Governors Statements


Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body

September 2019


In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the core strategic functions of Elveden Church of England primary Academy Governing Body are to:


• Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;


• Hold the Headteachers to account for the educational performance of the school;

• Oversee the financial performance of the school, ensuring value for money;


• Promote the highest possible standards for Safeguarding.


Governance Arrangements


The Governing Body of Elveden Church of England Primary Academy is partnered with Forest Academy, Brandon, Suffolk. This partnership allows best use of teaching time and resources for the schools, allowing with the provision of opportunities for mentoring and professional development for the staff and teachers. Equally, it allows the LGB to take a holistic look across the two schools in ensuring appropriate governance, support and challenge.


The LGB for Elveden Church of England Primary Academy is made up of eight members, the majority should be nominated by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. There are also 2 parent governor and 2 Community Governors. There are vacancies within the LGB for nominees from the Diocese.


The full Governing Body met once each term with additional meetings held to update the Governing body member’s knowledge and understanding of key issues. These included Finance and Health and Safety. There were also regular discussions about building improvements, the installation of play equipment and a MUGA.


There has been regular Governor attendance at the Schools Excellence Officer visits by Governors as well as the undertaking of mandated termly audits.


Attendance of Governors


Governors have excellent attendance at meeting. A separate document (end of year accounts) on the school’s website details the attendance of each individual Governor at these meetings.


The work that we have done on our committees and on the Governing Body.


Over this reporting period the Governors have undertaken several safeguarding training sessions. This includes emerging and current distance learning on the PREVENT strategy. All Governors have been appraised and been provided with the part 1 Keeping Children Safe in Education revisions..


Regular Single Central Records (SCR) audits have been held by the Governors in ensuring our continued commitment in ensuring school, staff and pupil safety and wellbeing. The nominated Governor for safeguarding Rev Tams is booked onto the appropriate training for Nominated Governors and has experience in School Safeguarding.


The termly SEO visits have been widely attended and allowed Governors the opportunity to become familiar with the School Development Plan and have oversight on the Headteachers and Senior Leadership Team delivery of school progress. Attainment targets for the end of Key stage 1 and 2 were also shared and discussed together with the overall assessment of the School against Ofsted Criteria.


The Finance committee met to consider the latest budgetary information and opportunities to examine the schools’ income and expenditure. The school’s budget for 2019/2020 has also been considered and agreed.


The Building & Premises committee met to discuss various issues across both schools to ensure our continued compliance to Health and Safety and school maintenance. Works have been carried out including the design and installation of doorways into two existing classrooms to enable better utilisation of space and accessibility to outside learning.


Governors have worked with Headteachers through their performance management reviews identifying school and personal objectives for the 2019/1920 school year.


Several Governor visits have been undertaken to observe teaching delivery across the Key Stages and reported back to the Governing Body.


Elveden Church of England Primary Academy and Governors have undertaken applications to enhance and develop the facilities for pupil sports and Physical Education. Planning is in the final stages for the building of a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) in consultation with the Elveden estate. The provision of which will open sporting opportunities to the schools, county competition and inter-school activities. Current planning will consider the wider community and reach out to diverse groups for inclusion.


Governors have continued to review and agree school policies. This year they have considered several key policies, including, the new ‘Safeguarding policy’, the introduction of the ‘Gifts & Hospitality Policy’, ‘Staff and Teachers Dress & Appearance’, along with the newly introduced ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ to ensure the school’s legal requirements to information handling are met.

Future plans for the Governors

Following the decision to increase the Pupil Admission Number to 15, Governors are working with Headteachers and the senior leadership team to identify opportunities this decision has created. This will involve capital expenditure to increase the sizes of some classrooms.

The LGB will actively support both schools in continuing and embedding a strong school partnership to Forest Academy. An example of which is to look at the benefits in combing both Forest’s and Elveden’s Governors into one Body to ensure a wide and diverse capability and ensure continued resilience to the support, oversight and governance function.


The current LGB is working to redress the balance between Foundation and other Governors.


The LGB will be working with Headteachers to ensure appropriate succession planning is applied to the school’s staffing forecast and create career pathways for identified talented teachers and staff.



How you can contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of the Governing Body, Gordon Hodgkinson, via the school office. You can see more about the role of the LGB in the Governors’ section of the school website.



Elveden Church of England Primary Academy Governing Body 2018/2019



Committee Membership & Area of Responsibility

Rev. Paul Tams

DBE Governor 

Academy Admissions

Hearings Committee




Finance and risk management

Headteachers Performance Review

Ethos, personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare Ethos

Pupil Premium

Janice Flack

DBE Governor

Academy Admissions Committee

Hearings Committee

Quality of teaching & Learning & Assessment of Pupils Committee

Headteachers Performance Review

Audit Committee

Ethos, personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare Committee



Lisa Bird

Staff Governor

Ethos, personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare



Nikki Gaine

Resigned 06/01/2020

 Parent Governor 


Ethos, personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare


Kelly Barton

 Parent Governor


Finance and Risk Management

Audit Committee