edmund Campion Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre. 

The school implemented a vertical tutor system in September 2013 divided into four House Groups.  All students and staff are allocated to a House.  Each House is named after a prominent Catholic building within the Midlands and led by a House Leader: Chad, Harvington, Maryvale and Oscott.  Houses are divided into Form Groups called after the English Martyrs.

The school introduced a Student Leadership System in September 2015 with students invited to apply for young leader positions.  The Prefect Team appointed have had quite an impact in supporting events in school, undertaking duties, mentoring their peers, etc.  There are 186 student places in each year group.

St Edmund Campion Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre is a good school constantly striving towards ‘outstanding’ status.  The Governing Body, senior leadership and all the staff share the vision of a high quality education for our young people and we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence for all.

We are committed to ensuring high quality teaching, leading to good and excellent outcomes for our students.  Over 54% of our students Year 7 – Year 11) qualify for Pupil Premium (as at 3 October 2016)

It is our mission that every student, regardless of ability, have his/her life chance enhanced and leave St Edmund Campion as a young person of character who is literate, numerate, resilient and prepared to make informed decisions in order to deal with the future challenges of life and make a positive contribution to society.

 

Governing Body Constitution/Structure:

The Governing Body was re-constituted in June 2015 and is now made up of:

9 Foundation Governors, 3 Elected Parent Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 1 Elected Staff Governors, 1 Co-opted Governor and the Head Teacher. 

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the Governing Body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.  On our Governing Body the Co-opted Governor is the school’s Strategic Business Operations Manager.

The school has three sub-committees: Curriculum, Safeguarding/Health and Safety/Premises Committee and Staffing and Finance Committee.  In addition there are two panels: Moderation Panel (Support Staff Performance Management) and Appointed Governors (For Headteacher’s Objectives).  Individual Governors have also been appointed to oversee the following areas: Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, SEN Governor and Catholic Life, in addition to an array of Link Governors who hold specific responsibilities for areas of school curriculum/school life. 

During the last academic year the full Governing Body met every term.  Sub Committee meetings were also scheduled for every term.  All meetings are minuted by the Clerk and public viewing minutes of full Governing Body meetings are available from the School Office on request.

The Governing Body currently has vacancies for three Foundation Governors. 

Foundation Governors must be practising Catholics and if you would like more information about the role of a Foundation Governor please contact the Head Teacher or the Chair of Governors via the school. 

 

Attendance at Governing Body Meetings:

Governors’ attendance at full Governing Body meetings during the academic year 2015/2016 was very good and meetings scheduled at the start of the academic year all went ahead as planned.

 

Effectiveness and Impact of the Governing Body:

2015/2016 was another busy year for all members of the Governing Body with the routine work of policy reviews, various reports from the school, budget modelling/monitoring, ensuring best value for money, approval of teacher appraisal and support staff performance management, learning walks and involvement in the January 2016 OFSTED Inspection and the HMI Inspection of September 2016.  The new ‘My Appraisal’ performance management system reviewed, agreed and implemented for September 2015 for support staff was managed effectively during its first year of implementation.

 

Pupil Progress and Attainment:

Examination Results for academic year 2015/2016 were as follows:

  1. 99% pass rate at A2 Level.
  2. 42% of students at A Level achieved A* - B grade and 76% achieved A* - C grade at A Level.
  3. 76% of students achieved A* - C in English GCSE and 61% of students achieved A* - C in Mathematics GCSE.
  4. 57% of students achieved A*-C grades in English and Mathematics.
  5. At GCSE the school has a Progress 8 figure of -0.04 which indicates that students have achieved in line with national expectations 

 

Governance Action Plan/Key Objectives for the Future:

  1. Continue to monitor the school budget share for best value.
  2. The Governing Body to continue to undertake regular learning walks of classes with individual Governors areas of responsibilities (eg practice versus policy) to be monitored.
  3. Develop the role of Link Governors.
  4. The on-going development of the skills set of members of the Governing Body.

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents, carers and other members of the community.

You can contact the Chair of Governors, Mr J T Davenport, via Mrs R Houghton, Clerk to the Governing Body, C/o of the School Office, at St Edmund Campion Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre, Sutton Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B23 5XA.

 

School Governors’ Role

School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They are like a Board of Directors and meet regularly throughout the year, making decisions about how the school is run.

Governors are appointed to help:

·  decide what is taught;

·  set standards of behaviour;

·  interview and select staff;

·  decide how the school budget is spent.

School Governors comprise:

·  priests from local parishes;

·  parents;

·  community representatives;

·  staff at the school.

Parent Governors:

·  have a child in school;

·  are elected by parents of the school;

·  serve, as do other Governors, for four years.

 

Governors 2015-16

Foundation Governors (9)

Mr T Davenport (Chair)

Ms C Ash

Mrs C Buck

Mr M Daly (Vice Chair)

Mrs J Wilson

Mrs T Leese

Vacancies (3)

 

Elected Parent Governors (3)

Mr S Riaz

Ms P Binns

Ms L Poyner

 

Local Authority Governor (1)

Ms C Stewart

 

Elected Staff Governors (1)

Miss C Porter

 

Co-opted Governor (1)

Mr G Smart

 

Headteacher (1)

Mrs M P Steele

 

Clerk to Governing Body

Mrs R Houghton 

 

Governing Body Committees

Curriculum Committee – Clerk: Mrs R Houghton

Mrs C Ash

Mr T Davenport

Mr S Riaz

Miss K Porter

Mrs M Steele

Ms C Stewart

Mrs J Wilson

In attendance: 

  1. Mr A Grant (Deputy Headteacher – Curriculum)

 

Safeguarding/Health and Safety/Premises Committee – Clerk: Mrs R Houghton

Mrs C Buck

Mr M Daly

Mr T Davenport

Miss K Porter

Mr G Smart

Mrs M Steele

In attendance:

  1. Mr N Morris (Assistant Headteacher – Safeguarding and Pastoral Provision)
  2. Ms A Warom (Assistant Headteacher – Inclusion)
  3. Mr R Bond (Site Manager)

 

Staffing and Finance Committee – Clerk: Mrs R Houghton

Mr M Daly

Mr T Davenport

Mrs T Leese

Mr G Smart

Mrs M P Steele

Mrs J Wilson

In attendance, as required:

  1. Mr P Sarjeant (School Bursar)
  2. Miss D Field (SFS)

 

Moderation Panel (Support Staff Performance Management)

Mrs C Buck, Mr T Davenport and Mrs J Wilson.

 

Appointed Governors (For Headteacher’s Objectives)

Mrs C Buck, Mr Davenport, Mrs J Wilson

 

Safeguarding Governor: Mrs C Buck

Pupil Premium Governor: Mr M Daly

SEN Governor: Ms C Stewart

Catholic Life Governor: Mrs J Wilson

Mathematics Governor:  Mr T Davenport

 

Governors Declaration of Business Interests

NAME

GOVERNOR CATEGORY

DIRECT BUSINESS INTEREST

INDIRECT BUSINESS INTEREST

MEMBERSHIP OF ANY OTHER GOVERNING BODY IN ANY EDUCATIONAL SETTING

RELATED TO ANY OTHER GOVERNOR OR MEMBER OF STAFF 

Mrs C Ash

 

Foundation Governor

None

None

No

No

Ms P Binns

Elected Parent Governor

NACRO Ex-Offender Housing Services

NACRO Housing Services (NCE LTED)

No

No

Mrs C Buck

 

Foundation Governor

None

None

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

No

Mr M Daly

 

Foundation Governor

None

None

Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Technology College

No

Mr T Davenport

 

Foundation Governor

None

Lecturer of Maths at Aston University

No

No

Mrs T Leese

 

Foundation Governor

None

None

No

No

Mr S Riaz

 

Elected Parent Governor

None

None

No

No

Miss K Porter

 

Elected Staff Governor

None

None

No

No

Ms L Poyner

Elected Parent Governor

None

None

No

No

Mr G Smart

 

Co-opted Governor

None

None

Hallmoor School

No

Mrs M Steele

 

Headteacher

None

None

No

No

Ms C Stewart

 

Local Authority Governor

None

None

No

No

Mrs J Wilson

 

Foundation Governor

None

None

No

No

Mrs R Houghton

 

Clerk

None

None

No

No