Annual Statement for the Governing Body of Stanhope Primary School

September 2019




The Governing body of Stanhope Primary School works with the Head Teacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement. This annual statement outlines how the Governing Body has fulfilled its responsibilities and how it has met the core strategic functions of the school’s Governing Body set out by the Government and The Department for Education.


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


Key Issues faced by the Governing Body during 2018-2019


As in previous years the Governing Board supported the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and the staff to advance the School Improvement Plan. As a reference point, the School Improvement Plan is predicted on the priorities identified from school data and school self-evaluation. Stanhope Primary School’s School Improvement Plan is set out with clear aims, targets and key tasks, which will be completed in order to achieve the identified areas so the school can move forward.


The School Improvement Plan is a working document and reviewed on a regular basis. The areas identified this academic year were:

  • Maintain the high standards of reading in school
  • To raise the attainment of writing at the end of Key Stage 1
  • Raise the outcomes of mathematics across the school
  • Continue to support the development of children in the EYFS
  • Develop further the role of the middle leaders and governors, so they contribute more to the school’s effectiveness.


In addition to these main areas – other on going areas were:

  • Teaching is constantly good and outstanding
  • Monitor the budget effectively
  • Ensure pupils are able to transfer their writing skills across the curriculum
  • Ensure maximum progress for all groups of children, especially those who are identified for Pupil Premium Funding
  • Maintain the effective tracking, assessment and moderation system in school



The Governing Body at Stanhope Primary School continually seek improvement for the provision of education at our school. We are outward looking and take a holistic approach when considering the development of all our pupils. Working closely with the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and all members of staff, we are constantly striving to improve and develop the school in all areas.


The relationship between the Governing Body, the Senior Leadership Team and all the staff is based on trust, respect and support. The results of which are a good education with many aspects of the school being outstanding. This continues to serve as a highly successful model with continued improvement in pupil progress, pupil attainment and pupil well-being.


Target interventions for all pupils, but especially those identified as Pupil Premium ensure all pupil achieve well and make good progress. At the end of this academic year 2018- 2019 our pupils in Year 6 identified as pupil premium performed very well.


Assessment of the impact of the Governing Body 2018-2019 has been that:

  • The attainment in KS1 was at least the national average
  • The attainment in KS2 was WELL ABOVE the national average at expected level in reading, writing and maths. The combined percentage of pupil attaining the expected level in reading, writing and maths at KS2 was 89%, well about national level, which was 65%
  • At KS2 those pupils identified as pupil premium was above national averages and they performed as well as all other children, demonstrating the school’s use of pupil premium funding it utilised well.
  • The school achieved Gold Level Games Award.
  • The school was awarded ‘Little Inventors’ recognition.



The curriculum is monitored on a regular basis to ensure a seamless transition between year groups and key stages but also to ensure the curriculum is adapted to the needs of the children and is relevant for them. Furthermore the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and staff ensure the curriculum provides all children with what they need to know for the future, it’s ambitious and what the children learn is inspirational and exciting. This year the school has purchased resources and equipment to support the enhancement of the curriculum.


The school ensures the well-being of all students and therefore the curriculum supports their development, it also supports and develops their confidence and stamina and prepares them for the next stages in their education.


The Governors’ Resources Committee specialises in school finances and meets with the Head Teacher to ensure best value. The Governors are committed to ensuring that the school budget is spent wisely and for the benefit of the pupils. Governors are responsible for the monitoring and the impact and the use of the Pupil Premium Grant. Detailed information regarding the use of this funding is available on the school website. The impact of the Sports Grant is also monitored by the Governors and in conjunction with the Deputy Head Teacher. A full report on spending and impact is also available on the school website. The school has achieved the Gold Award for P.E and sports provision, in addition to this the school’s provision for Sports and P.E is outstanding and the Governors are extremely proud of the children’s participation and achievements in sport this year.


Governors are committed to ensuring the effectiveness of school safeguarding. The Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Link Governor meet with the Head Teacher to ensure all protocols and procedures are robust to ensure safety for all pupils, staff and visitors of the school. This year the school purchased CPOMS and this has enabled the staff and school to further improve their management of child protection and incidents and ensure the school’s system runs even more efficiently.


We look forward to another exciting and productive year ahead and will continue to work with the Head Teacher and all the staff for the benefit of all the pupils, staff and the school community of Stanhope Primary School.





Cllr Anne Hetherington

Chair of Governors