Annual Statement for the Governing Body of Stanhope Primary School

September 2022


The Governing body of Stanhope Primary School works with the Head Teacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement. This annual statement outlines how the Governing Body has fulfilled its responsibilities and how it has met the core strategic functions of the school’s Governing Body set out by the Government and The Department for Education.


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Adapt the relationships between our capacity to meet our education objectives in the increasingly complex world of education and the challenges we face.
  • As a whole school team we are skilled in our ability to make choices in response to whatever is happening in our operating environment and we are increasing this ability on an ongoing: emergent basis.
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


This is how we anticipate and manage change for the benefit of the school and all of our stakeholders.


Key Issues faced by the Governing Body during 2020-2021


As in previous years the Governing Board supported the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and the staff to advance the School Improvement Plan. As a reference point, the School Improvement Plan is predicted on the priorities identified from school data and school self-evaluation. Stanhope Primary School’s School Improvement Plan is set out with clear aims, targets and key tasks, which will be completed in order to achieve the identified areas so the school can move forward.


The School Improvement Plan is a working document and reviewed on a regular basis. The areas identified this academic year were:

  • Improve the percentage of children achieving a Good Level of Development at the end of Reception
  • Improve outcomes in Reading and Writing at Key Stage 1
  • Improve outcomes in Phonics in Year 1
  • Support the Mental Wellbeing and Resilience of all children in school
  • Continue to support the development of children in the EYFS, with an emphasis on communication and language, their physical development and their personal, social and emotional development
  • Continue to develop the role of the subject leaders and governors, so they contribute more to the school’s effectiveness
  • Continue to plan for writing opportunities across the curriculum to ensure pupils can develop their creative and independent skills


In addition to these main areas – other on-going areas were:

  • Teaching is constantly good and outstanding
  • Monitor the budget effectively
  • Ensure pupils are able to transfer their writing skills across the curriculum
  • Ensure and maintain maximum progress for all groups of children, especially those who are identified for Pupil Premium Funding
  • Maintain the effective tracking, assessment and moderation system in school
  • Support all staff, to maintain a healthy, positive work-life balance


The Governors have continued to work with the Head Teacher to ensure the school operated safely from September 2021, as Covid did disrupt the running of the school because of staff absences. The school also needed to ensure intervention and catch up continued due to gaps in pupil learning.


Safeguarding continues to be of paramount importance. The school’s policies are reviewed and approved by the Board of Governors and they ensure they meet the full requirements. Our Safeguarding Governor Abbi Adair meets with the Head Teacher regularly to offer support, advice and challenge. The Governors have attended safeguarding training delivered by the Local Authority and the Head Teacher and in addition to this ALL staff and Governors receive Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education and a link to the full version. The Single Central Record is checked by the Head Teacher every half term and by the Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Governor termly.

The school continued to alert and inform parents and carers in how they can protect their children online. Children are given regular reminders how to keep themselves safe, especially on-line.


The Governing Body at Stanhope Primary School continually seek improvement for the provision of education at our school. We are outward looking and take a holistic approach when considering the development of all our pupils. Working closely with the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and all members of staff, we are constantly striving to improve and develop the school in all areas.


The relationship between the Governing Body, the Senior Leadership Team and all the staff is based on trust, respect and support. The results of which are a good education with many aspects of the school being outstanding. This continues to serve as a highly successful model with continued improvement in pupil progress, pupil attainment and pupil well-being.


Target interventions for all pupils, but especially those identified as Pupil Premium and those pupils who had particularly fallen behind due to school closures ensure all pupil achieve well and make good progress.


At the end of this academic year 2021- 2022 our pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 performed better than when compared to national or local data


End of Year 6


Expected Greater Depth


97% 28%




Mathematics 93%


R/W/M 79%



Our Pupil Premium children also performed well at the end of Year 6:

Reading – Pupil Premium 18/19 = 95%

Maths – Pupil Premium 18/19 = 95%

GPS – Pupil Premium 18/19 = 95%

Writing – Pupil Premium 14/19 = 74%


Assessment of the impact of the Governing Body 2020-2021 has been that:

  • There was an improvement in the amount of Reception children gaining a Good Level of Development 69%
  • There was an improvement in the amount of Year 1 children passing the Phonics Screen 73%
  • The attainment in KS1 dipped slightly in Reading, Writing and Mathematics compared to the previous years.
  • The attainment in KS2 was ABOVE the national average at expected level in reading, writing and maths. The combined percentage of pupil attaining the expected level in reading, writing and maths at KS2 was 79% and 14% at Greater Depth
  • At KS2 those pupils identified as pupil premium was above national averages and they performed as well, or better than all other children, demonstrating the school’s use of pupil premium funding it utilised well.


The curriculum is monitored on a regular basis to ensure a seamless transition between year groups and key stages but also to ensure the curriculum is adapted to the needs of the children and is relevant for them. Furthermore the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and staff ensure the curriculum provides all children with what they need to know for the future, it’s ambitious and what the children learn is inspirational and exciting. This year the school has purchased resources and equipment to support the enhancement of the curriculum.

The staff have also received further updated training on RWI and new systems have been adapted for the delivery of the programme and the assessment and progress of the children.


The school ensures the well-being of all students and therefore the curriculum supports their development, it also supports and develops their confidence and stamina and prepares them for the next stages in their education.


The Governors’ Resources Committee specialises in school finances and meets with the Head Teacher to ensure best value. The Governors are committed to ensuring that the school budget is spent wisely and for the benefit of the pupils. Governors are responsible for the monitoring and the impact and the use of the Pupil Premium Grant. Detailed information regarding the use of this funding is available on the school website. The impact of the Sports Grant is also monitored by the Governors and in conjunction with the Deputy Head Teacher. A full report on spending and impact is also available on the school website. The school has achieved the Gold Award for P.E and sports provision, in addition to this the school’s provision for Sports and P.E is outstanding and have completed at Regional and National levels too. The Governors are extremely proud of the children’s participation and achievements in sport from September 2021 to July 2022.


Governors are committed to ensuring the effectiveness of school safeguarding. The Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Link Governor meet with the Head Teacher to ensure all protocols and procedures are robust to ensure safety for all pupils, staff and visitors of the school. CPOMS is utilised and fully embedded and this continues to enable the staff and school to further improve their management of child protection and incidents and ensure the school’s system runs even more efficiently.


We are a multi skilled dynamic Governing Body, with a wide range of experience in all walks of life and the business environment. We utilise these skills to enable us to meet and overcome any and challenges we have faced and those which will no doubt come our way in these unprecedented times ahead.


We look forward to a productive year ahead and will continue to work with the Head Teacher and all the staff for the benefit of all the pupils, staff and the school community of Stanhope Primary School.

Mr John Hetherington

Chair of Governors