Governors' Blog

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Blogs from St. Michael's Woolmer Green School.

Latest news from Chair of Governors

Both committees (LPP and FRC) and the Full Governing Body met at the end of the Summer term when the Head's Report to Governors and the School Self Evaluation were discussed and approved. Rachel Wadey presented to FGB a report on her work as SENCo, Sarah Holden as Inclusion TA, and the work of the class teachers. This included the current arrangements for inclusion of all children in the classroom setting.  The new Pupil Profiles are working well. Progress of our SEND pupils is good.
 
Neil Gammon has completed a review of Safeguarding.  No issues were raised
 
Our finances are in good shape, new admissions are up to 27 children, and a recent Health and Safety Audit conducted by County clearly showed that our premises are in very good condition and our Policies and procedures are sound . 
 
The SATs results continue to be analysed.  On a recent visit to school our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner congratulated us on these results and on our current progress data.  Both look healthy. Further analysis will inform the School Improvement Plan for next year.

The Governor's Review of the Year (2015-16) has been communicated to all Parents by Parentmail and is also on the website.
 
All that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy holiday and I look forward to meeting you again in the new school year.
 
Sue Gray (CoG)
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Governor News, Summer Term

Both Committees (Learning and Pupil Progress, Finance and Resources) and the Full Governing Body met during May. This is a particularly busy time of year, marking the end of the Financial Year (2015-16) where Governors Review and Approve the Year End Figures and School Accounts and then moving on to draft a budget and Improvement Plan for the next academic year (2016-17). Our LPP Committee met in early May and conducted a review of the recently collected assessment data designed to map pupil progress. St Michael’s are using the new Herts for Learning, Steps for Progress, to assess our
pupils. I am pleased to report that most of our children are achieving their age related expectations for progress and some achieving more than the age related expectations. A full programme of intervention has been introduced to meet the individual needs of any children requiring any additional input. We have recently had a visit from our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner and again I am pleased to report that she was very positive regarding the progress our current pupils are making now that the new curriculum and
assessment procedures are in place. At the LPP meeting we were also able to hear about the recent developments made by the School Council which has been led by Mrs Gloyn this year. Governors would like to thank Mrs Gloyn for her continuing work with the School Council. Children have opportunities at School Council to discuss issues important to them and to decide and plan on future activities and events. Mr Neil Gammon takes over as Governor with special responsibility for Safeguarding and has now completed his training.
In addition to checking the Year End Figures and Approving the Draft Budget, The F&R Committee were updated regarding the current Admissions. Twenty eight new Reception children are due to join us in September which is a very pleasing and healthy number.
An e-safety meeting has been arranged for Parents/carers on Monday 20th June at 2pm in the school hall. We would encourage all Parents/carers to support this event. This is always a really informative session especially when we consider all the current pressures on our young people presented by social media etc. I have written to you separately regarding the results of the parent Questionnaire via ParentMail and is communicated on our school website. Please look at the results if you can. By the end of term Mr Mallon will report to Governors on the Year 2015-16, evaluate our progress towards our school priorities (School Self Evaluation Doc.) and in conjunction with staff draft the School Improvement Plan
for 2016-17. During these last few weeks of term Governors will be making their termly visits to school. These visits are carefully planned to help Governors gain more knowledge about the day to day life of the school. It is always a delight to see the many and varied activities planned and delivered to our children and the challenge, motivation and inspiration evident throughout the school. Sue Gray, Chair of Governors.
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Results-of-parent-questionnaires-Spring-2016

Dear Parents/carers

 

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Parent Questionnaire.  We received 100 responses in all, which was very pleasing.

 

These have been collated and the results appear on this Website under “Office” – “Statutory info” tab for you to look at. 

 

In most categories your responses were very positive and show a genuine satisfaction with the education your sons/daughters are receiving.

 

I would also like to thank those parents who took time to express further comment. Many of the comments were positive and illustrate the hard work, commitment and skill that is evident on a day to day basis when visiting the school.  Some comments direct us towards areas for future development and going forward I can assure you that these will be carefully considered by The Finance and Resources Committee and when action points are planned they will be communicated to you via the monthly Newsletter.

 

My best wishes to you all.

 

Sue Gray Chair of Governors

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Governor News...

Thank you to those Parents who have returned their Questionnaires. We value your comments and Mr Mallon will share the results in due course. This month our Committees will be approving year-end figures. We will be looking at our draft Budget for 2016-17 for approval at our FGB meeting in May. In addition we have been looking at children’s progress and attainment and how pupil premium and sports premium monies are spent. Our Governors continue to visit school to challenge and support school improvement. Our recent JARV (Joint Annual Report Visit) conducted by our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner (HIP) was excellent. We look forward to another busy term and wish all our children well in their SATs in May. Best wishes Sue Gray - Chair of Governors.
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Governor news...

Our Admissions Committee have met to rank applications for Reception 2016 -17 intake. Governor visits have taken place providing opportunities to see the school in action. Governors report back to their respective committee on the work that they see and this ensures that our work continues to be relevant and targeted. Our H&S Governors have completed their termly Audit and will report on their findings at their next meeting this month. In addition, I visit the school on a weekly basis. Our Governor meetings this term are as follows:

Learning and Pupil Progress – 29th February

Finance and Resources – 7th March

Full Governing Body – 14th March

Governors will be available during the Parent Consultation Evenings to be held on 23/24th March. Please do come and speak to us raising any queries or comments. It is good to have feedback on the work we are doing. Our Parent Questionnaire will be distributed shortly. Sue Gray - Chair of Governors.

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