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: We have a significant number of disadvantaged and vulnerable students and last year a nurture form class was introduced to work with year 7 students to improve attendance and ensure that disadvantaged students have the same opportunity to reach their academic potential as their peers. 

Outcomes were positive and in May 2019 at the point where students were reintegrated into mainstream form groups 100% of the students involved in this had improved attendance and were working at expected progress in all subject areas. Furthermore students were exceeding their expected progress in at least one subject area.

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 and we have also monitored staff development and training.

Impact: Progress for students at Key Stage 3 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.

3.    Further Improving Leadership and Management: We have reviewed the roles and responsibilities of all senior staff. 

Impact: There is increased accountability at all levels across the school leading to improved outcomes at Key Stage 3.

4.    Further Improving Transition Arrangements: We have further improved our transition arrangements and how the school is promoted to improve student numbers. Governors attended the School Open Evening and have also attended other events with the Senior Team to promote the School.

Impact: The school is now oversubscribed and numbers on roll have increased from 776 (September 2018) to 806 (September 2019).

5.    Responding to National Education Policy Reforms: Throughout the last academic year, there have been changes to national policies in education and other areas including the new Ofsted framework. Governors have ensured that the School meets all statutory requirements and are aware of the revised expectations of the new 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). Governors regularly visited the School and the areas they are linked to. As governors we talked to students and to staff and visited lessons. We also received reports about the work of the School. As governors, we also visited the school for occasions such as Harvest Festival, Remembrance, Awards and Parents’ Evenings and this gave us a more rounded perspective of how the School operates. These events also gave us further opportunities to speak to students, parents and staff.

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. As a result of this we have been able to employ four additional members of teaching staff across the school.

Impact: The budget is managed effectively and financial resources are used appropriately.

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 8 inspection on 1 March 2017.

Composition of the Governing Board

  • 2 parent governors
  • 1 head teacher
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 2 co-opted governors
  • 8 foundation governors


Committees of the Governing Board

  • Curriculum, Assessment and Learning
  • Finance and Human Resources
  • Performance Management and Pay Review
  • School Community
  • Ethics Panel – Pupil Disciplinary
  • Complaints and Appeals


Chair of Governors

Mrs JA Stokes

Vice Chair of Governors

Mr IT Dalziel


Name Appointing Body Category Term of Office Committees Official Responsibility Financial Interest Non-Financial Interest Date Interest Registered
Mrs J A Stokes Jarrow School Trust Foundation 01/04/2018 to 31/03/2022 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning
Finance & HR
School Community
Chair of Governing Board Nil Trustee of Jarrow School 08/10/2019
Mr I T Dalziel Governing Body Co-opted 02/07/2019 to 01/07/2023 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning
Finance & HR
School Community

Vice Chair of Governing Board

Chair of Finance and HR Committee

Nil Nil 10/07/2019
Mrs C Smith Governing Body Co-opted 02/07/2019 to 01/07/2023 School Community   Nil Nil 03/10/2019
Mrs N Fraser Jarrow School Trust LEA 01/12/2019 to 30/11/2023 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning   Nil Nil 23/01/2020
Dawn Lyon Jarrow School Trust Parent 11/12/2019 to 10/12/2023     Nil Nil 02/12/2019
Ms B McCulla Jarrow School Trust Foundation 10/12/2017 to 09/12/2021 Finance & HR
School Community
Chair of School Community Committee Employed by ST Catering Team Catering Officer for Jarrow School Kitchen 23/01/2020
Mrs M Henderson Jarrow School Trust Foundation 17/01/2018 to 16/01/2022 Finance & HR   Nil Nil 02/07/2019
Mr K Smallcombe Jarrow School Trust Foundation 04/11/2018 to 03/11/2022 School Community   Solicitor Education Appeals committee 06/10/2016
Mr B Stonehouse Jarrow School Trust Foundation 09/10/2018 to 08/10/2022     Nil Nil 20/07/2019
Mr J Ali Parent Body Parent 15/03/2018 to 14/03/2022     Nil Nil 17/10/2019
Miss J Gillies By Virtue of Position Head Teacher 01/01/2013 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning
Finance & HR
School Community
  Head Teacher Nil 17/01/2020
Mrs J Hogg Jarrow School Trust Foundation 11/12/2019  to 10/12/2023 Finance & HR, School Community   Nil Nil 06/02/2020
Mr M Adamson Jarrow School Trust  Foundation 09/10/2019 to 08/10/2023 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning   Nil Nil 03/10/2019
Mrs J Barclay Staff Body Staff 15/11/2019 to 14/11/2023 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning   Exams Officer Nil 16/01/2020


Attendance 2018/19





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