Governors’ Letter December 2015

In Memorium

The governors would like to convey to Ronnie and his family our most sincere condolensces at the recent loss of his wife Julie and son Robert. Julie was one of the foundation stones of both the school and indeed the community, and will be hugely missed.

New build At the recent Governor’s meeting Jenny Webster from the County Architect’s Dept. provided a progress report. She explained that the planners were not in a position to replace the old building in a ‘like for like’ arrangement. The final design does reflect the local character and traditions of the village, but is also a product of our time in terms of energy efficiency, purpose and access. That is why the foundations are so deep so that views are not impeded and the option of a special grass roof has been selected. The completion date is set for the start of the summer term 2016. 

Teaching and learning

In September the department for Education required our school to take on a new curriculum. The aim of the new curriculum is to slim down the content of the curriculum in almost all subjects, though not in primary English, Maths or Science.

Mr Holden, the head teacher, reports favourably on the way the curriculum is being managed and implemented. Mr Holden is now actively working the curriculum to integrate the feedback from the recent Ofsted review which also prioritised the essentials – notably, improving handwriting and presentation skills so pupils are more fluent in writing.

I would like to introduce and welcome two new members of the committee Mr Fred Ranczuch and Daniel Moss both residents of Earl Sterndale. Fred is a parent Governor and Daniel has been appointed by the county after being nominated by existing governors.

With the new build initiated, a new curriculum, optimistic prospects for the school roll in the future, I have decided to review the school’s development plan, which covers the teaching and learning and resource elements of the committee. The strategy will scope out future needs, threats and risks and ensure that the school will sustain the positive feedback from recent Ofsted review, “…that pupils make good progress and achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils get on very well with each other and say ‘school is like being part of a big family”.

Finally having reported to you a mixture of both sad and good news, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you the parents, the children and staff of Earl Sterndale Primary School a very happy Christmas and a safe and healthy new year.

Lynne Hodgkinson (Chair of Governors) on behalf of the Governing Body.