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Autumn 2016

posted 4 Nov 2016, 00:35 by Charlotte Chapman   [ updated 9 Nov 2017, 00:43 ]

Welcome to our latest Governors’ Blog where we provide an update about what the Governors have been doing to help continuously improve our wonderful school. 

We welcome our new Headteacher, Jan Washer, who we are all looking forward to working with in the coming months.  Recruiting a Headteacher is the single most important role that a school governor performs and our Ofsted rating of “outstanding” shows that we have a good track record in this role.   With the assistance of two local authority advisors, governors led the recruitment panel, which subjected Mrs Washer to six difficult assessment tasks that represented a small sample of the duties that a Headteacher has to perform.  Throughout the day she was under constant scrutiny with assessments provided by staff, governors and the children of the school council.   

 The role of school Governors has been in the news recently under the debates about the pros and cons of moving to Academy status. Academies are not required to have parent governors in place, unlike community schools (such as Wood Street). More recently the Government has backed off from enforcing all good and outstanding schools to become Academies which we feel is good news for our school. The Governors will continue to monitor the Government policy on this and debate any changes that are going to affect us.

 In the summer term of the last academic year we covered a number of key areas in our Full Governing Body (FGB) meeting. The purpose of the termly FGB is to ensure that the school is doing its best for the children and providing value for money for you, the taxpayer.  We review progress against the school’s development plan, and the Head provides a termly update on educational data and trends across the school. It is always interesting for the Governors to hear these reports, especially the detail of all the additional activities that the school arranges for the children, such as the woodland school, school visits, sporting and musical activities.

We also reviewed the skills of the Governors and noted any gaps that needed to be addressed through training opportunities. It is important that we ensure Governors have a wide range of relevant experience and knowledge, and stay on top of developments and changes in the education system. This way we can ensure we are properly informed as a group to be able to understand and independently scrutinise what is going on in the school.

At our first meeting of the new academic year Governors confirmed the adoption of our new governor Sarah Kennedy, who will join the board of Governors later this term.