Chair’s Update 11th March 2019


The Full Governing Body met on Monday 11th March 2019 for the third meeting of the academic year.

At the FGB meeting, the expiry of two Co-opted Governor terms were confirmed; Barbara van Heel and Re Hobley. Following a review of the skills audit, Governors confirmed the reappointment (for a term of four years) of three Co-opted Governors, whose skills were considered vital to the effective operation of the Governing Body; Howard Jackson (Chair of Resources); Sammi Burrows and Izabella Knights. Two of our Parent Governors’ terms had also expired, Stewart Appleby and Peggy Froerer’s, therefore elections had been held to fill these two vacancies. The Governing Body were informed that four strong candidates had been nominated and in a closely contested election, Stacey Mack and James Cook had been the successful candidates.

The Governing Body discussed reports from the Headteacher; the Standards Committee, which considers pupil attainment and progress; the Resources Committee, which considers financial, staff and premises issues and the Inclusion Committee, which considers Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs. 

Jenny Martin informed Governors that attendance levels were the highest that Telferscot had achieved to date, however it was noted that the high level of term time holidays may impact this figure in the coming months. Governors also heard that children late before the register had increased by almost 10% and the school continues to communicate positive messages about the importance of attendance and punctuality. 

Governors were pleased to note the strong predictions for Telferscot children in the SATs, which will be held in the Summer term and that overall attainment and progress is good across the school. Interventions for children requiring additional support were discussed and the school will present further data on the impact of these interventions at the next meeting.

Governors heard from Assistant Head, Bex Diplock about some of the exciting opportunities relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning: a grant from the Royal Institution had enabled the school to provide some fun and informative assemblies, workshops and family learning opportunities over the last couple of months.

The Resources Committee confirmed to Governors that the budget figures had been carefully scrutinised and the school is making the best use of its finances and a clear budget forecast is in place. Furthermore, Jenny Martin informed the Governing Body that the school was grateful to the Parent Staff Association for its fundraising efforts, which have an immense impact on enhancing the children’s time at Telferscot.

Jenny Martin assured Governors that although the Senior Leadership Team were currently monitoring the quality of the new catering company’s service, the caterers had promised improvements: Governors requested that the school keep them fully appraised of the situation.

The Inclusion Committee reported that at their meeting they heard from Sam Curry, the E-Safety Officer, about several events and communications for parents to support them with online safety for their children.

Governors heard reports from Izabella Knights, regarding her meeting with Nick Godfrey (Assistant Head) on Educational Visits; Re Hobley on her meeting with Nick Godfrey to discuss the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Mark Pettit, Barbara van Heel and Peggy Froerer’s meeting with Dave Cooper (Deputy Head) on the Curriculum at Telferscot.

Arrangements were made for the annual ‘Governors in School Day’ to take place on 23rdMay, which provides Governors with an insight into school life and ensures oversight for key areas in order to drive school improvement. It was agreed that workshops could take place in the afternoon on the 23rd May so that Governors could consider in further depth the impact of the new Ofsted inspection framework and also the recommendation of the recent Governing Body self-effectiveness review, which suggested emphasising a greater strategic focus.

At the end of the meeting, the Governing Body thanked Barbara van Heel, Re Hobley, Stewart Appleby and Peggy Froerer for their support and commitment during their terms as Governors and wished them well for the future.

I look forward to updating you after the next FGB meeting on 23rd May 2019.

Celia Barret