Meeting updates from Governors
Chair's Meeting Update Monday 3rd July 2023
Governors were in school ahead of their final Full Governing Body meeting of the academic year on Monday 3rd July. They noted how confident and well behaved children were and those who observed rehearsals for the Year 6 production were very impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and commitment to their performance. Governors were pleased that they could see the impact of the work on writing that the school had undertaken and how all areas of learning were exciting and engaging for children. Spending time in school ensures that Governors can understand how the school is functioning, which enables the Governing Body to fulfil its statutory duties: these are to provide strategic leadership and have oversight of the educational and financial performance of the school.
After Governors had spent time in classes, they came together for their Full Governing Body meeting. Governor attendance in the meeting can be viewed here.
In the meeting, Governors heard how Alex Cole (Local Authority Governor) and Oseila Khokhar (Parent Governor) were both resigning at the end of the Summer term. Governors thanked them for their contribution to the Governing Body and arrangements were in place for the appointment of a new LA Governor and elections were being planned for the Parent Governor vacancy to take place in the Autumn.
Also in the meeting, Governors were invited to ask questions on the report from the Headteacher, which was circulated in advance – Governors were pleased to note that Telferscot’s Extended offer remained popular, along with the extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities such as LAMDA. Governors also wished to know whether the SEND Fund donations had had an impact. The Headteacher was pleased to report that projects such as the Sensory room had been made possible by the kind donations of families and he was keen to develop fundraising next year. Governors were also pleased to note that Telferscot was due to be full in Reception next year, and had a waitlist. After a brief review of the progress of the current School Improvement priorities, the Headteacher then presented proposals for next year’s priorities, which Governors considered in depth. The following areas were agreed and would be reviewed by the Senior Leadership again ahead of the Autumn: continue to close the achievement gap (a standing priority to maintain high standards); further develop adaptive teaching and learning to ensure teachers deal with increased need; maintaining standards and offer in an increasingly challenging educational landscape.
Governors heard from Donna Jackson, Staff Governor and wellbeing lead, on her work in school supporting children as needed and more recently focusing on staff wellbeing.
Reports from Governors’ visits to school had been circulated in advance. Governors discussed the availability of extra-curricular sporting competitions, ensuring the provision of opportunities for all children.
Governors reviewed the results of their recent skills audit and it was noted that it would be constructive for additional Governors to gain experience of chairing – training opportunities were to be identified in the new academic year.
Actions from the Local Authority’s update were considered and Governors agreed the school was compliant.
The Chair was due to check the Single Central Record during the Summer term, this would be confirmed to the Governing Body once completed.
After Governors had finished their meeting they enjoyed lunch in the Canteen with the children. They then spent the remainder of the afternoon considering the Governing Body’s strategic priorities for the next academic.
I wish you all a restful Summer break and look forward to updating you again when the Governors meet next in the Autumn.
Chair of Telferscot Governing Body
Previous meeting updates from 2022/2023