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Chairs Update Meeting Monday 15th March 2021


Governors held their third meeting of the academic year on Monday 15th March 2021. Governor attendance at the meeting can be viewed here.

In the March meeting, Matteo Sciberras was confirmed as a Co-opted Governor. Matteo has worked in the education sector for over 10 years and also has strong ties to the local area. Governors voted unanimously to appoint Matteo as a Co-opted Governor. The Governing Body also heard that Bella Knights had resigned as a Co-opted Governor in February 2021 – the Governing Body noted that she had served as a Governor for nine years, and was grateful for her service to the school throughout this time.


As a result of Bella’s resignation, the Governing Body has one Co-opted Governor vacancy: this will increase to two vacancies when Celia Barrett’s term expires on 17th July 2021. Governors discussed a recruitment strategy. It was agreed that applications from candidates of all ages and backgrounds should be encouraged to ensure that membership of the Governing Body reflects the diversity of Telferscot’s school community.


I updated the Governing Body on the recruitment process for the Headteacher role, informing Governors that assessments and interviews would take place on 23rd and 24th March. It was explained that the Governing Body would meet again for an Extraordinary meeting on 24th March to discuss and ratify the Headteacher recruitment panel’s recommendation. 

Governors heard a report from the Acting Headteacher, Dave Cooper, outlining the response to Covid-19 since the partial closure of the school from the beginning of January 2021. He also gave an overview of actions following the reopening of the school on 8th March. Governors commented that the school had ensured a high level of engagement with home learning, through the use of interactive live lessons online: Dave informed Governors that feedback from families on the home learning offer had been very positive. Governors also commended the school on their detailed and robust plans to ensure that any gaps in attainment, following the period of home learning, were addressed through the careful use of the Covid funding grant from the government. The children’s emotional and physical wellbeing continued to be closely monitored.

Dave Cooper also outlined the progress of the priorities in the School Improvement Plan to date. Governors were pleased to note that despite the lockdown, the school had continued to develop the key priorities identified in the plan: the teaching of English; the teaching of reading; embedding diversity in the curriculum, and the development of the Early Years Foundation Stage in preparation for the new framework. The school had also continued to develop extra-curricular initiatives, such as work towards the Healthy Schools Award and UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award throughout the partial school closure.

The Inclusion Committee, which is responsible for Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding, informed the Governing Body that in their November meeting they had been given detailed information on the plans for parent consultation on the new Relationships and Sex Education curriculum (RSE). Although this had been delayed due to the lockdown, information videos and emails had been circulated to families since the Committee last met. 

The Resources Committee, which considers financial, staff and premises matters, informed Governors that a 3-year budget forecast had been prepared by the school and had been closely scrutinised by Governors. Since the February meeting, Lambeth had circulated details of the funding which Telferscot would receive over the period, which had confirmed a stable financial picture.

As you will have no doubt seen from my email to the school community on 25th March – the Governing Body unanimously voted to ratify the Headteacher recruitment panel’s recommendation to appoint Dave Cooper as Headteacher, which was effective immediately. The Governing Body looks forward to working closely with Dave Cooper in the future.

I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable end to the term and look forward to updating you when the Governing Body meets next in the Summer.


Amy Burns-Thomson
Chair, Telferscot Governing Body