Chair of Governors Blog July 2018

Chair of Governors Blog July 2018

Well what a wonderful few weeks we have had! The weather has been more than kind to us and we were able to hold both Sports Day and the Summer Fair without any fear of them being rained off.

I really enjoyed Sports Day. It was great to see that all the pupils were given a chance to participate. They all seemed to enjoy the competitive side of the day but were so supportive of their classmates.  The School did a great job providing shade for the children – thanks to everyone who lent gazebos – and keeping them hydrated. Thank you to all the parents who endured the heat and stayed to support their children and all the volunteers/staff for managing the event.

This year the Summer Fair was more than ever focused on events and entertainment for and by the pupils. It was great to see the enthusiastic support from everyone – even for the setting up and clearing up. As ever I enjoyed running the Raffle as its such a good opportunity to catch up with pupils, parents, and even past pupils, many of whom return each year. Thanks to all the helpers.

Today I was able to attend one of my favourite events of the year, the School Show. A piratical tale, full of great singing, dancing, acting and the absolutely mandatory terrible jokes. All delivered with great style and enthusiasm by the cast, ably supported by pupils on lighting, sound and props. The scenery – including 2 ships – was brilliant. A hugely entertaining afternoon (all the audience I spoke to, had a marvellous time). Well done to everyone!

Apart from coming in to school to enjoy these community events, the Governors have continued to be busy in the background carry out their statutory duties. We have continued with our monitoring activities including reviewing and writing policies, learning walks to see the impact of the new topic-based curriculum, and a detailed review of the impact of provision for Disadvantaged Pupils. We have attended training including on provision for disadvantaged pupils, use of data, and Affordable Schools (to help us in managing an ever-decreasing budget). Governors were instrumental in ensuring that the School was compliant with the GDPR regulations (privacy/use if personal data) which came into force on 25th May. Governors also participated in the SATS process, monitoring the proper administration of the process/papers pre and post the tests, and attending during the tests themselves.

SATS results will be shared with parents together with Reports on Monday.

Governors meet on Monday 16th. We will be reviewing SATS outcomes and end of Phase 3 data so that we can assess the impact of the Getting to Good plan priorities and consider our priorities for next year.  We will also be looking at our Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged Pupils) strategy, as well as our Safeguarding and Child Protection policies (to ensure compliance with the new Keeping Children Safe in Education regulations which come into enforce on 3rd Sept).

Governors will be working with School leaders over the Summer to make sure we can comply with a variety of statutory reporting deadlines in September (including the Safeguarding Audit).  We will however be taking time off and enjoying the weather! As the end of term approaches, I thank you for your continued support and wish you all a restful and enjoyable Summer break! And remember keep reading!!!

Betty Read on behalf of the Governing Body.

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