ST PETERâ€™S SCHOOL GOVERNORS
NEWSLETTER APRIL 2019
I reported in September that the decision was taken in early May 2018 to admit an additional 15 children for this current year. This means that again there are 3 Reception classes and the school roll has risen to 345. Unless there is further County support, which is unlikely, there will be only 45 places in September 2019. However, at the time of writing, we are aware that there were over 200 applications for those places and over 100 first choices. We also have a number of siblings in those applications. The effect might be that no catchment children will be admitted purely on that basis. We are in discussion with County to determine the action that might be taken.
We continue to be very successful with sporting results across the board and our thanks must again go to Mrs Mansell and Mrs Miller, as well as the specialised sport coaches, for their work here. The Spring Term ended with the usual series of Events, many of which were inevitably linked to Easter. The highlight was the Year 3/4 Play â€“ The Gospel Show â€“ featuring excerpts from the Gospels, telling the stories from the Life of Jesus. For me, the most moving were the singing of â€śThink of Me every time you break the bread, you drink the wineâ€ť from the Last Supper section; â€śRisen, risen, Jesus is aliveâ€ť from The Resurrection and the singing of O Happy Day as the finale. Altogether it was yet another stunning overall performance, worthy of the early years of secondary school, at least.
We have continued our programme of Governor Visits to monitor progress on all of our Priorities. We will have our next School Development later today on Thursday, April 4th. In preparation for this, I have met the School Council, who play a significant part in the Day, on 3 occasions and they were full of ideas! These, along with some essential Priorities, both National and School-based, will be written up and I will report on them and plans for progression in my Autumn letter.
My thanks are owed to the â€śOffice Teamâ€ť of Carole, Lynsay and Melanie without whose dedication we would be, quite simply, lost! We hope to do something in the near-ish future to improve their working environment.
Two Governors – one Parent Governor and one Foundation Governor finished their terms of office over the last term â€“ David Brook and Hannah Rae (nee Walker). They have been replaced, respectively, by Sam Pryce and Stefan Reade, both current parents. David Brook has returned as a Co-opted Governor. This means that we return to the position that all the Governors, with the exception of our Priest, Jane Bradbury are either current or former parents of children who have attended the School!
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION (SPSWSA)
I am more than happy to repeat my thanks to all of you who continue to support the wonderful School Association in raising the funds to allow us to remain an Outstanding school. I do not say this lightly as it is the additional funds which the Association brings to the school, which enable us to offer provision which is rich, varied and appropriate. The monthly tuck shop continues to thrive and there are always new ideas for entertainment and socialising, such that we raised over ÂŁ50k yet again! With the success of the Fireworks, Christmas Fayre and the recent ÂŁ5 Challenge we are well on course to repeat this achievement. I must again pay tribute to the work of Vicky Dorrington (Chair) and Kim Johnson (Vice Chair) and their team during this academic year. I cannot speak highly enough of the value of the work all the parents do in supporting your childrenâ€™s school so well. THANK YOU.
Matters do seem to be improving and I continue to be clear that the vast majority of parents park really sensibly â€“ and accurately! However, there continue to be a few selfish parents who think that the strategies which assist most people are not relevant to them. It is perhaps human nature that the Church provision is taken for granted and abused but sad that this should be the case at our school.
The upgraded path from Weald Park seems now to be passable for buggies etc in all weathers., Mr Stefan Reade, our newly appointed Governor, is liaising with the Park and has the means of securing the â€śinnerâ€ť park, so there should be space for upwards of 50 cars every morning and afternoon. Using this will significantly ease the pressures on the Church parking, as will be the scheme to have double parking in the back 2 rows in the Church â€“ at the very back if you donâ€™t need to rush and just in front of those if you promise to leave quickly!
Sadly, with all this space, we still have irresponsible parking on Wigley Bush Lane, endangering the lives of our children. This position has been substantially ameliorated by the appointment of two new Crossing Patrols.
Please also think about using the walking bus and take note of occasions when the church is using the church car park. Particular dates to note are the fourth Thursday of each month when â€śThursday at Twoâ€ť meets from 2pm to 4 pm. This caters for some 25 of our older members of the congregation, who may not be entirely aware of the needs of parents. The next one is April 26th.
In short, please continue to think carefully about the needs and safety of us all.
FINALLY â€“ SUMMER 2019 AND ON
As I write, on Thursday April 4th, I wonder what the new term will bring. I do hope that the weather is a little more moderate than last year! That may be in doubt as we have recently had the hottest February on record. When will world leaders come together to accept targets for reducing global warming so that our planet is available for our children and generations to come? I hope that you will all manage something of a break over the Easter period. I can reflect on yet another splendid year so far and can look forward to the varying events planned for that term, which I so much enjoy, especially the Patronal Festival lasting from June 25th to July 5th but with the main weekend of June 28th to 30th. Please keep these dates clear in your diaries and join the fun. Volunteers also are always needed, particularly in selling Programmes in advance and helping over the Weekend.
In September I said that this would probably be my last year as Chair of Governors. Thanks to those who approached me supportively over the last 2 terms to ask if this was true? As a result, and on reflection with my wonderful wife, Jenny, who has borne my foibles now for 50 years, I have decided to remain for a further year, if elected.Â Â Itâ€™s a wonderful school in which to be involved!
Chris Luck Chair of Governors
April 4th 2019