Governors’ Report for the Summer Term 2018
What a term we’ve had! What a year we’ve had!
After waiting for nearly 2 years for OFsted to call, they finally called us 3 weeks before the end of term, to say they were coming the next day. However, our school was ready for them - as we have been for most of the year. Regular support meetings with the LA have made us “Match Ready” and our new Leadership (SLT) team, together with the staff and all the pupils, did us proud! The OFsted report will be on our website very soon. It shows how far we have come this year and how we will continue to improve the learning experiences that our pupils have in school.
Making sure financial resources have been well spent
Over the year, pupils have taken part in “Young Voices” in Birmingham, been away at Arthog or Larches Wood, and used sport sessions to improve their skills for matches with other local schools. Money from the Pupil Premium Grant and the Sports Fund allowed all pupils the chance to take part in these activities. Breakfast Club really helped Y6 during SATs week this term by providing a good breakfast and time to relax - a great start to each of the test days and improved their confidence. Governors also talked to the children who are very happy about the new outdoor area for EYFS. I think we can all see how well the money has been spent around the school.
Governors have continued to monitor and update the website so that it is line with new legislation. The school now has three safe guarding groups of pupils, set up with the help of Mrs Pugh and they have been explaining to us, how they are acting as ‘buddies’ to make pupils more aware of risks using the internet and social media. In a recent workshop, governors and staff learnt more about how to help to prevent Child Sexual Exploitation.
Setting the vision and strategic direction for the school
We have reviewed the ambitious targets that we set with Mrs Gaskell at the start of the school year and she has reached all of them in the time available. We attended some SLT meetings and found the Head and her team working hard to put plans into actions. Some of us have updated our training. Mrs Harrison attended Child-in-Care network meetings so that we are kept fully informed of any issues. I have attended SEND update meetings and have termly meetings with Mrs Wust, our SENDCo. I have a better grasp of issues that affect some of our more vulnerable pupils now.
Holding the Head Teacher to account
We have spent a lot of time in school, doing learning walks and looking at books. We asked children about their work and how they think they are doing. We listened to Y2 children read to their Y6 reading buddies and making it fun. This has helped us to ask the Head some challenging questions about pupil progress and actions to improve attainment. We also supported the Head and the school by answering OFsted’s challenging questions about the school priorities. We are very proud of the school and how everyone cares about each other. The pupils behave well and have the right attitude for learning – something that Ofsted were very pleased to see.
This term we have said goodbye to Mrs Evans and Mrs Davies and we thank them for their company, their hard work and long service. We wish them well. We also want to wish year 6 the best of luck in their new schools and to thank them for ‘Bugsy’ and all their hard work this year – Well done!
Trish McLachlan and the Governors
PS. This is our last termly report. Next year, we are going to produce a yearly report – with pictures
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