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Annual Governors Report to Parents 2017


The Governors’ of Leeming and Londonderry Community Primary School

Annual Report to Parents for 2016-2017.

Dear Parents,

As chair of the Governing Body of Leeming and Londonderry CP School, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you progress and achievements of the school and its children.

Constitution of the Governing Body

David Fishburn (Chair of Governors), Anna Smith (Vice Chair), Rowena Sykes – (Head Teacher), Joanne Mottram – (Staff Governor), Margaret Stead (Co-opted Governor)

Stuart Thompson (Co-opted Governor), Anne Barker (L.A. Governor) Stephen Pratt (Parent

Governor) (Parent Governor - Vacancy)

We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor and would welcome applications from parents.  Elections will be held in the autumn term 2017.  For more information about what this entails, please feel free to contact myself or any of the other members of the Governing body.


Middleham School Link/Staffing

During the year Mrs Sykes was seconded to be the Executive Headteacher at Middleham Primary School for 3 days a week and continued for 2 days at Leeming and Londonderry School.  Mrs Mottram took on the Assistant Headteacher role during Mrs Sykes’ absence and taught the KS2 class. Mrs Hawes taught the KS1 class. Mrs Holdsworth continued to teach French and ICT to the KS2 children. 

Governors are pleased to report that despite these changes the attainment and achievement have remained consistently good.  To ensure learning standards the Headteacher, teaching staff and link- governors regularly observe learning, record their findings and share these with other governing body members.  In addition, the Local Authority’s School Improvement Adviser carries out reviews on the leadership and management of the school, pupil’s personal development, behaviour and welfare and the quality of teaching and learning.  These reports are then shared with the Headteacher and the GB (Governing Body) highlighting strengths and areas for further development. 

Staff continue to attend and receive on-going professional development though LA courses, Bedale Cluster School’s training and the Swaledale Alliance. The Alliance is a   partnership of fifty three schools that work collaboratively. It offers bespoke training and continued professional development to all members.

The successes of the 2016-17 are of course primarily due to the work and enthusiasm given by our excellent and professional teachers and staff. Namely; Mrs Sykes, Mrs Mottram, Mrs Hawes and Mrs Holdsworth. In addition, during the year we welcomed Mrs Lerigo to be our New Teaching Assistant.  Also, Mrs Holland (Caretaker) who’s commitment and care is greatly appreciated.  It is a hardworking and effective team.

Outcomes for Children

Teaching and learning continues to reflect on how children are given opportunities to understand and develop “British Values” and to celebrate the culture of what being “British” means to them. The children have an excellent understanding of World events and follow The News and current affairs as an integral part of their curriculum.

In addition, the GB strongly support staff’s ambition to create a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that is exciting and stimulating.  Examples of this include “Pirate’s Day”, Christmas and Easter productions, KS2 Outdoor Pursuits Residential, Sport’s days, Annual School Fayre and attendance at Bedale Cluster Science, Maths and Sports events.  To support children’s learning needs we have made substantial investment in new IT equipment, including the purchase of new 4 IPADS and new books for library.

Through their daily planning, teachers initiate and deliver learning that the children enjoy and are active and eager learners. As a GB, we want all the children, regardless of ability, to be successful.  It has been the ambition of the governing body to facilitate, through challenging and supporting staff, to improve each child’s educational journey.  We confidently believe that this is being achieved

As part of their monitoring of standards and outcomes for children, the GB has initiated an action plan.  This has clearly defined actions, success criteria and evaluating systems that review what impact such plans have had on children’s development.  This action plan is closely linked to the overall School Development Plan which has been regularly monitored by the Local Authority’s School Improvement Adviser.

To improve the effectiveness of the monitoring and assessment of the curriculum and the strategic development of the school, we have appointed a ‘Lead’ Governor in these subjects.  Each individual is accountable to the Governing Body and responsible for termly progress reports. The GB members with these specific roles have been: Literacy/Science -Stephen Pratt, Mathematics –Anna Smith and P.E. – David Fishburn.

We monitor the progress and attainment of all children rigorously. The Headteacher and her staff are asked to report termly on the progress of groups and individuals by the GB. Discussion on strategies for improving progress is continuous and individual children are monitored, discussed, and if necessary, interventions applied.  Regular policy reviews are planned with regard to the GB’s statutory obligations and curriculum development policy reviews are undertaken on a scheduled plan.

From September 2017, we welcome six new Early Years Foundation children into our EYFS/Key Stage 1 class. The planned numbers being 22 in total for next year.

Attendance and Finance

Linked to achievement and progress is the children’s attendance.  Presently we have an absence rate of 2.5%.  The attendance for the academic year 2016/2017 was 97.5%. This is well above national averages. Attendance therefore, is judged to be very good. 

In addition, with the help of the local authority’s bursary service, we manage and monitor the school budget. This has been well managed and as, we have been able to maintain a good level of staffing and resources in school.

Community Involvement

At Leeming and Londonderry we celebrate a team approach that involves not only children, parents and staff; but the wider community. We value everyone’s help and participation in school life and their children's education.  In a similar way, by working together in a positive and enthusiastic manner, the GB strives to support the leadership and management of the school.


Future Collaboration with Pickhill CE School

As a GB, we would like to thank all parents for their support and commitment in agreeing to our Headteacher working as an Executive Headteacher (EHT) in collaboration with Middleham VA School this year.  This good experience of working with other governors in different situations, has given the GB the confidence to set in place a similar collaboration with Pickhill in 2017-18. This collaboration with Pickhill Church of England School, we feel will give exciting opportunities for staff and pupils to work with another similar and like-minded school.  From our perspective, it also ensures the viability and continuance of children’s learning at Leeming and Londonderry for the future.

In conclusion, I trust that this review of the governance of the school has been informative and helpful.


Yours sincerely,


David Fishburn (Chair of Governors)


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