Fox Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 6TH

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Scarcliffe Primary School

Strive to Shine

Current Governor Priorities:

As governors we work hard to monitor the impact of the School Improvement Plan.  Most of the work we do as governors is centred around the school improvement priorities.  As a governing body we want to improve the way we work so we can help to improve outcomes for pupils.  Our priorities as a governing body this year are to:

  1. Increase governor involvement in the SIP process.
  2. Ensure all policies are up to date and a systematic plan is in place.
  3. Ensure governors are skilled in using school data to hold leaders to account.
  4. Monitor subject leadership work in school. 


Records of Our Visits:

 We value the time we spend in school and like to present what we have done to parents via our school newsletter.  On top of our scheduled full governor meetings and committee meeting, we have monitoring mornings so we can see first-hand what is happening in school.  Below is an overview of our most recent monitoring visits.


16th October 2019 - Governor Monitoring Morning

On 16th October 2019, the governors were invited in to school to complete a monitoring morning.  The focus of the morning was to monitor progress against school improvement priority 1 – ensuring effective learning behaviours are in place across school.  The governors saw the new Good to be Green system and spoke to the children about this.  The children were very clear about the expectations in each class and were able to explain what S.H.I.N.E meant.  Every child asked was also able to explain how the consequences system worked in school.  Following a learning walk in classes, governors discussed the progress towards the development of a clearer curriculum intent.  They discussed and added to the points developed by the parent group who had met earlier in the term. 


11th June 2019 - Governor Monitoring Morning

On 11th June, governors visited school to monitor our progress towards the school improvement priorities. 

During the visit they spoke to a sample group of children.  The children were positive about the learning behaviours that take place in the classroom on a day-to-day basis, but they do feel that some children could still be putting in more effort in order to become the best they can be.  During our learning walk, governors noticed the vast majority of pupils were both on task and engaged in their learning.   

Governors also checked on the impact of the work that had taken place in school by looking at school data for SPAG and higher ability children. 

The group also discussed the key priorities for the next academic year. 


22nd January 2019 - Governor Monitoring Morning

On Tuesday 22nd January, a group of governors spent the morning in school monitoring the impact of the work we are doing to:

  1. Improve the level of challenge for our most able children.
  2. Improve outcomes in terms of SPAG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar).

The governors started by having a learning walk around school.  They noticed that working walls were consistently in use across the school and included a clear SPAG focus.  They also saw growth mindset displays in each class. 

The group spent time looking at the school improvement plan, asking questions about what impact our work was having.  They looked in books and spoke to children and were impressed by the level of understanding the oldest children had in relation to SPAG.  Books showed that Gold, Silver and Bronze tasks are used consistently across school.  Children could explain how they are able to self-select their own level of challenge and the sample of high attaining children said they like to pick the gold task. 

The governors also looked at data in relation to the progress of our higher ability children as well as whole school data in relation to SPAG.  Governors are reassured about projections in coming years in these areas.  


20th November 2018 - Governor Monitor Morning

On 20th November, members of the governing body spent the morning in school to monitor the work that is helping to improve school. They spent time discussing learning behaviours across school and had the chance to listen to children explain what learning pits are. Children in Class 4 were very positive about the work they had done with Tim Hall about growth mindset. The governors are excited about the plans to develop growth mindset this year and to see how Forest School sessions progress.
The governors spent time talking to Ms Smith about the curriculum and were pleased by the fact that the school remains committed to offering a broad and balanced curriculum. Following discussions with children, it was clear to governors that the children enjoyed their topics and many had found the exciting topic launches this term a huge positive. The governors are looking forward to spending time with subject leaders this year to find out what their plans are to develop their own subjects within school.


20th March 2018 - Governor Monitoring Morning

Governors visited school and spent time evaluating the impact of the school improvement plan.  They challenged school leaders and noted that many actions have resulted in improved outcomes for pupils.  The governors explore their own action plan for the year and reviewed their progress.  The governor section of the school website was also updated, including the ‘Welcome from the Chair’.  An additional section has been added to the website to show current priorities for the governing body.  


7th November 2017 - Governor Monitoring Morning

On Tuesday 7th November, members of the governing body came in to school to monitor our progress against our school improvement priorities.  The spoke to children about safety.  All pupils said they felt safe in school and told the governors they had assemblies about safety and did lessons about keeping safe on the Internet.  They said they would talk to staff if they ever felt unsafe.  The governors also spoke to children about maths and were delighted to hear about how so many children’s maths skills were improving.  They loved the Rock Star Maths website that Class 3 are using.  During the morning they also spoke to our Special Needs Co-ordinator (Mrs Baldwin) and our PE Co-ordinator (Mr Horton) about the work they were doing in school. 


3rd October 2017 - Maths Monitoring Morning

Recently governors visited school to spend the morning looking at maths.  Maths is a priority for school improvement this year and so it was important to find out what is happening day to day.  We saw lessons, looked in books and spoke to pupils.  We noticed in lessons that the new resources that have been purchased were being used to good effect and that children were well focused on learning.  All children were working on learning key number skills.  The books showed good progress and an increase in the amount and variety of work that children were expected to do.  During pupil interviews we found out that children are positive about maths and that they were keen to take on difficult challenges.



Impact of the Governing Board on School 2017/18:

In 2017/18 we worked hard to ensure that the school developed in the areas identified as priorities - particularly in maths.  We improved provision in Maths by approving spending on: systematic intervention programmes across the school, hands-on resources and a new tracking system so staff can monitor progress of pupils accurately.  This spending had a positive impact on pupil outcomes.  In 2017-18 we also increased the amount of time we spend in school and meeting children face-to-face.  

Other priorities included supporting Mr Marsh as our new headteacher, strengthening our governing body and helping to ensure that all pupils feel safe and are emotionally supported in school. 

The governing bodies actions  had the following impacts in 2017-18:

  • The redrafting of the school vision and values have resulted in a shift in focus at strategic level.  This is already having an impact on teaching and learning as well as pupil outcomes. 
  • Analysis of school data resulted in a focus on maths this year.  Governors then approved spending on intervention programmes as well as maths resources.  The impact of this has been monitored closely in school and improvements in maths outcomes have been noticeable. 
  • Following a review of case studies from Y6 2016-17, pastoral support was highlighted as a school improvement priority for 2017-18.  Funding has been spent on pastoral interventions (Positive Play) and day-to-day strategies are in place to address mental health issues promptly (Bubble Time).  Governor open mornings focused on how effective these systems were via pupil voice.  The impact of this was to refocus staff on the purpose of Bubble Time.
  • Interviews for breakfast club workers revealed a need for additional staff so that breakfasts could be more active.  Governors explored financial implications of additional staff then made an appointment.  Children at breakfast clubs are now more active.  Governors also decided to appoint an additional teaching assistant to provide additional support for our children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding.  This has resulted in additional intervention for those children, additional nurture support and increased 1:1 feedback.  
  • Governors have attended monitoring mornings - the impact is that the profile of governors has been raised and they have been more visible to the children. 
  • Governors have been proactive in supporting the new headteacher and ensuring that he has the relevant support networks in place.  The impact of this has been a successful first year for the new head in which he has accessed a wide variety of training.
  • Governors have approved policies to ensure that school continues to have effective practices and procedures. 
  • At the start of the year there were two vacancies on the governing body.  The governors completed a skills audit before advertising for a new governor.  The governor roles in school have now been filled and as a result they have the necessary skills to carry out their responsibilities.