From the Chair of Governors
Once again, your Governors have been busy working on your behalf this term.
As Chair of Governors I meet every fortnight with Mr Rogers. During these meetings we discuss a wide range of current issues, consider new information from the Government and Ofsted and make plans for the future.
The Achievement Committee met on the 20th January. This is the group of governors whose responsibility it is to consider children’s learning and the standards they reach. At this meeting we looked at current standards across the school to make sure that the school is on track to meet its end of year targets. This committee will meet again on the 16th March when the information from the next assessments of the children’s progress will be considered.
The Resources Committee will meet on the 24th February. At this meeting we will discuss how the school is spending its money, look at building issues including health and safety matters and also discuss staffing. This committee will soon be setting the school’s budget for 2016-17 and with this, staffing, budgets for different curriculum areas and further improvements to our building.
Our Full Governing Body meeting for this term is due to take place on the 9th March.
As well as these meetings, we have a number of governors who are linked to an area of school and who come in each term to meet with the member of staff responsible for that area. These governors are:
Mr Alan Dean – Safeguarding and Child Protection
Mr Graham Boyes – English and Mathematics
Mr Stephen Hartley – Computing
Mrs Marie Jump – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Mr Muhammad Mizan – Pupil Premium Grant
Mrs Heather Henderson – Church School Distinctiveness
All these governors have been in to visit their link member of staff this term. During these visits, the action plan for the area is discussed. This plan gives details of the actions which will develop that area of school during the year. Most of these visits also include a ‘learning walk’ which is when the governors are shown around all the classes to see the children’s learning first-hand. These Governors then write a report for the Full Governing Body.
As you will already know, we were successful in bidding for some funding to replace all the older windows and external doors as well as all the guttering, drainpipes and fascia boards in school. This work is already underway and is due to be completed by the end of the Easter holidays. We were also pleased to be able to approve new carpets for three classrooms and new flooring in the Key Stage 2 corridors. All this work is helping to improve the learning environment for the children and staff.
As a Governing Body we were shocked and saddened to hear the news about Rayyan Hussain and Mrs Rukhsana Solkar and we continue to hold their families in our thoughts and prayers.
I have been given the opportunity to present certificates twice very recently during the weekly Achievement Assembly and as always I was really impressed with the behaviour of the children. I would like to thank you for your continued support for the school.
Mr Fred Kershaw - Chair Of Governors