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. 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. The Governing Board have prioritised the following key issues during the year while recognising this has been a very unusual year due to COVID-19 requiring a level of flexibility in thinking and practices.  

1.    Safeguarding and Safety:
 This is our single most important duty. We have reviewed all our policies and procedures in this area including the completion of thorough risk assessments and adjustments to policies with regard to the coronavirus pandemic as this has been our key priority with regard to the health and safety of students and staff. This included reviewing how the lockdown situation was handled with respect to home working and supporting the most vulnerable students during this period. As we move forward out of lockdown we will continue to support and monitor new safety and safeguarding issues / trends that may arise from the unusual last two years of schooling for our students and staff.

Impact: The school has been a safe place for staff and for students to learn throughout the coronavirus period to date both within the lockdown periods and following reopening with extensive testing programs taking place for staff and students following the reopening in March. We had a significant number of key worker and vulnerable students in school during the lockdown periods including Post 11 Centre students and very good practices were in place to maintain hygiene and social distancing for these pupils. Following the wider opening of schools in March, attendance has been good but we will need to keep focus on this moving forward and it remains an area of high priority.

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 and ensuring a well-rounded education for our pupils with an individual based approach striving to achieve the best education for all our students. We also reviewed and discussed the move to online learning during the lockdown periods and how this could best be achieved for our students. We have monitored the progress of students and we have also monitored staff development and training.

Impact: During the lockdown periods great strides were made in the quality of remote learning the school were able to offer and we hope to work with staff and the leadership team at the school to embed some of the good digital practices and systems learned during this time into the educational offer going forward.  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. A particular area of focus is embedding a higher degree of monitoring for all students throughout their schooling challenging the most able students and supporting students who may be showing signs of struggling in a particular area with interventions and individual support as required. Careers education is now more embedded across the school in every curriculum area. Key Stage 4 results this year are based on teacher assessed grades and we are confident that the processes and procedures in place have been thorough and consistent.

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 more fully met, further developments in this area are planned as we come back to a level of normality following the COVID-19 pandemic (which among other things slowed recruitment of some staff).

4.    Responding to National Education Policy Reforms:  Throughout the last academic year, there have been several changes to national guidance and policies in education, both short term changes dealing with the issues form COVID-19 and longer-term changes as the new curriculum is embedded in. Governors have ensured that the School meets all statutory requirements including the revised expectations relating to guidance throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Impact: Jarrow School meets its statutory requirements.

5.    Governor Monitoring and Evaluation: Governors are linked to particular subject areas and to specific themes (e.g. Special Educational Needs, Maths, English etc.). This was reviewed in the autumn term and some visits took place however unfortunately this year, some of these visits were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is the aim that all governors will make at least one “link area” visit 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.

6.    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 proceed with building work to create some additional classroom space with further work planned for 2021. Partly due to our learning from the COVID-19 pandemic we have also prioritised funding to improve the digital readiness of the school both in terms of remote learning capabilities and by upgrading the digital infrastructure within the school, for example all classrooms now have the latest digital panel technology installed.

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

7.    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.

8.    Reviewing the Composition of the Governing Board:  In the last two years there have been a number of changes at the board level with the retirement of our Chair of Governors and three other governors, we reviewed the skills of our governors to ensure we have the relevant areas of expertise across our Governing Board and will repeat this exercise in 2021 using the NGA skills matrix, a priority is to ensure the new governors have the support and training they require.

Impact: A new chair was appointed in 2020 along with two further governors with relevant and complementary skills, one open governor position remains which we have delayed filling until after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Composition of the Governing Board

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

Mr IT Dalziel


Name Category Appointing Body Terms of Office Committees Official Responsibility
Ian Dalziel Co-opted Governing Board 02/07/2019 – 01/07/2023 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning
Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Vice Chair Governing Board
Chair of Finance & Human Resources
Chair of Curriculum Assessment & Learning
Mark Adamson Foundation Trust Board 11/12/2019 – 10/12/2023 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning
Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Chair of Governing Board
Denise Ewart Foundation Trust Board 04/02/2020 – 03/02/2024 School Community  
Margaret Henderson Foundation Trust Board 17/01/2018 – 16/01/2022 Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Julie Hogg Foundation Trust Board 11/12/2019 – 10/12/2023 Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Kevin Smallcombe Foundation Trust Board 04/11/2018 – 03/11/2022 School Community  
Brian Stonehouse Foundation Trust Board 09/10/2018 – 08/10/2022 School Community  
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 Finance & Human Resources
School Community
Chair School Community Committee
Jason Ali Parent Parents 15/03/2018 – 14/03/2022 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning  
Dawn Lyon Parent Parents 11/12/2019 – 10/12/2023    
Janet Barclay Staff Staff 15/11/2019 – 14/11/2023 Curriculum, Assessment & Learning  
Jane Dunford Foundation  Trust Board 10/10/2020 – 13/10/2024 School Community  


Attendance 2020/21




Register of Governor Interests

Name Position Nature of Interest Date Interest Registered Date Interest Ceased Notes
Ian Dalziel Co-opted Siemens plc employee 24 September 2021    
Mark Adamson Foundation None 24 September 2021    
Denise Ewart Foundation None 27 August 2021    
Margaret Henderson Foundation None 25 June 2021    
Julie Hogg Foundation None 24 September 2021    
Kevin Smallcombe Foundation None 02 July 2020    
Brian Stonehouse Foundation None 13 August 2021    
Miss Jill Gillies Head Teacher Head Teacher 25 June 2021    
Bridget McCulla LEA None 13 August 2021   I Work for STC we hold the contract for the catering at the School and I am the Catering Officer for Jarrow School.
Governor at Forest View Primary School
Jason Ali Parent None 10 September 2021    
Dawn Lyon Parent None 04 October 2021    
Jane Dunford Foundation None 27 August 2021    

 Date of Next Review: 1 September 2022

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