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Governors

Congratulations Mrs Armitage - National Leader of Governance Award

Congratulations to our chair of governors Mrs Armitage who has been awarded with the National Leader of Governance status this week (NLG). We are incredibly proud of Mrs Armitage and her leadership of our governors and are delighted that this has been recognised with a National Award that very few are able to attain. It is another great example of us sharing our practice as part of the systems leadership agenda.

On the government website it states that National Leaders of Governors are:

 

National leaders of governance are highly effective chairs of governors who use their

skills and experience to support another chair of governors to improve school and

academy performance.

 

National leaders of governance have contributed to raising

standards in their own school or academy by providing

appropriate support and challenge to their headteacher or

principal and by developing their governing body.

 

All national leaders of governance have had training in coaching

and mentoring and have at least three years’ experience as chair

within the last five years.

 

They aim to supplement existing sources of school-to-school

support for governance offered by local authorities, dioceses,

trusts and other partners.

 

In some situations, national leaders of governance may work

alongside national leaders of education and local leaders of

education.

 

Sarah Armitage

Data Dashboard 2014

The data dashboard for the school has been published for 2014.

It is a very useful document for governors but also for the general public and compares the attainment and progress of our pupils against similar schools and all schools nationally.

I hope you find it useful and I am sure you will be as proud as I am of our staff and pupils for all their hard work.

http://dashboard.ofsted.gov.uk/dash.php?urn=112853

Governors welcome our School Improvement Adviser

In our first workshop get-together of 2015, it was a packed house to greet our School Improvement Adviser, Carolyn Brearley. Governors were also joined by the school's Senior Leadership Team to benefit from this collaborative professional development opportunity.

Mr Crawford opened the workshop by reading out a letter from David Laws, Minister of State for Schools, congratulating the school for our fantastic performance in 2014. A proud moment for everybody in the school community who have worked so hard!

Carolyn is a senior adviser, hugely experienced and enthusiastically supportive. She helped us make sense of our RAISEonline performance data and explore the strengths and development opportunities for the school. (With deft use of post-it notes and the fridge to sort them on!). We also reviewed Ofsted criteria for achievement and mapped our own evidence against these.

All in all a productive and engaging session. Many thanks to Carolyn for leading it so helpfully.



Governors welcome our School Improvement Adviser


Governors welcome our School Improvement Adviser


Governors welcome our School Improvement Adviser


Governors welcome our School Improvement Adviser

It's official.........our classroom is open!

Before Christmas we had a very special day here in school when we officially opened our new classroom. The classroom was opened by the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Kevin Gillott and Ian Thomas, the Director of Children Services for Derbyshire.

It was also lovely to welcome back the project manager Dee Hill and Kev Walker who was Team Leader throughout the duration of the build. We had a lovely assembly and were joined by Governors, members of the PTFA and parents who help in school.

It has been in all the local papers over Christmas, an example of the write up can be found by following the link below:

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news_events/news-updates/2014/december/celebrations_as_new_classroom_officially_opens.asp

 

The official photos from the day can also be found below.

 

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League Tables 2014

You may be aware that the league tables have been published today. Below is a link to the schools in Derbyshire. You are able to click on the top of each column which will list the schools in rank order. I am delighted to say that in all key measures of attainment and progress we are joint first. I must say a massive thank you to all our staff and pupils for all their hard work, I am very proud of them.

Also, this year there is a section where it ranks your school against 125 similar schools from across the country in places such as Westminster, Devon and Herefordshire. Out of the 125 similar schools we came 1st which is a fantastic achievement.

I am sure you are as proud as me to be associated with such a wonderful school. Thank you as always for your support.

http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/group.pl?qtype=LA&superview=pri&view=aat&set=1&tab=1&no=830&sort=ks2_14.ptreadwrittamat4b&ord=desc

Governor visits to review reading

Our newest Parent Governor, Rachel Watson has got 'stuck into' her role with enthusiasm by working alongside our well-experienced LA Governor, Sheila Porter, to review our approach to reading  in school.

The ladies have made a couple of recent visits to school to explore the topic with Mrs Rhodes. The aim of their monitoring was to look at how the school willl maintain an upward trend in reading and literacy.  Some key points from their report:

  • Overall, both reading and literacy skills are high on the agenda within school and are central to all subjects. Schemes and systems in place offer every support to children in their learning and actively promote a love for reading

  • Phonics (Letters & Sounds) taught in 20-minute slots as first lesson each day.

  • Yr 1 children are given a Phonics Screening Test – an external, statutory test to monitor progress

  • Under the new curriculum, children in Yr 3/4/5/6 are taught “Common Exception Words” to target spelling of commonly misspelt words
  • Classroom reading is present and supported in all areas of the curriculum. KS2 read from text books within their learning whilst KS1 uses a mixture of whiteboard and texts. Children are constantly exposed to reading/print. More books are to be sought for KS2 – a grant has been applied for.
  • Reading books – The school uses many schemes of reading books to offer variety, not only for added interest but also to introduce different styles such as fiction/non-fiction/plays/comics etc. Books progress in stages according to individual progress and a positive move is that the books are now stored in a central area instead of individual classrooms.
  • Guided Reading – this activity supports the staged reading books and can be useful to target certain groups / objectives e.g. spelling, grammar, indexes, content etc. It takes place in each year group.
  • Levels for reading are no longer in place; however Yr 2 and Yr 6 will have a reading comprehension assessment this year until new levels are in place. Four teachers from the school are to attend training on the new levels in the near future.
  • Mr Crawford and Mrs Mason recently attended and spoke at a reading conference.

Many hanks to Mrs Watson, Mrs Porter and to Mrs Rhodes for the time taken to review this important area of our school.

 

A busy night for Governors

It was a full house and a packed schedule for governors this evening. We reviewed the school budget, approved key spending for school improvement and covered performance management activity.

We reviewed an excellent monitoring report from governors who've been looking into how we continue to maintain very high standards of reading and plans were made to monitor other key areas of focus this year.

Finally Mr Crawford talked us through significant changes to the way the new curriculum impacts the way our children's attainment and progress are assessed.

Thanks to all governors for fantastic input and engagement as usual!

Remembrance across the generations

It was a pleasure and privilege to welcome our 'Smalley Old Boys' to school today. This is the 2nd year we've hosted the reunion. The get-together consists of a hot school lunch, a chance to see the children rehearse for our Remembrance Service and enjoy a tour of the school.

Our year 5 & 6 children were warmly congratulated by the former pupils for beautiful singing and reading with clarity and confidence. Thank you to Mrs Mason for keeping our long held tradition strong.



Remembrance across the generations


Remembrance across the generations


Remembrance across the generations


Remembrance across the generations


Remembrance across the generations

Governors Development Workshop

It was a pleasure to welcome Rachel Watson to our governing body last night as our newest Parent Governor. Rachel will be a great asset to the team. Thanks to all parents who cast a vote in the recent election - a fantastic turn out, better than a general election!

We met to carry out some development activity to ensure we are geared up for the year ahead. This included getting organised for visits into school to look at important aspects of our school improvement plan.

We also audited our own skills and carried out a self-evaluation to check where we may need to get better as a governing body.

Thanks to all governors and our Clerk, Stacey Hudson for enthusiastic input!

Sharing our story across Derbyshire

Mr Crawford and myself, Sarah Armitage, Chair of Governors, have taken part in this Autumn's Governor Strategic Briefings throughout Derbyshire. We've been to Buxton, Swadlincote, Matlock and Chesterfield to present our school story from the last 3 years.

A daunting task to speak to so many experienced governors, yet proud to share how we've created a shared vision and the brilliant community successes and academic results we've enjoyed.

We've very much emphasised the importance of positive team work and how we've worked together in our aim to be an outstanding school in the heart of the community. We told them about our PTFA, Team Eddy, recent coffee morning, parent champion group, enterprise fair, harvest, remembrance and much more!

All credit goes to our wonderful whole school team and enthusiastic community who engage so positively with the school - thank you!



Sharing our story across Derbyshire


Sharing our story across Derbyshire