The Business committee met for its last meeting of 2016 on 22nd November. Much of the discussions revolved around the current school budgets (we still have two, although the schools are federated). The schools are experiencing a huge period of change as we move towards becoming academies and joining a Multi Academy Trust. There are also changes to schools funding due to changes at both national and local level. The Committee is therefore making decisions in respect of future financial years with these challenges in mind. However, we are always keen to ensure that we give the very best opportunities to our pupils with the funding that we receive and were pleased to agree, in principle, spending for improvements to ICT hardware across the schools, which will be exciting for both pupils and staff, and further improve our ability to deliver computing curriculum and improve our ICT provision.
Chair of Business Committee
The PQA Committee met on November 23rd. The main talking point at this meeting, in addition to our usual business, was a survey of parents/carers. The survey asks parents what they think about the school, whether their children are making good progress and are happy, and explore other important indicators of how the school is serving its pupils and parents.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey – we really do appreciate hearing your views.
Our children were asked to complete a pupil satisfaction questionnaire towards the end of the summer term. Along with the results of parent questionnaires, this really helps us to understand where we need to make improvements and/or focus more resources. Please download a summary of the pupil responses.
The Board of Governors have issued a letter to all Parents/Carers regarding the future of the Federation as all schools move towards academy status and joining or forming a Multi-Academy Trust.
Thinkuknow (TUK) is led by the National Crime Agency (NCA’s) Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) command and provides honest, realistic and practical advice for young people and their parents on all aspects of their online lives. They have lots of resources for children and parents and is worth a look. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Don’t forget that we have 2 Inset Days on 1st and 2nd September. Pupils are therefore back to school on Monday, 5th September.
The Pupil Quality Assurance Committee of governors met on July 6th. Most of our discussion centred on the Key Stage 2 data released just the day before. The results show that the school has done a great job and is above local and national results pretty much across the board. One particular area for continual monitoring is how pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant are doing relative to the rest of their peer group, and this is something we will all be working on for the rest of this year and into next. The Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 results are also impressive, with the school hitting all its targets. All in all, the PQA governors were very impressed with the amount of progress the school has made in a short time, and asked Miss Keeble to pass on their congratulations to her hard-working and dedicated staff, who have made it possible.
Chair of PQA
Following the notification in the newsletter earlier this week regarding the intended strike action by the NUT on Tuesday, 5th July, we can now confirm that we fully expect all classes across both schools to be in school. The position may change, but this is unlikely. We will, of course, advise you accordingly.
The Year 3 New Parents meeting will also go ahead as planned. Year 3 swimming has been postponed until 12th July.