The Governing Board

Message from Mrs Alison Dunabin, Chair of Governors:

This is an ’Outstanding’ Community Primary School as judged by OFSTED in 2011 and we continue to work hard to maintain this accolade . The school is justly proud of the high standards of education it provides and the excellent partnerships that exist between the School, its Governors and the surrounding villages of Wincham and Pickmere. We believe that a child’s education benefits from parents and teachers working together.

We hope you will play an active part in this partnership.

The School Governing Board: what it does
There are more than 300,000 school governors in England which makes it one of the largest volunteer groups in the country. That’s more than turn out each week to watch the football at all the Premier League grounds in London and Manchester!
A governing board is a little like the shareholders of a company or trustees of a charity. We are there to complement and enhance school leadership by providing support and challenge, to ensure that statutory duties are met and to hold the head teacher to account for the impact of the school’s work on improving outcomes for all pupils.
The Governing Board sets a strategic direction for the school and has a central role in the leadership of it. Governors provide high levels of professional challenge to hold the school to account. Governors do not involve themselves in the day to day management of the school; that is the role of the head teacher; however at every meeting challenging but positive questions are asked. The trust that forms between the head teacher and the governors ensures that we have a secure knowledge of the school, which is achieved through commitment to monitoring and evaluation of school performance.
Whilst the Governing Board achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grading from Ofsted in the inspection in January 2011, it is aware that the hardest aspect of achieving an ‘Outstanding’ grade is maintaining it at that level going forward. This is particularly important as governors change over time, many serve only their four year term, however we have a good mix of experience and new members on the Governing Board at Wincham. Governors at Wincham regularly carry out training in their own time to ensure that they are up to date with current Legislation and Policy. All governors are DBS checked and attend safeguarding training.

Wincham School Governing Board Annual Statement 2016-17

The Governing Board has three core strategic functions:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


So how have we carried out these functions during the course of the last academic year?


Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.


  • The governing board ensured that equality and respect are reflected in all aspects of school life; high expectations are set and monitored. Non-compliances were recorded, assessed and actioned as necessary
  • The governing board has reviewed, discussed and updated the School Strategic Development Plan (SSDP). Alongside the SSDP we also input into the self evaluation form (SEF) which tells us where the school is now
  • The strategy sets out the priorities for improvement, the targets for each priority, the measurable milestones for the targets and how they will be monitored
  • The governing board has completed its review of its contribution to Leadership and Management against the evaluation criteria for ‘Governor Mark’


IMPACT:  A clear direction leads to improvement and the promotion of high quality care and education through continuous application of cycles which are: plan, implement, review, adapt.  Targets set are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound)


Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.


  • The governing board has appointed a new head teacher who will lead the school from

1 September 2017

  • The governing board, particularly the curriculum committee which meets three times per year, has scrutinised data both from internal and external sources
  • The school has its own tracking systems which parents will be familiar with from the reports that they receive annually and at parents’ evenings. Governors have monitored tracking against targets
  • External data was also scrutinised, this data is produced by the DfE and by Ofsted. By looking at this data governors saw how the school is performing nationally and against similar schools.  The data also shows us comparisons by pupil group
  • By questioning school leaders about this data we have established how children are learning and what is being done to ensure that targets are met/exceeded
  • Governors meet annually with curriculum leaders to discuss what the children have learnt/will be learning during the year
  • The quality of teaching has an enormous impact upon the achievement of pupils and so governors have used data and targets to measure the performance of staff.  Some of this evidence was gathered by members of the senior leadership team who carried out lesson observations and book scrutinies.  This information was presented to governors at termly sub committee meetings for them to discuss and question
  • The Head teacher also has targets and a panel of governors, aided by an external advisor, undertook the Head teacher’s performance management review


IMPACT:  All children feel safe and valued and benefit from outstanding teaching across all year groups with the aim of achieving a level of academic performance across the curriculum that is significantly above the national average.


Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


  • Governors have ensured financial probity in a challenging environment
  • Wincham school is funded by public money and it is therefore essential that the governing board, through the finance sub committee, reviews school expenditure at each of its termly meetings
  • Expenditure against a pre-set budget and variances from this budget were considered and governors have ensured that the reasons for any significant variances against each item are justifiable and that the overall capital expenditure remained on track
  • Governors have ensured that the money is spent for the benefit of pupils; this can be measured in different ways, for example, verifying that the school resources are sufficient in terms of quality and quantity to meet the needs of the national curriculum
  • Governors have ensured that staff are deployed effectively to support the needs of all pupils
  • Governors have supported staff CPD in order to ensure the best outcomes for pupils
  • Governors have ensured that the school environment is safe, secure, fit for purpose and visually appealing


IMPACT: The school budget is set to reflect the priorities of the school and ensures that money is spent for the benefit of current and future pupils.


In addition to this governors visited school during ‘Governor Week’ and joined in lessons across a number of classes in order to become better informed about the school and to see the impact of curriculum plans discussed with link co-ordinators in the autumn term. The Governors’ Writing Award was awarded again this year for the most creative, imaginative and exciting pieces of written work presented by children in each year group.  The safeguarding of all children at the school continues to be a priority and the Safeguarding sub committee has had a positive impact on developments in this area. Governors regularly review school policies and procedures, deliver music lessons, attend special assemblies and sports events supporting the school in a variety of different ways throughout the year.

Our board of Governors

A list of the current school Governors is here.