Every term we hold our special Governor Day. These involve our Governors coming to spend the day in school with us. They spend time looking around our school, observing lessons and talking to all our children, parents and staff about ways in which we can further improve our school.
Our most recent Governors Day was on 11th February 2019.
We really appreciate our Governors giving up their precious time to come and see us in action!
What Have Our Governors Been Doing?
Members of our Governing Body spent a day in school on Monday 11th February 2019.
Governors attended collective worship led by our RE lead on the theme of Koinonia
During the day, governors visited classes to look at teaching and learning.
- looked at our learners’ books
- spoke to pupils about their learning
- Met with subject leaders and the school council
Subject leaders discussed how they were reviewing their area of the curriculum in light of OFSTED’s changes due in September 2019
Governors looked at the foundation subjects:
- Art and DT
They focused upon how the school is designing the curriculum and making it relevant to our learners’ needs
Governors are aware that the school was focusing on the acquisition, understanding and application of subject specific vocabulary. They noted that staff use ‘big questions’ to engage learners and that pupils had positive attitudes towards their learning.
Members of the Governing Body were in school for the day on 11th February. I enjoyed collective worship, an art lesson, looking at books, meeting lots of you, and hearing parents talk about the school. If you see us in school again, please come and say hello!
Governors were also in school during the royal visit and I enjoyed watching Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall open our new library. We especially enjoyed watching you sing! Governors, staff, parents and the community have raised money for our beautiful new library.
Being a governor at St John’s means being immersed in the overall leadership of the school. Governors visit the school regularly to meet with the senior staff and subject leaders to discuss progress in meeting school teaching and learning priorities, and also to sit in classrooms and listen in to get a better understanding of how children are being taught. We also have to keep our knowledge of school rules and regulations up to date, which means attending training and professional development. Members of the Governing Body are attending a course with the Diocesan Board of Education to ensure that our leadership and management skills are as effective as they should be and that we are appropriately skilled in ensuring the school is well led and well managed.
In terms of management, all governors attend at least three meetings a term, and as Chair, I try to visit the school each week. Those meetings look at a range of topics and ensure that leadership, management and staff are on top of the targets in the school development plan, and that the school is ready when the changes in the new Ofsted Framework are put in place later this year. Over the past year, the leadership at St John's have had to put measures in place to ensure the financial stability of the school and best value, ensuring staff are deployed effectively to meet the needs of the learners.
As the parish priest, it is my pleasure to lead the whole school in worship in church almost every week during school time. I also work with the RE lead for the school to plan the worship themes for the year, and to plan the special assemblies that are held once a team. I also liaise between the community and the school, and that has meant building links between the Angell Town gardening project and the school and being part of the group that has brought the new outdoor gym to Angell Town, close to the school, which the school children and staff and parents will be able to access. All of this forms part of our enrichment activities and are working collaboratively for the common good. It really is a great pleasure to work with the children to help make the world a better place.
Revd Canon Dr. Rosemarie Mallet