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Annual Governors Report 2019

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of all the Governors, we welcome you to Bishop Monkton Primary School.

This year there has been a number of changes in the make-up of the Governing Body but we continue to have a strong team, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Along with Mrs Cowling our headteacher, we aim to deliver the best opportunities for all our pupils so that they can flourish and develop.

In July James Hobson stepped down from the Governing Body after many years on the team and several as Chair. We are sad to see him go but grateful for all his support, as a result I am now Chair of Governors, hopefully the transition will be seamless and I will be able to continue James’ good work.

Helen Giles joined us mid-year as a Foundation Governor, Peter Evans joined us in September as a Parent Governor and Rodney Wilson returns to the governing body as a Foundation Governor. They are all welcome additions to the team.

Our full Governing Body Meetings continue to take place every half term with additional committee meetings also half termly. All of us are either on the Resource Committee or the Standards and Curriculum Committee as well as fulfilling other roles.

As ever school budgets remain tight and we are very mindful of this but we will strive to deliver the best we can for our children.

Last year we had a successful SIAMS inspection and are proud of how well that went, it was a positive experience and a good result.

This year the teachers are focusing on the new curriculum so you may well notice differences in how the children are taught.

Your continued support of the school is very important to us and helps contribute to the success of the school. We are looking forward to another happy and successful year.

  

Sarah Nelson

Chair of Governors 

 

 

Achievement

In the Summer term 2016 the DfE introduced new tests for Key stage 1 and 2 children which reflected the new national curriculum. Outcomes for tests are reported as scaled scores, rather than levels, with scores ranging from 80 to 120.  100 is the national expected standard that a child should achieve. Children may be working towards this standard (WTS), working at the expected standard (EXS) or working at a greater depth within the standard (GDS).

Key Stage 2 Data 2019:

 

School

National

Reading:  EXS+

93%

73%

                 GDS

53%

27%

Average scaled score

108.50

104

 

 

 

Grammar, punctuation and spelling:   EXS+

73%

78%

                 GDS

27%

36%

Average scaled score

104.9

106

 

 

 

Maths:     EXS+

87%

79%

                 GDS

40%

27%

Average scaled score

106.2

105

Writing:   EXS+

100%

78%

                 GDS

33%

20%

 

 

 

Reading, writing and maths combined (at EXS or above)

87%

65%

 

Key Stage 1 Data 2019:

 

School

National

Reading:  EXS+

60%

76%

                 GDS

13%

25%

 

 

 

Maths:    EXS+

60%

70%

                 GDS

13%

15%

 

 

 

Writing:   EXS+

60%

77%

                 GDS

7%

22%

Reading, writing and maths combined (at EXS or above)

47%

66%

 

Year 1 Phonics 2019 

 

School 2018

National 2018

School 2019

National 2019

Working at the standard

 

92%

 

82%

 100%

 

82%

 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage:

A Good Level of Development is defined as children working at the expected standard or exceeding the expected standard in the key areas of literacy, maths, physical development, communication and language and personal, social and emotional development. 

 

School 2018

National 2018

School 2019

National 2019

Good level of development

 

81%

 

72%

 

67%

 

72%

 

  

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

When being inspected, there are 5 main areas of judgement which are:

· Overall effectiveness

· Effectiveness of leadership and management

· Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

· Personal behaviour, development and welfare

· Outcomes for pupils

 

 

During our inspection in January, which was really successful, it was commented that the school is caring and inclusive with a real family ethos. Behaviour was a key strength and the children were seen to be treating each other with kindness and respect which is fabulous.

As with any inspection there are things for the school to work on, but what was clear to see was that the inspector was impressed with what he found and that we should all be proud to be part of the Bishop Monkton School family. For us, the education of the children who attend our school is crucial and we always strive to ensure that our children flourish so that they can change our world for the better.    

 

 

Financial Overview

At a national level, concerns remain about the overall sufficiency of school funding.  There is currently a new transitional National Funding Formula in place between 2018 and 2020 with the objective of ensuring that schools are funded fairly in a transparent manner as well as addressing historic inequalities.  The DFE are currently consulting with Local Authorities on the 2020-2021 School Budget.

 

The widely held belief is that there is not enough funding going into education which is a fundamental problem.  As a Governing Body we are fully committed to having the necessary resources to deliver an outstanding education for our pupils.  However, we are constantly striving to find efficient ways to save money without impacting on the quality of our education. 

 

Every year we benchmark our expenditure against other schools of a similar nature and character.  From the 18 comparable schools it is comforting to know that key costs relating to staffing and learning resources are either at a similar or greater level of spend per pupil. Unfortunately, we continue to predict a deficit budget in the next financial year which is clearly a concern and there are challenges that lie ahead. This situation is becoming increasingly common in other schools throughout the country but as a Governing Body we will continue to do our utmost to ensure we efficiently manage and control the resources we have available without  compromising our education standards.

 

An area where parents can help is contributions to swimming and trips / visits so that these are not a financial burden to the school.

The plea from the governing body is that in order to sustain the opportunities for swimming and trips and visits for our pupils, we would kindly ask that parents support us with their voluntary contributions on ParentPay.

 

 

Learning Outside the Classroom

French Trip 2019

During the summer term, for the past six years, we have been delighted to offer pupils in Year 5 the opportunity to visit France along with pupils from 4 other local rural primary schools. The trip is usually 2 or 3 nights long and give the pupils the chance to practice the French they have learnt in class, experience the French way of life and also get to know children with whom they may well end up going to secondary school with. For some it is the first time they have been away without family members and all aspects of the trip provide a valuable learning experience.

We stay in a small friendly hotel in Le Touquet in the north of France and activities include visiting a local bakery, a goat farm and a snail farm where the pupils learn about the business and sample the local produce. They also visit the local market where they try to haggle with the sellers and a supermarket where they buy gifts for their family back home. Le Touquet is also home to a very large beach which we walk to after our evening meal to allow the children to let off steam before retiring for the night. This year for the first time we also did a local hi-ropes activity which catered for all levels of expertise and confidence and was also a great bonding activity between all the pupils. The trip is steadily becoming very popular and we now take in excess of 40 pupils and 8 teachers.

 

 

 

School Games Award 2018-2019

We have achieved the GOLD award for the 4th consecutive year. This award is given for commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport; something we work very hard to achieve and we are extremely proud.  New criteria for this year has proved a learning curve as we had to introduce not only personal bests but the governments initiative of 30 minutes of extra “physical/active” activity, in addition to playtimes and lunchtimes. 

For the 30 minutes of extra physical activity we are thinking of new ways to be able to achieve these within our school day, with ideas such as Supermovers - an online platform that has dance type activities for times tables, letters of the alphabet and spelling patterns to name a few.  These activities last for around 5 minutes and are proving to be very good warm up activities for literacy and numeracy.

Personal bests are pupil driven and provide an opportunity for children to improve on their own performance.  This year the children had a choice of 6 activities and as a class have voted for the three they most would like to do.  We carry this out twice a year, once at the beginning and towards the end of the school year.

As we have achieved the GOLD award for 4 consecutive years, we are hoping to go for the Platinum award for 2019-2020.  We are in the process of looking at the criteria to see if this is achievable or not. 

 

Fairtrade

2018 began with a challenge to gain three awards from the Fairtrade Foundation. These would involve increasing commitment from a newly established Yr6 Fairtrade Committee, to ensure that the whole school became aware of

Fairtrade- the products and its purpose.

Once the committee was put together, they delivered the first of many collective worships on Fairtrade. A policy was written and agreed by our Headteacher and the Governing board. An action plan was put in place and our first certificate gained in October-The Fairaware award. Momentum grew. We held a Fairtrade stall at the Christmas fair and Isobella Hall won a competition to design a marketing poster for ‘Christmas with a Conscience’ market in Knaresborough. Her beautiful poster could be spotted in every Co-op from Masham to Harrogate. The work of the foundation was        embedded within the PHSE curriculum and the year 5 wrote fact sheets which they presented to the whole school. A Fairtrade chocolate eating competition was held and a chocolaty covered Jack Wright ensured that we were awarded the second achievement in January- the Fairactive award.

In March, Eagles put together an enormous Fairtrade logo made from plastics to highlight the plastic problem in our world. This took pride of place in St Peter’s Church, Harrogate for all shoppers to see during Fairtrade Fortnight. The whole school received a visit from Rosie Jones who talked to us about supply chains and the work of Fairtrade to provide a fair price for products and a premium to develop the communities that supply them. The staff have committed to use Fairtrade products in cookery and in the staff room. We were awarded the final certificate in August- the Fairachiever award.

What next? Our new committee are going to explore the idea of a tuck shop and whether we can use sustainable fairly traded cotton in school uniforms. Watch this space!

East Barnby

Three weeks into the new academic year and the Eagles were off to East Barnby. This annual residential has moved to the beginning of the year as it provides a fantastic opportunity for the new class to bond with each other, and to get to know their teaching adults well. This year’s trip was truly wonderful. Mrs Handslip and Mrs Verrill were thrilled with the unity of the group. They embraced the activities and supported each other with care and kindness. The children took part in mountain biking, bushcraft, sailing, canoeing, beck scrambling and bodyboarding in the North Sea during the day. Laughter and challenge were a constant. The evenings can be a challenge for school staff to keep everyone going as the tiredness sets in. But no… laughter   continued as we sledged, played night group tig, had a bonfire, a talent show and more. The children were praised by the centre for their support of each other. They have been awarded the John Muir award too which asks the children to explore, discover, conserve and share. This trip has been a wonderful opportunity to allow our children to shine in ways which are not always evident in the classroom. They have learnt new skills, discovered their resilience and taken away memories which will last a lifetime.

 

 

What do the children, staff and parents say about our school?

Every year the governors ask all stakeholders of our school their opinion in order to reflect on the school year and to identify priorities for the following year. These results are collated anonymously and help to form our School Improvement Plan. We value your time in

completing these questions. Here’s what people had to say.

  

· All staff are proud to be members of the school community.                         

 

· Year 6 Pupils wanted more time with their buddies, more play equipment for break and more DT or baking.

 

· Year 2 100% of Pupils felt prepared for their move to Year 3 KS2 with pupils wanting more play time equipment  and a mindfulness area within and outside the classroom.

 

· All parents once again felt their children are safe at school and that the school           develops their children’s skills in communication, reading, writing and mathematics.

· Parents stated that they have at times been unsure how to help their children as they are unsure what is being taught in class.

· One Parent commented “The staff are always ready to listen and help wherever     possible.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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