• Sarah D. Young, Headteacher : telephone 01263 578144

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

Our aim is for pupils to leave Sidestrand Hall with nationally recognised qualifications having exceeded their expectations and ready to take their place in society as well adjusted and happy adults.

Below is information on our Governing Body, its members, meetings, and structure. You can also download our Committee terms of reference 2021-22 v2  and Committee structure, Business overview.Membership v2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sidestrand Hall School

Membership

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Governor Type

Term From

Term To

Declarations of Interest

Roles

Attendance at Full Governors and Attendance at Committee meetings Sep 2020 to July 2021

Miss Natasha  Allen

Staff governor

 

 

15 Feb 2021

14 Feb 2025

None

 

3/3

1/1

Mr Harvey Barrington

Co-opted Governor

 

[Previously Associated member]

 

 

28 Sep 2021

27 Sep 2025

None

 

3/3

1/1

Mr Patrick Bennett

Parent governor

 

 

30 Mar 2021

29 Mar 2025

None

Performance Management – HT

Key Stage 4

Work experience / careers

1/5

4/6

Rev. Roger Billings

Co-opted governor

 

 

05 Nov 2021

4 Nov 2025

None

Residential

Safeguarding

Performance Management – HT

GDPR

Single Equality

Attendance

5/5

9/9

Mr Peter Godfrey

Foundation governor

 

 

17 Sep 2019

16 Sep 2023

Director of St John the Baptist Multi-Academy Trust

Health and Safety

Pupil Premium, Primary PE, Yr 7 Catch Up funding

Data / reporting / target setting

3/5

6/6

Mrs Marie  Greer

Associate Member

( FGB )

 

14 Oct 2020

13 Oct 2024

None

Residential

Literacy

Key Stage 2

RSE Education

2/2

2/2

Mrs Marie  Greer

Co-opted governor

 

 

07 Jul 2021

6 Jul 2025

None

Residential

Literacy

Key Stage 2

RSE Education

2/2

0/0

Mrs Vivien Harrington

Local Authority Governor

 

 

25 Sep 2018

24 Sep 2022

None

ViceChair

Key Stage 5

Strands Charity

Fundraising

SFVS and MMRs

5/5

3/3

Mr Paul Hinson

Co-opted governor

 

 

17 Sep 2019

16 Sep 2023

None

LAC

Residential

SEN

Performance Management – HT

Pupil Premium, Primary PE, Yr 7 Catch Up funding

Behaviour

EHCPs (Education, Health & Care Plans)

4/6

4/6

Mr Lloyd Johnson

Parent governor

 

 

15 Jan 2021

14 Jan 2025

None

Parents as Partners

SMSC/PSHE/Sch Council/Assemblies

2/3

5/5

Rachel Middleton

Parent governor

 

 

03 Jun 2015

3 Jun 2023

None

Parents as Partners

Website / DFE compliance

5/5

3/3

Mrs Angela Wrighton

Foundation governor

 

 

02 Sep 2016

1 Sep 2024

None

Chair

Residential

Evolve

Performance Management – HT

Teaching & Learning

Numeracy

Curriculum Development

Key Stage 3

GDPR

SIDP / SEF

RSE Education

Data / reporting / target setting

5/5

9/9

Sarah Young

Represented by Shelley Taylor (Deputy Headteacher) when on secondment to Local Authority

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

None

Headteacher

5/5

9/9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Governor Statement 21  (downloadable version)

Annual Governor Statement for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School

Summer 2021

In accordance with the Government’s requirements for all Governing Bodies, the three core strategic functions for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School are:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and the pupils

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

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body is made up of twelve members and a Clerk. The membership is as follows:

2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)             3 Parent Governors (elected by parents)

1 Local Authority Governor (elected by local authority)  2 Trust Governors (elected from Governing Body)

4 Co Opted Governors

Our Governing Body has had some changes during this academic year. In October an Associate member was appointed to assist with monitoring and Development of the Curriculum, in January a new Parent Governor was elected, in February a new Staff Governor was elected, and in March another member of Staff was appointed as an Associate member. The full Governing Body usually meets four times a year with the three committees meeting each term and reporting back to the full Governing Body. However due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation most of the Meetings have been held via Team, and some business was conducted via Governor Hub. Governors have received the official Government and LA documentation and been in regular contact with the Head and Deputy throughout this period, advising and supporting as necessary, ensuring all Covid guidelines have been followed. In spite of this meeting attendance was good and all meetings held were quorate.  The Governors come with a wide range of experience and back ground and are selected to offer the school their various skills. The first meeting of the year is usually combined with a meet the staff session when Governors introduce themselves and staff have the opportunity to ask questions or make suggestions, although this was not possible last September. The Chair of Governors has been in regular contact with the Head or Deputy Head teacher to monitor school life and to support where necessary.  Full names of the Governors, individual roles/responsibilities, and attendance at meetings can be seen on the School Website.

The three committees are:

School Improvement and Standards – monitoring the quality of teaching and learning, the Curriculum, Educational Visits, pupil progress data, target setting, the SIDP and SEF

Finance, Premises and Personnel – including the monitoring of Health and Safety of the school site, the Business Continuity Plan and Asset management plan, Premises development, staffing, salaries, budget setting and ensuring value for money

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare- including the monitoring of Safeguarding, SEND, LAC, Attendance, Behaviour, the Residential Provision, and GDPR compliance.

 

The work done in the full Governing Body and the committees over the past year

Governors received written reports from the Head Teacher and staff covering aspects of school life as it was not possible to invite key staff to make presentations to the Governors.  Very few visits were made this year due to Covid. Information relating to the school site with regard to Health and Safety and Maintenance was provided in the form of the School Business Manger’s termly Report. Link Governors were encouraged to maintain contact vie email or phone calls to key staff to gain information and challenge progress regarding targets on the School Improvement Plan. School policy documents were reviewed on a regular basis and the governors involved in the Interview process for new appointments.

The school budget was presented by the School Business Manager and agreed by Governors with a regard to value for money. Governors approved the start Budget, monthly monitoring reports, revisions, and completed the Schools Financial Value Statement. Governors continue to be involved with Fundraising and the Strands Charity working in a small group set up for this, although many events planned for this year were not able to take place. Safeguarding procedures and training were updated and reviewed as part of the annual process. Governors received updates of the use of the online systems covering Child protection issues, attendance and behaviour. Compliance with GDPR rules and procedures has been monitored.

Governors ensured that Performance Management was carried out across the Staff by the Head and Deputy, and a panel of Governors are currently planning for September for the Headteachers’ Performance Management.

With the Ofsted focus on curriculum, Governors are currently monitoring the Development of the Curriculum which will be based on the 3 levels of Curriculum – Pre-formal, Semi-formal, and Formal which will lead to an improved offer to pupils with more coherence and consistency across subjects, progression through Key stages. A new leadership structure has been put in place this term including new Curriculum Leads and an allocated set up budget for each Curriculum area.

The Residential Units have not been used consistently this year due to Covid. The Main House provision was closed during lockdown although Clement Lodge did remain open. Staffing issues have prevented a return to full occupation. Governors have completed short half termly inspections and checked documentation as it was not feasible to invite anyone from outside. Ofsted have not made their annual inspection this year although the Head of Care has spoken to our Inspector and updated on our position. Governors were pleased at the way the Residential staff set up and conducted Covid testing for the school, and how adaptable they have been since the return of our boarders.

Solar-the on-line recording and reporting system has been used consistently over the past year and has helped monitor pupil’s progress against the NAPs levels, EYFS programme and progress towards Gateway Qualifications. The system continues to need adapting to show academic progress and attainments of pupils. Scholarpack continues to be used to record progress towards EHCP targets, and Behaviour, although due to much home schooling there is less evidence recorded than usual.

The use of the Pupil Premium, and Primary PE money has been monitored by the Governors and annual reports can be viewed on the school website.

The Governor led Parents as Partners Project has not been able to meet during this year. A new venue has been chosen for meetings which will hopefully resume in the Autumn in the Norwich area. The private Facebook parent group also run by Governors provides support and information and has been the main means of communication during Covid.

A new Library has been set up to supplement the Library Bus and the Accelerated reader programme has continued to strengthen reading progress across the whole school.

The Strategies project is well embedded now providing pupils with the extra help needed in the areas identified on their EHCPs to help them meet their targets.

Our mission statement is ‘Achievement beyond expectation’ and the Governors support the Head Teacher and staff in making this a reality for every individual. The ethos and values of the School – to be supportive, encouraging, caring and challenging for the pupils promoting independence but in a fun but safe environment. Governors await the launch of the results of the school Ethos, Vision and Values review which has been delayed due to Covid.

 

Future Plans for School and Governors.

One of our priorities is still to ensure the curriculum continues to develop to enable pupils to be equipped for life after school. Our aim is to provide a broad, balanced curriculum with cohesion and progression throughout the whole school. We hope to develop more outdoor learning and improve the pupils’ Mental and Physical Health.

Staff Wellbeing and workload is another priority area for Governors’ consideration this next year. We will be supporting the Staff where possible.

As some of our buildings are not up to modern standards there is a great need for replacement classrooms so we continue to support the Head in finding a way forward especially as the school numbers are increasing each year. A new road access for the school is urgently needed.

How you can contact the Governing Body.

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and carers. Contact can always be made to the Chair, via the school office.


 

Annual Governor Statement 20 (downloadable version)

Annual Governor Statement for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School

Summer 2020

In accordance with the Government’s requirements for all Governing Bodies, the three core strategic functions for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School are:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and the pupils

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

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body is made up of twelve members and a Clerk. The membership is as follows:

2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)

3 Parent Governors (elected by parents)

1 Local Authority Governor (elected by local authority)

2 Trust Governors (elected from Governing Body)

4 Co Opted Governors

Our Governing Body has had no vacancies this academic year. The full Governing Body usually meets four times a year with the three committees meeting each term and reporting back to the full Governing Body. However due to the Covid 19 crisis we were unable to hold meetings after March and business was conducted via Governor Hub until July. Governors have received the official Government and LA documentation and been in regular contact with the Head and Deputy throughout this period, advising and supporting as necessary. Meeting attendance was good and all meetings held were quorate.  The Governors come with a wide range of experience and back ground and are selected to offer the school their various skills. The first meeting of the year is combined with a meet the staff session when Governors introduce themselves and staff have the opportunity to ask questions or make suggestions. The Chair of Governors meets regularly with the Head teacher to monitor school life and to support where necessary. Full names of the Governors, individual roles/responsibilities, and attendance at meetings can be seen on the School Website.

The three committees are:

School Improvement and Standards – monitoring the quality of teaching and learning, the Curriculum, Educational Visits, pupil progress data, target setting, the SIDP and SEF

Finance, Premises and Personnel – including the monitoring of Health and Safety of the school site, the Business Continuity Plan and Asset management plan, Premises development, staffing, salaries, budget setting and ensuring value for money

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare- including the monitoring of Safeguarding, SEND, LAC, Attendance, Behaviour, the Residential Provision, and GDPR compliance.

The work done in the full Governing Body and the committees over the past year

Governors received reports from the Head Teacher and staff covering aspects of school life. Key staff were invited to make presentations to the Governors.  Visits were made, either to individual staff members to discuss a particular topic or to classrooms and reports made back to the Governing Body. There were regular inspections of the school site with regard to Health and safety and to ensure the buildings are as well maintained as possible given the age and nature of our buildings. Link Governors met with key staff to  gain information and challenge progress regarding targets on the School Improvement Plan, and an updated School Self Evaluation document was approved. School policy documents were reviewed on a regular basis and governors involved in the Interview process for new appointments.

The school budget was presented by the School Business Manager and agreed by Governors with a regard to value for money. Governors approved the start Budget, monthly monitoring reports, revisions, and completed the Schools Financial Value Statement. Governors continue to be involved with Fundraising and the Strands Charity working in a small group set up for this. The Chair of the Finance Committee does a monitoring visit termly to verify documentation. The School Business Manager reported termly on aspects of Site management. Safeguarding procedures and training were updated and reviewed as part of the annual process. Governors received updates of the use of the online systems covering Child protection issues, attendance and behaviour. Compliance with GDPR rules and procedures has been monitored.

Governors ensured that Performance Management was carried out across the Staff by the Head and Deputy, and a panel of Governors carried out the Headteachers’ Performance Management.

With the new Ofsted focus on curriculum, Governors are currently monitoring a Curriculum review which will lead to an improved offer to pupils with more coherence and consistency across subjects, progression through Key stages.

The Residential Units have seen further improvements. A small team of Governors has completed a once a term inspection of the Main school provision and Clement Lodge, and checked documentation. Ofsted rated our provision Good again this year. Governors have again been impressed by the commitment of staff to the personal development of our boarders.

Solar-the on line recording and reporting system has been used consistently over the past year and has helped identify pupil’s progress against the NAP levels, EYFS progaramme and progress towards Gateway Qualifications. The system has been adapted to show academic progress and attainments of pupils. Scholarpack is also now being used to record progress to EHCP targets, and Behaviour. Governors considered the reports of the Head teacher dealing with pupil progress data and challenged their robustness, seeking clarification and explanation where necessary from the member of staff responsible.

The use of the Pupil Premium, Year 7 catch up, and Primary PE money has been monitored by the Governors and reports can be viewed on the school website.

The Governor led Parents as Partners Project has continued during this year actively supporting parents / carers with a group meeting to share and discuss in the Great Yarmouth area. An additional venue has been chosen for meetings for those families living in the Norwich area. The private Facebook parent group also run by Governors also provides support and information.

The Library Bus conversion was completed and pupils had begun to access it before the school closure in March. Governors are currently monitoring the new Accelerated reader programme which has been introduced to strengthen reading progress across the whole school.

The Strategies project launched in September is well embedded in the school timetable providing pupils with the extra help needed in the areas identified on their EHCPs to help them meet their targets.

Our mission statement is ‘Achievement beyond expectation’ and the Governors support the Head Teacher and staff in making this a reality for every individual. The ethos and values of the School – to be supportive, encouraging, caring and challenging for the pupils promoting independence but in a fun but safe environment. Governors led a review of the school Ethos, Vision and Values which has continued into this year involving pupils, staff and parents.

 

Future Plans for School and Governors.

One of our priorities is to ensure the curriculum continues to develop to enable pupils to be equipped for life after school. Our curriculum review is underway but has proved to be a much more extensive exercise than initially anticipated, so we will continue to work on it, and with the Covid 19 crisis it is likely that the changes will be brought in gradually.  Our aim is to provide a broad, balanced curriculum with cohesion and progression throughout the whole school.

Staff Wellbeing and workload is another priority area for Governors’ consideration this next year. We will be supporting the Staff where possible.

As our buildings are not up to modern standards it is necessary for us to be planning for improvement to the facilities. There is a great need for replacement classrooms so we will be supporting the Head in finding a way forward.

 

How you can contact the Governing Body.

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and carers. Contact can always be made to the Chair, via the school office.


 

Annual Governor Statement 19 (downloadable version)

Annual Governor Statement for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School

Summer 2019

In accordance with the Government’s requirements for all Governing Bodies, the three core strategic functions for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School are:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and the pupils

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

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body is made up of twelve members and a Clerk. The membership is as follows:

2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)

3 Parent Governors (elected by parents)

1 Local Authority Governor (elected by local authority)

2 Trust Governors (elected from Governing Body)

4 Co Opted Governors

Our Governing Body has 2 vacancies due to resignations this academic year. The full Governing Body meets four times a year with the three committees meeting each term and reporting back to the full Governing Body. Over the year attendance has been good and all meetings quorate.  The Governors come with a wide range of experience and back ground and are selected to offer the school their various skills. The first meeting of the year is combined with a meet the staff session when Governors introduce themselves and staff have the opportunity to ask questions or make suggestions. The Chair of Governors meets regularly with the Head teacher to monitor school life and to support where necessary. Full names of the Governors, individual roles/responsibilities, and attendance at meetings can be seen on the School Website.

 

The three committees are:

School Improvement and Standards – monitoring the quality of teaching and learning, the Curriculum, Educational Visits, pupil progress data, target setting, the SIDP and SEF

Finance, Premises and Personnel – including the monitoring of Health and Safety of the school site, the Business Continuity Plan and Asset management plan,  Premises development, staffing, salaries, budget setting and ensuring value for money

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare- including the monitoring of Safeguarding, SEN, LAC, Attendance, Behaviour, the Residential Provision, and GDPR compliance.

 

The work done in the full Governing Body and the committees over the past year

Governors have been involved in the Interview process for new appointments.

Governors received reports from the Head Teacher and staff covering aspects of school life. Key staff were invited to make presentations to the Governors.  Visits were made, either to individual staff members to discuss a particular topic or to classrooms and reports made back to the Governing Body. There were regular inspections of the school site with regard to Health and safety and to ensure the buildings are as well maintained as possible given the age and nature of our buildings. Governors also joined staff groups eg Senior Leadership meetings to be involved and to challenge when the School Improvement Plan and Self Evaluation Form were written and reviewed. School policy documents were reviewed by the Governors on a regular basis.

The school budget was presented by the finance staff and agreed by Governors with a regard to value for money. Governors approved the start Budget, monthly monitoring reports, revisions, and completed the Schools Financial Value Statement. Governors have become involved with Fundraising and the Strands Charity working closely with the Business Manager

Safeguarding procedures and training were updated and reviewed as part of the annual process. Governors approved a new online system covering Child protection issues which has been introduced this term. Compliance with GDPR rules and procedures introduced by the Government has been monitored.

Monitoring of the Sixth Form provision has continued and has led to some reorganisation, and a new timetable to ensure a broad curriculum including Maths and English, but including many options, much off site learning, and work experience opportunities.

 

The Residential Unit has again seen considerable improvements. A small team of Governors has completed a once a term inspection of the Main school provision and Clement Lodge, and checked documentation. Ofsted rated our provision Good again this year. Clement Lodge has continued to offer first class boarding facilities to the residents including 2 females this year. Governors have been impressed by the commitment of staff to the personal development of our boarders.

Solar- the on line recording and reporting system has been used consistently over the past year and has helped identify pupil’s progress against the NAPs levels and progress towards Gateway Qualifications. The system has been adapted to show academic progress and attainments of pupils. Governors considered the reports of the Head teacher dealing with pupil progress data and challenged their robustness, seeking clarification and explanation where necessary.

The use of the Pupil Premium, Year 7 catch up, and Primary PE money has been monitored by the Governors and reports can be viewed on the school website.

Governors approved the installation of new online systems to improve the way staff maintain up to date information about the students.

The Governor led Parents as Partners Project has continued to be successful during this year actively supporting parents / carers with a regular group meeting to share and discuss in the Great Yarmouth area. An additional venue has been booked for meetings from September for those families living in the Norwich area. The private Facebook parent group also run by Governors also provides support and information.

 

Future Plans for School and Governors.

The Library Bus conversion is in still in progress but should be available to students from September.

The curriculum continues to develop to enable pupils to be equipped for life after school. As the school is growing in numbers and in the light of the differing complex needs pupils have we will continue to move forward.

Staff training will be a priority where the Complex needs of pupils require it. SALT and THRIVE will continue to be an integral part of the Curriculum, and a new initiative called Strategies will be introduced to the benefit of students.

The school mission statement begins with ‘Achievement beyond expectation’ and the Governors support the Head Teacher and staff in making this a reality. The ethos of the School is for the staff to be supportive, encouraging and challenging for the pupils. Governors have led a review of the school Ethos, Vision and  Values during this academic year and evidence of this should soon be available on the Website. Staff, parents and students have all been involved in this process.

Next year Governors will be working with staff to ensure a realistic Asset management plan and Business Continuity plan are in place, and monitoring changes to the Curriculum, and also Staff Wellbeing.

A future aim is to consider how the use of the facilities could be increased.

 

How you can contact the Governing Body.

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and carers. Contact can always be made to the Chair, via the school office.


Annual Governor Statement 18 (downloadable version)

Annual Governor Statement for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School

 Summer 2018

In accordance with the Government’s requirements for all Governing Bodies, the three core strategic functions for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and the pupils
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is well spent

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body is made up of twelve members and a Clerk. The membership is as follows:

  • 2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)
  • 3 Parent Governors (elected by parents)
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (elected by local authority)
  • 2 Trust Governors (elected from Governing Body)
  • 4 Co Opted Governors

Our  Governing Body is complete with our latest Governor joining us at Easter this academic year.

The full Governing Body meets four times a year with the three committees meeting each term and reporting back to the full Governing Body. Over the year attendance has been good and all meetings quorate.  The Governors come with a wide range of experience and back ground and are selected to offer the school their various skills. The first meeting of the year is combined with a meet the staff session when Governors introduce themselves and staff have the opportunity to ask questions or make suggestions. The Chair of Governors meets regularly with the Head teacher to monitor school life and to support where necessary.

Full names of the Governors, individual roles/responsibilities, and attendance at meetings can be seen on the School Website.

The School has been part of Trust Norfolk-SEN, a trust of special schools in Norfolk. The aim of the Trust is to promote learning and the interests of the family of special schools and the wider SEN community across Norfolk. However some of the schools have become Academy Trusts and left the group which is likely to be closed   as it appears to have no future. The Trust has over the last academic years continued to work collectively to produce the NAPs – the Norfolk Assessment Pathways which is the breakdown of the Levels for assessing pupil progress.

The three committees are:

  1. School Improvement and Standards – monitoring the quality of teaching and learning, pupil progress data, target setting, the SIDP and SEF
  2. Finance, Premises and Personnel – including the monitoring of Health and Safety of the school site, Premises development, staffing, pay, budget setting and ensuring value for money
  3. Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare- including the monitoring of Safeguarding, SEN, LAC, Attendance, Behaviour, Residential and GDPR

 

The work done in the full Governing Body and the committees over the past year

Governors received reports from the Head Teacher and staff covering aspects of school life.  Visits were made, either to individual staff members to discuss a particular topic or to classrooms and reports made back to the Governing Body. There were regular inspections of the school site with regard to Health and safety and to ensure the buildings are well maintained.. Governors also joined staff groups eg Senior Leadership meetings to be involved and to challenge when the School Improvement Plan and Self Evaluation form were written and reviewed. School policy documents were reviewed by the Governors on a regular basis

 

The school budget was presented by the finance staff and agreed by Governors with a regard to value for money. We approved the start Budget, monthly monitoring reports and completed the Schools Financial Value Statement

Safeguarding procedures were updated and reviewed as part of the annual process and governor training on Prevent undertaken. The new GDPR rules and procedures introduced by the Government are being introduced into school life and compliance is being monitored

The Sixth Form has increased in size and now consists of 4 classes of students following a broad curriculum including Maths and English, but including many options, much off site learning, and work experience opportunities.

The Independent living flat has been used successfully this year by 2 male students, one of whom will be leaving us this July, and will be replaced by another student

The Residential Unit has again seen considerable improvement work over the past year, with refurbishment of bathrooms, toilets, a continuing upgrade of furniture, much re decoration, replacement windows, and the laying of new carpets. The Governors completed  a once a term inspection of the Main school provision and Clement Lodge,  and checked documentation. Ofsted rated our provision Good this year. Clement Lodge has continued to offer first class boarding facilities to the male residents, and is likely to be receiving a female next September.

Solar- the on line recording and reporting system has been used consistently over the past year and is helpful in identifying pupil’s progress against the NAPs levels and progress towards Gateway Qualifications. The system is capable of showing  academic progress and attainments of pupils. Governors considered the reports of the Headteacher dealing with pupil performance data and challenged their robustness.

The use of the Pupil Premium, Year 7 catch up, and Primary PE money has been monitored by the Governors and reports can be viewed on the school website.

The Governor led Parents as Partners Project has continued to be successful during this year actively supporting parents / carers with a regular group meeting to share and discuss in the Great Yarmouth area.

Future Plans for School and Governors

The school is seeking to replace the old classroom block with a new building and will be liaising with NCC/LA to find out costs and feasibility. The Governors are setting up a Fundraising Group to bid for money to spend on various projects to benefit the children.

Plans are going ahead to set up a Library Bus for pupils to access regularly on site. Conversion is in progress

 

The curriculum will continue to develop to enable pupils to be equipped for life after school. As the school is growing in numbers and in the light of the differing complex needs pupils have we must be ready to move forward.

Staff training will be a priority where the Complex needs of pupils require it. SALT and THRIVE will continue to be an integral part of the Curriculum.

The school mission statement begins with ‘Achievement beyond expectation’ and the Governors support the Head Teacher and staff in making this a reality. The ethos of the School is for the staff to be supportive, encouraging and challenging for the pupils and the Governors follow this aim. We will be reviewing the school Ethos, Vision and Values during the next academic year.

The desire of the school is to extend the use of the facilities over 50 weeks of the year.

How can you contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and carers. Contact can always be made to the Chair, via the school office.

 


Annual Governor Statement

for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School

 Summer 2017

In accordance with the Government’s requirements for all Governing Bodies,   the three core strategic functions for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and the pupils
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is well

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body is made up of twelve members and a Clerk. The membership is as follows:

  • 2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)
  • 3 Parent Governors (elected by parents
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (elected by local authority)
  • 2 Trust Governors (elected from Governing Body)
  • 4 Co Opted Governors

Usually the Governing Body is complete but at present owing to various circumstances there are vacancies (one staff, one co opted and one Trust).  This is being remedied and it is hoped the Governing Body will be complete by the Autumn Term.

The full Governing Body meets four times a year with the three committees meeting each term and reporting back to the full Governing Body. Over the year attendance has been good and all meetings are quorate.  The Governors come with a wide range of experience and back ground and are selected to offer the school their various skills.

Full names of the Governors, individual roles/responsibilities, and attendance at meetings can be seen on the School Website.

The School is also part of Trust Norfolk-SEN, a trust of 11 special schools in Norfolk. The aim of the Trust is to promote learning and the interests of the family of special schools and the wider SEN community across Norfolk.

The three committees are:

  1. School Improvement and Standards – monitoring the quality of teaching and learning, pupil progress data, target setting
  2. Finance, Premises and Personnel – including Health and Safety of the school site, staffing, pay,budget setting
  3. Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare- including Safeguarding, SEN, LAC, Attendance

 

The work done in the full Governing Body and the committees over the past year

Governors received reports from the Head Teacher and staff covering aspects of school life.  Visits were made, either to individual staff members to discuss a particular topic or to classrooms and reports made back to the Governing Body. There were regular inspections of the school site with regard to Health and safety and to ensure the buildings are well maintained.. Governors also joined staff groups eg Senior Leadership meetings to be involved and to challenge when the School Improvement Plan and Self Evaluation form were reviewed.

School policy documents were reviewed by the Governors on a regular basis

The school budget was presented by the finance staff and agreed by Governors with a regard to value for money. We approved the start Budget, monthly monitoring reports and completed the Schools Financial Value Statement

Safeguarding procedures were updated and reviewed as part of the annual process and governor training undertaken.

The new Sixth Form building was opened during this academic year and in September will comprise 3 classes of students following a broad curriculum including Maths and English.

The Independent living flat has been used successfully this year by 2 male students.

The Residential Unit has seen considerable improvement work over the past year, with refurbishment of bathrooms, toilets, a continuing upgrade of furniture, much re decoration and the laying of new carpets. The Governors completed  a once a term inspection of the Main school provision and Clement Lodge,  and checked documentation. Ofsted rated our provision Outstanding this year.

Solar- the on line recording and reporting system has been used consistently over the past year and is helpful in identifying pupil’s progress against the NAPs levels and progress towards Gateway Qualifications. The system is capable of showing  academic progress and attainments of pupils. We considered the reports of the Headteacher dealing with pupil performance data and challenged their robustness.

The use of the Pupil Premium money has been monitored by the Governors and a report can be viewed on the school website.

The Governor led Parents as Partners Project has developed significantly during this year with a regular group meeting to share and discuss in the Great Yarmouth area.

 

Future Plans for School and Governors

The school is actively seeking to replace the old classroom block with a new building and will be liaising with NCC/LA to find out costs and feasibility.

Plans are going ahead to set up a Library for pupils to access regularly on site.

The curriculum will continue to develop to enable pupils to be equipped for life after school.

Staff training will be a priority where the Complex needs of pupils require it.

The school mission statement begins with ‘Achievement beyond expectation’ and the Governors support the Head Teacher and staff in making this a reality. The ethos of the School is for the staff to be supportive, encouraging and challenging for the pupils and the Governors follow this aim

The desire of the school is to extend the use of the facilities over 50 weeks of the year.

How can you contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and carers. Contact can always be made to the Chair, via the school office.


Annual Governor Statement

for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School

 Summer 2016

In accordance with the Government’s requirements for all Governing Bodies,   the three core strategic functions for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  1. Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and the pupils
  1. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure the money is well

 

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body is made up of twelve members and a Clerk. The membership is as follows:

  • 2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)
  • 3 Parent Governors (elected by parents
  • 1 Local Authority Governor (elected by local authority)
  • 2 Trust Governors (elected from Governing Body)
  • 4 Co Opted Governors

Usually the Governing Body is complete but at present owing to various circumstances there are vacancies (one parent, one LA and one Trust).  This is being remedied and it is hoped the Governing Body will be complete by the Autumn Term.

The full Governing Body meets four times a year with the three committees meeting each term and reporting back to the full Governing Body. Over the year attendance has been good and all meetings are quorate.  The Governors come with a wide range of experience and back ground and are selected to offer the school their various skills.

Full names of the Governors can be seen on the School Website.

The School is also part of Trust Norfolk-SEN, a trust of 11 special schools in Norfolk. The aim of the Trust is to promote learning and the interests of the family of special schools and the wider SEN community across Norfolk.

The three committees are:

  1. School Improvement and Standards – dealing with the quality of teaching and learning
  2. Finance, Premises and Personnel – including Health and Safety of the school site)
  3. Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

These have been restructured over the past year.

 

The work done in the full Governing Body and the committees over the past year

Every year is a busy one and the Governors receive reports from the Head Teacher and staff covering all aspects of school life.  Visits are made, either to individual staff members to discuss a particular topic or to classrooms and reports made back to the Governing Body. There are regular inspections of the school site with regard to Health and safety.

The many policy documents are reviewed by the Governors on a regular basis and Governors are encouraged to undergo training to develop their understanding and skills.

The finance of the school is presented by the finance staff and agreed by Governors with a regard to best use of money. Safeguarding is reviewed annually and governor training undertaken.

After 2 years of frustration planning permission has finally been given for the new Sixth Form building. Work will begin as soon as possible but completion will not be until 2017. The present sixth form of 19 pupils uses class bases created in the school but space is limited. There are 12 new pupils joining in September and once the new build is complete the full complement of 40 pupils will soon be reached.

The Independent living flat has been used over the year by a male pupil and has proved a success. There is a provision for another pupil to join him.

The Residential Unit has seen considerable improvement work over the past year, with refurbishment of bathrooms, toilets, a continuing upgrade of furniture and the laying down of new carpets. The Governors are tasked with a once a term inspection of the units.

Solar- the on line reporting system has been used much better over the past year and is beginning to be helpful in identifying pupil’s progress. The system is capable of showing not only academic progress but all attainments of pupils.

A new reporting system to parents has been introduced.

Following an assessment visit the school has been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark and the visiting inspector commented in his report ‘the evidence presented to me during my visit to the school and written information clearly demonstrates the outstanding practice in place within the school and the on-going commitment to inclusion’

The use of the Pupil Premium money is monitored by the Governors and can be viewed on the school website.

 

Future Plans for School  and Governors

Now planning permission has been granted the emphasis is on the soonest  build as possible and the then further development of sixth form curriculum and planning.

Following Government decisions the way is open for the school to make more creative and beneficial use of the curriculum to enable the pupil to be equipped for life after school and work is ongoing in this area.

The desire of the school is to make better use of the facilities over 50 weeks of the year. There is also the need to fit the pupils ready for life outside of school as best as possible. The school mission statement begins with ‘Achievement beyond expectation’ and the Governors support the Head Teacher and staff in making this a reality. The ethos of the School is for the staff to be supportive, encouraging and challenging for the pupils and the Governors follow this aim.

How can you contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from  parents and those with responsibility for school youngsters. Contact can always be made to the Chair, Roger Billings via the school


Annual Governor Statement for the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School October 2015

In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all Governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions of the Governing Body of Sidestrand Hall School are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, values and strategic direction

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils.

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

Governance Arrangementsgovernor-structure

The Governing Body is made up of 12 members.

The Governors give to the school a wide range of experience and skills and are able to contribute to the effective governance of the school.

Fuller details of the Governors can be found on the school website. The full Governing Body meets at least once a term with meetings of the committees, Finance and Staffing, Care and Curriculum and Premises and Health and Safety also meet each term and report back to the full Governing Body. Other meetings are arranged as and when needed. Attendance is good and meetings are always quorate.

The school is also part of the Trust Norfolk-SEN, a Trust of 11 special schools. The aim of the Trust is to promote learning and the interests of the family and wider SEN community across Norfolk.

The work done in the full Governing Body and the committees over the past year

The school had an Ofsted Inspection in Feb 2015. The report gave the school a good in all areas. There were a few minor comments on areas needing attention and these have been addressed.

It has been a busy year with development of the school. In Sept 2014 the school opened Primary and Secondary provision for pupils with Asperger Syndrome. This necessitated the building of a new unit opposite Clement Lodge and the conversion of the science block to a custom made unit. A new science laboratory was also built during the year. Work is continuing on a Supported Living Flat to complement the sixth form. The will give youngsters the opportunity to board up to the age of 18.  The proposed sixth form unit has met with continued hold ups over the past year and it is only in November of this year that planning permission will be applied for. Grant monies have been received but there is now a shortfall and new monies are being sought. There are at present 19 pupils in the sixth form accommodated in temporary premises in the main school building with the role rising to 40 next September.

A major change in reporting pupil’s progress has been the switch over to Solar, an on line reporting system. This new system when fully functional will give the ability to record all the pupils attainments and not just the academic ones and will enable parents to see the progress of their child at any time. The system is well advanced and will be totally in place by end of this Autumn Term.

A new school logo has been designed with the dragonfly motif and new school uniform is available.

The use of Pupil Premium in the school is monitored and can be viewed on the schools web site. The School Budget is also monitored each term. A safeguarding report is received each term and reported on. Governors also make a visit to the residential provision of the school each term.

Future Plans for the Governors

The school mission statement is ‘Achievement Beyond Expectation’ and the Governors support the Head Teacher and staff in delivering this to all pupils, in all areas of life.  Among the future goals is the provision of the new sixth form units for pupils up to the age of 19 and for all pupils to aid the best transition to education, employment or supported living. There is also the desire of the Head Teacher and Governors to make effective use of the school facilities over 52 weeks.

How you can contact the Governing Body

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents and all those with responsibility for the school youngsters. Any contact can be made to Roger Billings, Chair of Governors, via the school office.