Lanner School key Governor Issues

 

Lanner School Key Governor Issues

Chairman’s Report February 2018

 The school has continued to present significant issues for the governors to address in their efforts to make the school the best possible place for the children and staff. I have spent most of my life in schools as either a student, teacher or governor and in all this time I have never witnessed as much happen in one school in such a short time, just two and half years. The greatest change has been the fact that the school is no longer a Local Education Authority School as it became a member of the Crofty Multi Academy Trust (MAT) on December 1st 2017. This will lead to significant changes in the way the school is run and managed. The school is now governed by The Trust and the governors will now serve on a Local Governing Body (LGB). In the short time I have been at Lanner I have grown to love the school and I congratulate everyone who has helped make it such a special place. I know the governors will continue to do their very best for the school. The school has left the Redruth Learning Trust to join Crofty but still maintains close links with the group and especially with Redruth School. Mr Craig Martin, the Head at Redruth, is an Associate Governor in our school.

Mrs Haddy, our Headteacher, left the school at the end of October 2017 and Mrs Tamsin Pulley was appointed as an Acting Headteacher. We also had to make several staff redundancies to try to address the fact that the school’s budget has not been enough to cover the needs of our children. Funding in Cornish schools is a major issue and national fairness in budget allocation is something that is desperately needed. I am amazed at the resilience of the staff and the hard work that they do, despite the cuts, to make Lanner School a very special place.

The school could possibly face a visit from Ofsted in the near future and the Crofty MAT is providing a great deal of support to the school in order to drive up the standards. The school has made progress in certain areas since the last inspection and those that were cited for improvement are being addressed. One of this year’s prime foci will be on mathematics as we need to ensure that the children in all Year Groups make the progress they should in this very important area of the curriculum. The school has a broad and balance curriculum but we need to ensure that results in Key Stage 2 Tests (SATs) are raised as these results are used as an indicator of the school’s provision. A further area to be addressed is the development of our pupil premium children (disadvantaged pupils) using the additional funding allocated for this purpose.

As I have already stated finance continues to be a problem for the school. We will continue to ensure that the budget available will be used to the best effect to raise academic standards and to ensure the well- being of everyone involved in our school. 

The Governing Body continues to develop the very important role of overseeing the delivery of health and safety, the curriculum and for building works. These are the areas where the Crofty MAT could greatly benefit the school. The ramp to the Junior Playground has been completed and there have been major works on the school’s fabric.   The problems with the school roof and hall floor have at last been addressed. The whole school was also rewired over the last summer holiday break. (None of the money used for these works came from the school’s delegated budget.)

The school cannot run successfully unless we all work together. The staff and governors want to make our school an outstanding one. If you are interested in helping us achieve this goal please contact a member of staff in the office who will be able to direct you to the appropriate person. The Friends of Lanner School are always looking to increase their ranks!

School Improvement Document 2017 – 2018 Key Issues:

  • Review and revise teaching, learning and assessment strategies used by teachers to ensure high quality provision for all pupils
  • Review and revise teaching, learning and assessment in reading
  • Review and revise teaching, learning and assessment to improve outcomes in mathematics
  • Improve Behaviour for Learning across the school

 

Work is already underway on these priorities and a very thorough Action Plan has been put into place to address these key issues.

 

I know that there will be many changes in the school in this Academic year as the school faces the challenges presented to raise standards. This will probably be the last time I write this report for the governors. My hope is that the school will continue to be a place where the children make the most of enjoy the education opportunities provided so that when they leave our school they will be able to say ‘I loved my time at Lanner School’!

 

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”  Mark Twain (whose family originally came from Looe)

 

Lanner School Key Governor Issues

Chairman’s Report February 2018

 The school has continued to present significant issues for the governors to address in their efforts to make the school the best possible place for the children and staff. I have spent most of my life in schools as either a student, teacher or governor and in all this time I have never witnessed as much happen in one school in such a short time, just two and half years. The greatest change has been the fact that the school is no longer a Local Education Authority School as it became a member of the Crofty Multi Academy Trust (MAT) on December 1st 2017. This will lead to significant changes in the way the school is run and managed. The school is now governed by The Trust and the governors will now serve on a Local Governing Body (LGB). In the short time I have been at Lanner I have grown to love the school and I congratulate everyone who has helped make it such a special place. I know the governors will continue to do their very best for the school. The school has left the Redruth Learning Trust to join Crofty but still maintains close links with the group and especially with Redruth School. Mr Craig Martin, the Head at Redruth, is an Associate Governor in our school.

Mrs Haddy, our Headteacher, left the school at the end of October 2017 and Mrs Tamsin Pulley was appointed as an Acting Headteacher. We also had to make several staff redundancies to try to address the fact that the school’s budget has not been enough to cover the needs of our children. Funding in Cornish schools is a major issue and national fairness in budget allocation is something that is desperately needed. I am amazed at the resilience of the staff and the hard work that they do, despite the cuts, to make Lanner School a very special place.

The school could possibly face a visit from Ofsted in the near future and the Crofty MAT is providing a great deal of support to the school in order to drive up the standards. The school has made progress in certain areas since the last inspection and those that were cited for improvement are being addressed. One of this year’s prime foci will be on mathematics as we need to ensure that the children in all Year Groups make the progress they should in this very important area of the curriculum. The school has a broad and balance curriculum but we need to ensure that results in Key Stage 2 Tests (SATs) are raised as these results are used as an indicator of the school’s provision. A further area to be addressed is the development of our pupil premium children (disadvantaged pupils) using the additional funding allocated for this purpose.

As I have already stated finance continues to be a problem for the school. We will continue to ensure that the budget available will be used to the best effect to raise academic standards and to ensure the well- being of everyone involved in our school. 

The Governing Body continues to develop the very important role of overseeing the delivery of health and safety, the curriculum and for building works. These are the areas where the Crofty MAT could greatly benefit the school. The ramp to the Junior Playground has been completed and there have been major works on the school’s fabric.   The problems with the school roof and hall floor have at last been addressed. The whole school was also rewired over the last summer holiday break. (None of the money used for these works came from the school’s delegated budget.)

The school cannot run successfully unless we all work together. The staff and governors want to make our school an outstanding one. If you are interested in helping us achieve this goal please contact a member of staff in the office who will be able to direct you to the appropriate person. The Friends of Lanner School are always looking to increase their ranks!

School Improvement Document 2017 – 2018 Key Issues:

  • Review and revise teaching, learning and assessment strategies used by teachers to ensure high quality provision for all pupils
  • Review and revise teaching, learning and assessment in reading
  • Review and revise teaching, learning and assessment to improve outcomes in mathematics
  • Improve Behaviour for Learning across the school

 

Work is already underway on these priorities and a very thorough Action Plan has been put into place to address these key issues.

 

I know that there will be many changes in the school in this Academic year as the school faces the challenges presented to raise standards. This will probably be the last time I write this report for the governors. My hope is that the school will continue to be a place where the children make the most of enjoy the education opportunities provided so that when they leave our school they will be able to say ‘I loved my time at Lanner School’!

 

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”  Mark Twain (whose family originally came from Looe)