Chair of Governors Letter: 5th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following on from Mr Pilkington’s email last night after the Prime Minister announced a National Lockdown and the need for immediate school closure, I am writing to urge you all to only use the Keyworker provision where essential.

From what we understand from the data and statistics being published, the infection rate and impact of the pandemic is the worst the country has seen so far. It is imperative that we keep the provision of Keyworker and vulnerable children service to a minimum to keep it as safe as possible for the staff who will be providing it, and for those children and their families who have no other option but to attend.

If you are able to keep your child(ren) at home with you, please do so wherever possible.

If after due consideration you require a keyworker place for your child, please complete the online form by the deadline of 3pm today. This is crucial to enable the correct staffing ratios.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding in these most challenging of times.

Take care, stay safe, and let’s hope we can open the school gates again fully in the not too distant future.

Regards,
Chair of Governors


Governor Newsletter: December 2020

Governors are responsible for setting the school’s vision and strategic direction, for holding the Headteacher and Senior Leadership team to account for educational performance, and for ensuring the School’s money is spent well.

Welcome to:

Nicola Webb - Parent Governor, elected 8 December 2020.

Farewell to:

At the end of the Summer term we said farewell and thank you to our long standing and dedicated Governor Joel Runnels-Moss whose term came to an end. The school gained tremendously over the years from his motivation, experience and knowledge.


Our last Newsletter spoke of the uncertainty of the coming Autumn term, and here we are at the end of it. School days are quite different from that of a year ago with all the additional measures and safety precautions, but what a fantastic term it has been, welcoming all the children back and being able to resume some kind of normality.

Governor activity has had to, understandably, take a back seat whilst the focus has been on settling into new routines and observing the additional measures now needed.

Committee and Whole Body meetings have still taken place via video call, the Governors who have a responsibility in Safeguarding, SEND and Health & Safety have all had “virtual” meetings with the staff responsible, and website compliance has been reviewed, but our usual on site Governor Monitoring visits have had to be postponed.

Next term, we will revisit the Governor Action Plan and establish the focus for the following few months, hoping that perhaps by the Summer term we will be able to return to visiting the school for visits in person - of course there is no certainty of this and the health and safety of staff and pupils will always come first and foremost.

So as we come to the end of another term, we would just like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone - staff, parents, carers and children, for rising to the challenge this pandemic has brought; by adjusting to the new school protocols and all working together to keep everyone as safe as possible whilst enabling our children to still learn and develop in a school environment. An especially big thank you to those who are braving the elements every morning, afternoon and lunch and break times throughout the day, to provide reassurance to us all and enable our large school to arrive and leave in the safest way possible. We hope you have a particularly warm and relaxing break!


Governor Newsletter: December 2019

Governors are responsible for setting the school’s vision and strategic direction, for holding the Headteacher and Senior Leadership team to account for educational performance, and for ensuring the School’s money is spent well.

It’s been a busy term for Governors. We started the term with a full governor training session delivered by Schools Choice on the new Ofsted Framework and a few weeks later had a session to consider the school’s ethos, vision and aims and whether what is published is still appropriate. The consensus was that it largely is, but perhaps with a few tweaks in some areas to reflect how our school operates and what it aims to achieve today and going forward. Those changes will be updated on the website and publications in due course.

We have also been supporting the school with the School Development Plan, a summary version of which you can find on the website under the Policies section. Many of our monitoring visits this term have been arranged around this. The Governor Action Plan is also now updated and available on the website, so please feel free to take a look to see what we aim to achieve over the forthcoming months.

Thank you to all of those who stopped to talk with us at the Consultation evenings back in October and take part in the Parent/Carer survey. We had a fantastic response rate with over 100 surveys completed. If you didn’t get a chance to complete a survey, we would welcome your views and you can complete a survey at anytime at parentview.ofsted.gov.uk. We are now busy collating all of the data and will feedback to you in due course with the results.

In the New Year we are hoping to launch a Head and Chair open morning every term, providing you with the opportunity to come along and meet us and discuss any matters you would like to. In the meantime, we would like to wish all staff, pupils, families and volunteers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Governor Newsletter: July 2019

Governors are responsible for setting the school’s vision and strategic direction, for holding the Headteacher and Senior Leadership team to account for educational performance, and for ensuring the School’s money is spent well.

Welcome to:

  • James Baalham - LA Governor, elected 11 July 2019
  • Matt Paisley - Parent Governor, elected 11 July 2019
  • Mike Finch - Co-Opted Governor, elected 12 July 2019

Farewell to:

Brendan Clancy and Chris Herron – Brendan and Chris have served 4 and 8 years respectively and contributed much in that time. We thank them for their service and wish them well.

Focus: What have we done this term?

  • Hosted the BBQ stall at the school fete
  • Carried out a monitoring visit reviewing the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision
  • Invigilated at SATS exams
  • Visited camp to see the fun and adventure the children get to experience
  • Observed a Maths Mastery class being delivered
  • Met with the school’s Standards and Excellence Officer who was assessing the Early Years provision
  • Attended training on Safeguarding matters
  • Carried out Safeguarding checks on the school
  • Reviewed the school’s compliance with GDPR legislation

Future Plans:

Governors are in the process of arranging training for next term so they can better understand the new Ofsted Framework and Curriculum which comes into place in September, and we are also working on creating a Governor Action Plan to focus our attention on key areas.