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Annual Report from the Governors of Shakespeare Junior School, September 2017:

 

Last year the governing body met regularly to monitor and challenge the school on specific areas identified for improvement and matters related to the effective governance of the school.

 

Attendance at meetings was good and all governors attended training sessions throughout the year to ensure that they continued to develop the necessary skills to be proactive and knowledgeable governors.

 

The governors have seen, through meetings, interviews, presentations and reports the school has much to celebrate in terms of pupil achievement, behaviour and welfare, strong leadership and management, financial stability and positive hard working, committed staff. 

The end of year Key Stage 2 results, however, have not matched the teacher assessment expectations but the staff, in liaison with our Link Advisor, are already making plans to address aspects of teaching and learning from the start of the new school year. The school improvement plan will set out how the school will be amending Maths and English plans and focusing on pedagogy in the classroom so these aspects will be the major focus for our 2017/18 monitoring. 

 

In order to effectively monitor these improvements, the governors will receive regular reports from members of the school leadership team, Hampshire Advisory Inspectors and also meet with staff and pupils.

 

The governors monitored the budget of the school and in March, the 2017 Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) forms were submitted for scrutiny by Hampshire County Council to show that we have secure financial management in place.

 

The governors have regular agenda items considering safeguarding matters and health and safety and a nominated governor carried out an annual audit with the site manager. We are satisfied that all necessary safeguarding policies and procedures are in place and effective.

 

There was an excellent positive response to the termly Parent Questionnaire with many supportive comments which the staff were pleased to receive. All concerns were noted and shared with the school leadership team to follow up and address. It was also a good opportunity for the governors to meet parents during the Parent Consultation Evenings.

 

We look forward to the new challenges facing us this year and we will give Steve Cox and the whole staff team our full support.

 

 

Parent Questionnaires

The Governors are working very hard with the school staff, pupils and the Local Authority to ensure that improvements strategies are implemented and sustained. The information that we gather from the Parent Questionnaires is a valuable part of this process. We appreciate the time you take to complete the questionnaires, are always pleased to receive positive comments and your thoughts on where the school could do better.

 

The Governors always share the results and comments from the questionnaires with the school staff. Where it is appropriate for the school to make improvements, the Governors will monitor and evaluate the changes.

 

Summer Term 2017 Parents’ Questionnaire Outcomes

 

There were 11 returns

 

 

Communication

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Don’t Know

1.

Members of staff are approachable.

40%

60%

 

 

10%

2.

Parent consultation meetings provide me with the information I require about my child’s progress and achievement.

30%

60%

 

 

20%

3.
 

School reports provide me with the information I require about my child’s progress and achievement.

30%

80%

 

 

 

4.

The newsletter provides clear information regarding what has happened in school and also about future events.

30%

70%

 

 

 

5.

The school website is easy to use and has all the information I need.

30%

50%

 

 

10%

6.

I understand the role of the school Governors.

20%

60%

 

 

20%

7.

The school will listen to me if I have a concern.

50%

60%

 

 

 

8.

The school is led and managed well.

50%

50%

 

 

10%

9.

The school encourages my involvement.

30%

70%

 

 

10%

 

 

Equality

 

 

 

 

 

10.

Communication from the school is easily understood and available in a range of formats.

20%

70%

10%

 

10%

11.

The school provides opportunities for children to learn about racial and cultural diversity.

20%

70%

 

10%

10%

Spring 2017 Parents’ Questionnaire Outcomes

There were 199 responses. Each one represents approx. 0.5% of return.

Some rows may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

The responses came from the following year groups -

Year 3    Year 4     Year 5     Year 6

 44           38            57            43

17 did not indicate a year group.

 

 

The Curriculum

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Don’t Know

1

My child is taught well.

54%

45%

0.5%

0

0.5%

2

I am kept well informed about the projects and topics.

45%

54%

1%

0

0

3

The school has high expectations for my child to ensure s/he reaches their full potential.

49%

48%

0.5%

0.5%

2%

4

My child is making good progress.

 

43%

53%

2.5%

0

1%

5

The homework supports the learning in school.

 

40%

53%

4%

0

4%

6

The school provides helpful information about how I can support my child at home.

 

37%

 

50%

8%

0.5%

5%

 

 

Enrichment & extra curricular activities

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Don’t Know

7

The school provides a varied range of enrichment days and activities.

 

 

46%

 

48%

4%

0

2%

8

School trips and visits are worthwhile experiences.

 

 

52%

 

44%

1%

0

3%

9

The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular school clubs.

 

37%

 

50%

7%

1%

6%

 

 

Autumn Questionnaire 2016 results

204 replies All below are % 1 person is approx. 0.5%

 

 

Well Being

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Don’t Know

1.

My child is happy at school.

 

58

39

0.5

0.5

1.5

2.

My child has friends at school.

 

63

35

1

0.5

0.5

3.

There is a happy atmosphere at school.

 

58

40

0

0

2

4.

The school buildings are well maintained.

 

63

36

0.5

0

0

5.

The school provides a safe and secure environment.

68

30

0

0

2

6.

The outdoor and indoor environments are effective in supporting creativity and learning.

56

40

0.5

0

3

7.

The school is helping my child become self-confident, independent and responsible

59

39

0.5

0

2

 

 

Behaviour & pastoral care

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Don’t Know

8.

The school’s system of rewarding and praising children is effective

52

44

2.5

0

2

9.

The school’s system of discipline is effective.

 

44

47

3

1

5

10.

The school’s values and attitudes have a positive effect on my child.

57

39

1

0

3

11.

  1. school treats my child fairly.

 

55

41

1

0

3

12.

My child knows that there is an adult who will listen to them if they have a problem.

55

37

2

0

6

13.

My child enjoys playtimes and lunchtimes.

62

36

1

0

1.5

14.

My child finds school meals enjoyable (leave blank if your child/ren eat a packed lunch).

34

35

3

0

28

15.

The school helps to promote a healthy lifestyle.

48

47

0

0

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

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