NEWSLETTER December 2014
Dear Parents and Carers,
It’s just 2 weeks until the end of a term which has seen some excellent year group outcomes – I was privileged to attend two of these fantastic events, a first residential visit to Marwell, and in which we have welcomed several new members of staff. We hope they enjoy their time at Foxhills.
Board of Governors
We welcome Ronald Taylor to the vacant parent governor position. He has considerable experience as a governor in Southampton, and a particular interest in monitoring children’s learning so he will be a great asset to the Children’s Learning and Achievement Committee, and to its Data Review Group. We have one vacancy for a co-opted governor and hope to be able to fill this shortly.
Congratulations to governor Wendy Scevity on successfully completing her ELSA training - this involves a lot of work and her increased expertise will undoubtedly benefit the school.
Governors are required to review the policies for which they are responsible every three years, or less if the DfES issues new requirements. We do this through a rolling programme, and have recently been reviewing our Complaints Policy; the revised policy will be published on the school website shortly. We have very few complaints from parents, but must ensure that any we do receive are handled sensitively and correctly.
Congratulations to the teaching staff
Our teachers have worked incredibly hard to improve progress and achievement and we had some great SATs results. They have worked equally hard to provide an exciting and challenging curriculum which our pupils clearly enjoy. We look forward to Foxhills’ continued success in all aspects of the broad education we endeavour to provide.
Proposed new cycle and pedestrian pathway, and park and stride car park
Parents new to Foxhills have commented on the congested roads and difficult parking conditions which make the daily journey to and from school dangerous and stressful, whether they walk, cycle or arrive by car. These problems have dogged us for at least 20 years, and despite a great deal of effort from all the Foxhills schools, we have not been able to resolve them. We are very aware of the frustration for parents taking and fetching their children, the danger to children, particularly to those who cycle, and the inconvenience our neighbours suffer on a daily basis.
Barker-Mill Estates, who own the land between the school drive and the A326, have put forward a plan for a dedicated footpath and cycleway, protected from vehicular traffic, and which will run from the A326 underpass to a Park and Stride car park at the junction of Knellers Lane and the A326 slip road. There will be a protected crossing on Knellers Lane, and the path will then be routed to join the school campus. A small (11 houses) affordable housing development will form an integral part of the scheme. This is the only proposal we have ever received that will fulfil our need for safer access. It will be funded by Barker- Mill Estates, and the Headteachers and Governors of both Foxhills schools have given it their full support. To date BME have not submitted a planning application, but if you wish to see or comment on the indicative plans please go to www.consultation-online.co.uk/Foxhills
Friends of Foxhills
Congratulations to everyone who worked to produce a fantastic fireworks display, though sadly I missed helping this year as I was rather a long way off in Australia. However, I did enjoy being on the door for the Winter Fayre again, and meeting so many parents.
And finally -
The governors would like to wish all parents, children and staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Chair of Governors, Foxhills Junior School, for the Board of Governors