Failure to recognise low achievement

30th January 1998 at 00:00
The governors are insufficiently involved in the development of the school and are not sufficiently aware of the low attainment and unsatisfactory progress being made by pupils. They are not offering appropriate support or guidance to the headteacher.

The governors are not providing a strategic view of where the school is heading. They have failed to hold the school to account for the standards being achieved by pupils. Some governors are now developing an awareness of these deficiencies but have not, as yet, been effective in developing governor practice and accountability.

The governors and headteacher do not have an appropriate framework in which to develop clear and constructive working procedures and some key governors are unaware of the existence of key policy documents such as those for staff grievance and discipline. There is a finance committee which exercises an overview of the school's financial affairs but which has not been effective in linking financial planning to the school's educational priorities.

The governing body, though supportive of the school, is not fully involved in the monitoring, priority setting and financial planning of the school development plan. The governors have no strategies to check the cost-effectiveness of their decisions.

Extracts from OFSTED report on St Joseph's primary school, Kingston upon Thames

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