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Governor blog December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I should like to place on record my thanks to all who have done their utmost to keep Wembury Primary School a special community, focussed on working together to give every child the best learning experience they can.  It hasn’t been easy for anyone.  For a school community which puts a high value on working and learning together and supporting each other, it is hard to be divided into bubbles, not to be able to meet with colleagues in the staff room, not to meet up with other parents at drop-off and pick-up times and for governors, not to be able to go into the school and see the children learning and enjoy their performances. So, thank you to all the teachers, all the support staff, you the parents and carers, governor colleagues and, of course, the children.  All of you have risen so well to the task of making the best of the new Covid “normal”.

As this term draws to a close, we owe special thanks to Mrs Chamberlain and Mrs Jackson who have led the school so well during Mrs Evans’ secondment to Sherford Vale School. I bet that last Christmas they wouldn’t have thought that they would be acting headteachers, class teachers and subject leaders, all in the middle of a pandemic. Just as Sherford is fortunate to have (temporarily!) Mrs Evans, Wembury is fortunate to have two very committed and competent leaders to fill the gap. 

Friends of Wembury School (FroWS) have gallantly kept going in spite of Covid.  The apple juice they produced and sold earlier in the term was delicious, and the extras they provided for the Christmas lunches were very much appreciated by the children.  

Governors have met four times since September, and have been fortunate to have co-opted Mr Neil Bellamy onto the team. He brings with him the perspective of a parent, and substantial experience in the education world. We are also very pleased to have appointed a new Clerk to Governors – Mr Phil Symons, who will have the task of keeping us on track! Our main focus has been satisfying ourselves that – as far as possible – the children and staff are able to work in a COVID-safe environment, and we are grateful for everything the whole staff have done to facilitate this.

I am pleased to report that we finally have a start date for the building project. The contractors are due to start on-site on January 11th, with a target completion date of the end of May. It will be wonderful to have the purpose-built environment for Foundation and Key Stage one classes, and for all of Key Stage two to be housed in the main building. We have obviously been frustrated by the delays, but COVID has brought challenges to the construction industry which no-one could have foreseen at the start of 2020. Meetings have been held with the contractors, and we have been assured that the works will be conducted in such a way as to keep the children and contractors physically separated. As ever, pupil and staff safety is our top priority.

On behalf of the governors, I would like to wish you a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.

Governors welcome your feedback and comments.  You can contact us via the school or by email to our Clerk to Governors on

John Holden

Vice-Chair, Wembury Local Governing Board

Learning for Life