Governors’ Annual Statement – Autumn 2021
2021 has been a challenging, but also a highly positive year for St Augustine’s.
In spite of going into lockdown at the very start of the Spring term in January, the school continued to provide high quality teaching to pupils, whilst ensuring that their learning environment was as safe as possible. The Headteacher and teaching staff demonstrated high levels of preparation, commitment and teamwork, and rose to the challenge of offering students and parents a stable and consistent educational environment, when events outside of school will undoubtedly have been unsettling to many. During lockdown, the school’s caring attitude towards all pupils shone through.
Mr Brunt has instigated a number of positive changes throughout the course of the year. The school now places greater emphasis on providing a breadth of educational experiences for pupils, and focuses on developing students’ confidence across a wide range of subjects. The introduction and development of Forest School has been impressive, and has proved popular with students of all ages, and I have enjoyed discussing approaches to subjects such as History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages with the teaching staff.
At the same time as embedding the wider curriculum, the school has continued to deliver strong results in core subjects, successfully integrating Maths and English teaching to other subjects, and introducing stimulating topics to engage students throughout the year. The new book bus has helped encourage pupils to read more, and strong year 6 outcomes were the result of careful preparation and hard work throughout the year.
2021 has also been a year of positive change for the governing body. After some changes at the end of last year, which included the sad passing of Father Bill Gammon, we have recruited a number of energetic, committed governors who remain committed to supporting St Augustine’s in every aspect of school life.
James Fordham, Chair of Governors (at the time – since replaced by Peter Ananicz Jan 2022)
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Our School Governors
As a Church of England Voluntary Aided (VA) Junior School the governors are the schools employers and not the Local Authority. The governors are a critical friend and provide challenge and strategic direction to the school. They meet at school at least once in each term when the Headteacher reports on past activities and future programmes. Matters relating to health, welfare and safety and to the efficient running and upkeep of the school are dealt with and general school policies and finances are discussed, agreed and planned.
In the section ‘Our School’, you will see our Governors in the ‘Meet the Team’ section. Each Governor has shared with you his or her background and years of commitment shown to the school.
Governing Body Code of Conduct
The link below will take you through to the Code of Conduct which is adhered to by all Governors and reviewed and ratified every two years.
If you require any information relating to Governors – please contact the school office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01733 563566.