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Annual Governors Report to Parents 2019


Dear Parents, 

As Chair of the Governing Body for The Federation of Leeming & Londonderry Community  Pickhill Church of England Primary Schools, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you progress and achievements of the federation and its children.


 Constitution of the Governing Body


 Anna Smith (Chair of Governors), David Fishburn (Vice Chair) Rowena Sykes (Head Teacher, Joanne Mottram (Staff Governor), Nichole Rayner (Staff Governor) Stephen Pratt (Parent Governor), Catherine Vickers (LA Governor), Nicky Holmes (Co-opted Governor), Vacancy (Foundation Governor).


 Federation of Leeming & Londonderry and Pickhill Primary Schools


Following a successful 12 month collaboration, both schools agreed to fully federate as from 8 October 2018.  Mrs Sykes continued to work as Executive Head Teacher across both schools working 2.5 days in each school. 


The successes of 2018/19 are due to the hard work and enthusiasm of our excellent teachers and support staff, who have all worked closely during this academic year. This includes joint planning, assessment and moderation.  Where appropriate, the children have enjoyed joint curriculum activities including a cultural day and two very successful residential trips to London and Peat Rigg.


 Leeming and Londonderry Staffing


EYFS / Key Stage 1


Mrs Hawes/Mrs Robinson – Class Teacher


Mrs Giles –Teaching Assistant


Key Stage 2


Mrs Mottram - Class Teacher (Teacher in charge in the Head’s absence)


Mrs Lerigo - Advanced Teaching Assistant / Higher Level Teaching Assistant


Miss Huxtable -Teaching Assistant.


Support Staff


Mrs Sharrocks - Administrator


Mrs Holland - Caretaker, MSA


Mrs Matheson - MSA


Pickhill Staffing


EYFS / Key Stage 1




Mrs Shepherd - Class Teacher



Mrs Harrison - Teaching Assistant


Mrs Moss - Teaching Assistant, MSA




Mrs Rayner – Class Teacher (Teacher in charge in the Head’s absence)


Mrs Lerigo– Advanced Teaching Assistant / Higher Level Teaching Assistant


 Support Staff


Mrs Sterne - Administrator


Miss Tookey – Cook and caretaker


 Outcomes for Children


The Governors are pleased to report that attainment and achievement have remained consistently good across both schools. To ensure that standards of teaching and learning are high the Head Teacher and Link Governors, regularly observe learning and report their findings to the full Governing Body. In addition, the Local Authority School Improvement Adviser carries out inspections of leadership and management, pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare and the quality of teaching and learning in both schools.  These reports are shared with the Head Teacher and Full Governing Body, highlighting strengths and areas for further development.


We monitor the progress and attainment of all the children rigorously. The Head Teacher and the teaching staff are asked to report termly on the progress of groups and individuals to the Governing Body. Discussion on strategies for improving progress is continuous and individual children are monitored, and where necessary interventions are put in place. Policy reviews are undertaken on a scheduled plan and the Governing Body meets all statutory obligations.


The federation believes in a holistic approach to education, enabling the children to develop academically, physically, socially, spiritually, as well as assuring the mental health wellbeing of everyone in our school community.


Teaching continues to give the children access to a wide curriculum.  All children have the opportunity to prepare for the diverse world in which we live, to enable them to become global citizens.


Through planning, teachers initiate and deliver learning that children enjoy and all children are active and eager learners. As a Governing Body we want all children, regardless of ability, to be the best that they can be and access life in its fullness.




There is a direct link between children’s attendance and achievement. The Federation follows North Yorkshire’s attendance Guidance:


The absence rates for each school are:


Leeming & Londonderry     97.8%


Pickhill                                98.4%


The attendance for both schools is above the national average, therefore attendance is judged to be good.


The federation celebrates a team approach working closely with the local church, involving children, parents, staff and the wider community.  The Governing Body would like to thank all the parents for their commitment to each school and their continued support of the Federation.


 I trust you find this review informative and helpful.


 Anna Smith


Chair of Governors




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