Governance

King Charles School is part of Falmouth MAT.  Within the MAT governance structure, King Charles School has a Local Governing Board and their work feeds into the on-going work of the MAT Board of Trustees.

The 3 core functions of the governing board

The governing board exists to provide strong strategic leadership to a school, ensuring accountability for its educational and financial performance.

The Governance Handbook assigns 3 core functions to the board:

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

Current King Charles School Governors:

Name Category Responsibility Term of Office End Date
Mrs Kate Venner de Cortez Co-Opted Chair

Christian Distinctiveness

16/05/2023
Dr M D Sharma Parent Elected Vice Chair

SEN

31/08/2022
Mr Lee Moscato Ex-Officio Headteacher N/A
Mr G Harris Staff Teacher 04/09/2023
Mrs Alexandra Moulder Parent Elected PPG

Sports Premium

Curriculum

16/05/2023
Mrs Karen Bond (NLG) Co-Opted TBC 18/07/2024

In 2019-20 there were no formal complaints received at King Charles C of E School 

King Charles Local Governing Board – Governor Impact Statement 2019/20

Introduction

Working with the Head Teacher, the Senior Leadership team and school staff, we strive to contribute to all core functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school;
  • Ensuring the finances of the school are utilised appropriately and managed effectively.

This year has been a year of change.  We were delighted to welcome Karen Bond (a National Leader of Governance) to our Local Governing Board (LGB) and at the end of this academic year we say goodbye to Anthony Deacon, Sean O’Connail and Jess Bidgood.  All of who have been a part of our school family as parents as well as governors and for Tony, this has been a period of 16 years!  Thank you for all that you have done over the years to support our school and its pupils.

There have been four formal meetings this year and these have fed into the Falmouth MAT governance structure.  There has been local Governor representation at MAT Finance, School Improvement and Ethos meetings.

When the school closed in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, local governance was suspended.  The CEO undertook monitoring on behalf of Governors and fed back to the Trust Board accordingly.  This period also saw due diligence being undertaken to transfer the two primaries within Falmouth MAT to Kernow Learning.

King Charles School governors will fully resume their responsibilities in September but had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Kernow Learning in July so they could be aware of expectations moving forwards.  They also started the Kernow Learning governor induction programme.

Key priorities for 2019/20

This year, the key priorities have been

  • Ensuring the effective implementation of the curriculum
  • Monitoring how successful the school’s reviewed vision and values are embedded
  • Supporting the on-going developmental plans of the school’s nursery provision
  • Ensuring that the school is prepared for its Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

Throughout the year, there has been a considerable focus on working towards improvement in progress and attainment across the Key Stages and individual year groups. This has been achieved by;

  • Receiving and assessing reports from external professionals and considering the impact of these, using their content to identify best practice to support the development of strategies and plans for implementation at King Charles School.
  • Receiving termly updates at LGB meetings through Headteacher’s reports, which have been scrutinised and challenged with appropriate questions designed to identify areas for potential improvement.
  • Requiring that the Headteacher provides accurate assessments and judgements about the school strengths and areas to develop and reflecting against these with the School Improvement Partner and LGB Governors to ensure they give a balanced account.

Appropriate allocation of funds is key to the smooth running of the school and the development of the children, be that academically or from a welfare and sports perspective. The LGB has ensured appropriate and effective use of funding by;

  • Scrutinising both Pupil Premium and Sports Premium funding and holding the Headteacher to account on spend, to ensure correct allocation and appropriate use.
  • Reviewing planning documents, raising challenge questions where required to seek clarity and confirmation that funding has been used to deliver best effect.
  • Interrogating the FMAT Trust Accountant who provides financial information and budget information for Governors.
  • Ensured financial security and planning for the development of nursery provision

As well as focusing on these priorities, this year has been a year of review and evaluation for the Governors at King Charles School. In September we welcomed to our school Iain Grafton.  Iain is a National Leader of Governance. He was tasked by Falmouth MAT to carry out a detailed, in depth and external Governance Review. During this, Ian interviewed the Governors, probed and evaluated all the minutes and monitoring reports completed over the last twelve months.

Governance Review findings

  • The governing board ensures clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction and communicates high expectations and ambition;
  • Governors systematically challenge the school by actively monitoring and evaluating the progress of the school improvement plan during the course of the year, asking questions, seeking information, setting targets, considering data and other information as appropriate;
  • In partnership with the school staff, the governing board seeks the views of parents through appropriate consultation.

There were also some areas of development that we have worked hard on and look forward to embedding these further within the next academic year.

King Charles Key Priorities for 2020/21

  • Embedding the curriculum development, particularly the impact of the curriculum and its drivers on the contextual application of the key skills so that pupil outcomes continue to improve.
  • Opportunities for mastery and the deeper application across the curriculum for the most able pupils.
  • Further raise standards by increasing the number of pupils achieving greater depth in writing across the school. Considering the skills needed to be an author.
  • Build upon the early years to Year 1 transition so that pupils start Year 1 with increased confidence and ability in academic subjects.
  • To develop a high-quality nursery provision for Falmouth and the local community.
  • Planning and scoping out necessary catch up programmes in order to narrow the gaps caused due to missed learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Achievement of inclusive dyslexia friendly school status.
  • Supporting mental health and wellbeing of all pupils so that they are ready to learn.

How will governors support our leaders to achieve this?

It is hoped that King Charles School will transfer to Kernow Learning on 1st September 2020.  Governance expectations are clear and the LAB will meet half termly.  In addition to this, the Chair of Governors will regularly take part in the Kernow Learning Chairs meetings. The Chair will also be meeting with the West Hub Super Chair to plan for the year ahead. This will involve changes in the way that King Charles School’s LAB works, however the Governors look forward to the challenge.

Monitoring visits will routinely take place, with specific attention to the school targets for improvement in; Reading, Writing, Maths, wider curriculum, EYFS provision and more.  There will also be robust scrutiny of headteacher reports and a willingness to listen to all stakeholders.

Although we will be part of a new MAT, our commitment remains steadfast. We will continue to uphold the values of the school, making it an environment where everyone shines.

Mrs Kate Venner de Cortez

Chair of Governors

School Governors that have served in the last 12 months:

Name Category Start Date End Date
Rev Stephen Tudgey Foundation 03/03/2019 31/12/2019
Mrs Jessica Bidgood Co-Opted 31/08/2022 22/07/2020
Mr Tony Deacon Co-Opted 31/03/2023 22/07/2020
Mr Sean O’Connail Co-Opted 31/03/2023 22/07/2020

Pecuniary Interests of Governors 2019-20

Meeting Attendance 2018-19

To make contact with our Governors, you can do so through the school office by calling 01326 313607.  Alternatively, you can e mail Mrs Claire Collins (Clerk to Local Governing Board) on ccollins@king-charles.cornwall.sch.uk

Governor Newsletters

November 2019 – open here