Winner of Excellence in Governance
Governing Body – Springfield Junior School
The governing body at Springfield Junior School play a very active role and governors regularly visit the school and go into lessons to monitor the quality of teaching. Staff performance is thoroughly checked and teachers are set challenging targets, which are linked to the priorities of the school and pupils’ progress. Ofsted recently commented that the governors at Springfield are highly committed to the school, investing the time to speak to teachers and pupils about the quality of teaching.
Management Committee – First Base Bury St Edmunds
First Base’s management committee bring a great deal of expertise to the school and work in close partnership with the headteacher. This cohesive approach means that there is a shared vision for the future development of the unit, with the committee actively involved in development plans. The management committee oversees the work of the unit and challenges and probes its performance in partnership with the staff. They are very well informed and keep a close eye on the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.
Toby Robins – Henley Primary School
The Henley Primary School governors, chaired by Toby Robins, are described by Ofsted as highly effective, and ensure that the school improves with a sharp focus on pupils’ achievement. They are regular visitors to the school and, through continuing discussions with staff, parents and pupils, the governors are highly knowledgeable about the quality of teaching. Toby is strongly committed to developing governance in other schools. He is starting placements as an Additional Governor and is working on a scheme to recruit dynamic governors with high expectations for their schools.