We welcomed our new governor David Medway who is also a secondary teacher.
How well are our children doing?
The school was approached to provide a report to HM Inspectors about how the school is teaching and monitoring without assessment levels. The inspector who received the presentation praised the school. On the last page of the report teachers have provided feedback on how children have more time to master relevant skills and deepen their understanding. Some children in the school are benefiting from 'pre teaching', this means that children are set up with some extra learning the afternoon before the class lesson to succeed in their learning in the next day's lessons. As a result a high percentage of our children are on track for achieving their Age Related Expectations. The new end of year assessments for SATS tests will be different in style this year but we expect good results which should support this evidence and a report on a visit from the local authority confirms this.
What’s happening in the curriculum?
The school has ring fenced budget to spend on sport from the government. The school spends more than the allocated funds on school including football coaching, staff training and previously the additional all weather surface. The impact of this spending is evident. More children participating in sports activities, improved standards with all aspects of PE, improved teacher subject knowledge.
How are we, as a Governing Body supporting our school?
We recently arranged an extra meeting to look in detail at how the school ensures that safeguarding is high priority and that the school has a culture of safeguarding across all departments. The governors who attended felt that they are more in the know regarding what happens and that the school has safeguarding at the forefront of everything. Mrs Skinner (HT) presented an anonymised case study which detailed the policies in practise and that the school are rigorous in its approach to ensure the safety of the children at all times. It was a very useful meeting and made more enjoyable by fish and chips kindly provided by Mrs Skinner!
Our new governor, David, is a good choice for link governor for safeguarding. We have booked training for all our governors in June on the Government’s Prevent Strategy.
The school is engaging with the Boyatt Wood Community group to work more closely with our neighbourhood. From the online admission applications we will be full in September. This shows the need for the expansion. The new building is due to start this autumn. We discussed how we could improve upon the proposed internal plans before they are set in stone with the funds allocated.
We are aware that the government has announced that schools are to become academies by 2022. It would take a long time with the legalities to change to an academy. We do not feel we need to change our school to an academy to improve ourselves as we are already an outstanding school. Hampshire is an excellent authority; one of the two highest performing in the country. We will continue to focus on our children and work with the local authority and neighbouring schools in the coming months and years.
Written by Heather Mballa