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Annual Governors Report to Parents 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

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

 

Constitution on the Governing Body

 Anna Smith (Chair of Governors), David Fishburn (Vice Chair), Rowena Sykes (Head Teacher), Joanne Mottram (Staff Governor), Margaret Stead (Co-opted Governor), Stuart Thompson (Co-opted Governor), Anne Barker (LA Governor), Stephen Pratt (Parent Governor), Amy Clarkson (Parent Governor).

 

Pickhill CE Primary CE School Link/Staffing

This year our school has been working in collaboration with Pickhill CE Primary School with Mrs Sykes taking the role of executive head working 2.5 days at Pickhill and 2.5 days at Leeming and Londonderry.

Mrs Mottram was Teacher in Charge during Mrs Sykes’s absence and taught the KS2 class. Mrs Hawes and Mrs Fielding taught the KS1 class. Mrs Holdsworth continued to teach French and ICT to the KS2 children. 

The Governors are pleased to report that 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, pupils’ 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 Local Authority courses, Bedale Cluster Schools’ training and the Swaledale Alliance. The Alliance is a partnership of fifty-eight schools that work collaboratively and offers bespoke training and continued professional development to all members.

The successes of the 2017-18 year 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 Fielding and Mrs Holdsworth, Mrs Lerigo and Mrs Sharrocks.  During the year we welcomed Mrs Giles 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.

 

Lead School for Initial Teacher Training

We are pleased to be the new Lead School for Initial Teacher Training, working in collaboration with the Swaledale Alliance and High Force Education to train teachers of the future. This not only raises the profile of the school but enables us to showcase our good practice.

 

Outcomes for Children

Teaching and learning continues to give children 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 “Roman Day”, Christmas and Easter productions, KS2 Outdoor Pursuits Residential, sports days, annual School Gala and attendance at Bedale Cluster Maths and Sports events.  To support children’s learning needs, we have made substantial investment in new PE equipment, including developing the playground. We have also invested and trained 7 Sports Leaders who will support a programme of active playtimes and help develop collaborative working and PE skills throughout the school.

Through their daily planning, teachers initiate and deliver learning that the children enjoy and all children 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, the improvement of 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 Educational Development Adviser.

To improve the effectiveness of the monitoring and assessment of the curriculum and strategic development of the school, we have appointed a ‘Lead’ Governor in core 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 –David Fishburn and P.E. – Anna Smith

We monitor the progress and attainment of all children rigorously. The Head Teacher 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.

This year we have seen a significant rise in our pupil numbers and have been delighted to watch every child progress and flourish within our school. We look forward to welcoming a further 7 pupils in the new academic year.

 

Attendance and Finance

Linked to achievement and progress is the children’s attendance.  Presently we have an absence rate of 3.86%.  The attendance for the academic year 2017/2018 was 96.14%. 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.

Federation with Pickhill CE Primary School

As a GB, we would like to thank all parents for their commitment to supporting our plans to federate with Pickhill CE Primary School as from October 2018.

We are confident that the federation with Pickhill Church of England School will give exciting opportunities for staff and pupils to work with another similar and like-minded school on a more formal basis and long term.  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,

 

Anna Smith (Chair of Governors)

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