Chair’s Blog October 2017
October was the first open Governor’s Meeting and we were delighted to have two parents, Steve and Mark attend the meeting. We also welcomed Stephen Epps, as one of our new parent Governors.
As many of you will now be aware, Mr. Caddy is currently off sick and so was not present at the meeting. Since the full Governing Body meeting, The Governing Body has secured the services of Mrs. Karen Strachan to act as temporary head until such time as Mr. Caddy is well enough to return to work. Mrs. Strachan is a very experienced deputy head at Kingskerswell school and will be joining us from Monday 6th November. I am sure you will all want to join with me in wishing her a very sincere welcome to the school.
This month, the Governors reviewed our Behaviour Principle statement, the Positive Behaviour Policy, Child Protection and Pupil Restraint Policy. Ratification of the Homework Policy and Health and Safety Policy were deferred to the meeting in November. We delegated Sex and Relationships and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) to the Teaching and Learning Sub-Committee. The Pay Policy was delegated to the Finance, Resources and Pay Committee. All these policies will be made available on our web site.
The Governors also reviewed the Capability, Grievance, Employee Code of Conduct and Disciplinary policies. As these are internal management policies, they are not on the website but have been through consultation with Unions and DCC.
Governors reviewed and ratified two of the governor related policies, Governor Allowances and the Governors Code of Conduct Policy.
Should parents require printed copies of policies please contact Mrs. Johnson.
Dates have been set for the Teaching & Learning and Finance sub-committees.
These sub-committees are currently not open to parents.
I am shortly flying off to Australia to visit my daughter and her family. Mr. Spencer-Small, the vice-chair of the Governing Body, will be holding the fort till I return in mid-January. So, I would like to wish all staff, pupils and parents a very Happy Christmas and Joyful New Year. I will see you all in 2018!
Vivienne Thorn ( Chair of Governors)