Yesterday three governors including myself, Mrs Ogley and Miss S Elliot went on a learning walk around school with Mr Huxley. We started in the Early Years Foundation Stage and then visited classes 2,3 and 4. We spent about 5-10 minutes in each classroom.
In the debriefing session afterwards we commented upon the positive learning environment, the calm and purposeful atmosphere in each class, the way support staff were actively engaged in the pupils learning. It was also noted that pupils were encouraged to self assess against success criteria and respond to feedback through the school marking policy.
Afterwards we had a question and answer session where several topics were discussed including; allocation and impact of the pupil premium, challenging gifted and talented pupils, effective tracking of pupils, pupils involvement in self assessment, early identification and support of under achieving pupils, quality of provision was considered with regard in particular to improving outdoor facilities in EYFS, how the quality of teaching is monitored and what measures are in place to improve attendance and if any new initiatives are being considered.
It was thought by all involved that the meeting was productive. An opportunity for governors to monitor pupil’s workbooks across the curriculum from each class has been arranged for Friday, June 19th at 1.00 p.m.
Ted Elgy (Chair)
On Friday I went into school to judge children’s writing about the four books that had been introduced to the whole school by the teachers. The books were: Green Eggs and Ham, Robin hood, Going on a Bear Hunt and Farmer Duck. I was impressed with quality of the pupils’ comments, which showed an empathy with characters and an enjoyment of the books. It was very difficult to choose the winning entry from each year group. Afterwards I read a short story to class 4. The children were very attentive and gained a smiley face on their class merit chart.
The Spring Term Full Governors Meeting took place on February 4th. Mr Elgy was reappointed as chair and Councillor Fielding as vice chair. Under the reconstitution of the governing body which comes into being on March 18th, there are no vacancies.
The governors were briefed in the Headteachers report about the School Improvement Plan, Self Evaluation Form, pupil progress among vulnerable pupils and the impact of the pupil premium. Specific questions were asked to the head teacher and deputy head teacher about Â the development of the new curriculum in school, sports premium, pupils progress in writing, assessment without levels and the holistic development of pupils. The head reported that the recent LA quality assurance visit had gone well. The adviser was happy with the school’s judgement and progress made.
In the section on financial matters there were no overspends and the Â school budget was deemed to be on track. The improved of resources were discussed such as the current better leasing arrangement for the school photocopier and savings made and improved service by changing internet providers. The updated school finance policy was approved. The Schools Financial Value Standard was approved, having previously being extensively discussed between the business manager and the chair.
In the concluding items governors highlighted that the data provided in the Headteachers report showed how interventions were impacting on outcomes for pupils. the provision of activities through the sports premium and a sport club provided at half term should encourage pupils to lead a healthier lifestyle. Better use of the building to allow the setting up of the school library in the old dining hall, moving the the kitchen so that the serving hatch opens to the school hall have improved meal and learning provision for the pupils. Questions asked by governors to the senior leadership of school both on frequent visits to the school and at governors meetings seek to hold the Headteacher to account.
Future dates: April 1st 2015
Resources Committee 6.30 p.m.
Strategic Development Committee 7.30 p.m.
Full Governors May 14th 2015
Today I have been privileged to feed back to the pupils who were interviewed for the position of Corridor Cadets in school. The unsuccessful applicants were praised for their applications and were given tips to help them should they apply in future. The successful applicants were congratulated on their interview answers and were reassured of their suitability for this important role in helping to make Haggonfields School an even better place to be.
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Vice-Chair/Parent Governor at Haggonfields Primary School
The Summer Term meeting of the full governing body was held on May 14th 2014 in school. Our two new parent governors were welcomed to their first governors meeting. The governors had an opportunity to extensively question the head teacher on his report.Â Amongst other things pupil performance, the impact of pupil turnover and how the school pupil premium money is calculated and allocated were discussed. The improvement in school attendance was noted and the need to continue initiatives in school to make sure that the improvement in attendance and punctuality remain consistent.
Arrangements were made for the head teacherâ€™s appraisal in the coming academic year, and dates set for curriculum link governors to visit school to observe that the schools teaching and learning policies are taking place. Advice on how to ensure that the school implements and reviews legally required policies was accepted and will be used in future committee meetings.
Governors reported on their school visits and training and future training needs were considered and checked that school budget was on course. The work load on the school in implementing a policy that reflects the changes needed to implement the new regulations for pupils with special needs and disabilities was considered.
The chair thanked the governors for the full participation in what proved to be a fruitful meeting.
Once approved the minutes from this meeting will be available in the school entrance.
Chair of governors at Haggonfields School
On behalf of the whole governing body at Haggonfields Primary School, We would like to take the opportunity to welcome our new parent governors to the team.
Both Stacey Elliott and Joanne Barber are a welcome addition and we all look forward to working with them to ensure the continued improvement of the school.
We all hope that they find their role fulfilling and enjoyable.
Our next governors meeting, is on Wednesday 14th May for the Summer Term Full Governors meeting at 6.30pm.
Annette Phillipson (Vice-chair & Parent Governor)
There was a governors meeting on February 5thÂ held at the school. These meetings are important as the governors are responsible for holding the Head teacher to account for educational performance of the school, ensuring that the school gives value for money and helping to shape the ethos and vision of the school. Progress of the pupils is good, nevertheless, questions were asked about the how initiatives such as assertive mentoring are making an impact in the school. The drive for good pupil progress will continue.
School attendance and behaviour is improving and it was noted that the reception pupils (F2’s) had an excellent attendance and punctuality record in the Autumn Term.
Finally, if you are interested in becoming part of our governing body team, we have 2 vacancies for parent members. Nomination papers will be arriving through your door soon. If you would like to know more about being a governor, ask at the school and you will be put in touch with myself or an existing school governor who you know, who will be happy to talk to you about what is involved. It is a really rewarding job.
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Ted Elgy on behalf of the whole governing body at Haggonfields School
There is 25% off our school uniform at Tesco’s until Midnight on Monday 2nd December – Discount is applied automatically at checkout.
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Annette Phillipson (Parent Governor)
The Christmas cards, tags and mugs have arrived in school and have been sent home.
We raised a total of Â£68.55 which will be put towards getting a globe and some artwork for the library.
I would like to thank everyone who purchased something and help to raise additional funds for the school.
Annette Phillipson (Parent Governor)