Governor Newsletter (October 2016)
Welcome to the new 2016-2017 school year! As you are no doubt aware there have been many changes at Winkfield St Mary’s recently, so we thought a brief summary of these changes and our current focus would be timely.
Firstly, the Governors would like to welcome our new head teacher, Julia Evans, to the school. It seems so long ago since we had our own head, however with Miss Evans now in post we feel we can really move forward with plans to improve the school and deliver the quality of education that the children deserve. We would also like to express our thanks to the executive head teachers Mrs Forrester and Mrs Bates for their support and guidance over the last year, we very much appreciate their time, dedication and expertise during a busy year.
We are extremely pleased to welcome a number of new members of staff to the school. In times where one only has to read the papers or watch the news to hear the difficulties schools have in recruiting teaching staff, it is extremely encouraging and says a lot about the attraction of Winkfield St Marys that we have been able to fill all the teaching spaces created as a result of staff departures. The Governors would also like to thank the outgoing members of staff for their dedication and tireless service to the school. Collectively Mrs Paramour, Miss Hull, Mrs Lammin and Miss Jenkins had over 30 years of combined teaching time at this school which again speaks volumes about the sense of community that is created that enables teachers to remain here for such long periods of time.
There are also been some changes to the Governing Body, with long standing members stepping down and roles changing. We would like to recognise and thank the work of Malcolm Viner, Sue Barber, Anne-Marie Edwards, Sarah Edwards and Natalie Stock, who gave their time freely and contributed positively to the work of the Governing Body. We would also like to thank Jan Sumner, who after several years as Chair of Governors has stepped down and taken the role of Vice Chair. The need to remain adaptable to change and ready for new challenges is something the school looks to instil in the pupils, so it is only right that that the Governors should do this too. For more information on the Governors and what we do, please see the Governors pages of the school website www.wsmschool.org
With so many changes there are now two positions available for parent Governors to join the Governing Body. More information will be coming out soon regarding this, but in the mean-time please take time to consider this extremely rewarding voluntary role. There is a wealth of information on the web, please go to http://www.nga.org.uk/Be-a-Governor.aspx for more details or feel free to speak to existing members of the Governing body.
Over the coming weeks Miss Evans will be providing more details on plans for the school site development. Currently the Governors’ main activity is to support and challenge the new Head Teacher in establishing the plans and processes to ensure continuous improvement in outcomes for pupils and the whole school environment. Combined with the continued support of the school leadership team, Parents, Diocese and Local Authority we feel excited and positive about the year ahead and look forward to working together to make this the best possible environment for the pupils to thrive and learn.