| The headteacher’s report was sent out in advance of the meeting and HS highlighted the areas of note.
There have been two admissions appeals – one for a Y6 place and one for a Y1 place. Places had not been offered because the classes are already full.
Q: What are pupil numbers like across the school?
A: All classes are full and a decision has been made not to admit any more than 31 pupils in KS2.
Q: Why have they made the appeal?
A: They have recently moved into the area. The school receives a lot of applications for places and but the majority of parents will not lodge an appeal.
A new teacher has been appointed to teach in Swans class. This will be announced in the school newsletter. A decision was made to place the new teacher in Swans class because of the disruption that children in Kingfishers have faced and it is important that these children do not have any more change.
The new teacher has a child in the school but this will not be an issue and she will not be teaching her child.
A new playworker has been appointed at the Hive.
Quality of Education
All teachers have been set a target related to progress. Children who are projected to make negative progress are identified and targeted.
The literacy leads are look at resources for spelling as this will be a focus in the current academic year.
The teaching of French is being supported by the Modern Foreign Languages lead from Leighton Academy. An audit of resources will be completed and teaching support will be purchased to support those staff who may not be confident in teaching French.
New resources will be purchased for the outdoor area.New books have been ordered. There is a view that children should have access to phonics reading books. HS was of the view that phonics was not the only way to teach reading and that providing a wide range of reading materials is in line with the school’s ethos. Children will, however, be provided with a phonically decodeable book for them to practice their phonics. Children will take home a reading book and a phonics book linked to their phonics band. For those children who do have difficulty reading, the phonics books will be beneficial to them.
Leadership and Management
Performance management is being used to support the School Development Plan as all teachers are set targets which link to the SDP. It is important that teachers know what is included in the School Development Plan so they can own it as a form of distributed leadership. Curriculum time will be provided for subject leaders.
Some member of the LAB have accessed Ofsted training. Not everyone could attend this session and there needs to be a review of how the information is disemminated so that all governors are confident in understanding Ofsted.
Questions raised from the Ofsted training will be circulated to governors and this will be discussed at the next meeting.
All governors were requested to complete Prevent training on Educare.