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Annual Governors Report to Parents 2015

Leeming and Londonderry Community Primary School

Governors’ Annual Report to Parents for 2015-2016.

Dear Parents,

As chair of the Governing Body (G.B) of Leeming and Londonderry CP School, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of recent guidance from The Department of Education. It recommends that all Governing Bodies should make an annual statement to parents.

We believe this is a welcome initiative that gives us an opportunity to report on our judgements regarding the progress and achievements of the school and its children. In light of this, we hope the following information is helpful to you all.

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)

 

In our report for 2014-15 we stated that “the GB is conscious that in the autumn term of 2015 it is likely that the school will be inspected by Ofsted.” and, as you know Ofsted inspected the school and graded it as good with outstanding aspects. Obviously, we are extremely proud of this outcome which shows tremendous progress since 2013. Ongoing LA (Local Authority) reviews also continue to reflect ongoing pupil progress due to the huge effort that has been made by staff.

The GB (Governing Body) has also continued to create a Governor’s Action Plan with clear success criteria for each aspect of the plan. This action plan is closely linked to the overall School Development Plan which has been regularly monitored by the local authority’s Educational Development Adviser (EDA) and shared with the GB.

The GB continue to encourage and widen opportunities for our staff, in conjunction with the headteacher, by continuing our commitment to an association with the Swaledale Alliance. The Alliance is a partnership of fifty three schools that work collaboratively and offers bespoke training and continued professional development to all members.

The GB regularly monitors the performance of staff and children through its curriculum and whole GB meetings. In these we seek assurances, based on actual evidence, as to how the school is performing against agreed criteria and best outcomes for our children.  We aim to challenge and support all aspects of school life.  In addition, “lead governors” with a specific curriculum responsibility, visit the school every half term and seek the views of children and staff about learning and teaching.  The GB members with these specific roles have been: Literacy -Stephen Pratt, Mathematics –Anna Smith and P.E. – David Fishburn.  The quality of learning and teaching is judged by the using the Ofsted Inspection Framework.

 

In addition, the GB monitors 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. Discussion on strategies for improving progress is continuous and individual children are monitored, discussed, and if necessary, interventions applied.

Linked to achievement and progress is the children’s attendance we presently have an absence rate of 2.18%.  The attendance for the academic year 2015/2016 was 97.82%. This is well above national averages. Attendance therefore, is judged to be very good.

A new regulation from the Department of Education has asked schools 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.

Regular policy reviews are planned with regard to the GB’s statutory obligations and curriculum development policy reviews are undertaken on a scheduled plan.

With the help of the Local Authority’s bursary service, we manage and monitor the school budget. This has been well managed and as such we have been able to maintain a good level of staffing and resources in school.

The successes of the 2015-16 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, Mrs Holdsworth, Mrs Coombs and Mrs Sharrocks.  Also, Mrs Holland (Caretaker) who’s commitment and care is greatly appreciated.  It is a hardworking and effective team.

Through their daily planning, teachers initiate and deliver a wide, stimulating and interesting balanced curriculum; the children enjoy school 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.

At Leeming and Londonderry we celebrate this team approach which involves not only children, parents and staff; but the wider community. We value everyone’s help and participation in school life and the r 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.

As a GB we would like to thank all parents for the very generous contributions that are made through various fundraising events during the year. This has allowed the school to purchase a number of valuable resources; for example; funding for a mud kitchen and additional resources for the EYFS/KS1 area. It funded range of educational visits and visitors including “Wild Animal Adventure” which allowed the children to handle some interesting creatures.  The GB are really grateful to those who to those who put the time and the tremendous efforts in making these opportunities happen.

As you are probably aware, we are seeking to recruit one Parent Governor to our GB. School governors are drawn from different parts of the community and can be parents and staff or from the community and other groups. This breadth of experience helps ensure the governing body has the right skills to support our Headteacher and drive the success of school.  So, if you are interested but not sure what it entails please contact any member of the governing body or the Head Teacher.

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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