Governors’ Bulletin: Autumn Term 2017
A warm welcome to all new and returning children and their families for this new school year. We aim to make this year as rewarding for our school community as previous years.
The governing body met at the end of last term and the beginning of this to celebrate the successes of last year. The end of key stages assessments produced excellent results last summer and were a great credit to the hard work of the children and to the staff. In year two, 74 per cent of pupils reached or exceeded the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined compared with 60 per cent nationally. And in year six 6 the same measure was 77 per cent compared with 61 per cent nationally. This places Fern Hill within the top 20 per cent of all schools.
Governors and School Leaders will be analysing all of this data later in the Autumn term as part of a rigorous self-evaluation to identify the priorities for our updated School Development Plan; a document which shows what we will focus on to improve the school this year. As usual we will publish the plan on our website as soon as it is finalised.
Of course, high attainment in key subjects is only part of what we aspire to for our children. We are currently working on a longer term (five year) strategic plan that ensures children’s education experiences promote the values we have adopted for the school, those of inspiration, excellence, empathy and collaboration. We aim to consult with you on the strategic plan in the course of the academic year.
There have been some changes to the governing body recently. Dylan Jones, the elected parent governor came to the end of his term of office in July and Neel Arya stepped down from his co-opted post. Alan Waterman has taken Dylan’s place after success in the parental ballot. Sue Dean has been co-opted onto the governing body in place of Neel and hands over her responsibility as clerk to Francesca Lee. Sue and Alan bring financial expertise to our work and experience of working with the parent community. This will prove valuable as the governors seek to strengthen links with parents through the Parent Staff Association (PSA) and the newly formed Parent Council. We have also co-opted two more parents for the specific skills they offer to our role. Gary Boyd has experience in education and training and Marc Jones gives the governing body access to a legal perspective.
Our committees will continue to do the detailed scrutiny offering both challenge and support to the senior leadership team. Sue Dean takes over as chair of the Children, Families and Community Committee whilst the chairs of the
Curriculum and Achievement Committee (Mark Baldwin) and the Finance, Resources and Personnel Committee (Hugh Kincaid) remain unchanged. Mark and Hugh are also vice chairs of the full Governing Body and I will continue for another year as chair
We hope that the new Parent Council will prove to be a valuable channel of communication between governors and parents, but we are more than happy to receive comments and suggestions directly from individuals. If you have any ideas or issues you'd like to share with the Governing Body, please get in touch through the school email email@example.com or your Parent Council representative.
Fern Hill Primary School Governors