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Annual Report to Parents 2015

Governors’ Annual Report to Parents, 2015

It is that time of year again when we, the Governing Body for Paxcroft, would like to inform you of some of what we have achieved over the last year. We have all worked really hard with the staff and pupils in order to assist where required and strive to improve where possible. We oversee the work of the Headteacher and staff in developing the pupils’ learning and hold ultimate responsibility for the environment for pupils and staff at the school. In order to do this, as well as the main Governing Body, we have two sub-committees – ‘Finance & Premises’ and ‘Staff, Curriculum & Children’. In addition, we have had two working parties - ‘Strategic Planning Working Party’ and also a ‘School Meals Working Party’. We are all really proud of the school and all the positive things that have happened this year. Please be assured we will continue to strive to help drive the school forward.

 

Staffing, Curriculum and Children Committee

 

The Staffing, Curriculum and Children’s Committee’s main role is to monitor and evaluate all aspects of the school’s curriculum, children’s learning, and staff development and to oversee policy. We are committed to working with the Headteacher and staff to raise standards in all areas of school life. We would like to welcome two new governors to this committee this year, Stephanie Wing and Simon King, who have already shown themselves to be valuable members of the team.

 

We have continued to make our practices more effective and rigorous to ensure that we can do the best job possible for the school. The teachers in charge of subjects each link with a Governor to help keep us informed about the progress being made in each area. This year the main focus areas we have monitored have included RE, Science, Early Years Foundation Stage, Music, ICT, Able, Gifted & Talented, Special Education Needs, Child Protection, Pupil Premium Children and of course Numeracy and Literacy. We are always working with the staff to provide each pupil with the best possible provision for them. It is always a pleasure to be in school as the pupils, and staff, are welcoming and the pupils are always happy to share their learning with us. It is also our great pleasure to share this year’s results with you.

 

Standards

The excellent KS2 assessment results for this year are summarised in the table below. Overall, this is the strongest set of results the school has achieved, especially at level 4+, where they are well ahead of the national averages.  Also the progress made by the children in Key Stage 2 is the best we have ever achieved.

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2014 Nat ave

 

% Pupils level 4 or above

Reading

86

92

88

84

95

95

89

Writing

68

87

84

79

84

98

85

EGPS

 

 

 

74

79

77

 

Maths

73

82

63

84

88

93

86

% pupils level 4 or above

in all of R, W, M

70

82

59

74

79

88

79

 

% Pupils level 5

Reading

54

55

31

47

42

42

49

Writing

22

24

13

37

35

42

33

EGPS

 

 

 

50

42

40

 

Maths

41

39

28

24

40

33

42

(EGPS = English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test, introduced in 2013)

 

Earlier Assessments

At KS1 and Foundation Stage the school uses assessment information in two ways - to identify weaknesses and strengths of the whole group and to identify individuals, who may need special provision. The Governors monitor the actions taken in school to address these.

 

A positive pattern

Looking at cohort averages, assessments tend to show we are below national averages on entry into Reception, around national averages at year 2 (end of Key Stage 1) and now achieving above national averages overall in Year 6, suggesting the school is ‘adding value’.

 

Finance and Premises Committee

 

The F&P Committee has the responsibility for the school budget and expenditure and for the maintenance and development of the school’s facilities. This has been another hugely successful year for the Finance and Premises committee. This year has been about planning for the future and ensuring all of our policies, procedures and inspections regimes are up to date and effective; ensuring we have the safest possible environment for the children to learn.

We would like to thank Kris Baldy for all his hard work over the last year as Chair of this committee and as Vice-Chair of the Full Governing Body and as a governor for the 4 years preceding. His commitment and expertise has been a great asset to the Governing Bod and he shall be missed.

You have hopefully seen our new signage that gives the school a fresher and unified look. Also we have introduced a back gate to allow easier access from the new housing at the rear of the school site. Many of you may have benefitted from using this new entrance already. We are planning to improve this entrance with the introduction of a new path. We have also developed a new library; which has already been a great success with the children. We wish to thank Miss Dale for all her hard work in this area.

 Now to the future, we have been looking at a number of issues which we feel require our attention. We are keen to continue to improve the outside learning spaces in conjunction with the funds raised by the PSA and to develop the environmental area. Thanks to your support of the PSA and our careful management of resources there will be plenty of changes to see in September.

There will also be advances in the technological hardware for the school during the next academic year.

We thank you for your part in making Paxcroft a happy and fun school for our children and look forward to your involvement in future school events. The Governing Body is always happy to hear your views on improving the school community and we can be contacted through the School website.

We wish you all a happy and fun summer break.