Governors Blog – Term 1

It seems unbelievable that we are nearly at the end of our first term and Summer has given way to Autumn.  The Harvest Festival service has been held and those who have need of the Food Bank will be extremely grateful for your generosity.

The new Reception class are settling in well and don’t they look cute?  As usual, it’s been a busy time for everyone, settling into new classes and routines after the summer break.

What does the Autumn term hold for us as Governors?  Over the summer Governors and Senior Leaders have been putting together two important documents: the Slimbridge Primary School Self-Evaluation Form, and the School Development Plan.  In a nutshell these will collectively look at where we are now, (strengths and areas to develop),  where we want to be over the next 3-5 years and how we intend getting there.  The views of all stakeholders will feed into this, (such as some of your responses in the parent questionnaire) as well as data analysis, the quality of teaching and learning, the social, moral and emotional development of our children and the quality of leadership and management.  We have had our first term of meetings which focused on the key objectives in these documents, and included looking at the financial, teaching and learning and overall welfare of the school and its buildings to ensure that the children’s school experience is positive, rewarding and enables them ultimately to move on to secondary education as confident, enquiring and well-rounded individuals.   This term also sees the start of our annual cycle of review of policies for the school, many of which are published on the school website.

Paramount to everything we do, is the importance of keeping the children safe.  Communication is key.  If you have any concerns at any time, please let the school know and we will ensure that these are followed up and resolved.

As a gentle reminder, please ensure footpaths on your way to and from school do not become hazardous places with children riding scooters when crowded with other pedestrians.  Also, when parking on the road, car doors are opened responsibly.

As you know, there are a number of car parking spaces available at the British Legion and it would ease the congestion considerably in St John’s Road if these were fully utilized.  We are working with the County Council to once again look at providing access into the school via the recreation ground and bridges and hopefully, this will be implemented in the near future.  We will keep you posted!

We are looking forward to the concert by the school in Church on 8 November as part of the village commemorations for WWI and Slimbridge History Society also has a number of events planned around that time.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about this period of history and its relevance to our community.  As Governors, many of us will be at these events so please speak to us!

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and if you have any comments or suggestions we can be contacted by emailing chair@slimbridge.gloucs.sch.uk

Tricia Carrington & Sarah Kiddle

Co-Chair of Governors