Chair of Governors - Mr Paul Goddard
Welcome from the Oak Cottage Governors. The governors are volunteers who are committed to the ethos of our school and ensuring that every child has the best possible experience while they are at Oak Cottage. Getting this right is really important as it means our children will be fully prepared for when they move on to the challenges of secondary school.
The Governing Body is accountable in law for all major decisions about the school and its future.
Governing Body has three core strategic functions:
See Terms of Reference below
How we operate
Our role is often described as one of a “critical friend”, governors both support the headteacher and staff and challenge in a constructive way.
Tasks are carried out by the Governing Body (such as approval of the School Improvement Plan) or delegated to committees or individuals in accordance with the Governing Body Delegation Planner.
The majority of work is carried out in two main committees:
Premises & Resources Committee – ensures the efficient management of the school's resources to achieve best value for money/ensures the school site is fit for educational purposes including the upkeep of the buildings, facilities, contents and the grounds.
See Terms of Reference below
Standards & Achievement Committee - ensures that the school provides the best possible education for our pupils and adopts policies and procedures which ensure that the school and Governing Body comply with their legal, ethical and moral obligations and has due regard to the role of the school in the community.
See Terms of Reference below
Like the Main Governing Body, the committees meet one evening each term at school.
Our Governors - We have fourteen governors on our Governing Body:
1 Local Education Authority Governor – appointed by Solihull MBC - Mr D Price
1 Staff Governors – elected by the school staff - Mrs C Stirk
1 Staff Governor - ex-officio- Mrs K O'Keefe, Headteacher
4 Parent Governors – elected by parents - Mr Baptiste (Chair), Mr Henderson, Mrs Deffley & Mrs Demosthenous
7 Co-opted Governors – appointed by the governing body for skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school - Mr Goddard, Mr Grady, Mrs Hendry and Mrs Tarpey.
(1 pending, 2 vacancies).
The clerk to the governing body is Mrs Lesley Bullivant. If you would like to contact a school governor please contact the school office on 0121 704 9123.
Interested in becoming a governor?
If you are interested in becoming a governor at Oak Cottage or would like to know more about the role, please contact Mrs Bullivant in the school office. Please find eligibility/disqualification information below and Governors Code of Conduct.
Appointments are carried out in accordance with the governing body's instrument of governance.
Review of academic year 2017-18
Main Governing Body – Chair, Mr Baptiste
In the academic year 2017 – 18 the main focus of attention for the governing body has been centred on the core functions of finance, educational performance and strategic issues and policies.
The Premises and Resources Committee has ensured that all building projects are planned for the purpose of enhancing an effective learning environment, creating and maintaining a safe and purposeful setting which provides for all pupils. This has included monitoring the progress of such works and inspecting them to ensure they are completed to a suitable standard, meeting the Local Authority’s Health and Safety requirements. Another aspect of the important work of this committee has been to review the resources at the schools disposal, monitoring policies for purchasing and the discarding of equipment, budget planning with direct correlation to the School Improvement Plan, and identifying grants and funding opportunities to further support the school.
The Standards and Achievement Committee has been committed to maintaining and raising standards across the entire school through reviewing the relevant statutory and non-statutory policies. This has involved reviewing the school website to ensure that it remained Ofsted compliant, Staff Development, Performance Management for staff, the use of Pupil Premium, the use of the Sports Premium and the School Brochure. There has also been a focus on Early Years, RSE, Safeguarding and Child Protection policies, rigorous evaluation of the Schools ASP (Analyse School Performance) reviewing SATs, GDPR compliance and dissecting Inspection Data to aid the formation of the school improvement plan.
An essential role of the Main Governing Body is to set and monitor the School improvement Plan. The four priorities on the School Improvement Plan for 2017 – 18 were:
To maximise outcomes for all groups of pupils, particularly in mathematics
To implement the Governing body Action Plan
To continue to develop the quality of mathematics teaching and learning
To introduce the Jigsaw PSHE scheme regarding Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare.
The Ofsted report from the recent inspection reinforced the vision, values and aims upheld by pupils, staff parents and the local community that Oak Cottage is a friendly, community school that is ambitious for its pupils and offers a rich and exciting curriculum that aims to stimulate pupils to be lifelong learners, achieving at the highest level.
‘Together with other leaders and the governing body, you have established an ambitious culture in the school where all staff share your high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Oak Cottage is a happy and welcoming school where everybody is treated with great respect and care. Pupils politely greet visitors and confidently talk about how much they enjoy school and learning.’ Ofsted, July 2018
Although we are saddened to see some of our colleagues leaving for new ventures, we are pleased and excited about the excellent appointments we were able to make as part of an extremely successful recruitment procedure that is in place at Oak Cottage Primary.
Premises & Resources Committee - Chair, Mrs Demosthenous
It was a busy and challenging year for the new look Premises and Resources Committee. Members were tasked with addressing a diverse range of issues from Tree Management to careful consideration of the forecast outturn statement and draft budget. Working closely with a number of governors committed to raising funds for those much needed items, the Committee has overseen the continued maintenance of the building and grounds to ensure the continued safety and pupils within an ever challenging budget.
Standards & Achievement Committee - Chair, Mr Baptiste
This year, the Standards and Achievement Committee have been committed to maintaining and raising standards across the entire school through reviewing a number of the relevant statutory and non-statutory policies. Consisting of a range of parent and co-opted governors, there has been an effective balance of skills and experience to enable this committee to review and establish new ideas and identify areas for development in the school improvement plan.
In the winter term, the committee reviewed the school website to ensure that it remained Ofsted compliant and was an effective method of sharing information with parents and the wider community. Performance Management of staff, the use Pupil Premium and the use of Sports Premium to support the delivery of physical education and sports teams within the school were also considered.
The spring term was used to review the Early Years, RSE, Safeguarding and Child Protection policies with regular feedback from teaching staff. This term also included the rigorous evaluation of the School’s results, staff development and the contents of the School Brochure.
The summer term consisted of reviewing the format of the national assessments, GDPR compliance and dissecting Inspection Data to aid the formation of the School Improvement Plan.
The dedication, commitment and passionate efforts of the governing body have recently been recognised and commented on by Ofsted in their recent inspection of the School.