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Roach Vale Primary School

Governance Statement

Summer 2018


In accordance with the Government’s outlined functions for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Roach Vale Primary School Governing Body are:

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


Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Roach Vale Primary School is made up of two staff governors (including the Headteacher), two elected Parent Governors, one Local Authority Governor and five co-opted governors. 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: currently on our Governing Body two of the Co-opted governors are parents and one is a staff member.


The full Governing Body meets four times a year and, in addition to these meetings, we have four sub-committees. These are as follows: The Salaries Committee which meets annually in the autumn term. The Finance and Premises committee, the Curriculum committee and the Personnel committee, all of which meet termly. On top of all these meetings, we hold a strategic planning meeting at the end of each academic year. This meeting assesses how the school is currently performing and what needs to be done to further improve to achieve our ultimate target of making Roach Vale an outstanding place of learning for the children who come here.


During this year, we were very sorry to lose the services of Edit Davies, Jason Berry and Gary Tuttlebee. On the reverse we were delighted to welcome Angelique Ryan and Lauren Hammond to our ranks and also welcome back Serena Williams as a governor at Roach Vale.

Her knowledge and experience is invaluable and we were delighted she agreed to join us.

If any parent is interested in joining us or would like more information about the governing body, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs Sampson or Mr Johnson via the school office.





Attendance record of governors

Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have not cancelled a meeting in 2017/18 because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).


A full list of Governors and their attendance record at meetings this year is available to view on the “Governors” page on our website.




The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body  

The Curriculum Committee has spent time discussing key data giving the results of pupil achievement and progress, so that we can be sure that the school is on track to fulfil its ambitious targets for all pupils.


The Finance and Premises Committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget, including the use and impact of the Pupil Premium and the Sports Premium funding provided for primary schools.

Over the past year the school has seen its budget drastically reduced due to Government cuts and the way some of the school’s funding is allocated. This has led us to reassess how our budget is spent and cut back on our non-essential spending. We have largely achieved this with

little, if any, negative impact on the children’s learning.


The Personnel Committee deals with staffing matters and staff morale in general. We were very sorry to see the departure of Mrs Jo MacPherson after ten year’s service to Roach Vale and wish her every success in her future career. We have experienced some staffing disruption to some classes this year but are heading into 2018/19 with a much more settled and stable teaching team.


Governors are involved in monitoring the performance of the school, and the achievement and progress of pupils. This is done by asking questions in meetings and by going in to the school and visiting members of staff and classes. The governors traditionally have held an annual governor open day where governors have the chance to visit the school during a working day and observe the marvellous work that goes on in the school. This initiative is being extended into 2018/19 and there will now be an open day for governors each term. These days will focus around priorities on the School Improvement Plan.


Each governor is a member of at least one of the above committees. They also have additional areas or responsibility such as safeguarding, health & safety, attendance and quality of teaching to name but a few. Governors also periodically review and/or amend and agree all the schools many policies.


Minutes of Governing Body and Committee meetings are public documents –you can ask at the school office if you would like to see any of the minutes of our meetings.









How you can contact the governing body


We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors, Mr Johnson, via the school office. You can see the full list of governors, their attendance at meetings and more information about what we do, on the Governors’ page of the school website.



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  • Roach Vale, Colchester,
    Essex CO4 3YN
  • Tel: 01206 861324
  • Fax: 01206 869751
  • admin@roachvale.essex.sch.uk


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