Westminster Primary School

Improved Challenge

Westminster Primary School

Improved Challenge 

In 2018, our school was judged to be Requiring Improvement by Ofsted.  Their view of governance was:

‘Governors do not hold leaders to account rigorously enough. They pay insufficient attention to how leaders’ actions affect pupils’ outcomes.’

I was keen to build the knowledge and confidence of governors, and with the support of the Local Authority, we worked with Su who conducted an external review of governance.  However, what was different was that we agreed to use Shaping Governance to replace the usual 2-hour self-reflection.

Shaping Governance provided a structured and inclusive approach which allowed all of my governors to get to know the school better, and to understand how they can be more effective at holding me to account. Su produced a helpful report, and her recommendations helped governors to raise their game.

Su returned to work with us in February 2020 and using Shaping Governance, again governors were challenged to improve.  Her facilitation provided a year on year comparison and was excellent at understanding the impact of governance. I was pleased that most of the improvements identified in 2019 were in place, however, it’s important never to stand still.  This year we identified fewer improvements, but it is important to take the time to reflect

Shaping Governance was the driver to improve the effectiveness of governance - I am now challenged in a supportive way!

** Latest News 2021: Westminster Primary School Win Cheshire West Governance Association's Governing Board of the Year 2021, for the improvements that they have made - leading to effective governance and the Head being challenged in a supportive way.

Sue Finch


Westminster Primary School

Hear first hand from Sue Finch,

Headteacher of Westminster Primary

School why she used

Shaping Governance and

the difference it made!