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Governors Spring Newsletter 2013

Welcome to the Spring update from the Governing Body. As we explained in our last Newsletter, we want to help St. Helen’s move from being judged as “good” by Ofsted to being judged as an outstanding school.

We are doing this in a number of ways, with two Committees taking the lead.

The Performance and Attainment Committee is:

·                     Constantly monitoring the progress and achievement of all pupil groups

·                     Monitoring and reviewing the quality of teaching across the school

·                     Checking the school’s performance against other similar schools

·                     Encouraging the sharing of best practice

 

Martyn Rouse is the Chair of the Performance and Attainment Committee and also the Governor appointed to monitor maths teaching within the school.


“I have visited the school each term over the last 18 months to meet with Miss Shete, the Numeracy Co-ordinator, to discuss the targets and plans for Maths across the school. I have taken part in several lessons to see how our children enjoy learning about Maths – I am never too old to learn some new things myself!”


 

The Curriculum Committee is:

·                     Reviewing and improving the school’s curriculum

·                     Considering the impact curriculum changes may have on resources

·                     Overseeing the arrangements for school trips

·                     Reviewing School Policies

 

Lynette Denny is the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and the Governor responsible for overseeing literacy provision within the school.

 

“I have recently visited the school to complete a lesson observation and to discuss the two year plan for Literacy with Sarah Merchant, the Literacy Co-ordinator. I have also enjoyed a visit to The New Wolsey Theatre with children from Years 5 and 6 to see Philip Pullman’s play, I Was A Rat.”

 


We want to ensure all pupils have happy memories of their time at St. Helen’s as well as a good foundation for their future education; our aim is for learning to be meaningful and enjoyable. We always like to hear from parents and carers and value your comments. You can get in touch with us at: governors@sthelensprimary.net or via the school office.


 

Carol Pickering

Chair of the Communications Working Group

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