GOVERNORS' UPDATES

 

Chair of Governors Letter - The Cathedral School – Spring 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to update you on the work undertaken by the governing body during the spring terms’ 2017.

It has, as usual, been a very busy time for everyone.

We were delighted to be able to report on the school’s successful OFSTED Inspection.

The Good rating is a testimony to the hard work and commitment of everyone involved in the school.

Well done to all!!

We have held three meetings since the beginning of January and there have been various meetings, training sessions and reviews.

The Local Governing Body reports directly to CAST and is responsible for monitoring the following area on their behalf:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

We are pleased to be able to confirm that the school continues to work within the school’s budget for 2016/17 and that we are able to meet the planned requirements of the school’s development plan. We have received three very comprehensive Heads’ Reports. These enable us to monitor the School Self-Evaluation Plan, the School Development Plan, teaching and learning, pupil progress and attainment, including pupil premium and sports premium. The reports also include information on safeguarding, health and safety, attendance and behaviour, the wide range of professional development undertaken by staff and the very many and varied first hand experiences and activities provided for the children as part of the broad and balanced curriculum. Governors undertook a review of curriculum provision in the school looking at coverage of the National Curriculum through the Thematic Approach; this has been identified as an area for further refinement and the need to review provision for MFL (Modern Foreign Languages).

We have had regular meetings and training from CAST to review the current MAT provision.

Other training and updates have included:

Safer Recruitment, Health and Safety, SEN, Finance, Reading, Writing OFSTED Updates and RE-“The School as a Catholic Community”-W ord, Welfare and Worship.

Governors regularly visit the school and we have a governor designated to visit each month.

Their visit notes always contain very positive comments which are fed back to the Senior Leadership Team and the full governing body.

Mrs England, Mrs Cooper-Smith and Mrs Hardwick have stepped down from the governing body and Mrs Potterton, Mrs Martin and Mr Driscoll have joined us.

The Governors would like to say a tremendous thank you to all the pupils, staff and parents who have worked so hard to make the Spring Terms so successful.

Best wishes

Marcia Wolstencroft

Chair of Governors

 

Chair of Governors Letter - The Cathedral School – Autumn 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

Happy New Year!

I am writing to update you on the work undertaken by the Governing Body during the Autumn terms 2016. It has been a very busy time for everyone. We have held three meetings since September and there have been various meetings, training sessions and reviews.

The Local Governing Body reports directly to CAST and is responsible for monitoring the following area on their behalf:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Members of the LGB attended a CAST Conference at Buckfast Abbey on November 11th 2016 at which the outcomes of the recent CAST OFSTED and the plans for the future were outlined.

The conference was led by Bishop Mark and the new chairman of CAST, Sandy Anderson.

This was also outlined to you all in a letter from Bishop Mark.

Members of the local governing body have also attended a CAST training session on the interpretation of pupil data and preparing for school OFSTEDs.

On behalf of CAST, the school had a full financial audit in October. The auditor   considered the role of the local governing body to be of a high standard.

We are pleased to be able to confirm that the school is working within the school’s budget for 2016/17 and that we are able to meet the planned requirements of the school’s development plan. We have received three very comprehensive Heads’ Reports. These enable us to monitor teaching and learning and pupil progress and attainment across the school.

The reports also include information on attendance, the wide range of professional development undertaken by staff and the very many and varied first hand experiences and activities provided for the children as part of the broad and balanced curriculum.

One of the key areas we have been working on with both school is safeguarding. A new Safeguarding

Document was issued by the government in September 2016 - Keeping Children Safe in Education

We now have an updated Safeguarding Policy in place and training has been undertaken by staff and designated governors.

Mrs Marguerite Sperring is our Safeguarding Governor

Other training and updates have included:

Reviewing the School Self-Evaluation Form and Development Plan and RE-“The School as a Catholic Community”- Welcome and Witness.

We are delighted to be able to report on how well Class 5 has settled into the new classroom on the top floor. Their project on World War 2 had a significant impact on the development of their literacy skills. Mr Case; our visitor who was in the Navy in World War 2 was extremely impressed by the newspaper articles the class sent him.

The governors were very pleased to note the extremely positive outcome of the visits of the CAST RE Adviser who was looking at our progress against our Section 48 Action Plan.

Our CAST Area Adviser also visited to review Teaching and Learning across the school again with very positive outcomes. We have also had very positive SEN and Early Years Foundation Stage reviews undertaken by the local authority.

We regularly visit schools and the Christmas Nativity at the Cathedral was certainly the highlight! It was very special to see all the pupils participating with such confidence and enthusiasm. Their singing was wonderful. A very fitting beginning to the Christmas season. Thank you as well to the many families who joined us.

I was delighted to see the winter display of children’s artwork and writing in the Armada Centre - well worth a look!

We sadly said farewell to Carol Ford, our long serving Teaching Assistant. She will be greatly missed and on behalf of the governors, I would like to wish her well in her retirement.

Congratulations to Mrs Cooper-Smith on the birth of her son.

Mrs England, Mrs Cooper-Smith and Mrs Hardwick have stepped down from the governing body and Mrs Potterton, Mrs Martin and Mr Driscoll have joined us.

Please will you remember Mrs Dauny and Mr Tucker in your prayers?

The Governors would like to say a tremendous thank you to all the pupils, staff and parents who have worked so hard to make the Autumn Terms so successful.

Best wishes

Marcia Wolstencroft

Chair of Governors

     

Chair of Governors Letter - The Cathedral School Summer 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to update you on the work undertaken by the governing body during the summer terms 2016. We held three meetings during this time. We were pleased to be able to confirm that the school was working within the planned budget for 2015/16 and that we have been able to fully meet the planned requirements of the school’s development plan. We have also submitted a balanced budget to CAST for 2016/7.

At our meetings we receive regular training, this has recently included; Governors asking questions about the Heads’ Reports and Case Studies on the impact of Pupil Premium.

We have received three very comprehensive Heads’ Reports.

This includes anonymous data on the progress and attainment of our pupils in Foundation, Key Stage1 and Key Stage 2.

The reports also include detailed information on the wide range of professional development undertaken by staff and the very many and varied first hand experiences and activities provided for the children as part of the broad and balanced curriculum.

One of the key plans was to be able to convert the top floor of the school so that we had an extra classroom, this was funded through CAST .This has enabled us to have an extra class to specifically support pupils in upper KS 2.

Governors were involved in the appointment of a new teacher and we are pleased to welcome Mrs Futcher to the teaching staff.

We would also like to thank you for taking the time to complete the parent questionnaires - a very useful tool for governors to obtain a picture of the parental perception of the schools.

We were delighted to note that the school has achieved their Gold Sports Mark Award.

We sadly said farewell to four of our long serving governors at the end of term - Del Rhodes, John Biddle, Tracy Cook and Maureen Sexton. I would like to take this opportunity to publically thank them for their dedication to the schools and the work of the governing body.

We also said farewell to Mrs Glover and wish her all the best for the future.

Please will you remember Mrs Dauny in your prayers?

Best wishes

Marcia Wolstencroft

Chair of Governors

    

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Spring Terms 2016 - Governors Update -The Cathedral School of St Mary

Dear Parents and Carers

On behalf of our governing body, I am writing to update on the work undertaken by the governing body during the Spring Terms 2016.

At our regular meetings we received reports on Finance, our Catholic Ethos, Teaching and Learning, Safeguarding, Attendance and Sites and Buildings.

We are pleased to report that the finances are carefully monitored, well managed and we are working within our planned budgets.

The Heads’ Reports enable the governors to carefully monitor the impact of the new curriculum and the challenges faced by pupils and staff particularly in English and Mathematics and we have been able to note progress over time.

The opportunity to undertake Learning Walks across both schools has enabled governors to get a clearer picture of the work being undertaken. (The report was published on the schools’ websites.)

Governors regularly undertake visits to both schools and report back at each meeting. We also have a governor of the month. Nicola Chong is Parent Governor at The Cathedral School and she is always happy to take feedback from parents and carers.

We were delighted to see the children helping to open the new library with Tudor Evans - they were great ambassadors for the school.

Class One have an excellent display in the Armada Centre - well done!

The Acts of Worship in both schools during Holy Week were a fitting preparation for Easter. The quality of reflection, thoughtfulness and behaviour were a credit to everyone.

With best wishes

Marcia Wolstencroft

Chair of Governors