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Annual Statement

Annual Statement for 2019-2020


With the second half of the Academic Year dominated by the situation surrounding Covid-19 this year's statement falls into two distinct sections. However, in these last months New Horizons Seaside Local Governing Body has maintained close links with the school, continued to fulfill its statutory responsibilities and to meet via Zoom.


September 2019-March 2020



* Continued to foster and develop the role of Pupil Governors

* Continued to support and monitor the introduction of the new curriculum framework

*Monitored pupil attendance and supported initiatives to improve this

*Received the updated Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy from the Local Authority and recommended it to the Board of Trustees for approval.

* Engaged with staff to ensure the role of the Governing Body has greater transparency.

*Monitored staff workload and well-being.


March 2020-July 2020


*Monitored the arrangements for the children of Key Workers to attend school throughout.

*Approved the Risk Assessment and associated Parent Information Pack for re-opening the school to Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils in June. Monitored the effectiveness of the arrangements once the children had returned.

*Ensured that all arrangements comply with Government Guidance and that Safeguarding Procedures remain robust

*Approved the Risk Assessment and associated Parent Information Pack for the return of all pupils in September.


The Governing Body has put on record its gratitude to Mr Murley, the Senior Leadership Team and to all who work at Seaside for rising to the challenge of these difficult times and for their outstanding commitment to our children and families.



Over the previous year New Horizons Seaside Local Governing Body has:

  • Supported the introduction of Pupil Governors as a replacement for the School Council.
  • Undertaken updated Safeguarding training and engaged with external agencies to ensure greater consistency in the response of the Local Authority to Safeguarding concerns raised by the school.
  • Monitored pupil attendance and supported the initiatives put forward to improve this.
  • Ensured that New Horizons Seaside offers a broad, ambitious and balanced curriculum that addresses changes to the Ofsted framework.
  • Provided challenging and robust support for members of the leadership team to ensure that School Performance standards were maintained.  Governors have acknowledged the hard work and commitment of staff who undertook additional teaching duties during periods of long-term staff absence.
  • Monitored the administration of Key Stage Two tests to ensure that New Horizons Seaside complies with Statutory requirements.
  • Monitored the effective deployment of student teachers during their placements at New Horizons Seaside.
  • Promoted initiatives to develop the skills of Middle Leaders and Lesson Studies to improve outcomes in teaching.


The Local Governing Body was reconstituted on 06.06.15 as required by government guidelines.




Over the previous year New Horizons Seaside Governing Body has:

  • Reviewed the Attendance Policy and ensured that it can be accessed easily on the website.
  • Supported the development of online mapping provision for children with Special Educational Needs.
  • Monitored Pupil Premium provision and ensured that information for parents was available on the website.
  • Approved the further development of Residential Visits as an integral part of the wider curriculum and ensured that their benefits are open to all pupils.
  • Monitored the Performance Management cycle to ensure that the school’s aspirations are addressed consistently in all Year Groups.
  • Approved the decision to block the 5 Inset Days as an additional week after the Summer Half Term 2019 in an effort to approve Attendance.