Governors' Annual Report

Annual Statement of Key Issues Faced and Addressed by Governors

The Governing Board of Jarrow School works with the Head Teacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement. The Governing Board have prioritised the following key issues during the year. Our role is to provide the strategic direction of the School and to assist the Senior Team in continuing to improve the standards and quality of our provision. 

1. Safeguarding and Safety: This is our single most important duty. We have reviewed all our policies and procedures in this area. Attendance continues to be one of our key priorities.

Impact: As a result of our robust procedures, overall attendance has continued to rise and is in line with national figures. A significant minority of students continue to be impacted with mental health issues as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic however, following support from our pastoral team, the vast majority of these students now regularly attend school at least on a part time basis.

2. Improving Outcomes for Students: We have challenged the Senior Team to continue to improve outcomes at both Key Stages by further improving the quality of education. We have monitored the progress of students along with assessment procedures and we have also monitored staff development and training.

Impact: Progress for students at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 has improved. We have challenged curriculum leaders to further review the curriculum across the school ensuring it is challenging, fulfils the needs of all individual learners and gives students the necessary skills, understanding and opportunities to successfully progress to the next stage of their lives. Assessment has been a key area for improvement throughout the year.

3. Further Improving Leadership and Management: With the number of pupils at the school significantly increasing over the last few years we have reviewed the roles and responsibilities of senior staff and pastoral staff, discussing and making changes where appropriate.

Impact: There is increased accountability at all levels across the school which will lead to improved outcomes. There is a revised pastoral structure in place alongside revised procedures to ensure the variety of needs displayed by our students is now fully met as far as possible.

4. Further Improving Transition Arrangements: We have further improved our transition arrangements with open evenings, transition days and taster days taking place as frequently as possible at relevant times throughout the year. 

Impact: The school continues to be oversubscribed and numbers on roll have further increased to 847 (September 2023) from 833 (September 2022)

5. Responding to National Education Policy Reforms: Throughout the last academic year, there have been changes to national policies in education both short term changes dealing with the issues from COVID-19 and longer-term changes following the publication of and then revisions to the Schools White Paper. Governors have ensured that the School meets all statutory requirements and are aware of the revised expectations of the Ofsted framework.

Impact: Jarrow School meets its statutory requirements. 

6. Governor Monitoring and Evaluation: Governors are linked to particular subject areas and to specific themes (e.g. Special Educational Needs or Pupil Premium). This was reviewed in the autumn term however unfortunately this year, some of these visits did not take place. It is the aim that all governors will make at least two “link area” visits to the school during each school year.

Impact: Governors fully support the work of the School and are able to monitor and evaluate the school based on both primary and secondary evidence.

7. Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School: Governors have worked with the School to ensure continued achievement of the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS). Governors also monitored how the Pupil Premium funding was being used We utilise regular budget monitoring reports to enable us to challenge how spending aligned with the School budget thus ensuring solvency and probity ensuring financial resources were used effectively. 

Impact: The budget is managed effectively and financial resources are used appropriately. As a result of this, we have been able to employ additional members of teaching and support staff across the school. We have also been able to enhance the learning environment for our students in various curriculum areas across the school.

8. Holding the Senior Team to account: A critical part of the governors’ role is to support and challenge the Senior Team of the School. We did this through regular contact, visits, meetings and the work of our committees. There is a strong and robust relationship between Governors and the Senior Team.

Impact: Governors have a strong working knowledge of the School and alongside external quality assurance, have great confidence in the Senior Team. The School continues to be judged as ‘Good’ following a Section 5 inspection last academic year (14 and 15 June 2022).

Composition of the Governing Board

  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Head Teacher
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 1 Co-opted Governors
  • 8 Foundation Governors

Committees of the Governing Board

  • Curriculum, Assessment and Learning
  • Finance and Human Resources
  • School Community
  • Complaints and Appeals Panel

Chair of Governors

Mr M Adamson

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs D Ewart


Name Category Appointing Body Terms of Office Committees Official Responsibility
Mark Adamson Foundation Trust Board 10/12/2023 – 09/12/2027 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning
Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Vice Chair Governing Board
Chair of Finance & Human Resources
Chair of Curriculum Assessment & Learning
Hayley Alcock Foundation Trust Board 20/06/2023 – 19/06/2027    
Jason Ali Foundation Trust Board 11/10/2022 – 10/10/2026 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning
Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Chair of Finance & Human Resources
Denise Ewart Foundation Trust Board 04/02/2020 – 03/02/2024 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning
Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Vice Chair Governing Board
Chair of Curriculum Assessment & Learning
Margaret Henderson Foundation Trust Board 17/01/2022 – 16/01/2026 Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Julie Hogg Foundation Trust Board 10/12/2023 – 09/12/2027 School Community  
Fay Scullion Foundation Trust Board 08/02/2022 – 07/02/2026 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning  
Allyson Poole Foundation Trust Board 03/10/2023 – 02/10/2027    
Miss Jill Gillies Head Teacher By virtue of position 01/01/2013 –  Curriculum, Assessment & Learning
Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Bridget McCulla LEA Local Authority 27/07/2020 – 26/07/2024 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning
Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Chair School Community Committee
Sara-Joy Brown Parent Parents 03/10/2022 – 02/10/2026    
Vacancy Parent Parents      
Joseph Farthing Staff Staff 08/11/2021 - 07/11/2025    
Ian Dalziel Co-opted Governing Board 05/10/2023 – 04/10/2027 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning
Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Brian Stonehouse Foundation Trust Board 09/10/2018 – 08/10/2022    
Sarah Alexander Foundation Trust Board 08/02/2022 – 24/03/2023     
Dianne Cross Foundation Trust Board 24/05/2022 – 24/03/2023    
Dawn Lyon Parent Parents 11/12/2019 – 10/12/2023    


Attendance 2022/23



Register of Governor Interests

Name Position Nature of Interest Date Interest Registered Date Interest Ceased Notes
Mark Adamson Foundation Nil 11/05/2023    
Hayley Alcock Foundation Nil 13/10/2023    
Jason Ali Foundation Nil 11/05/2023    
Denise Ewart Foundation Nil 11/05/2023    
Margaret Henderson Foundation Nil 23/06/2022    
Julie Hogg Foundation Nil 11/05/2023    
Fay Scullion Foundation Nil 15/10/2023    
Miss Jill Gillies Head Teacher Nil 11/05/2023    
Bridget McCulla LEA Catering Manager STC:
we provide the service to the school
11/05/2023   Governor at Forest View Primary School
Ian Dalziel Co-opted Siemens plc, SI, EA R&D MP GB North Farm Rd, Hebburn 19/10/2023    
Sara-Joy Brown Parent Nil 11/05/2023   Governor at West Boldon Primary
Dawn Lyon Parent Nil 29/09/2022    
Joseph Farthing Staff Nil 20/10/2023    

 Date of Review: 20th October 2023

A copy of the Governors Code of Conduct document is available in PDF format here.

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