Annual Governance Statement


Annual Governance Statement for the Local Governing Body of

Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas


In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing boards, the three core strategic functions of the Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas Governing Body are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent including PP and PE Grants.

Governance arrangements:

The Local Governing Body of Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas was re-constituted on 1 November 2017 when it became part of the Dales Academies Trust (Dales).

The Local Governing Body of Trinity Academy Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas is made up of 11 members and meets four times a year.

General Governors are appointed by the Local Governing Body and are people who, in the opinion of the Local Governing Body, have the skills required to contribute to the effective Governance and success of the school; on our Local Governing Body, a skills audit exercise has taken place to identify how Local Governors can best provide support to the school and to the Dales Academies Trust in general.

The full Governing Board meet twice in the Autumn term and then once in the Spring and Summer terms, with additional special meetings held if required. There are also a number of committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. The Trinity Academies Richmond, Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas share the same Chair of Governors and Executive Headteacher and so in 2017 it was decided to hold joint Resource, Curriculum and Remuneration Meetings in 2017/2018 with representatives from both Governing Bodies (Eppleby Forcett and Middleton Tyas share the same governing body).

Attendance of governors Governors have excellent attendance at meetings. A separate document on our school 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: The work that we have done on our Committees and on the Governing Body:
The Local Governing Body has had a particularly busy year focusing on the school’s recent conversion to academy status and joining of the newly formed Dales Academies Trust. There was also the consideration, and parental consultation, of a change of school name, school logo and uniform. This was agreed and implemented in July 2018 with the new school uniform coming into effect from September 2018 with a year’s transition.Over the year, the Local Governing Body discussed the various elements of being an Academy and part of a Trust. These included changes to the way the administration of the finance is carried out, CENSUS reporting and recording and working more collaboratively with other schools within the Trust. The introduction of the new GDPR in May 2018 required careful consideration and thought as to how information is shared, not only throughout the Governing Body but also with staff, the Trust and third parties. Dales produced a Policy and Privacy Statements for all Trust schools to follow.

The Curriculum Committee were kept informed about how assessment procedures were used this year in relation to pupil progress and how teachers looked carefully at not just individual class results, but also groups of children, such as disadvantaged pupils. As well, the committee considered the impact of both Pupil Premium and Sports Premium Grant spending, SEN, policies and other key curriculum issues.

The Resource Committee met to consider the latest budgetary information, as well as examining cash flow statements and the school’s income and expenditure. Future funding forecasts were also considered. The Pupil Premium and PE Grants spending and strategy were also discussed. The committee also deliberated upon the school budget for 2018/19 as part of the newly formed Trust. The committee also has the remit for health and safety, focusing on reports throughout the year. New exterior fencing options were given due consideration in line with safeguarding and health and safety recommendations.

Members of the Full Governing Body supported the staff recruitment process again this year on numerous occasions in order to appoint class teachers and teaching assistants.

Governors contributed to the new School Development Plan for 2018/19, as well as reviewing the progress of key objectives over the course of the 2017/18 school year. The Executive Headteacher presented a comprehensive report at each meeting (including the reporting of attendance issues). The Safeguarding Audit for 2017/18 was also presented, as was the annual Safeguarding Report.

The Full Governing Body discussed and considered many issues over the course of the year, to ensure that the pupils of the school are provided with an engaging curriculum, which challenged and supported them to ensure that pupils were on track to achieve their full potential.

Future plans for the governors: The newly formed Local Governing Body is looking forward to the future development of the school and to working more closely with Trinity Academy Richmond to further enhance collaboration and good working practice.
How you can contact the Governing Body: We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of the Local Governing Body, Mrs Probert, via the school office. You can see more information about the role of the LGB in the Governors’ section of our school website.