Governor Newsletters

 

Summer 2018

The Governing Board would like to thank all respondents who took the time to complete our recent survey with a response rate of over 48% (116 responses). We have looked in detail at your comments in all committee meetings and the Senior Leadership Team is actively considering your feedback.  We have paid careful attention to the feedback we received and, in the interests of transparency all comments received can be viewed on the Elangeni School website by following this link [http://www.elangeni.bucks.sch.uk/our-school/governors/annual-parents-survey-2018]. A summary of responses is shown below as a percentage of the total respondents. 81.5% of respondents said they would recommend the school to another parent.

 

 

Strongly Agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

1

My child is happy at this school

37

58

4

1

 

2

My child feels safe at this school

47

48

4

 

1

3

My child makes good progress at this school

13

57

14

2

14

4

My child is well looked after at this school

38

52

6

1

3

5

My child is taught well at this school

18

57

12

1

12

6

My child receives appropriate homework for their age

7

56

29

3

5

7

The school makes sure its pupils are well behaved

30

53

7

2

8

8

The school deals with bullying effectively

13

30

8

3

46

9

This school is well led and managed

22

41

12

7

18

10

The school responds well to any concerns I raise

18

41

11

3

27

11

I receive valuable information about my child’s progress

11

48

29

12

0

We all work hard to support the school and the positive comments about the school and staff have been very much appreciated.  Results have been shared with all staff. All at Elangeni strive to constantly improve and will take action where necessary when it is in the best interests of all our children. It was pleasing to read that some of you do recognise that this is the case. There are clearly areas for us to focus on which we have listed below. 

Pupil Progress Reporting and Feedback

Assessment feedback has proved more challenging since the government removed nationally recognised standards. The school is working within the recommendations but no longer has a current national comparison to benchmark against. All schools have had to develop their own assessment system with no specific guidance from government.

Clearly some parents do not feel they get sufficient information from parents’ meetings, interventions or consultation events. The school is considering these concerns and may ask for further information to clarify your expectations.

The school remains committed to driving up educational progress for each and every child. Pupil progress is monitored in a range of ways by your child’s teacher, Senior Leaders and by the Head Teacher who regularly review all progress, with the aim of ensuring that every child’s potential is maximised.

Homework

As always, we received various comments regarding the amount and nature of homework set and this continues to be a contentious issue.

The Senior Leadership Team will be reviewing homework later this term with a view to rolling out some changes in September. We would however remind our parents that the school is unable to set Secondary Transfer Test style homework tasks as Local Authority schools are forbidden to ‘prepare’ children for this selection test.  Elangeni offers a broad and balanced curriculum and avoids teaching to tests. This is something that some of you have mentioned and appreciate as removing some of the pressure from the children which is sadly ever more present in the current environment.

Staff Retention

The staff and governors appreciate and share your frustrations regarding staff retention. It may interest parents to know that our current cohort of teachers have been at Elangeni between 1 and 16 years with an average of 8.5 years for those staff who were with us before September.  Our support staff are also a well-established group with between 4 and 15 years’ experience at Elangeni.

Governors and Senior Leaders are conscious of the need to attract and retain high quality staff in a very competitive market and are actively looking at ways to achieve this in a challenging environment. In a recent staff survey all staff agreed that they were proud to be staff members at the school and worked well together as a team.

Sports

Whilst it would be lovely for your children to participate in sports more often, the increasing demands of a broad and balanced curriculum do not give us unlimited time to pursue this.

The school does however offer a wealth of sporting opportunities both competitive and inclusive. All pupils have attended a range of sports festivals including Frisbee, dodgeball, tennis, football, tri-golf etc.

The school fulfils the statutory requirements and there is a Sports Week planned later this term (Summer 18)

GDPR

No doubt you will all be aware of the recent changes to the data protection regulations. Please be assured that we take the protection of your personal data very seriously and Mrs Prescott-Pounds has been working very hard behind the scenes to ensure that we are fully compliant with the new rules. We have also nominated a member of the governing board to take on the role of GDPR governor.

Co-opted Governor Vacancies

There is currently a vacancy for a co-opted governor to join the Governing Board team. We also have several long-serving governors whose term of office is due to come to an end very soon. Whilst these vacancies are for co-opted governors it does not preclude members of the parent body. It simply means that they would not be elected by the parent body but appointed at the discretion of the governing board having assessed the suitability of the candidate. Being a governor can be a rewarding experience but to fulfill the role effectively it does require a certain amount of time commitment for daytime and evening meetings and a willingness to engage in a structured training programme. If you are interested in hearing more, please contact the school office. We would love to hear from you and one of our current parent governors will gladly give you a better insight into what is required.

We thank you for your continuing support which is invaluable.

Elangeni Governors