Marsh Hill, Erdington, Birmingham B23 7HY | Telephone: 0121 464 2920

Governance Statement

Marsh Hill Primary School is governed, in accordance with an Instrument and Articles of Government, by a Governing Board of 11 members (1 vacant position).  In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the three core strategic functions of Marsh Hill Primary School Governing Board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Head teacher and Senior Leadership Team.  The Governing Board ensures that the school complies fully with statutory safeguarding procedures. We also check that parents’ views are listened to and taken into consideration in all decisions and that parents are kept informed of school issues.  The Governors also deal with formal complaints, personnel issues, finance and resources, health and safety, policies, and some disciplinary matters.  

The full Governing Board meets regularly, normally twice per term. 

Key Issues addressed by the Governing Board in recent years:

  • Review, reconstitution and training of Governing Board
  • Monitoring priorities in the School Development Plan
  • Monitoring the use of Pupil Premium and Sports funding
  • Review of statutory policies and ensuring there is compliance of the school website
  • Monitoring of pupil progress across the school and ensuring there is a broad offer of curriculum to all pupils
  • Rigorous budget management and assurances of ‘best value’

OFSTED Full Inspection June 2018:

Governors fulfil their statutory duties and hold the school to account for the progress of different groups of pupils. They ensure that all safeguarding requirements are met.

Governors receive effective support from the challenge adviser, a national leader of education, as well as the support from Wolverhampton University that has improved teaching, especially in mathematics. They now ask challenging questions and have a better understanding of data.


OFSTED Monitoring Visit July 2017:

During this academic year the school has received a monitoring visit from HM Inspectors of Schools (Ofsted).  The inspector reported that “Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection in order to become a good school”.

The Governing Board will continue to develop and work towards the longer-term strategy of the school, to closely monitor financial status and progress against plan and to work closely with the Head teacher, SLT, staff and parent communities to deliver the best outcomes for our pupils.

Our key priorities are to:

  • Ensure the leadership of mathematics and English is effective in improving teaching learning and assessment
  • Ensure that provision for SEN/lower attaining pupils consistently meet pupils’ learning needs
  • Ensure the planning, delivery and assessment of a broad, balanced, creative and challenging curriculum provides a variety of opportunities for all pupils
  • Improve the quality of teaching and support so that it is consistently good and better
  • Improve the standards of reading across the school with a focus on the number of children achieving greater depth at the end of each key stage
  • Improve the attainment of the higher attainers in writing
  • Improve attendance for disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

Governors can be contacted via email to the school at: or by letter to the school. Please mark your email or letter FAO the Chair of Governors and we will ensure that your communication is passed on. All communications will be handled in confidence.