At our Governing Board meeting on 4 February, we received a report from our School Improvement Partner, who provides professional challenge and support to Mrs Farrell and the staff. He has recently carried out a ‘deep dive’ on reading and PSHE. His feedback was very positive, in particular he noted that reading has a high priority across the school and it is evident that the school has a ‘reading culture’. Phonics is a strength and outcomes are good. He made some suggestions to help the school make further improvements, which are being taken forwards.
We also discussed the ways in which the school monitors the quality of teaching and performs staff appraisals. This ensures senior leaders have a clear understanding of the quality of lessons delivered to pupils and that any staff development needs are recorded and addressed. We reviewed recent analysis of the safeguarding controls which operate within the school and also approved a proposal to extend our Nursery provision from September 2020, to enable parents to use their full 30 hours of funding at St Francis, which will help to keep our Nursery financially viable.
If you would like to speak to a Governor at any time, our names are listed on the Governors’ page on the school website and we would be happy to speak to you – many of us are also parents, so you can often catch us before or after school. Alternatively, our Clerk, Heather Large, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and can arrange for one of us to contact you.