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Chair's Meeting Update Monday 20th November 2023

 

Governors had their first Full Governing Body meeting on Monday 20th November.  

  

Our first meeting of the year is always jam packed with lots on our agenda to get through! Governors agreed their procedures, roles and committee membership for the coming academic year. The Governing Body elected the Chair and Vice Chair in the meeting: Stacey Mack (Co-opted Governor) was elected as Vice Chair for the 2022/2023 academic year and I was elected as Chair until I step down at the end of the Autumn term in December. I announced to Governors that I will be relocating and will be sad to say goodbye to Telferscot after being a Governor since March 2018. Governors will elect a Chair for the Spring and Summer 2024 terms in the March 2024 meeting and we have commenced recruitment for my replacement as a Co-opted Governor.  

  

There were also lots of warm welcomes. We were excited to have Rob Altoft, the newly elected Parent Governor who replaced Oseila Khokhar (resigned at the end of July 2023) join us. We welcomed back Ms Diplock (Deputy Head), to her first Governor meeting since returning from maternity, and appointed Caroline Siggers as an Associate member, to reflect her role as an advisor to the Resources Committee whilst she is interim School Business Manager. Governors were informed that the Local Authority had nominated Fiona Asiedu as a Local Authority Governor, to replace Alex Cole who resigned as a Governor in July 2023. After consideration of Fiona’s outstanding skills and experience, the Governing Body confirmed Fiona’s appointment. Fiona was not able to join the meeting, but we look forward to welcoming her to Telfercot at the March meeting.    

   

As always, it’s been a busy term for the school! Amidst the challenges any Lambeth schools face to fill reception places, we were extremely pleased to hear that Telferscot remains a popular, first choice for pupils and families. Attendance at Telferscot is well above the national average with high standards of pupil behaviour. Despite the increasing number of children with special educational needs, we felt reassured by the holistic interventions and support that are in place, with staff ensuring there is challenge for all in lessons. Governors heard that Telferscot offers a broad and balanced curriculum, which is developed in response to reviews of prior learning to ensure it remains engaging and also includes a continued emphasis on reading. The Headteacher’s report also highlighted that the Pupil Premium statement had been published with details of the support on offer to disadvantaged families. This is complemented by providing access to enrichment and extra-curricular activities and opportunities. All of this, of course, is only made possible by the hard work and dedication of our fantastic staff!  

In his Headteacher’s report, David Cooper shared with Governors the School Development Priorities for the academic year – which had been informed by pupil, parent and staff surveys in the summer term. The main priorities for the academic year are:  

  •    Closing the gap in pupil achievement;  
  •    Further developing adaptive teaching and learning so all children are able to succeed to their full potential;  
  •    Develop the teaching and learning of Mathematics across the school;  
  •    Maintaining our standards and offer in an increasingly challenging landscape.  

Governors had also been given the opportunity to input into the priorities in the summer Full Governing Body meeting and were glad to hear some of initiatives were already in place to work towards these priorities.  

As Governors, it’s our role to support the school strategically, ask tough and challenging questions, and explore what we can do better. We dedicated time to discussing a few key topics. Safeguarding remains a priority at the school – ensuring all staff receive training at the start of the academic year and that learning is used to constantly improve practice. Governors have also all undertaken training and new Governors will be taking training to ensure that they can effectively monitor safeguarding arrangements in school. All schools continue to face growing financial pressures with increased running costs and reduced services from other statutory providers. We considered options for the school to maximise its income generation and potential cost savings so that Telferscot can continue to offer its strong standards and breadth of extra-curricular activities and support. Governors agreed that this discussion would continue at Committee level and be supported by a Task and Finish Group, who will report back in our March 2024 meeting. We also had a chance to discuss staff wellbeing and were reassured to hear about the work that is being done to support this Everyone agreed that this should be added to the next meeting agenda for an update.   

  

We also know there is more we can do to improve the visibility of Governors across the school. Plans were made to enable families to meet and speak with a Governor regularly at the School House Café and school events, such as the winter fair, if they want to discuss any issues or even just to get to know us more. You’ll also be hearing more from us in the school newsletter moving forward!  

  

It's been an absolute pleasure being a Governor at Telferscot and I’m especially grateful to have worked with so many passionate, dedicated and kind people who truly believe in the power of education.   

I wish everyone a safe and happy festive period and all the best for the future. I will be attending the Winter Fair to say one last goodbye to Telferscot.  

 

Previous meeting updates from 2022/2023

Chair's Update 21st November 2022

Chair's Update 13th March 2023

Chair's Update 3 July 2023