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Governors' Bulletin

Governors' Bulletin - Spring Term 2019


24th January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we are now midway through the academic year, I thought it was a good time to share with you what the Governing Body has been working on since I took over as Chair last September. 

New Committee Structure

This year we have introduced some changes to the Governing Body structure by combining our Curriculum & Achievement Committee with the Children, Families & Community Committee - replacing them with the new Teaching & Learning & Children Committee. This aligns more closely with our vision of developing the whole child and has provided Governors with a platform to build relationships with teachers beyond the Senior Leadership Team.   We now have a Governor assigned to each year group and have already made huge progress in deepening our understanding of the specific strengths and challenges of each cohort. Continuing to embed our new way of working is a priority for the rest of the year.

Personnel Changes

There have also been some personnel changes in the Governing Body: we have said goodbye to Nigel Vivian, our previous Chair, whose term of office ended in October 2018 and Marc Jones has also stepped down from his position this month. Nigel and Marc made significant contributions to the Governing Body and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support and efforts. 

Following our election last term we welcomed a new Parent Governor to the team. Rob Terry is now leading the Governors’ relationship with the Parent Council and has joined our new Teaching, Learning & Children Committee.

Nursery Provision

Governors continue to explore ways in which the school can serve our local community better. This year we are reviewing the offering for our Nursery children to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of all local families. For 2019/20 the school will be offering extended morning or afternoon sessions to provide greater flexibility for working families and we will continue to seek ways in which to provide even greater flexibility in our provision for future years.

Collaboration with others

Another key aspect of our work this year is to continue to develop our thinking around collaboration with other local schools to ensure that we maximise the educational benefits that this can bring to our children. In particular we continue to look at strengthening our relationships with The Kingston Academy as our neighbouring school grows in size.

Our pages on the school’s website provide some more insight into who we are and what we do. If you have any comments on the work of the Governing Body or would like to get involved please do contact our Clerk on

We currently have vacancies to co-opt Governors and are particularly keen to hear from individuals who have legal skills or a background in education - please do get in touch if you think you can help!

Yours faithfully,

Susan Dean

Chair of Governors - Fern Hill Primary School

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