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18.3.2020

Governors’ blog 17.3.20

What a strange, unsettling time this is!  The Covid-19 virus emergency has prevented tonight’s governing board meeting, so I am writing this blog from home. 

Although governors are not able to attend meetings at present, we shall be remaining in touch electronically and doing whatever we can to support the school.  The impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the staff, pupils, parents, families and friends is clearly going to be significant. 

Wembury Primary School is renowned for the rich and exciting learning experiences it provides.  It is with a heavy heart that we see the cancellation of sporting opportunities, peripatetic music lessons, assemblies, the Y6 visit to France in the summer, and more.  However, we fully endorse the school’s swift action, putting children’s and families’ safety first and following Government and Public Health England instructions and guidance. We are also grateful for the support of WeST at this very difficult time.

Governors were looking forward to a presentation tonight from Mrs Chamberlain on the teaching of Reading at Wembury Primary. This was to be followed up after Easter by a governors’ learning walk when we will look at the teaching of reading in action in several classes.  Reading is so important.  We want to understand what and how teachers intend the children to learn, how they translate this into practice and whether the children are enjoying reading and making good progress.  We will share a report with you when this has taken place – before not too long, we hope. 

Seeing the children learning is one of the best parts of the governor role.  We also look at data, finance, health and safety, safeguarding, policies, the implementation of the school development plan and more – Minutes of our meetings are put on the website once approved.  Wembury governors are also represented on WeST committees – Education Standards, Estates, Finance, HR, and the Trust Board.  This means we play a part in the strategic development of WeST and can also see how Wembury compares with other schools and share good practice.

We welcomed new co-opted governor Jon Hugman in February.  Jon works in IT at Coombe Dean and Callington and has already been given an induction tour of the school by two Year 6 pupils, which he very much appreciated, attended a meeting and been on new governor training. 

Finally, on behalf of the governing board, I should like to express thanks and appreciation to Mrs Evans and all the staff at Wembury Primary School, who go above and beyond for the children, to FroWS and all of you who support the school, and, of course, the children.  The Easter holidays are approaching and I hope that you will be able to enjoy this time, in spite of disrupted plans.  If the holiday is longer than usual, as seems extremely likely, perhaps this will be a good reading opportunity for children and their families!  At this time of uncertainty, we do not know when things will get back to normal.  In the meantime, we send our very best wishes to you all and hope that you all keep safe and well.   We look forward to better times.

 

Sheila Jenkins, Chair of Governors 

 


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