2017-18

The governors have again been busy supporting and challenging the Head and senior staff to continue to improve the standards of education that the school provides.

We all have a shared vision for Priory; we want to be recognized as an outstanding school and are implementing plans together to achieve this. The OFSTED review in mid 2017 confirmed the progress made since their last visit in 2012. The rating remained "Good" overall but the comments were very positive and we have acted to build on our good practice in our journey towards “Outstanding".

We are continuing to follow the priorities set out in our Strategic Plan including strengthening links with parents, helping them to be engaged in their children's learning and to be demanding of the school. We have been focused on the results of the various parent surveys we run, ensuring any particular issues are appropriately addressed. We've also been please to hear the outputs of the new parent's forum. We are always keen to receive feedback from parents. It really helps us improve.

The governors have spent much time and effort understanding the progress pupils are making as the new curriculum continues to bed in and in particular that all groups in the school are achieving their best. We've been supportive of the new school structure with the creation of Assistant Head positions to reflect the growth in the school. These roles are intended to help drive pupil progress and attainment in particular.

Governors are responsible for ensuring that the school maintains sound finances overall and that spending is aligned to our Strategic Plan. Priory's finances remain in good shape with a healthy but appropriate surplus. We were again able to offer the Head additional funds over and above the budget for investment, amongst other things, in the premises. An overview of the financial results (for the year to April 2018) is set out below.

 

Teaching Staff 

£635,733

 Education Support Staff

£158,185

 Other Staff

£123,310

 Premises and Occupation Costs

£72,572

 Learning Resources

£53,011

 Professional Services

£33,197 

 Catering

£18,820 

 Capital

£19,814

 Other

£76,862

 

 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

£1,191,504

TOTAL INCOME

£1,309,897

SURPLUS

£123,657

 

We continue to be grateful for the work of Friends of Priory to support our work, and have been strengthening links with them this year.

Working closely with the staff we undertook a range of visits to observe lessons and understand how the school is operating day to day. It was also particularly nice for most of us to be able to again meet and thank the staff at the end of the Christmas term.

Alongside all of this the governors have also again

.       Ensured the school fulfils its requirements for the administration of KS2 tests (SATs)

.       Set a budget for the next three years and regularly monitoring performance against this

.       Monitored the school's attendance regularly and discussing strategies in place

.       Ensured the school fulfils its health and safety, and safeguarding requirements

.     Set and monitored performance objectives for Mrs Keefe