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September Update 2020

 

We are delighted that the pupils started school on Monday 7th September after what can only be described as a most unusual school year. Covid-19 has brought changes to all our lives and as we move forward in the ‘new normal’ we are eager for the pupils to experience all the positive experiences that the school offers them.

 

The staff have undertaken comprehensive risk assessments, and daily strive to ensure the school environment meets all the required standards and good practice.  The governors have overseen the arrangements and I am making weekly visits to school to discuss and review the ongoing procedures.  Parents will continue to be updated on a regular basis by the school through Parentmail and newsletters. We would ask that as parents/carers, you support the school by following the guidance that has been shared so that the school can focus on the learning, emotional and social needs of the pupils. 

 

This year will be challenging for everybody but promoting the skills of lifelong learning will achieve our aim that pupils leave Shakespeare Junior School as well rounded learners that are resilient, reflective, can ask good questions and work well both independently and in teams.

 

We believe that by working closely with parents and carers and the wider community the school will be successful in achieving this aim.

 

Marilyn Bonney

(Chair of Governors)

Annual Report from the Governors of Shakespeare Junior School, September 2020:

 

 

Last year the governing body continued to meet regularly to monitor and challenge the school on specific areas identified for improvement and matters related to the effective governance of the school. All the required aspects of school governance were covered although during the second half of the year meetings took place virtually.

 

Attendance at meetings was good and all governors attended individual or group training sessions face to face or virtually 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. 

 

For half of the school year the school has had to manage the new arrangements for safeguarding with regard to Covid-19.  We are pleased to report that the school remained open for some pupils until the end of term.  Many staff worked without a break in school while the rest of the staff worked from home maintaining links to the pupils and parents. The governors received very positive comments about the quality and variety of communications and pupils continued to feel part of the school community while sheltering at home.  The governors have regular agenda items considering safeguarding matters and health and safety and a nominated governors carried out annual audits with the school staff. In addition to the safeguarding audit the school worked with the governors to complete the Hampshire Covid-19 Risk Assessment and are satisfied that all necessary safeguarding policies and procedures are in place and effective.  Monitoring is ongoing with review and amendments to procedures agreed as required.



 

Pupil attainment outcomes were discussed by governors up to March but due to the circumstances there are no end of year results.  From the autumn term our meetings will resume looking at standards and progress and also at the emotional health and welfare of pupils in detail.  We are pleased to report that the pupils have been totally involved in the design of a dedicated ELSA room.  The governors were delighted to support this project and believe that it will benefit pupils as and when needed.

 

In order to effectively sustain and 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 2020 Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) forms were submitted for scrutiny by Hampshire County Council to show that we have secure financial management in place.

 

Where possible the termly Parent Questionnaire was issued and the school received 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.

 

Our governor meetings this term begin with Ofsted training which will be very timely given the challenges facing schools in the near future.  It will ensure the governors have a clear focus on the expectations to maintain at least a ‘Good’ rating.  Governor committee meetings will continue virtually.

 

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

 

Please contact the school office if you are interested in becoming a governor at Shakespeare Junior School.

 

Marilyn Bonney

(Chair of Governors)

 

 

Governors Self Evaluation 2018-19

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.

Parent Questionnaire Outcomes 2019/20

 

Each term the governing body aims to undertake an evaluation of the performance of our school by gathering the views of parents. The table below shows the results of the recent questionnaire.

 

All feedback we collect helps us to celebrate successes and determine future priorities for school improvement. Outcomes from the questionnaire have been shared with the School Leadership Team.

 

Thankyou for taking the time to complete the questionnaire.

Marilyn Bonney (Chair of Governors)

 

 

Autumn Questionnaire 2019 results

188 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.

55

41

2

0.5

2

2

My child has friends at school.

61

37

2

0.5

0.5

3

There is a happy atmosphere at school.

49

45

1

0.5

4

4

The school buildings are well maintained.

49

48

2

0

2

5

The school provides a safe and secure environment.

52

44

2

0.5

2

6

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

53

45

0

0

2

7

The school is helping my child settle into their new year group.

58

37

3

0

2

8

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

57

40

0

0

2

 

 

Behaviour & pastoral care

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Don’t Know

9

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

37

47

6

0

8

10

The school’s system of discipline is effective.

35

37

5

1

21

11

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

49

47

2

0

4

12

The school treats my child fairly.     

51

45

0.5

0.5

3

13

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

54

40

1

0

5

14

My child enjoys playtimes and lunchtimes.

57

39

2

1

1

15

The school helps to promote a healthy lifestyle.         

46

48

2

0

4

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