The Governing Body

The governing body is a group of individuals, made up of parents, staff and members of the local community. We work on a voluntary basis to support the strategic leadership of the school. Governors typically serve for terms of four years, and will have a variety of responsibilities during this time.

You can see who they are here.

What Do We Do?

Whilst the governing body carry many legal responsibilities for the school, this only represents part of the overall story. These activities include:

  • Oversight of the effective delivery of the curriculum
  • Monitoring the progress of children throughout their school life
  • Helping to develop and monitor the annual budget and finances
  • Long-term planning for the future development of the school
  • Ensure effective policies covering areas such as child welfare, recruitment, health & safety etc.
  • Prioritising repairs and improvements to the school buildings and grounds

At Holly Park we have a clear expectation about the role of Governors. Please see the attached booklets with our Handbook and our Governor Code of Practice. It would be important to read these documents if you are considering being a governor at this school.

  • Here is a Governors’ Handbook.
  • And here is the Holly Park School Governor Code of Practice
  • Every governing body has an instrument of government. The instrument of government sets out how the governing body is made up. Here is Holly Park’s Instrument of Government
  • We also have a job description for the chair and vice chair which you can read here
  • Every September the Governors at Holly Park fill in a form to declare any financial or business interests.  Please find a blank form attached.
  • The individual signed business interest forms for each governor are held in the school office along with the  Declared Register of Interest. Here is the General Register: 2020 – 21 

Holly Park Governors come into school and do learning walks and open mornings regularly. In these sessions they look in books, speak with key staff, observe parts of lessons, talk to children, attend assembly and go out in the playgrounds to observe the children.

These visits into school are planned out for the whole year as part of the school calendar of events. The visits are linked to the School Improvement Plan so that governors can focus on specific issues that will feed into the plan. These visits give them opportunity to see the work of the school in action and to ask questions and make suggestions about what they see.

These are the issues relating to the School Improvement plan that governors were monitoring in 2019-20:

  • September-  Handwriting
  • October – EYFS Outdoor Area
  • November-  Marking Policy
  • December- Talking to children about their learning
  • January –    Global Learning
  • February – Zones of Regulation
  • March –     Calculation Policy

These are the issues relating to the School Improvement plan that governors were monitoring in 2018-19:

  • September-  Use of Pupil Premium money
  • October – Whole class reading
  • November-  Maths
  • December- Self Editing
  • January –    Vocabulary
  • February – Pastoral Care
  • March – The continuous provision
  • April – Pupil Premium support
  • June – writing

Governor Impact 2019/20

  • Governors decided to increase nursery extended fees from September 2020
  • Governors decided to increase breakfast club from Sept 2020.
  • Governors have successfully completed a school fundraising strategy – £35K was raised from parents, the local community and local business to extend the KS2 playground and create extra external access to a classroom
  • Governors were involved in the Schools Financial Value Statement before it was submitted
  • Governors scrutinised the outcome of the external finance audit
  • Governors have been on trips throughout the year
  • Governors have been on Enabling Enterprise trips for Pupil Premium children
  • Governors agreed to end another cleaning contract
  • Governors adopted a new cleaning company
  • All Governors completed a skills audit
  • Governors on the finance committee completed a finance skills audit
  • The Safeguarding governor had input on the Safeguarding annual audit
  • The H&S governor gave input and checked various documentation was in place before sending to Barnet
  • Governors were involved in setting the new school budget
  • Governors have attended staff inset and supported the setting of Impact statements for curriculum subjects
  • Governors were involved in the HT Appraisal and agreeing pay rises for staff
  • Governors attended safeguarding training
  • Governors have considered the LA feedback from the Reading Deep Dive
  • Governors have made contact with their subject leader links in school
  • Governors have given feedback about their subject at full governing body meetings
  • Governors have attended shows, concerts, PTA events
  • Governors attended various Barnet training courses across the year
  • Governors have had in house training on: The new Ofsted framework, Preparing a Curriculum for September 2020 and considering the inevitable gap in learning
  • Governors monitored several areas related to the SIP: Handwriting, EYFS Outdoor Area, Marking Policy, Talking to children about their learning, Global Learning, Zones of Regulation, The Calculation Policy
  • Governors were consulted about their views on the future of Barnet Education services
  • Governors have been involved with the COVID 19 situation regarding the school- HUBs, Partial opening, proposed full opening:
  • Weekly phone calls between HT and Chair.
  • Inviting governors to staff Zoom meeting
  • Sharing road map and risk assessment with governors for consultation and comment
  • Sharing essential letters with governors.
  • Discussions about re-opening across the three committee meetings
  • Copying Chair & Vice Chair on multiple emails and including their comments and revisions in subsequent drafts of the Roadmap and letters home to parents.
  • Chair counter-signing letters home

This is where governors made an impact in 2018/19

  • Governors decided to increase nursery extended fees from September 2019
  • Governors decided to increase breakfast club to £3 from Sept 2019.
  • Governors supported the school through an Ofsted inspection in Nov 2018
  • Governors have started to look at a school fundraising strategy
  • Governors have been on trips and residential throughout the year
  • Governors have been on Enabling Enterprise trips for Pupil Premium children
  • A governor has given advice to the pastoral team from her wellbeing and therapy background
  • Governors agreed to end our Catering contract
  • Governors were involved in the new catering contract selection
  • Governors agreed to end our cleaning contract
  • Governors voted on the new cleaning company
  • Governors were involved in setting the new school budget
  • Governors have revitalised the governor committee structure with more emphasis on the curriculum and governors making contact with staff in the school
  • Governors have attended shows, concerts, PTA events
  • Governors have sent letters to parent debtors in order to recoup owed money
  • Governors decided that there should be a staff wellbeing section in the budget so that the HT, DHT and chair of governors don’t pay for things from their own money
  • Governors decided to merge the premises and finance meetings for efficiency
  • Governors looked at the new pipework across the ceilings and down the walls in the dining hall following the boiler problems. Governors agreed that the appearance was not too bad and that we should not spend money from Capital to box it in.
  • Governors approved the school decision to go cashless
  • Governors agreed with the proposal for parents to pay for music tuition through BEAT as other schools do – to improve office efficiency
  • Governors approved the decision to end the relationship with the new cleaning company and seek to find a new one with effect from October.
  • Governors supported the Y6 national tests by being independent witnesses
  • Governors attended various training courses across the year and made suggestions based on new information e.g An information sheet for governors
  • Governors suggested that internal attainment and progress data, shows governors Autumn, Spring and summer data in one chart so they can track it over the year.
  • Governors have raised their profile by writing profiles of themselves for the newsletter