Governors' Blog

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Governors' news...

On behalf of the Governing Body I would like to welcome you all, Parents/carers, Pupils and Staff to the start of the new term.   Many of our children will be returning to school after the summer break to a new teacher and a new classroom.  For others, they will be starting school for the very first time.  Our teachers and teaching assistants will have a new group of children to nurture and to guide in their learning. The Governors will be reconsidering their roles and responsibilities and planning to support the school in every way they can over the coming year.   A new and exciting time for us all.  The Governors have a dedicated section on the school website that clearly defines who we are, our roles and responsibilities and how we aim to support the school.  Every year we send out to parents a questionnaire to find out what you are thinking about how well the school is doing.  This is always a very positive exercise regarding the educational opportunities that are on offer at St Michaels and it helps us to plan for the future. In addition, I have made a list of when our Governing Body Meetings are planned for the coming year which can been seen on your paper copy of the September newsletter (sent home in your child's bookbag), or else on the website under 'Newsletters/2015-16/September'.  As Governors, we welcome input from parents/carers so please do feel that you can contact the Governors with suggestions and comment. Governors attend the Parent Consultation Evenings and would like to meet as many of you on these occasions as possible.  Please do make yourself known to us on these evenings. Wishing you and your children a very successful and enjoyable year at St Michaels.  Sue Gray - Chair.

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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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Governor News...

The Finance and Resources Committee met on 20th January to review and approve the figures for November and December. Once again, I am pleased to report that the school is in a healthy financial position through prudent spending and therefore has been able to increase staffing for Year 6 to provide additional intervention and booster sessions for our pupils in line with the priorities set out in the School Improvement Plan. At this meeting we were also able to approve the draft of the Schools Financial Value Standard. This document is a mandatory requirement for maintained schools and provides a set of questions where Governors can discuss with the school how our finances are managed. There have been Governor visits made to the school by Dr Matt James (Chair of LPP Committee), Keith Thompson (Buildings, Health & Safety) and Emma Broughton (e-Safety & Website). Our two new Governors Neil Gammon and Rachel Stringer are booked on Governor Induction this term. The Full Governing Body met on 26th January. At this meeting, with guidance from Mathew James, we were able to follow up on the training that the Governing Body received on Understanding School Performance Data. Mr Mallon also reported to the FGB on the progress made by the school towards the School Improvement Plan. This included a plan for improving writing and provision for the Most Able. With best wishes, Sue Gray - Chair of Governors.

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Governor news...

Our Finance and Resources Committee met on 9th November to review and approve the month end figures for Sept/Oct, to approve the funding provided by the Sports Premium, for Children Most Able and for the delivery of the School’s Writing Plan. I am pleased to report that the School’s finances are in good shape, that the money we receive is well spent and that resources are well managed. The school’s budget is clearly linked to the School Improvement Plan (SIP) with both Pupil Premium monies and Sports Premium impacting on the targeted pupils and the wider school respectively. These are detailed on the School’s website. The Appraisal Policy was approved and the Draft Admissions Policy (2017-18) was submitted to County for approval. 

The Full Governing Body met on November 18th where the Committee chairs reported on the work undertaken this term so far and Mr Mallon reported on progress towards the 5 school priority targets. There have been several Governor Visits to school this month.  Each visit is designed to have a focus linked to the SIP. This month there have been visits observing Most Able Provision, e-safety, safeguarding and SEND. Following each visit Governors submit a report to their sub-committee for discussion.  As a result of the safeguarding visit the Annual Report and Audit were submitted to County.

You will have seen that there are two vacancies for Parent Governors.  I would encourage any parent/carer who can offer their skills and expertise to come and join our Governing Body. We aim to be an integral part of the School joining with Senior Leaders, parents and pupils in helping to raise standards for all. A very worthy cause designed to make a direct impact on pupil progress!

Finally, the Governors welcomed the opportunity to meet many parents at the two Parent Consultation Evenings. Thank you to all who spoke to us on either of these evenings.  Your feedback helps both the Governors and the school to continue to develop.

With good wishes, Sue Gray; Chair of Governors.

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Governors' News...

The Governors are in full swing with the Learning and Pupil Progress Committee and the Finance and Resources Committee both meeting this month. We have focussed our work on the five priorities identified by the School Improvement Plan. We are reviewing our pupil progress and attainment data form 2014-15, our plans for 2015-16 and the funding and
resources to support these plans. There have been several Governor Visits into school this month focusing on a broad range of subjects from Maths, Writing, Health and Safety, Buildings to Safeguarding and SEND. Governors have been in class getting a real taste of the work our children are doing. Governors continue to review and adopt policies as and when they are due. All Governors attended one of the Parent Consultation evenings and I do hope we had an opportunity to meet you there. It has been a busy half term with our new children settling in well to school. I hope you had an enjoyable half term holiday and I look forward to meeting many of you next half term.  Sue Gray, Chair.
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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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Governor news...

At our Full Governing Body meeting on 19th May we were very pleased to welcome a new Co-opted Governor, Emma Broughton, onto the Committee.  Emma brings with her a wealth of experience and many skills gained from her professional life which has largely been spent in the field of retail. Our main Agenda item at this meeting was the approval of the budget for 2015-16. Mr Mallon presented Governors with a draft budget where all new contracts and proposed staffing were accounted for. Governors were pleased to be able to approve this. The next step is for the school to evaluate the current provision for our pupils and formulate an Improvement Plan for the year 2015-16 within the constraints of the budget. This will be presented to Governors in our July meeting for approval and then to staff at the beginning of the Autumn Term. Sue Gray, Chair of Governors.
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Year 6 to PGL

Governors wish all children in Year 6 a safe and exciting trip to PGL this week. We look forward to hearing all about it upon their return.

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Contacting Governors

The Parent/carer questionnaire continues to highlight that some parents are not sure how to contact Governors. Governors attend Parent Consultation Evenings and other main school events. Our photographs are on the school noticeboard and either Mrs Allen or Mr Mallon will pass on our details if you wish to contact any of us. Mathew James is Chair of the LPP Committee, Matthew Barfield, Chair of the FRC Committee and I, undersigned, am Chair of the Full Governing Body. Each Governor has a link area best fitted to their skill and prior experience and Mrs Allen, Clerk to the Governors, will direct you in the right direction if you have a query or comment. The Governors welcome feedback from the Parent Body so please do not hesitate to contact us. The majority of parents reported that they are aware of the role the Governors play in school. We have worked hard to ensure that this is the case and will continue to do so. Sue Gray.

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Governor News Apr-May 2015

Both Governor Committees met during April and May. The Learning and Pupil Progress Committee considered, in detail, the latest pupil progress data and I am pleased to report that this indicates that, once again, we are having a very successful year with many pupils making more than expected progress over the last two terms. This is due to the hard work and outstanding skills of our teaching and support staff.  Governors would like to thank them for their hard work, skill and dedication in the classroom. 
For the first time we have been monitoring behaviour trends in school during the lunchtime break.  This monitoring process will now be developed and extended to include lesson time.  School continue to report to Governors on Attendance and Safeguarding issues. 
The Finance and Resources Committee have been focussing on a review of the Year End figures (to March 31st 2015), giving our initial consideration to a Draft Budget for next year (2015-16) and the approval of both the School Fund Accounts and the DFC Accounts (2014-15).  Mrs Allen prepared these documents for the FRC's approval at our meeting on 6th May.  Our thanks go to her for completing this task for Governors, no mean feat!
A Health and Safety Audit ( Fire Regs.) was completed for County by Keith Thompson.  Our thanks to him for a very thorough piece of work.  Actions have been identified following this review. 
We have had fantastic feedback about the new website.  This will be regularly updated to keep you informed, so keep an eye on all the 'Hot Reminders' and the Blogs! 
I continue to look forward to meeting you at school events. Please do introduce yourself! Best wishes, Sue gray.
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Governors' update...

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, and looking at our draft Budget for 2015/16 for approval at our meeting in May. 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 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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Thank you Mrs Patrick!

The Governors would like to extend our very grateful thanks for the hard work, and commitment Mrs Patrick (Yr 6 Teacher and SENCo) has given to St. Michael’s Woolmer Green school over 9 years at the school.  We wish her good luck and continued success as SENCo in her new School.

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Come and see us at your parent consultation!

Hi - governor representatives will be in the entrance hall and around the school when you come for your parent consultation.  We will be wearing lanyards with our names on. Please do come and talk to us if you have any questions or just fancy a chat! We look forward to meeting you.

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Governor news

The School Governors have had another busy term so far. We met on February 9th for a training session delivered by the County Governance Team in preparation for a future Ofsted inspection.  We have done a lot of work on this new website and are very excited to see it live now! We have completed an audit on the distinctive Christian nature of the school looking at both the fabric of the building and also the ethos generated. There has been a massive review of all the policies and practices to reflect the new requirements for Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms. Finally, we have been conducting a thorough review of all attainment data using highly specialised technology created for this purpose. For more details please see the newsletter. Sue Gray.                              

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