Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do. You can also read the minutes from our meetings.
The Raleigh School joined South Farnham Educational Trust (SFET) in July 2017. SFET is a Multi-Academy Trust created in January 2015 and is made up of 3 primary schools - South Farnham School, Highfield South Farnham School, the Raleigh School and also Surrey South Farnham SCITT (School-centred Initial Teacher Training). The Board of Directors of the Trust have delegated certain functions to be locally managed, which means that the Local Governing Body of the Raleigh has general responsibility for the effective management of the school, allowing individual pupil needs to be met effectively. Local governors are able to target resources and develop the nature and character of the school to effectively meet the needs and wishes of parents, children and teachers. To see more information about our membership, attendance and business interests, please see
- Local Governors and their roles
- Local Governing Body agenda & minutes
- SFET Terms of Reference & Scheme of Delegation
Now that we are part of the South Farnham Educational Trust, we will be reviewing our governance arrangements in line with the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation.
Our resolute focus is always on supporting and challenging the Headteacher and staff to achieve the very best outcomes for all children at the Raleigh School, within a broad, balanced and creative curriculum. We provide a strategic view, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability to parents and the community for our actions and the school’s overall performance. We are committed to providing an excellent environment for pupils to enjoy during their time at our school and are ultimately responsible for the safeguarding of all pupils.
Please click on this link to view The Raleigh School Governors’ Code of Conduct
Governor’s Impact Statement 2018-19
As Chair of the Raleigh Local Governing Body (LGB) for the last three years, I am proud to provide a brief overview of our core activities over the last academic year.
The Raleigh LGB draws upon a diverse mix of parents past and present, community representatives and professionals with the necessary skills and perspectives to make key decisions and support the direction of the school. While diverse in our outlooks, we are united in our passion for education and in providing the best possible opportunities for the children in our community.
Our duties, and the main body of this report, are organised around the core features of effective governance as set out below:
(1) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
The Raleigh School is committed to the pursuit of excellence of all aspects of school life with the school motto "inspiring tomorrow's citizens" underpinning all that we do. Through work and play we aim to develop the skills and aspirations of all members of the school community.
The Governors meet annually with the leadership team to set and champion a clear vision for the school - regularly seek the views of staff, pupils and parents and carry out a survey for each stakeholder group on an annual basis. Findings are fed back to the leadership team and LGB and are used to inform our questioning and development of the school’s development plan.
(2) Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of pupils, and effective performance of staff
Two sub-committees – Teaching & Learning and Resources – meet termly to monitor and analyse pupil progress and outcomes, and staff performance and resource management respectively, in the continued objective of driving educational standards. We scrutinise data provided by school leaders and national data in order to rigorously challenge leaders on pupil outcomes. Our role is to challenge and make often difficult decisions, particularly within the context of constant change, political uncertainty and increased pressure on funding.
As a board, we are responsible for ensuring robust policies are in place to provide procedures and quality standards for learning and safety, in order to meet our pupils’ educational needs to the very best of our abilities. A number of these policies are statutory and can be viewed on our website via the link below
Financial Well-Being of the School
Our third function is to oversee financial performance and make sure funding is well spent. As pressure on funding increases, our decision in 2017 to join the South Farnham Multi-Academy Trust (SFET) has boosted our financial viability and provided shared financial revenues. The Resources committee works closely with the School Business Manager to ensure school finances are deployed to ensure the best possible outcomes for all pupils.
This year marked the school’s first full year as a member of SFET and we started to see tangible benefits from being part of a multi-academy trust (MAT). Raleigh staff work in close partnership with staff from all member schools to build strength through collaboration and share best practices across the MAT. We have been delighted to welcome homegrown talent onto our teaching staff, who received outstanding primary teacher training through Surrey South Farnham SCITT.
We are extremely proud to have been awarded Outstanding in our latest Ofsted inspection in December 2017, and continually strive to maintain these standards of excellence.
Claire Handley, Chair of Governors (2016-2019)
Teaching & Learning Committee
Our main focus is to scrutinise the progress and attainment of pupils, in line with the key objectives set out in the School Development Plan, and ensure the effective delivery of a rich and broad-based curriculum. The committee meets termly to discuss and analyse school data, including the progress of all its pupils, as well as individual groups of learners, including gender, ethnicity, Special Educational Needs, gifted and talented and disadvantaged children.
A commitment to continued school improvement has seen a sustained positive trend in outcomes, backed by shared best practice across our partner academies within the MAT. The extended learning programme initiated in 2017-18 ensures best outcomes for all pupils, providing our less able children with the opportunity to revise, review and master core skills in maths and literacy. The results in summer 2019, particularly in Key Stage 2 (our best ever), provide ample proof that the leadership team and staff have done an excellent job, with results far exceeding national and county averages; 94% of children at KS2 met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined. Regular visits to the school not only keep governors in tune with school life, whether to see some of the impressive arts performances, sporting events or assemblies, but also provide the opportunity to meet with teachers and subject leaders to ensure their assigned specialised area is resolutely on track with the school development plan.
Pupil Premium remains a major focus; we work with the leadership team to validate the strategy in place – and rigorously scrutinise how the money is spent to effectively engage and support our disadvantaged children and ensure the best possible outcomes for all our pupils.
Julie Atkinson, Chair Teaching & Learning Committee
Our remit is to assist the decision making of the Local Governing Body by enabling detailed consideration to be given to the best means of fulfilling the LGB’s responsibility to ensure sound management of The Raleigh academy’s finances and resources, including proper planning, monitoring and probity. We also ensure that the Raleigh attracts, recruits and retains high calibre staff who successfully contribute to the school’s vision and aims.
We meet once a term. We receive reports from our School Business Manager, Peter Hill and from the SFET Finance & Business Director, Claire Booth. We conduct a regular Health and Safety check of the school, identifying any areas where action is required.
Government spend on education continues to be constrained, requiring us to focus on careful management of our funds to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children, including maintaining the fabric of the school.
This year, thanks to the amazing support and generous contributions from the Friends of The Raleigh and parental donations to the Raleigh School Trust, together with additional income from Breakfast and After School clubs, teacher-led clubs and lettings, we have not only been able to meet our operating expenses but also invest in additional facilities to improve the quality of teaching, such as touchscreen whiteboards in classrooms and new computers to support the staff.
We are increasingly seeing the advantages of being part of the SFET. For example, we have this year benefitted from use of common financial software improving our ability to monitor financial performance. Also, following guidance from the Trust, we have for the first time been successful in a Condition Improvement Fund application, allowing us to replace the flat roofs during summer 2018.
Dr Beverley Nash, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Resources committee.