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Governors Report 2016/2017

I’m proud to say that every week, during term time, you will find at least one of our eleven governors has been in school - supporting staff, talking with children and helping to make Balderstone St Leonards a great place to learn.

We all try to visit school as often as possible. This is in addition to participating in regular working committees and full governor meetings. Our main working committees are: Standards and Effectiveness; Finance and Staffing; Buildings, Health and Safety; and Curriculum, Church and Community.

During the last year our work has included:

  • Recruiting Mrs Gow, our Deputy Head and teacher for Years 1 and 2

  • Setting the school budget and tracking spending

  • Contributing to, and monitoring progress against, the school improvement plan

  • Making sure that school is a safe place by completing an audit of child safeguarding and regularly reviewing our health and safety performance

  • The Buildings, Health and Safety Committee have made sure that the redecoration of the hall and kitchen, the refurbishment of the double-glazed windows and the treatment of timber outside has been successful

  • Jonathan Greenwood has helped Year 3 and 4 to build a willow fence. This is part of the project to develop a wildlife area

  • Chris Bargh and Jonathan Greenwood have managed the design and positioning of a permanent roadside sign to advertise school

  • Maureen Britcliffe has supported the weekly Balderstone Toddler Group and has read regularly with Years 3 and 4.

  • Scott Foster, our governor with responsibility for governor training, has organized a review of governor’s skills, identified relevant training and has kept track of all the courses that we have attended

  • Sarah Seedall has spent time with Years 1 and 2 during English and Maths sessions and also joined in the whole school visit to Manchester

  • I have worked with Years 1 and 2 during a WoW writing session, supported Years 5 and 6 on their visits to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Preston and the railway hub in Accrington, and given our new Local Education Authority school advisor a tour of school

  • And most recently we have welcomed Yasmin Riaz as our newest parent governor!

Emma James, Chair of Governors