Chair Update 13th March 2017



The Full Governing Body met on 13 March for our third meeting of the academic year. At the meeting Mark Pettitt was appointed as a Co-opted Governor. Mark lives locally and works for the Civil Service and he is looking forward to working with governors and staff at Telferscot.There remains one vacancy in the Full Governing Body's membership for a Co-opted Governor, and candidates are actively being sourced.

At the meeting, Governors discussed reports from the Headteacher; the Standards Committee, which considers pupil progress and teaching standards; the Resources Committee, which considers financial, staff and premises issues; and the newly formed Inclusion Committee, which considers Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs.

It was discussed at the meeting that Local Authority funding has been secured for the School playground improvement project, alongside existing school funds, and it is hoped works will be completed by September 2017. However, there are delays to work starting on the new Autistic Resources Base unit (which is due to be built on the site of the original school kitchen): the delay has been caused by drawn out contractual negotiations between the contractors and Lambeth.

As I reported to you in November, the opening of a new primary school by Telferscot on the New Park Road site has also been delayed: Lambeth is concerned about falling pupil rolls in some primary schools in the area, which may reduce the need for another school. I will update you once we have more information on these projects.

Governors considered the issue of attendance in depth, with particular reference to the recent drive to improve punctuality. Further measures to help improve attendance were also discussed, such as plans for additional Walking Bus routes. With regards to achievement, the More Able Policy was also discussed, which is currently being reviewed by the Senior Leadership Team. Governors were pleased to note that the main thrust of the policy is to offer a full and creative curriculum, with opportunities for all children to access, including the LAMDA examinations and a variety of creative arts partnerships, such as with the Southbank.

Governors discussed the potential impact of offering working parents in nursery 30 hours free childcare. A survey has been undertaken to gauge the uptake for this so that the School can respond to demand and make plans accordingly.

Governors visited the School on 3 March as part of the annual ' Governors in School Day': the visit is intended to assist governors in understanding how the school is functioning, which enables the Governing Body to fulfil their statutory duties. At the meeting governors praised staff for their caring attitude and the children for their positive behaviour and governors noted how engaged children were in their lessons throughout their visit.

Also discussed at the meeting were the provision of school meals, plans to discuss the issue of academisation in more detail and the ongoing review of the school website. The Full Governing Body are due to meet next on 15 May 2017.

I look forward to updating you then.

Celia Barrett

FGB Meeting Attendees March 2017.pdf (0.1mb)
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