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Governors Blog 3 (March 2019)

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Governors Blog 3 (March 2019)
by Abercarn Primary - Saturday, 9 November 2019, 10:57 PM

The Governors of Abercarn Primary School believe termly updates are beneficial so that you 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.


Reminders about who your Governors are:



The Chair of Governors is 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 is 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

Governors welcomed Debbie Thomas as our new 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 Primary 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 things that Governors discussed at the meeting in February 2019:


New Governor

Governors welcomed Debbie Thomas as our new Co-opted Community Governor. Debbie is well known and liked within the community and will offer valuable contributions.


Additional Learning Needs

Governors discussed school and Local Authority provision for pupils with additional learning needs at great length during the meeting and supported the Headteacher with a way forward.


Termly Headteachers Report to the Governors

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

·      Pupil Numbers and Exclusions

·      Attendance

·      Additional Learning Needs

·      Safeguarding and Looked After Children

·      Well Being and Pupil Voice

·      E-Safety and GDPR

·      Teaching and Learning

·      School organisation

·      Staffing School Development Plan

·      Finance and Grants

·      Health and Safety

·      Curriculum and Targets

·      Local and National initiatives


Confirmed minutes and matters arising

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


Current staff vacancy

Governors discussed the current staff vacancy and agreed the interview process for beginning of May 2019.


Look out for the next Governors Blog towards the end of May 2019.