LGB Minutes 17-07-18
MEETING OF THE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Tuesday 17 July 2018 at 6.00 pm in the library
Present: Karen Momber (Chairman), Rachel Carrington, Elizabeth Sadler, Ana Burman, Steve Blatch, Kate Brierton, Laura Pearce and Ryan Kelsall (Principal)
In Attendance: Victoria Stubbs (Trustee), Victoria Hearn (Vice Principal), Katie Jarvis (Assistant Principal) and Joe Greenway (Clerk).
1 & 2. Workshop Activity – Safeguarding
KJ (Assistant Principal) made a PowerPoint presentation to governors on current safeguarding issues which included a short film that will be shown to all students at the start of the next academic year. Governors undertook a group activity covering aspects of safeguarding and fed back the outcomes of their discussions to the meeting. KJ advised that the priorities from next September are cyberbullying, ‘sexting’, self-esteem and peer pressure.
ES, named governor with oversight of safeguarding, then referred governors to her reports of college visits. She was able to advise that the current policies, systems and procedures are being closely follow and appear fit for purpose. She recommended that safeguarding be discussed more often by governors to ensure that the LGB can demonstrate ownership of the matter. She expressed admiration for the tenacity and common-sense approach shown by staff and highlighted the concern that maintaining the currency of the Single Central Record was proving a challenge for the HR Manager, particularly with the inevitable turnover of staff who work in the METL part of the Trust. She was pleased to report that two additional staff were now assisting the HR Manager with this work.
Governors complimented and thanked KJ and staff on work done in the field of safeguarding this year and thanked and noted the comprehensive report made by ES. Governors also noted the Annual Monitoring Report on Safeguarding July 2018.
3. Learning Visit Report - Humanities
Ms Mo Middleton, Lead Practitioner Humanities, made a presentation to governors based on the outcomes of the recent Learning Visit which is appended to and forms part of these minutes. Key outcomes include the conclusions that the department shows that:
- Leaders need to continue to monitor standards carefully and act swiftly to ensure that expectations are clear and met by all
- Leaders should continue to develop appropriate schemes of learning and assessments to ensure that students have a consistently excellent experience
- Differentiation remains a priority for professional learning, ensuring that students of all abilities are supported and challenged, across Ks3 - 5
- The typical experience of students is one which engages and stimulate them to develop the love of the subject and to make excellent progress
- Further collaboration between members of staff is encouraged, making use of strong and experienced practitioners to provide peer coaching and share best practice
- Clear action plans to ensure outcomes are consistently excellent, with a focus on History and Geography at both KS4 and KS5 are developed.
- Assessment is used consistently by all staff and across all year groups to support improvements in student progress
The LGB were particularly impressed with amount of work undertaken by the department during the year to re-write schemes of work and assessments at KS3 and in implementing the new GCSE curriculum at KS4. The Chairman thanked Ms Middleton and the staff for their work and the presentation made at the meeting.
Governors noted the Humanities Learning Visit presentation.
4. Apologies and Declarations of Interests
Apologies were received from Chris Savage, Alan Rodger, Rob Campbell and Claire Beressi Jones.
There were no declarations of interest.
5. Minutes of the meeting of 5 June 2018 and Matters arising
The minutes of the meeting held on 5 June 2018 were agreed and signed as a correct record.
- Mental Health & Wellbeing - Leadership
The Chairman noted that SW (Assistant Principal) had yet to contact the group of governors who had volunteered to discuss this matter in more detail. RW advised that this will now take place in the autumn term.
The Clerk advised that he would be enquiring of the college which governors had yet to complete their on-line GDPR training and encouraged all governors to undertake this training if they had not already done so. Action: Clerk
- ‘Meet your Trustees’ meetings
Governors asked how well this meeting had been received. RK advised that the meeting had been ‘useful’ with 10 parents attending and that it would be repeated next academic year.
6. Link Governor Reports
SB made a report on his recent visits to the college, thanking VH for facilitating these. As well as meeting staff SB also participated in a climate walk, attended a number of classes and reviewed students’ work and was generally impressed with what he saw. His intention next year is to spend more time speaking with front line staff and students. VH was able to report that staff appreciated his visit.
AB made a report on her recent visits to the college which was really positive. She advised that the staff she spoke with were enthusiastic and committed and that a good rapport was demonstrated between staff and students. She also sat in on an excellent staff seminar lead by a less experienced faculty member. She expressed concern that the data dashboard was perhaps too detailed and complicated for many parents to easily understand. VH was able to confirm that the data dashboard is for internal use only and that reports to parents give college data in a much more understandable format.
- Pupil Premium
KM made a report on her recent visit to college where she met VH and discussed the strategic priorities for the delivery of PP next year and the impact particularly on Years 7 and 8, the use of tutor time and developing an Impington Experience methodology for assessing the effectiveness of vertical tutoring. Governors congratulated VH on becoming a Pupil Premium Reviewer.
In addition to matters recorded under agenda items 1 & 2 governors also asked whether the Single Central Record includes a record of staff training and also asked how many staff have undertaken safer recruitment training. RK advised that the inclusion of staff training in the record was being explored and that himself, RC (Trust CEO) and the HR Manager had all undertaken safer recruitment training and that at least one of these individuals was on every interview panel.
Governors noted the reports of governors’ link visits.
7. Governor Training
Following discussion, it was agreed that a formal record of the training undertaken by governors needs to be created and the Clerk was asked to draw up such a record for implementation from September 2018. Action: Clerk
8. Principal’s comments and IB Results
Victoria Stubbs left during this item at 7.35pm
Governors asked the Principal to explain the current position of music in the college. The Principal reported that the college had offered two diplomas in Music Technology, but recruitment had been poor such that both courses were not financially viable. Consequently, the decision was made to cancel both diplomas. Fortunately, the teacher adversely affected by this has left for a job in another school so formal redundancy was not necessary. The Principal was keen to stress that music is still offered by the college and is delivered to Years 7 and 8, to 10% of the other GCSE Year groups, that there are 7 extra-curricular music groups and that there is a teacher responsible for all this activity.
Governors then asked about a staff organisation chart, the Year 10 mock exam results and the IB results. The Principal referred governors to the Parents Handbook, which contains a staff organisation chart and that the 2018-19 edition will be published on the website. He was able to report that the Year 10 mock results were generally good and that the IB results for 2018 were excellent with a 96% pass rate overall, well above the international benchmark of 80%. 16% of students had gained over 40 points, two students 44 points and that overall these were the highest grades in years. There were two subjects that were of (relative) concern: History and Italian and actions were in place to address these concerns next year.
Governors expressed much pleasure in these results and formally thanked the Principal and the staff for their efforts and, in particular, Jo Sale, Assistant Principal for the Sixth Form.
9. Calendar of Meetings 2018-19
The Chairman referred governors to the finalised calendar of meetings for 2018-19. She advised that it had been decided that Standing Reports will be taken at one meeting per term and that, for the other meeting in the term, the focus will be on one of the Strategic Priorities. She also advised that the date and topic of the workshop had yet to be decided and she asked governors for suggestions.
Action: All governors
- Thanks, from the Trust CEO.
The Chairman reported that the CEO had sent her an email conveying his thanks for the work of the LGB over that last 12 months. This was noted by the governors.
The meeting closed at 7.50 pm.