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Governors' Report to Parents

Governors' Annual Report to Parents - 2019-2020

 

Please find below the latest annual report of effectiveness of the Clockhouse Primary School Governing Body. This report follows the best practise guidance suggested by the Department for Education.

 

The priorities identified for 2019-2020 were to increase the proportion of children making outstanding progress, increase the proportion of outstanding learning and teaching and to be ready for inspection by OFSTED. I am delighted to report that in all cases these have been successfully accomplished, as far as has been possible in a highly disrupted year.

 

Covid-19 changed everything and the school team responded magnificently to the challenges. Throughout the pandemic lockdown the school remained open for the children of key workers and those children deemed vulnerable with high calibre home learning for the rest of the children. The school arranged food packages, became an information hub and certainly went the extra mile to support the community and keep everyone's spirits up with a series of engaging displays, videos and communications. No-one was left behind and, on behalf of all, I want to thank Mrs Savidge and her team for everything they did.

 

As soon as it was possible, new safe working practices were put in place and around 200 of the children were able to return to school before the summer break. That regime has now been further adapted and we look forward to seeing all children back in September. It will be great to see a return to the magnificent learning, vibrancy and energy that we are used to during more normal times at Clockhouse.

 

It seems forever ago, but we must remember the highly successful inspection by OFSTED back in January. It was wonderful that they recognised so many positive things about our School and, at some point in 2021, we look forward to welcoming them back to finish the task and see us in full flow.

 

The Governing Body has 13 places and is currently full with no leavers over the last year. I would like to pay tribute to my Governor colleagues who have continued to meet, train and support the school virtually during the pandemic. In particular a mention for Mr Giddy who has extended his outreach work, which I know has been appreciated by many in the community.

 

I have the privilege of remaining as Chair of Governors and I continue to believe that this team is well-placed to lead the school to a very positive outcome when OFSTED re-visit next year. The commitment of the Governors is outstanding and they use all their wide-ranging skills and experience to support and challenge the school leaders in equal measure.

 

The highest priority for the School is clearly to welcome back and settle all the children in September and a well-constructed 'back together' curriculum will support that. Then we can resume 'business as usual' to continue to push for the highest standards from all our pupils

 

Should you require any further information on any of the above topics or any other matter concerned with our School, please visit the Governors pages on the School website or contact the Governors via the School Office.

 

David Leaper

Chair of Governors

August 2020

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