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Governors Blog 5 (November 2019)

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Governors Blog 5 (November 2019)
by Abercarn Admin - Friday, 22 November 2019, 2:16 PM

The Governors of Abercarn Primary School believe termly updates are beneficial so that parents are updated about what has been discussed and agreed at Governing Body meetings. The first Governors Blog was extremely well received and so Governors will build on this throughout the year.

The first meeting of the academic year was the AGM (October 2019). At this meeting the Chair (and other roles) was elected. At the first meeting of the year, Governors received and discussed the final copy of the School Development Plan, most up to date Self Evaluation Report, approved end of phase targets, local targets and attendance targets. Governors also analysed end of phase data to identify trends, progress and possible areas for development. 

For the academic year 2019-2020, the Governors are:


The Chair of Governors remains as Allan Raybould. Allan is retired and has substantial experience of education having been an extremely successful Secondary School Headteacher at a local school. Allan contributes extensively to our school and challenges / supports the Headteacher effectively.

Vice Chairperson

Our Vice Chair of Governors remains as Rhona Fry. Rhona is a very experienced Governor and makes valuable contributions to the life and work of the school. Rhona is a Community Governor although many of you will know Rhona as a parent of two children here at Abercarn Primary. Rhona can be regularly seen around school.

Community Governor

Debbie Thomas is a co-opted Community Governor. Many parents will know Deb from working as a hairdresser in our local community and will see Deb most days around school dropping off and collecting her two children. Deb is well known in the community and will offer valuable contributions to our Governing Body. 

Parent Governors

Our Parent Governors are elected by parents. We have four Parent Governors: Rachel Beddoe, Dave Matthews, Emma Richards and Dawn Ashley. Each bring valuable skills and experiences to the Governing Body and represent parents extremely well.

Local Authority Governors

We have three Local Authority Governors who many of you will know. Cllr. Andrew Whitcombe, Cllr Denver Preece and Sarah Llewellyn. Both councillors are well known within our community and Sarah is a PE Teacher at a local Secondary School.

Staff and Teacher Governors

The staff of Abercarn Priamry are also represented on the Governing Body. Aimee Harry is the Teacher Governor and Luke Greenslade is the Staff Governor. Both Aimee and Luke are extremely experienced members of staff and contribute effectively to the Governing Body.

Finally, there is me as Headteacher. As Headteacher I am what is known as an “ex officio” Governor. I can decide to be a Governor or not – I have decided to be a Governor.

Some items Governors discussed at the meeting in November 2019:

·      Governors met with staff from 3.30pm to 4.15pm. Governors met with both their class link and AOLE (Area of Learning and Experience) link. This was an opportunity for Governors to find out a little more about Curriculum 2022 developments, the progress of pupils and day to day routines in class. It was also an opportunity for Governors to ask questions and deepen their understanding in order to be able to challenge the school effectively and ensure the good progress of all pupils. Both staff and Governors gained a lot from the meetings and more will be planned throughout the academic year.

·      The meeting started with the usual order of business – receiving apologies (3 apologies), providing consent for absence, considering any vacancies including Committee vacancies. Currently there are no vacancies on the Governing Body.

·      Governors received the written Headteachers Report to the Governors. Headteachers Reports are provided up to two weeks in advance of the meeting in order for Governors to scrutinise the report and be prepared to ask any questions.

·      The Headteacher presented his termly written report to the Governors. The Headteacher report covers many aspects:

Pupil Numbers and Exclusions

·      Pupil numbers remain good. The LA is no longer reducing the schools Admission Number. The Admission Number will remain at 34. Governors discussed the reasons in detail and were pleased to note the number will remain at 34. 

·      Governors acknowledged no exclusions have been made in Autumn Term 2019. .


·      Attendance for 2019-2020 was 94.35%. This is below the Welsh and Local Authority Target. Attendance from September 2019 to current date is 95.7%. This is positive although needs to be maintained. Governors fully support proactive actions regarding attendance and fully encourage persistent non-attenders being challenged and supported wherever possible through a range of agencies.

Additional Learning Needs

·      Governors acknowledged the number of pupils currently on the Additional Learning Needs register and were informed of the latest developments with ALN. Including the recent IDP meetings with parents.

·      Governors discussed the current devolved funding and support in place and acknowledged the number of pupils in receipt of additional hours.

Safeguarding and Looked After Children

·      Governors acknowledged the termly report presented concerning Safeguarding and LAC pupils.

Well Being and Pupil Voice

·      Governors were informed of discriminatory incidents, bullying, behaviour and complaints. Governors also received information regarding the work of the School Council and Eco Council including the upcoming peer observations to be undertaken by the Pupil Leadership Team.


·      Governors were informed about and discussed current staffing including the current staffing structure and possible staffing structure to be discussed over the forthcoming year in readiness for Curriculum 2022. Governors were also informed of progress with Performance Management.

School Development Plan and Self-Evaluation

·      Governors received a summary of the SDP and progress towards objectives including Self Evaluation progress and updates.

Teaching and Learning

·      Governors acknowledged the current standards in Teaching and Learning throughout the school.

·      Governors also received an update regarding processes and procedures for monitoring teaching and learning and what activities have been undertaken by school so far this year.

School Standards, Systems and Processes

·      Information received regarding tracking systems, mdoeration, assessment and standards. A summary of standards for 2018-2019 provided including performance of vulnerable groups.

National Categorisation

·      Categorisation process undertaken by Challenge Advisor. Categorisation is confidential until national verification is undertaken in January 2019.

Finance and Grants

·      Governors acknowledged the stable budget moving forward. The finance committee will meet at end of November for detailed analysis of budget. Governors acknowledged the grant expenditure and RAG rating and current impact.

·      All EIG, PDG, Professional Learning Grants approved and committed.

·      Governors acknowledged the school fund balance.

Health and Safety

·      Governors received an update on all Health and Safety aspects

·      Resurfacing works undertaken and a range of upgrades will be undertaken by the Local Authority. Governors were pleased to note the progress made on Health and Safety.

Curriculum and Targets

·      Governors acknowledged and discussed end of Phase outcomes / levels for Year 2 and Year 6.

·      Governors received up to date information regarding Curriculum 2022.

Annual Report to Parents

·      The Annual Report to Parents was agreed and approved for publication on our website.

Policies including Uniform Policy that complies with the latest Welsh Government circular.

The Policy Committee recommended several policy for approval. The policies were unanimously approved.

** Governors provided a range of challenge and questions throughout the Headteachers Report presentation.

Governors thanked all staff and pupils for their hard work.

Confirmed minutes and matters arising

Governors confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting and discussed any matters arising.

Future meeting

·   The next meeting will be Thursday 6th February 2020

Look out for the next Governors Blog in February 2020