Report from Foundation Governor Emma Curran-Autumn 2018
I visited Robins, Larks and Swifts for a Governor learning walk with Mrs Box. Owls class were departing to take part in a multi-sports event. Throughout the school children were attentive and polite. I strongly believe the catholic ethos, the collective worship and strong moral code that runs through every element of school life has a positive impact on behaviour. In summary, behaviour was outstanding throughout the school.
Report from Foundation Governor Fiona Bissell- Spring 2018
I visited school to carry out work scrutiny in the books in RE and Maths across school. I am bowled over by the quality of learning that is evidenced in the books. Children are obviously provided with stimulating and engaging lessons especially in RE. Well done to all staff and pupils.
Report from Foundation Governor Dr Joe McAuley- Autumn 2017
I looked at a sample of Literacy, Maths and RE exercise books from Years 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6. Each piece of work had identified clear ‘success criteria’ in line with the schools marking policy. Work is regularly marked with suggestions for next steps for each pupil. Targets are set to enable pupils to make progress. The headteacher carries out regular work scrutiny and examples of work is shared with governors. My overall impression is of a high level of commitment of staff to their pupils. Pupils respond positively to the example set and together they work well as a team to make learning enjoyable and successful.
Report from Foundation Governor Emma Curran- Autumn 2017
As a new governor I carried out lesson observations throughout the whole school and met with the headteacher to discuss the school’s improvement priorities for this year. The behaviour for learning in lessons was commendable. I was impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the staff and how confident and comfortable the children were despite just returning from half term holiday. The classrooms were vibrant and stimulating.
Report from Parent Governor Denise Peacock- Summer 2017
I visited school to meet with designated staff responsible for Looked After Children and SEN staff.
Report from Parent Governor Peter Sedgewick- Spring 2017
I accompanied pupils to a cross country event and was very pleased with the children’s performance there. They showed great sportsmanship, cheering on their team mates and also school teams from other schools.
Report from Parent Governor Denise Peacock- Spring 2017
I came into school to discuss the SENd provision with SENCO. I looked at the marking and expectations in books in the Owls class which were high. I was very impressed with the presentation and standard of work. I also visited the school and shared in Collective Worship.
Report from Parent Governor- Mrs Denise Peacock- Autumn 2016
As a special interest governor with responsibility for Looked After and Vulnerable children I came in to meet with lead staff in this area. Productive discussions were had around progress. I also carried out a book scrutiny looking at the improvement in presentation in books in Key Stage 2.
Report from Foundation Governor- Mr Alastair McLean- Summer 2016
I assessed the buildings today and looked at the work which has recently been carried out around school. I visited the classrooms whilst teaching was in progress seeing Maths, PE, History and Reading in Progress. The children are obviously thriving in the new bright, cheery surroundings. The History was related to Queen Elizabeth’s birthday tomorrow and was good evidence of British Values being well taught.
Report from Foundation Governor- Mrs Joanna Brown- Spring 2016
I visited school to watch a singing concert on 23rd March. A lot of hard work had gone into the children learning the songs. the behaviour of all year groups watching the concert was exemplary; a lovely, relaxed, happy atmosphere in school. I then went to observe in a Maths lesson: the whole class was engaged and keen to share their working out with the class. Excellent behaviour and concentration from all pupils.
Report from Foundation Governor- Dr Joe McAuley- Spring 2016
My initial impression of the school was of an industrious, productive yet relaxed atmosphere. Pupils were not distracted by a visitor and remained fully focussed on their learning. I visited each class where I found pupils were fully engaged. I met with the Headteacher and we discussed admission criteria, pupil progress, school development and the role of governors. A warm welcome was given to me by all staff.
Report from Foundation Governor- Alastair McLean- Autumn 2015
I visited school throughout the Autumn term to check the progress of the building works and to see that all of the Health and Safety guidelines were in place. Whilst in school I also called at the staff room to check on staff morale. All staff were in good spirits but will be happy when the building works are over!
Report from Associate governor Mike Goldberg – Summer 2015
I visited the Owls class on 7th May 2015 to hear the different parties deliver their manifestos and speeches for the St Mary’s election. Some of the speakers were fantastic- really confident in public speaking. It was a very enjoyable morning and great to see the children getting interested in politics. It was a struggle to know who to vote for, they were so persuasive!
Report from Parent Governor – Peter Sedgewick Spring 2015
Mr Sedgewick went with the Larks on their trip to the Hancock Museum in Newcastle. They were taking part in a dinosaur workshop as part of their topic on Dinosaurs. Mr Sedgewick reported that “the pupils were so well behaved and interested in the workshop they were a pleasure to be with.”
Governor visits to school Summer Term 2014
Mr Goldberg, who is an associate foundation governor, has been on several educational visits with our pupils over recent months and reports that a number of adults have approached him on each occasion and commented on the excellent behaviour of our pupils whilst on their trip and on a recent visit to the river, whilst walking through the town.
Mr Goldberg said that the children were” both a credit to their parents and to the school.”
Mrs Peacock came to assist at one of our afternoons for new starters. She observed how smoothly the transition procedures were going and how settled the children were in their new surroundings.
Governors visits to school Spring Term 2014
Mr Mclean and Mr Sedgewick have visited school to inspect our new build. They both noted what a massive bonus the new hall is for our pupils. Mr Sedgewick went through the snagging list with the team of architects who have designed the hall and new classroom.