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Bradfields Academy

Reports

  1. Governing Body Statement on Provision of Milk
  2. Articles of Association
  3. Certificate of Incorporation

Annual Reports & Financial Statements

  1. Annual Report & Financial Statements August 2019
  2. Annual Report & Financial Statements August 2018

Master Funding Agreement

  1. Master Funding Agreement

Finance, Staffing & Building Committee Summary Reports

2019-2020 Summary Report of Trustees: Finance, Staffing & Building Committee 

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee on 14 October 2019.

  • There was an update on the impact of spending on Pupil Premium, Primary PE grant and Catch up funding and the reports to be published on the website were agreed.
  • The Teachers’ Pay award was discussed and agreed.
  • There were reports on and discussion of Academy budget and bids.
  • There was an update on site developments.
  • Governors took note that the performance management process was in progress.
  • There was a staffing update and scrutiny of absence data.
  • A new governor was appointed with a term of four years.

Download PDF - 2019-2020 Summary Report of Trustees: Finance, Staffing & Building Committee

2018-2019 Summary Report of Trustees: Finance, Staffing & Building Committee 

The committee meets three times each year. Its responsibilities include matters concerning the Academy budget (including audit), staff appointments, contracts, performance management, salary and the Academy site. Policies are reviewed and approved.

The committee receives briefings from the Academy’s senior leadership team and looks at value for money with regards to the expenditure on staffing and resources. It also takes on a ‘Task and Finish’ exercise, whereby a group of two governors visit the Academy, focusing on a particular topic to make a judgement on its impact and value for money.

The committee minutes are presented at the next meeting of Governors. At the conclusion of each meeting the Governors discuss any impact made.

The following are a brief summary of the business carried out at the three meetings in 2018/19: 11 October 2018 meeting

  • An update on the impact of spending on Pupil Premium, Primary PE grant and Catch up funding.
  • The Teachers’ Pay award was discussed and agreed.
  • There was a report on and discussion of Academy finance matters.
  • There was an update on site developments.
  • There was an update on the work of the Health and Safety committee.
  • There was a staffing update and scrutiny of absence data.

26 March 2019 meeting

  • There was an update on Pupil Premium, Primary PE grant and Catch up funding.
  • There was budget monitoring.
  • There was an update on bids and grants and site developments.
  • The new staffing structure was discussed.
  • There was a staffing update.
  • Absence Management was discussed.
  • Details of governor Task and Finish were given.
  • There was discussion on governor training and the Department for Education funding.

13 June 2019 meeting

  • Governors were briefed on and discussed bids and grants.
  • Governors discussed the appointment of the auditors and agreed to retain the services of the existing auditors.
  • There was an update and discussion on site developments.
  • There was an update on staffing.
  • There was discussion on absence management.
  • Policies were reviewed and approved.
  • The governor training plan was discussed.

Download PDF - 2018-2019 Summary Report of Trustees: Finance, Staffing & Building Committee

2017-2018 Summary Report of Governing Body: Finance, Staffing & Building Committee 

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee on 5 October 2017.

  • An update on accounts was given and there was scrutiny of financial data.
  • There was an update on progress on site developments.
  • There was an update on the work of the Health and Safety committee.
  • An update on the staff performance management review process was given.
  • There was a staffing update.
  • Details of governors’ activity in Task and Finish were discussed and agreed.
  • Policies were reviewed and approved.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee on 22 March 2018.

  • There was an update on the use and impact of the Primary PE Grant and Catch up funding.
  • There was an update on budget bids and grants.
  • There was an update and discussion on funding.
  • Details of the progress on site developments were given.
  • There was an update of on staffing, including absence management.
  • Governors were briefed on GDPR.
  • Details of governors’ activity in Task and Finish were discussed.
  • Policies were reviewed and approved.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee on 14 June 2018.

  • Governors were briefed on and discussed budget, bids and grants.
  • There was an update and discussion on site developments.
  • There was an update on staffing.
  • Details of governors’ activity in Task and Finish were discussed.
  • Policies were reviewed and approved.

Download PDF - 2017-2018 Summary Report of Governing Body: Finance, Staffing & Building Committee

2016-2017 Summary Report of Governing Body: Finance, Staffing & Building Committee 

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee on 6 October 2016

  • Scrutiny of financial data including receipt of draft Management Accounts
  • Update on progress of a number of funding issues including Sports Hall
  • Approval of policies
  • Update on H&S and building matters
  • Update on staffing
  • Update of performance management process for teaching staff

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee on 9 March 2017

  • Scrutiny of financial data
  • Update on progress of a number of funding issues including Sports Hall
  • Update on H&S and building matters
  • Update on staffing

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Finance, Staffing and Buildings Committee on 15 June 2017

  • Scrutiny of financial data
  • Update re seeking sources of additional income
  • Update on building matters
  • Update on staffing including absence management

Download PDF - 2016-2017 Summary Report of Governing Body: Finance, Staffing & Building Committee

 

Student Needs & Curriculum Committee Summary Reports

2019-2020 Summary Report of Trustees: Student Needs & Curriculum Committee 

The committee is responsible for matters relating to curriculum, both academic and pastoral, and also the needs of students in many areas, including safeguarding and mental health.

A Task and Finish programme is carried out to triangulate evidence of progression in key areas of focus identified for scrutiny by the board. This usually consists of two trustees who work with senior leadership. Progress reports are presented at the committee meetings and a final report is produced at the end of the task.

At the conclusion of each meeting the Trustees discuss what impact there has been.  Meeting minutes are approved at the next meeting of the committee and an update of the work of the committee is given at the following full Trustee Board meeting.

In the year 2019/20 the work of the Trustees was altered by the Covid 19 pandemic.  The Board amended focus to urgent business critical work and made the decision to only meet as a Full Board by virtual meeting.  This meant that the usual three committee meetings held in the year was reduced to two.

Summarised below are matters addressed by the committee during the academic year 2019-20:

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the committee meeting on 3 October 2019

  • There was an update on and scrutiny of exam entries and results for the year 2018/19.
  • There was a presentation and discussion on the Academy Career’s strategy.
  • Trustees monitored student transition and destinations for leavers in 2019.
  • The Annual Safeguarding Audit was agreed.
  • There was an update on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Quality Mark.
  • Trustees discussed attendance at key Academy events.
  • There was policy development.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the committee meeting on 10 February 2020:

  • Trustees received an update on transition information.
  • There was monitoring of standards (Books, lesson observations and information data).
  • There was an update on the Subject Department Reviews.
  • Trustees received an update on the options available for those in different learning pathways at Key Stage 4 and 5 for the year 2020/21.
  • There was an update on the progress of Pastoral Reviews in the new learning communities.
  • There was a report on the Task and Finish work on the Key Stage 3 – 5 Curriculum.
  • The committee Terms of Reference were discussed.
  • The SEN policy was approved.

Marian Wheeler - Chair

Download PDF - 2019-2020 Summary Report of Trustees: Student Needs & Curriculum Committee

2018-2019 Summary Report of Trustees: Student Needs & Curriculum Committee 

This Committee meets three times a year. The Committee receives reports and briefings from the Academy’s Senior Leadership team and is responsible for matters relating to curriculum, both academic and pastoral, and also the needs of students in many areas, including safeguarding and mental health. The Committee also receives presentations from staff members relating to curriculum.

A Task and Finish programme is carried out, which usually consists of 2 Governors who are in contact with Senior Leadership. During the Task and Finish a progress report is presented at the Committee meeting and a final report is produced at the end of the task.

At the conclusion of each meeting the Governors discuss what impact has been created.

The Committee Minutes are presented at the next meeting of the full Governing Body.

Summarised below are points discussed at the 3 meetings during the academic year 2018/2019:

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Student Needs and Curriculum Committee meeting on 2 October 2018

  • An update on exam entries and results for the year 2017/18 were given.
  • There was an update on next steps following departmental reviews.
  • Details of student transition and destinations for leavers in 2018 were given.
  • There was an update on Investors in People, PE and Sport, Geography and Artsmark Quality Marks.
  • Details of governor activity on Task and Finish were given and agreed.
  • A number of policies were considered.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Student Needs and Curriculum Committee meeting on 12 March 2019.

  • There was monitoring of standards and an update on the quality of teaching and learning.
  • There was an update on subject department reviews.
  • There was an update on the progress of those in Supported Internships.
  • Governors received information about the redesigned curriculum.
  • There was an update on options and pathways for Key Stage 4 and 5 for the year 2019/20.
  • Governors were informed that the Academy had been awarded the Best Practice Teaching Assistant Award and of progress towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
  • Details of governor activity on Task and Finish were given.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Student Needs and Curriculum Committee meeting on 11 June 2019.

  • Governors received an update on student achievement, with details of the progress and attainment data and the impact of interventions.
  • There was an update on Therapeutic interventions.
  • Policy revision was completed.
  • The governor training plan was discussed.

Download PDF - 2018-2019 Summary Report of Trustees: Student Needs & Curriculum Committee

2017-2018 Summary Report of Governing Body: Student Needs & Curriculum Committee 

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Student Need and Curriculum Committee meeting on 3 October 2017

  • An update on exam results for the year 2016/17 was given.
  • There was an update on departmental reviews.
  • Details of student transition and destinations for leavers in 2017 were given.
  • Updates on progress towards renewal of Leading Parents Partnership Award and an update on progress towards Rights Respecting Schools Award were given.
  • Details of governor activity on Task and Finish were given and agreed.
  • A number of revised policies were considered.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Student Needs and Curriculum Committee meeting on 13 March 2018.

  • There was an update on Home Learning developments.
  • There was an update on the Life Skills curriculum development.
  • The Monitoring of Standards (Books, Lesson observation information and data) was scrutinised.
  • There was a question and answer session on the Key Stage 4 and 5 options.
  • There was a progress update on supported internships.
  • Details of the Pastoral reviews were given.
  • Therapeutic provision and the referrals process was discussed.
  • Details of governor activity on Task and Finish were given.
  • There were updates on progress towards the Arts Mark, the Secondary Geography Quality Mark and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Quality Mark. Governors were informed that the Leading Parents Partnership Award and History Association Gold Quality Mark had been achieved.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Student Needs and Curriculum Committee meeting on 12 June 2018.

  • There was an update on the results of the monitoring of standards using lesson observation data.
  • The curriculum for 2018/19 was discussed.
  • There was an update on Speech and Language therapy.
  • Details of governor activity on Task and Finish were given.
  • There were updates on progress towards the TA Best Practice Award, the Investors in Pupils Award, the PE and Sport Quality Mark and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Quality Mark.
  • Policy revision was completed.

Download PDF - 2017-2018 Summary Report of Governing Body: Student Needs & Curriculum Committee

2016-2017 Summary Report of Governing Body: Student Needs & Curriculum Committee 

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Student Need and Curriculum Committee meeting on 4 October 2016

  • Update on progress towards achieving the UNICEF Level 1 Respecting Rights Award and its impact on students
  • Update given on a good set of exam results
  • Scrutiny and approval of the annual return to the LA on Safeguarding
  • Update on how Pupil Premium Funding, Year 7 Catch Up and Primary PE Funding, how it has been spent and its impact on the students
  • A number of revised policies were considered.
  • Agreement on Governor activity through Task and Finish

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Student Needs and Curriculum Committee meeting on 30 March 2017

  • Update on work towards achieving the Investors in Pupils Award
  • Update on Parent Partnership
  • Outline of and opportunity to question the KS 4&5 Options on offer 2017-2018
  • Presentation on the process and findings of identifying future needs

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Student Needs and Curriculum Committee meeting on 13 June 2017

  • Update on final work undertaken taken prior to submission of evidence for the Investors in Pupils
  • Update on Leading Parent Partnership
  • Update on 2017-2018 curriculum including a Q&A session
  • Update on RE and the RE Quality Mark
  • Governor activity through Task and Finish
  • Update on the Bradfields Steps Assessment System
  • Policy approval

Download PDF - 2016-2017 Summary Report of Governing Body: Student Needs & Curriculum Committee

 

Full Governing Body Summary Reports

Governing Body: Trustees - 2019-2020 

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body meeting on 16 September 2019

  • A number of procedural matters were progressed e.g. election of Chair and Vice Chair, appointment of governors to specific roles and Declarations of Business Interest forms.
  • Review and approval of the Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct.
  • The Academy Development Plan for 2017-2020 was discussed.
  • There was an update on and approval of the budget.
  • There was an update on Trust Developments.
  • Governors received an update on Forward2Employment.
  • The Skills Audit, Governance Evaluation and governor training were discussed.
  • The Task and Finish plan was agreed.
  • Meeting dates were approved for the academic year.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body at the meeting on 18 November 2019.

  • Membership and the parent governor vacancy was discussed.
  • Trustees received a report on the Academy Self Evaluation Document.
  • The Academy Improvement Partner’s report was discussed.
  • There was an update on Trust development.
  • Performance management and the performance related pay process were discussed and pay decisions were ratified.
  • There was a report from the Data Protection Officer.
  • The Trustee Development plan was discussed and approved.
  • The Task and Finish plan for the year was set out.
  • The Board received an update on the work of the committees.
  • Policy development was carried out.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Board of Trustees at the virtual meeting on 7 July 2020.

  • Trustees received a verbal report on the operation of the Academy during Covid 19, including updates on: the risk assessment, the staged plan for continued provision and widening of provision, parental engagement, a staffing update,  Free School Meals provision, attendance of children for increased provision and numbers of keyworker children in school, how the Academy continued to provide care for children not attending, monitoring the wellbeing and welfare of students, behaviour, remote learning and delivery of student reports.
  • Trustees received an update on the transition arrangements made.
  • Trustees were updated on and scrutinised Covid-recovery planning and academy improvement planning.
  • There was an update on staffing, including wellbeing, continuing professional development and virtual courses and arrangements for 2020/21.
  • The Board approved the risk assessment and there was an update on health and safety in the Academy.
  • Trustees received an update on safeguarding.
  • Finance was discussed and there was an update on bids, capital funding and outreach.  Budget monitoring took place and the three-year Budget Forecast Return was approved.
  • There was an update on Forward2Employment.
  • Several policies were ratified and approved by the Board.

Download PDF - Governing Body: Trustees - 2019-2020

Governing Body: Trustees - 2018-2019 

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body meeting on 10 September 2018

  • A number of procedural matters were progressed e.g. election of Chair and Vice Chair, appointment of governors to specific roles and Declarations of Business Interest forms.
  • Review and approval of the Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct.
  • The Academy Development Plan for 2017-2020 was discussed.
  • There was an update on and approval of the budget.
  • There was an update on Trust Developments.
  • Governor membership and governor training were discussed.
  • Meeting dates were approved for the academic year.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body at the meeting on 12 November 2018.

  • Membership issues were discussed and a parent governor was appointed.
  • There was a briefing from MacIntyre Hudson giving details of the recent audit.
  • Governors received reports on Academy Self Evaluation.
  • There was an update on performance management and the performance related pay process.
  • Governors received a report on the Safeguarding Audit.
  • There was an update from the Data Protection Officer.
  • There were updates on progress towards Awards and Quality Marks.
  • A number of policies were ratified.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body meeting on 29 April 2019.

  • Two new community governors were appointed.
  • Governors received a report and discussed progress towards the Academy Development Plan.
  • There was an update on the Association for Physical Development Quality Mark for Physical Education & Sport.
  • Governors received a report on the Academy Improvement Partner’s visit.
  • There was an update on Trust Development.
  • The Principal provided information to governors on Performance Data.
  • There was a presentation on the new Ofsted framework.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body meeting on 1 July 2019.

  • There was a paper on Fortis Trust Recognition of Service. A policy on Recognition of service was put before governors and approved.
  • There was a report from the Academy Improvement Partner’s visit.
  • There was an update on Trust Development.
  • The Academy Budget for the year 2019/20 was scrutinised and would be approved once final figures had been received.
  • Governors received final reports on Task and Finish for 2018/19.
  • A number of policies were ratified.

Download PDF - Governing Body: Trustees - 2018-2019

Governing Body: Full Governing Body Summary Report - 2017-2018 

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body for the year 2017/18 11 September 2017 Meeting

  • A number of procedural matters were progressed e.g. election of Chair and Vice Chair, appointment of Training and Development Governor and Parental Engagement Governor and Declarations of Business Interest forms.
  • The Academy Development Plan for 2017-2020 was discussed.
  • Governors were updated on Bradfields Academy at Strood Academy.
  • Governors were informed about the progress of the Academy’s new website.
  • A timetable for Task and Finish reports was set out.
  • Meeting dates were approved for the academic year.

13 November 2017 Meeting

  • The governor Skills audit and membership issues were discussed.
  • There was a briefing from MacIntyre Hudson giving details of the recent audit.
  • There were updates on progress towards the Health and Wellbeing Quality mark and the TA Best Practice Award.
  • Governors received and approved a report on the Safeguarding Audit.
  • There was an update on Pupil Premium and PE and Catch Up Funding.
  • The Principal gave a report on the Academy Self Evaluation document.
  • There was a report and discussion of the Academy Development Plan 2017 - 2020.
  • There was a report from the Academy Improvement Partner.
  • There were reports on Task and Finish work and the work of the committees.
  • It was agreed that a new minibus would be leased.
  • A number of policies were ratified.

18 April 2018 Meeting

  • The results of the Skills Audit were discussed.
  • There was a Principal’s report on progress towards the Academy Development Plan.
  • There was an update on Trust Development.
  • There was an update on Academy finance.
  • Governors received and discussed a report from the Academy Improvement Partner.
  • Governors received a presentation on GDPR compliance.
  • A number of policies were ratified.

9 July 2018 Meeting

  • There was an update and discussion on progress towards the Academy Improvement Plan.
  • The Academy Budget for the year 2018/19 was scrutinised and would be approved when final figures were received.
  • There was an update on Trust development.
  • Governors received final reports on Task and Finish for 2017-18.
  • There was an update on work of the Curriculum and Student Needs Committee and Finance, Staffing Buildings held in June.
  • A number of policies were ratified.

Download PDF - Governing Body: Full Governing Body Summary Report - 2017-2018

Governing Body: Full Governing Body Summary Report - 2016-2017 

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body meeting on 12 September 2016

  • A number of procedural matters were progressed eg Declaration of Interest Forms
  • The main business of the meeting was to focus on Task and Finish for 2016-17. The strategic purpose behind which is the need for Governors to be involved in triangulation to enable the academy to become Ofsted ready. The principle behind T&F being that of progress over time and governor scrutiny and which had been previously commended during Ofsted Inspections as being exemplar practice. Governors particularly are expected to have seen evidence supporting what they were being advised was happening in the academy.
  • A number of policies were ratified.
  • Meeting dates were approved for the academic year

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body meeting on 14 September 2016

  • The meeting was called to consider confidentially an urgent staffing issue.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body meeting on 15 November 2016

  • The main business of the meeting was receive a presentation from the academy’s independent auditors on the accounts. Governors scrutinized the Annual Reports and Financial Statements for the year ended August 2016. It was found that there had been a “clean” Audit Report in line the Companies Act and regularity funds being spent for the purpose intended. There was one query which is being progressed by the Auditors. Governors considered the Management Letter and noted that commendably there were few internal control deficiencies. The Accounts were signed off. The Trustees Report was also approved.
  • Governors received an update on Task and Finish for 2016-17.
  • Governors received a presentation from the Guardian-Principal on the work being undertaken within the academy driving improvement and the current judgements against the Ofsted criteria.
  • An update on work of the Curriculum and Student Needs Committee and Finance, Staffing Buildings held in October.
  • A number of policies were ratified.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body meeting on 20 April 2017.

  • Governors received a report on the Academy’s Self Evaluation Document.
  • The recent Ofsted report was discussed.
  • Governors received an update on Task and Finish for 2016-17.
  • An update on work of the Curriculum and Student Needs Committee and Finance, Staffing Buildings held in March.
  • A number of policies were ratified.

Brief synopsis of business conducted by the Full Governing Body meeting on 10 July 2017.

  • The Academy Budget for the year 2017/18 was scrutinised and approved
  • Governors received final reports on Task and Finish for 2016-17.
  • Governors received a presentation and reviewed the Academy Development plan 2013 – 16.
  • An update on work of the Curriculum and Student Needs Committee and Finance, Staffing Buildings held in June.
  • A number of policies were ratified.

Download PDF - Governing Body: Full Governing Body Summary Report - 2016-2017