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NEWSLETTER July 2014

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

The end of the Summer Term is with us once more, it seems to creep up remarkably quickly!  It’s been another busy and productive term, and I’m sure all our children are looking forward to being out in the sunshine which we hope will stay for the holidays.

 

Board of Governors

We have had two resignations during this term - Gill Reader, co-opted governor, and Debbie Turner, who was a parent governor.  We thank them both for their support and wish them well for the future. In line with all governing bodies, we will be reviewing our constitution next term and will decide then on how these vacancies will be filled.

 

Governor training has occupied a lot of time, and covered such diverse matters as Health and Safety, Effective Management of the School Budget, Re-constitution of Governing Bodies, and Teachers’ Pay and Conditions.  We decided we needed to know more about academy status, and used some of our training allowance to buy in a training session on this topic for the whole governing body. We were anxious to ascertain if there were any clear advantages for Foxhills in becoming an academy. Very few junior schools in this area have become academies, and our consensus view based on the information available was that this is not an option we wish to pursue at the present time.

 

Hampshire Governors’ Conference

I attended this inspirational conference in June.  The four speakers were all respected educationalists, several on an international basis.  The topics covered the new pupil assessment process whereby pupils are assessed in Years 3 and 6 - Foxhills has been working on how this is to be implemented, Ofsted and how it assesses governors’ performance, the need for governors to self-evaluate their performance and make any necessary changes to the way they operate, and closing the gap in children’s attainment. All speakers emphasised the need for an exciting and innovative curriculum and it was very rewarding to see that many of the working practices that the speakers recommended have already been implemented in Foxhills. I felt very proud to be a Foxhills governor.

 

School visits

Our programme of school visits and learning walks has continued this term, under the leadership of Mike Thomas, who is chair of the Children’s Learning and Achievement Committee.  All visits have a focus, and governors provide a feedback to the rest of the board at the next meeting.  The most recent visit focussed on how the school met the needs of all learners.

 

Cinderella and Rockerfeller

All who attended this Year 6 production will have been impressed by the children’s enthusiasm in delivering a lengthy and complicated production on a very hot evening.  They were brilliant!  Thank you to all who made this outcome happen.

 

FJSA

The governors would like to thank the FJSA for their fundraising efforts at the Summer Fayre.  All such events require a lot of time and organisation, and without them we would not be able to afford some of the extras that we cannot fund from our budget.

 

And finally -

The governors would like to wish all Year 6 leavers a happy and productive next stage in their educational career, and thank all parents for their support during the last year.

 

With best wishes for the summer holidays,

 

Ann Arscott

Chair of Governors, Foxhills Junior School, for the Board of Governors

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