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Wednesday 24th March 2021

Another Full Governing Body Meeting (FGB) took place on Wednesday 24 March, 2021.   New governors, who joined in December 2020, have settled well and are making very good contributions to the governing body.  


At this FGB meeting the minutes of the previous meeting held on 3 February 2021 were discussed and signed off by the Chair of the Governing Body, Rosemary Reynolds.  This was then followed by a Chair’s Update to the governing board.   Governors had received the headteacher’s report prior to the meeting, enabling them to fully prepare and raise questions at the meeting, all of which were answered fully, in detail, by the headteacher.


Two governors gave reports on their specific school link roles and other governor’s gave feedback to the board on individual training courses they had undertaken with Governor Services.  The two new governors both confirmed they had completed their induction training programme and the Whole Governing Board (WGB) had undertaken training on Governing Roles and Responsibilities in February.   


Due to Covid-19, all  governors are currently making their school visits, to monitor and report back on specific areas, for example quality of education, leadership and management, and more and speaking with staff, virtually online.   The Safeguarding link governor had recently completed visits and reported to the board on her explorations and findings, while the governor linked to the sensory garden updated the governing board with progress.  All governors felt that the sensory garden and outdoor woodland area were very beneficial spaces for all pupils; excellent for their well being and mental health.


Sadly the Clerk to the Governing Board, Diane Smith, completed her last meeting and we await to hear from Governor Services about her replacement.  Diane has served Shakespeare Infant’s School for 14 years attending all governing board meetings, taking minutes and giving important legal advice and just being an enormous help with her vast knowledge and experience.  Governors thanked Diane and wished her well in her retirement.


The meeting ended by wishing the headteacher and all her staff a Happy Easter break, acknowledging that everyone had been under enormous pressure since September due to Coronavirus, but staff had been really focused working together wonderfully well, ensuring the very best for the school and its pupils.