Governing Board letter to parents

Dear Families,

As we start our new school year, the Governing Body would like to draw your attention to four matters regarding the Governance of Owslebury Primary School;

  1. Changes to the Governing Body membership, structure and responsibilities;
  2. A short report summarising the Impact of the Governing Body last school year (2017-2018);
  3. Our priorities for the year ahead;
  4. How we will be improving communications about governance with the community of Owslebury Primary School, and in particular current families.

Changes to the Governing Body membership, structure and responsibilities

As you may be aware, the role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions;

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

I am delighted that we have a committed, enthusiastic, and very capable team in place for the year ahead including new governors who bring leadership experience spanning education, finance and community work. Following good practice in governance we have all refreshed our areas of responsibility and additional governance roles and a summary of these can be seen in the table at the end of this letter. If you would like to see full details about how we operate, please refer to the Governing Board Terms of Reference for 2018-2019 on the new school website. Similarly, further details about the experiences and skills that each governor brings, and any pecuniary interests can be found on our superb new school website.

A short report summarising the Impact of the Governing Body last school year (2017-2018)

In order to bring greater transparency to the role and work of the governing body we have published our first Governance Impact Statement on the school website. This short report sets out what we have undertaken over the previous year and the impact that it has had on school improvement. We will be publishing this at the end of each school year hereafter.

Our priorities for the year ahead

There are two overarching strategic priorities for Owslebury Primary School for the year ahead. The first is to sustain our exceptionally high academic standards. You will have seen that once again Owslebury was in the top 1% nationally for end-of-primary attainment standards at the end of the last school year. Significantly, Owslebury also scores significantly higher than both Hampshire and national averages for children reaching ‘Greater Depth’ (ie. Exceeding age related expectations). This is particularly impressive for a small school with mixed year classes and reflects the hard work of both staff and children all year, every year – not just in the run up to the test periods. We are keen to build on these achievements by sustaining these impressive results, but also by continuing to excel across the broader curriculum – as recognised this year by our being awarded national awards for our provision in Music and Sport. We believe in a broad and balanced curriculum, and in achievement for all children, and we will continue to work hard every year to embed and improve what we offer to the community of Owslebury Primary School. The second priority, similarly to all schools across the country is to increase financial efficiency in light of real terms budget cuts and rising costs. Our main focus in this area is promotion of the school to increase the number of children benefitting from the high quality education referred to above.

How we will be improving communications about governance with the community of Owslebury Primary School, and in particular current families

Over the year ahead we will be sharing with you progress relating to our strategic objectives, as well as making transparent the work of the governing body through termly updates. You will also be able to access details about our meetings, policies and procedures through the coming changes to the school website. Tim Mc Milllen has worked very hard on creating this new website for the school through which we will be increasingly communicating the latest news and updates.

Last but not least, we would like to extend a huge thank you to all children, parents and families for your commitment to the life of Owslebury Primary School – the community thrives when we support each other reflecting the well known phrase ‘Together, we are more than the Sum of our Parts’.

Warmest wishes to you,

The Governing Board of Owslebury Primary School

Read more about the Governing Board on our dedicated website page.

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