Governors' Blog

Head Teacher: Mrs Jan Martin | Deputy Head: Miss A Prentice                          
London Road, Woolmer Green, Herts. SG3 6JP | Email: | Tel: 01438 813267 | Fax: 01438 815623                      

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Governor news...

The Learning and Pupil Progress Committee met on 3rd June with a full and exciting agenda to work through. Mrs Rawson updated the Governors on Literacy issues. I am pleased to say she was able to paint a very positive picture with pupils' making excellent progress with their writing. The development of writing in all classes was the School's Priority Area 2 for this year. Our progress was moderated externally and an outstanding report on pupils' attainment in writing resulted. Writing in RE books is particularly strong. Mr Mallon and Dr James reported on the progress of pupils in Numeracy. Once again, I am pleased to say that many new initiatives/resources have been put in place this year and pupil progress is good. We are expecting the SATs results for our Year 6 pupils next week and Mr Mallon will be able to provide parents with a full breakdown of these for our own pupils and how they compare with other similar schools nationally. Governors are required to scrutinise the progress data of all pupils in school to ensure that all pupils are making substantial and sustained progress (OFSTED wording!) At our meeting we agreed the best way to complete this task so that Governors can challenge and support the school in an appropriate and effective manner. I am pleased to report that our current data indicates that the majority of our pupils are making excellent progress. Parents will be aware that the Government have introduced new assessment criteria over the last year which effectively assesses pupils' deep knowledge and understanding. This is a change in emphasis from the previous assessment criteria. It was agreed at this meeting that Mr Mallon would extend his monitoring of behaviour to include the recording of good 'Behaviours for Learning' so that we can continue to build on good practice. The introduction of the core values each month have been really helpful with guiding pupil behaviour. Mrs Fincham reported to the meeting on the variety of school visits on offer. By the end of term all classes will have had the opportunity to attend a trip.  These vary from trips to: PGL (Residential for Year 6) , Fairlands Valley, Cuffley Camp, Harry Potter Studios, Bekonscot Model Village, St Albans Abbey and Knebworth House. The end of term is busy for Governors. The Learning and Pupil Progress Committee meet on June 29th, The Finance and Resources Committee on 6th July and the Full Governing Body on 13th July. Towards the end of term I will send to you the Governors Report to Parents for the Year 2014-15. Please do give me feedback on our work in/with the school. Positive comments help too!! Sue Gray, Chair Of Governors. 

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