Chairs Update Meeting 9th July 2018

The FGB agreed the appointment of Alex Cole as a Co-opted Governor for a term of 4 years. Alex has a background in economics, and brings a valuable skill set to the Governing Body. The Governing Body said goodbye to Matthew Green, who has decided to step down at the end of his term in August, following 19 years’ of service to Telferscot. The Governing Body thanked Matthew for his hard work and contribution to the school. At the expiration of Matthew’s term in August, the Governing Body will have one Local Authority Governor vacancy, which will be filled via Lambeth Council’s bank of Local Authority Governor candidates.

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

Jenny Martin produced a report structured around Ofsted’s criteria for inspection: Governors were pleased to note that Telferscot continues to measure as outstanding when measured against the criteria, and praised the Senior Leadership Team’s plans for further developing the School’s curriculum and maintaining high aspirations for all children. Governors also heard about the School’s strategy to manage persistent absence, which has been directly linked to impacting pupil achievement.

Governors carefully scrutinised the budget figures, prepared by the Resources Committee, noting that the school is making the best use of its finances: the Governing Body ratified the three year budget forecast.

Governors were pleased to note that Telferscot children overall continue to attain high standards of learning. The Standards Committee informed the Governing Body that the school is currently awaiting the results of this years’ SATs, due to be released after the meeting on 10 July.

The Governing Body heard the report from a group of Governors who had met with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss and challenge the progress of the School Improvement Plan, which outlines strategic plans for the School: the outcome of this demonstrated that the School had made good progress with the its plans for this academic year.

A further working party had met to review the constitution of the Governing Body, and a recommendation had been made to update procedures to clarify the appointment of Co-opted Governors and the election of Parent Governors for transparency.

Governors heard that Lambeth’s School Improvement Advisor (SIA), who provides challenge and support to maintained schools, had visited Telferscot in June and reported that the School balances academics well alongside pupil wellbeing. The SIA had also met with a Governor, and commended Telferscot Governing Body for holding the School to account.

As part of ensuring compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, Governors were updated that the school had appointed a DPO and is continuing its review of policies and procedures. Furthermore, Howard Jackson was appointed as a GDPR Governor to ensure that the Governing Body has a good oversight of the School’s compliance with the GDPR.

Finally several Governors reported on their visits to School, and were impressed with the creative enrichment and sporting opportunities open to children. Governors also heard of the schools plans to extend their Stay and Play session and the further development of family learning opportunities.After the formal transaction of business had been completed, Governors were also invited to view the Year 6 Arts Award gallery.

The Full Governing Body are due to meet next in September. I look forward to updating you then, in the meantime, I wish everyone an enjoyable end to the Summer term and a restful break over the holidays. 

 

Celia Barrett

Chair of the Governing Body