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October 2017

18th October 2017


We looked at a report showing end of Year 2 results (16-17) including combined results and Mrs Skinner said they were really pleased with the rise in the Greater Depth Standard results which was a focus for last year. The combined results are excellent with 89% of children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, which is higher than National and County, and 22% of children attained GDS. A governor asked if moving from levels had been beneficial to children and Mrs Skinner said she thought it had as the new expectations require more rounded and deeper learning thus preparing children more effectively for their next stage of their learning.


Governors agreed that all children have settled well into the new school year and are experiencing a range of interesting themes. In Year R they are enjoying learning and reciting different nursery rhymes in Rhyme Time with them all attending a nursery rhyme dress up day at the end of the project. Year 1 have been searching for the Gingerbread Man by studying maps and photos of the local are- he was finally found and returned to Matt the Baker! Year 2 have had an exciting time learning about New Zealand. A New Zealand visitor came into school and they all took part in a Haka which was shown to parents at their New Zealand travel fair.

In light of parental responses to homework in the annual questionnaire the school has signed up to Purple Mash, an online resource for primary children which parents can access for free after half term. The school will also be introducing My Maths in the near future which will focus on maths and look will highlight Oxford Owl which focusses on reading. Governors discussed the benefits of these online resources and asked how children could access them if they didn’t have a computer at home. Mrs Kesterson said they are tablet friendly and they will be running lunchtime clubs for those children not able to access at home. These resources will also be used in class.

The Harvest Assembly was enjoyed by children and they were really well behaved. Cassie Patten, an Olympic athlete (swimming) visited the school to promote active and healthy lifestyles through the Sports 4 Schools programme.


We are welcoming a new Chair of Governors, Mr Christopher Letch who replaces Mr Gordon Fowler. Mr Fowler has been our chair for over two years and although he has stepped down as Chair, he will continue to support on our governing body and as a member of the General Purpose Committee.

Mrs Clare Newton, our Special Educational Needs/Able Child governor visited Mrs Upton-Jones to discuss the inventions used and the progress of the children which special educational needs. Governors agreed that the Claire Upton Jones does a very good job as SENCo / INCO and the records she keeps are very comprehensive.

All governors will complete the Prevent training as part of safeguarding throughout the school.