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Annual Governors Report 2019-2020

Governors Annual Report to Parents 2019-2020

I think you will all agree that when term started last September no one would have predicted quite how the year would unfold. Our school year began uneventfully and as in previous years, our priorities were identified and embedded in the School Improvement Plan. I am pleased to report that in spite of Covid-19 much successful work has been accomplished.


As you are aware Covid-19 changes everything and continues to impact on all aspects of school life. I am sure you will agree with me when I say that Mrs Cowling and her staff have responded magnificently to the challenges this year has thrown at them. Throughout the first lockdown, the school remained open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. High quality home learning was provided for the rest of the children. School remained open from March to July for all but a few days in the Easter holidays, with all staff going that extra mile to provide support to the whole school community. The pace of change was relentless with no precedent and yet we have remained a community. I want to thank Mrs Cowling and her team for the exceptional work they have done and continue to do.


As soon as we were able, we were pleased to welcome back some groups of children into school, which gave them the opportunity of face-to-face teaching before the Summer holidays. This brought with it more challenges as home learning continued for the children who remained at home. Whilst many usual activities were unable to take place, our Year 6 cohort were able to have a memorable final half term and have transitioned to their secondary schools successfully. We wish them every happiness as they continue their school journeys and look forward to hearing about how they get on.


In September we were able to welcome back all the children, it is wonderful to hear about how they are getting on. Of course, we have not returned to normal but continue to adapt and are able to ensure that the school community continues to thrive and grow. This was evident by the moving Remembrance Assembly that was able to take place on the playground in November and the virtual assemblies and other activities, which have been shared in electronic form. 


The Governing Body continues to evolve. We have recently said goodbye to Ruth Curtis and are grateful for her work, over the past four years. In her place we welcome Anna Kirby as parent governor and we look forward to benefiting from the skills she has to offer us! I would like to also thank my governor colleagues who have continued to meet, train and support the school virtually during the pandemic. We too have had to adapt our way of working. 


I have the privilege of remaining as Chair of Governors and I firmly believe that this team is well-placed to the lead the school to a very positive outcome when OFSTED visit next year. The commitment of the Governors is outstanding and they all use their wide-ranging skills and experience to support and challenge the leadership of the school in equal measures.


This year the highest priority for the School has been to welcome back and settle all the children back into to the school environment. All children will be supported to reach their full potential and hopefully in due course we can settle back into a more familiar rhythm but until then the School continues to thrive.


Sarah Nelson
Chair of Governors