St. Wilfrid's Governing Body
Health & Safety Notice
Whilst it is recognised that many children come to school on their scooters and bikes (provision is made for these to be safely left on-site)- it must be emphasised that they should not actually be ridden on school premises, including the school drive. This rule is necessary given the crowded conditions at the start and end of the school day, combined with the obvious hazard of busy Main Street at the bottom of the school drive.
The issue of punctuality and the procedure for late-arrivals was discussed at a committee meeting. It was acknowledged that the vast majority of pupils arrive at school on time but that it should be emphasised that, for security reasons, outside classroom doors have to be closed as soon as pupils have entered at 8:50am - any late arrivers must then enter the school via reception.
The governors are aware that, alongside the national curriculum review, ‘levels’ have been abolished. The ability of the school to establish its own means of assessing pupil progress through school is of great importance. Governors are closely monitoring the transition to ‘assessment without levels’. PP&SD Committee Members are given comprehensive and regular feedback on the strategy that is being developed by the school for quantifying and measuring pupil progress.
Whilst monitoring of this new assessment process will continue, the governors are currently satisfied that the new assessment procedure is robust and provides as sensitive a mechanism for tracking pupil progress as the previous method. A summary explanatory document has been prepared for the benefit of all governors (not just those on the PP&SD Committee) - it is felt that parents might also find it informative.
All school governors are volunteers. They are responsible for making the school's key strategic decisions. The governing body plays a vital role in ensuring school accountability. The governing body has a strong focus on 3 core strategic functions:
a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The governing body meets once per term and conducts much of its business through the Personnel Pupils & Strategic Development (PP&SD) and Finance, Health, Safety and Estates (FHS&E) sub-committees. There is also a disciplinary committee that convenes annually or when required.
Minutes are available on request.
Clerk to the Governors:
Area Education Office,
Sir John Robinson Way,
A recent Notts County Council Director's Report concerning child sexual exploitation (CSE) identified a need to promote professional awareness and knowledge of this important area of safeguarding.
The governing body is satisfied (based on the safeguarding checklist process) that St Wilfrid's School complies with statutory requirements. It is felt that minimum expectations are exceeded through a broad curriculum and extra-curricular activities, with long-running initiatives like the DARE programme being of particular note.
However, after discussing the Director's Report on CSE, it was decided by the governing body that additional opportunities to help increase awareness should be sought and taken wherever possible.
Collective worship is already used as an opportunity to increase children's awareness of safeguarding issues, and guest speakers have often proved useful in providing different approaches and perspectives. It was decided by the governors that the NSPCC should be contacted with a view to providing a guest speaker to talk to the older year groups about this area of child-safety. This decision was successfully implemented.
Governors completed a basic CSE e-learning course. This course is made available, free of charge, by Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board. Notts County Council wishes to raise awareness about this training opportunity in the wider community - both to professionals and parents/carers...
The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children provides useful information on strategies to increase awarenes of and stop CSE, a link to the relevant webpage can be found here...
An alternative e-learning course on CSE, designed primarily for parents, can be found here...
Promoting British Values
Following consideration of the Department of Educations's document 'Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools', a full audit was carried out of St Wilfrid's curricular and extra curricular activities. This has resulted in a document that has been published on this website that conveys how well St. Wilfrid's is fulfilling its obligations to promote fundamental British Values (Please click below for document):