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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Head and Governors report back to Parents

This afternoon's well-attended meeting with the School Governing Body, the Head Teacher, Deputy Head and School staff gave parents the opportunity to hear how the School is progressing and what more is planned to safeguard the 'outstanding' rating awarded recently by the London Borough of Lewisham - and to ensure this rating is confirmed at the School's next Ofsted inspection.
 
Danny McGrath (Chair), Cynthia Lamptey (Vice-Chair), Anthony Akanya, Pat McCarthy, Graeme West (Head), Sally Saunders and Nilgun Bekir represented the Governors and the meeting was attended by around 10 teachers/TAs and some 30 parents.  It was noted that all of the Foundation Governors (who were in a majority on the Governing Body) had one or more children or grandchildren at the School and that the Governing Body's job was not to run the School but rather to oversee the running of the School, to ask 'the right questions' so as to keep the School's development and progress 'on-track'.

Mr. West gave a presentation on what the School has already achieved, and what it is now doing to improve every child's educational outcomes and life chances.  A copy of the presentation will be posted here shortly.  Danny McGrath then spoke, explaining more about the Governing Body's role in the School's continued progress.

Parents asked about the make-up of the Governing Body (detailed in the Newsletter mentioned below); about how trips by, and visits to, the School can best enhance the curriculum and children's development (and how good practice from elsewhere is incorporated into what the School does); about PE and sporting opportunities (all children get at least 2hrs per week) and about opportunities for parental involvement.  More on these latter issues will be posted here shortly.

After just over an hour the meeting concluded, with both Mr West and Danny McGrath inviting parents to get more involved and to continue to ask questions and challenge constructively so that, together, we can ensure School delivers the best possible education for all the School's children, now and in the future.

A copy of the Governors' Newsletter, circulated at the meeting, is available by clicking here.
 
Robert Sheppard