What have the governors been doing recently?
Written July 2019
It has been a really busy time for the governing body as we approached the end of the year.
Our final full governing body meeting of the academic year was held on 13th June. We discussed School Performance, where we celebrated the hard work everyone at the school throughout the year keeping up really high standards across key stage 1 and 2, and increasing the numbers of learners successfully ‘working at greater depth’. We look forward to the exam results bearing witness to these achievements.
We also reviewed the impact of partnership working with Christ Church and John's Angell Town and discussed plans to build on it in the new academic year. We were pleased with how much the partnership is benefitting all three schools, for example through sharing staff training and pooling staff expertise to raise standards across the schools. We congratulate St John’s on being rated Good in their Ofsted inspection this term.
At the beginning of the year the Governing Body challenged the Schools Senior Leadership to reduce unauthorised pupil absence. So we were very pleased to note that the unauthorised absence statistic has gone down.
Other activities governors have been involved in recently have included:
- Appointing Miss Francis as Deputy Head Teacher and Ms Baker as Inclusion Manager. We wish both teachers every success.
- Supporting teachers across the school in revising the school’s curriculum, to ensure it is rich, broad and exciting for all learners.
- Recruiting new governors to the Governing Body: Angela Murray is our new Local Authority Governor and comes with a wealth of experience in business and project management; Winston Trotman is taking over as PCC governor from Chris Glasson who is retiring.
- Meeting the leaders of the Diocese multi-academy Trust, which St Luke’s is now part of, to discuss the services the school receives.
Winston and Brian (Chair of Governors) attended the year 6 leaving celebration at St Luke’s Church last Friday and it was a very splendid occasion. The service was held by Revd Gareth Davies (also a governor). While it is always sad to say goodbye to year 6 learners as they prepare for transition into secondary school, we feel confident that St Luke’s has guided each and every one to be ready for their new adventure.
We wish you all a very pleasant and enjoyable holiday break. And we look forward very much to working with everybody again in 2019/20 to ensure that all learners receive the best possible education in a safe and friendly environment.
Brian Birch, Chair of Governors
Oliver Clarke, Vice Chair of Governors
And all the Governing Body at St Luke’s School
Message from Brian Birch, Chair of Governors
My name is Brian Birch and I am privileged to be Chair of Governors at St Luke’s School.
I was elected Chair in September 2018 and had previously held the Vice Chair role since January 2016.
The work of a governor at the school is varied, stimulating and at times challenging.
As a governor, I am attached to Year 5 Basil and have met the class on several occasions this year. I really enjoy class visits, talking with Mr Bromley the year 5 teacher, and the children. What I find really inspiring is that each time I visit the class I am able to experience, first-hand the excellent progress which all the children are making throughout the year, deepening their skills and subject knowledge. This is evidenced with the feedback from children, the teacher and looking at the children’s learning books.
I also participate in school’s INSET days, meeting and talking with the staff at the school and across the Federation. I recently attended a Windmill Cluster INSET day which was held at Trinity Academy Brixton. This provided very useful information both locally and nationally and I was able to feedback to governors and the Senior Leadership team on aspects of emerging priorities for the coming year. For example the focus on the new Ofsted framework, to be implemented by September 2019, and revisiting the foundation subjects being taught in the school to ensure they are fit for purpose and meeting the new National Curriculum standards.
As the Chair of Governors, I have the privilege to work with a team of governors who bring a broad range of diverse experience and expertise to the Governing Body.
We hold several full Governor Body meetings each year. At the meetings the Governors scrutinise the papers, reports and the data, and hold the Senior Leadership at the school to account by asking challenging and meaning full questions. This is to ensure the school is performing to its full potential and meetings its targets set out in the school’s annual Development Plan.
Any decisions made by the governing body always include and focus on the children and their outcomes within the school. As governors, we want all children who attend St Luke’s to get the best possible education and progress to their full potential and at times this can mean making difficult decisions.
As the Governing Body our main focus is to secure the future of the school and ensure it is best placed to deal with any emerging issues. We value effective partnership working and the sharing of resources and best practice, working towards improving outcomes for all our children. This can be in the form of shared staff, Continuous Professional Development, enrichment activities for our children, being able to offer after schools clubs and building stronger community links.
I am very honoured to be part of the St Luke’s family, and look forwarded to meeting with you and sharing information and ideas on how to improve the work of the school to benefit us all.
With best wishes