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22.7.19

Welcome to the first Wembury School Governor Blog which is replacing our termly newsletter. We hope that communications will now be more frequent, allowing us to respond to events. The blogs will be written by individual governors and will, we hope, show the scope of the work that we do.

The first input is from Mark Oliver, one of our parent governors.

 

At the end of this academic year I have the joy of looking back over another year of being a school governor.

It’s been another busy year.  Apart from the monthly meetings I have been involved in safeguarding, a two day course, learning-walk training on how to get the most out of visiting the school and various monitoring visits. I also have tried to spend time with staff so we have strong links between the staff and the governing board.

My favourite bit of it all is actually being in the classrooms with the children and seeing the teachers in action. We hear in our meetings about the Oracy project and Maths mastery and actually having a chance to see this in action is amazing. There seems to be a growing confidence in our children to speak out their thoughts and ideas and a willingness to work hard to solve problems. I can only think it will stand them in good stead when they arrive at secondary school.

Amongst other things, I have been monitoring Religious Studies in the school and, as well as seeing teaching in progress, have had the privilege of being involved in some assemblies and lessons as well as bringing a drama group into the school. As in so many subjects, what happens in the classroom in regular lessons is backed up by a broad range of experiences and adventures.

After what was a difficult period of settling into the WeST multi-academy trust,  from a local school governor’s point of view, the systems and policies appear to be falling into place and things are working more smoothly. It is good to see the teaching staff building good relationships with other schools that can benefit them and the children.

I’m not sure what roles I will have on the governing board next year but will look forward to whatever the new term brings.

Mark Oliver

 

We can’t let this term pass without acknowledging the many successes of this year, which have already featured in Mrs Evans’ blog.  The recent award of the British Council International School Gold Award deserves a special mention.   A number of factors contribute to gaining this award. The young scientists in the French Club with their plankton project, who visited their partner school in Brittany and gave a presentation in Océanopolis in Brest, were a very important part.  Congratulations to them on this significant achievement and of course to Ms Kernevez who made it all happen.  More is planned! 

Governors are very aware that Wembury is very fortunate in having teachers with vision and creativity, who work extremely hard and give the children amazing opportunities to learn and develop.  Mrs Evans and her team always go the extra mile to ensure that the children learn through a rich and stimulating curriculum.

School and governors have embraced the opportunities arising from our membership of WeST. Some of our governors are active in governance at Trust level.  Working with other schools, we can learn from each other and Wembury has led on areas including Maths Mastery, Writing and Oracy.  Following moderation of writing in EYFS, staff have been asked to share their good practice in the teaching of Writing across Devon. Our Year 6 SAT results are very pleasing – further testament to the hard work of all staff, especially their class teacher, Mr Chantler.

On Tuesday Year 6 gave their leavers’ performance, with music and memories of their time at the school.   How confident they seemed!  Our very best wishes go with these young people and thanks for the contribution that each has made to the school community.  Our very best wishes go too with Mr Chantler, as he leaves to take up another post in the Westcountry Schools’ Trust. We will miss him and thank him for all his work on the sports field and in the classroom.

We wish everyone a good Summer break.  May the sun continue to shine!

Look out for our next blog in the Autumn term.

Sheila Jenkins and Linda Watts, Co-Chairs

 

 

Welcome to the first Wembury School Governor Blog which is replacing our termly newsletter. We hope that communications will now be more frequent, allowing us to respond to events. The blogs will be written by individual governors and will, we hope, show the scope of the work that we do.

The first input is from Mark Oliver, one of our parent governors.

At the end of this academic year I have the joy of looking back over another year of being a school governor.

It’s been another busy year.  Apart from the monthly meetings I have been involved in safeguarding, a two day course, learning-walk training on how to get the most out of visiting the school and various monitoring visits. I also have tried to spend time with staff so we have strong links between the staff and the governing board.

My favourite bit of it all is actually being in the classrooms with the children and seeing the teachers in action. We hear in our meetings about the Oracy project and Maths mastery and actually having a chance to see this in action is amazing. There seems to be a growing confidence in our children to speak out their thoughts and ideas and a willingness to work hard to solve problems. I can only think it will stand them in good stead when they arrive at secondary school.

Amongst other things, I have been monitoring Religious Studies in the school and, as well as seeing teaching in progress, have had the privilege of being involved in some assemblies and lessons as well as bringing a drama group into the school. As in so many subjects, what happens in the classroom in regular lessons is backed up by a broad range of experiences and adventures.

After what was a difficult period of settling into the WeST multi-academy trust,  from a local school governor’s point of view, the systems and policies appear to be falling into place and things are working more smoothly. It is good to see the teaching staff building good relationships with other schools that can benefit them and the children.

I’m not sure what roles I will have on the governing board next year but will look forward to whatever the new term brings.

Mark Oliver

We can’t let this term pass without acknowledging the many successes of this year, which have already featured in Mrs Evans’ blog.  The recent award of the British Council International School Gold Award deserves a special mention.   A number of factors contribute to gaining this award. The young scientists in the French Club with their plankton project, who visited their partner school in Brittany and gave a presentation in Océanopolis in Brest, were a very important part.  Congratulations to them on this significant achievement and of course to Ms Kernevez who made it all happen.  More is planned! 

Governors are very aware that Wembury is very fortunate in having teachers with vision and creativity, who work extremely hard and give the children amazing opportunities to learn and develop.  Mrs Evans and her team always go the extra mile to ensure that the children learn through a rich and stimulating curriculum.

School and governors have embraced the opportunities arising from our membership of WeST. Some of our governors are active in governance at Trust level.  Working with other schools, we can learn from each other and Wembury has led on areas including Maths Mastery, Writing and Oracy.  Following moderation of writing in EYFS, staff have been asked to share their good practice in the teaching of Writing across Devon. Our Year 6 SAT results are very pleasing – further testament to the hard work of all staff, especially their class teacher, Mr Chantler.

 On Tuesday Year 6 gave their leavers’ performance, with music and memories of their time at the school.   How confident they seemed!  Our very best wishes go with these young people and thanks for the contribution that each has made to the school community.  Our very best wishes go too with Mr Chantler, as he leaves to take up another post in the Westcountry Schools’ Trust. We will miss him and thank him for all his work on the sports field and in the classroom.

We wish everyone a good Summer break.  May the sun continue to shine!

Look out for our next blog in the Autumn term.

Sheila Jenkins and Linda Watts, Co-Chairs

 

 

 


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