Chair of Governors Blog December 2018

Once again, the Autumn term seems to have passed in a flash, and here we are a week away from Christmas!

This has been a busy term for everyone with a sharp focus on making rapid progress towards our Getting to Good plan objectives, especially the key objective that all pupils make good and sustained progress in their learning to ensure that pupils meet at least their age-related expectations. The GB has committed significant resource to supporting this objective (including making provision for additional targeted professional advice/support and training and development for staff.)

I have already written to all staff to thank them for their efforts and dedication to achieving these goals and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the children for all their efforts too. It is really satisfying to see how enthusiastically they have engaged in their learning, whether it is in the classroom or elsewhere.  If you have not done so, take a look at the screen in reception (or the website) for some brilliant photos of children enjoying these different learning opportunities and trips. As school leaders we believe in and are doing our best to continue to support these opportunities, despite the ever-tightening budgets.

Our Business Manager, Mrs Wiseman, works very hard to look for sources of funding to enable us to provide experiences and opportunities to our pupils which would otherwise be beyond our means. She has recently been helped in her efforts by our newest Governor, Mrs C Guinness, who many of you will know as a long-standing parent in the school. We are delighted to have her as part of the GB as a Parent Governor and are already benefiting from her experience in fund-raising and knowledge of the local community.

The GB has been busy this term in carrying out its monitoring role, coming into school, for example, to participate in SEND reviews, Pupil Progress meetings, learning walks and reviewing data. We have carried out learning walks, observed lessons, conferenced with pupils, and also linked up with our staff-member links to review/develop policies and to be updated on curriculum progress.

It is both instructive and a pleasure to engage in these activities. They give us first hand-evidence of what is being achieved and allow us to interact with staff and pupils and obtain their views. We are also made to feel welcomed. All our visitors comment on the very positive atmosphere in school. Like us they see the school as a calm, open and friendly place, where there is real respect between staff and pupils, and among pupils themselves. Pupils are polite, and behaviour is good.  It seems that the school’s Values are well-embedded.

One of the bonuses of being a school governor is that you can come to school events such as the Nativity play and the Carol Concert – as several of us have in the last couple of weeks. No better way to get into the Christmas spirit! Both the KS1 Nativity and the whole school Carol Concert were joyful and moving occasions. The quality of the performances improves year on year. Well done to all the pupils and a big thank you to all the staff and others who worked so hard to make these performances happen. A specific thanks to Miss Bowen who has been leading music this year and has done a great job taking this on from Mrs Gibson.

As I said to the pupils in my letter to them earlier this week, I was so impressed by the way in which they all listened to the performances of others. It was clear that they really enjoyed the Carol Concert – they insisted on finishing Merry Christmas Everyone, which they sang as the audience left, even after the last adult had gone!! Great teamwork and festive spirit!

On that note, I will finish by thanking all those who contribute to the life of the school for all they have done and to wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas and all best wishes for 2019, from all the Governors

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December 19th, 2018

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