Mrs Julie Columbine Corlett Chair of Governors
Date: 12th May 2016 @ 2:26pm
Now that Easter has been and gone and we are charging through the summer term, it’s hard to believe that it is a year since we first welcomed Mrs Ross into school to meet the children and staff and to start the leadership transition. Much has happened since then and with changes to the curriculum, changes to how assessments are carried out, relentless scrutiny of how these changes are being effected and what impact this has on our children, it is fair to say that the pace of activity at Hermitage is far from pedestrian.
It is clear that my first term as Chair, along with Cathie Osborne as Vice-Chair, is likely to be a busy one. Activity during summer is always slightly more frenetic; along with all the extra-curricular activities which are so much a feature of Hermitage, the building work is also moving apace and as ever, our Years 2 and 6 have been working hard on their SATs. It may be a while yet before we see Miss Wilson and Miss Whittingham looking carefree and relaxed (for that brief respite before the summer production gets underway!).
The scope and scale of activity currently underway at Hermitage is remarkable, as is the knowledge, experience and work ethic of our teaching staff. The wider political context within which we operate creates an environment in which targets and expectations can shift rapidly but as a school we continue to remain focused and resolute in our drive to set high standards for teaching and learning and raise outcomes for all our pupils.
The recent changes to our Governing Body also mean that we now have a Parent Governor vacancy and a letter will be sent out shortly. Support from parents is key to the success of Hermitage Primary School and I would encourage any of you who can spare some time to come forward to talk to me, Mrs Ross or any of the governors about what the role entails.
Communication and parental engagement in general is really important as we go through the school year and we welcome the input of all parents, formally or informally. In addition to the open-door policy of the staff, it is also our intention to create a governor/staff panel to provide an opportunity for parents and carers to contribute views on whole-school issues and policies. If you would like to submit comments or questions then please either send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively please feel free to speak to any of us directly. It is only with a shared understanding that can we continue to meet shared expectations.
All constructive comments and feedback will be appreciated, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. It is fair to say that we often hear lovely, positive things said about our staff in passing but I can’t tell you how much it is appreciated when those comments are passed on or better still, are made directly to the staff concerned, so please contribute your thoughts.
The busy school schedule in the coming weeks and months, along with all the events provided by our fantastically hard-working PTFA, will hopefully provide lots of opportunities to take part in school activities and generally enjoy another summer of our children’s lives. Until then, I hope you all enjoy the sunshine - just make sure you do it quickly in case summer doesn’t stick around for much longer!
Julie Columbine Corlett
Chair of Governors