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Governor end of year Blog

Date: 23rd Jul 2018 @ 8:56am

Well, it truly has been another very busy and successful year for Ashton Hayes Primary school. It is that time of year when we wish our current Year 6 success and happiness as they embark on the next stage of their education. We are proud of their achievements and know that they have a good foundation on which to build, grow and succeed.

Children across the school have had many exciting experiences throughout the year shared through letters home and social media. Not least is the implementation of Forest School, and the reinstating of the school pond, alongside the development of a school garden and provision of the daily mile track, all of which are enriching the learning opportunities for the children. These are only a few examples of the achievements this year which have been a huge success not just as the result of new resources but also through the support of the staff, PTFA, parents and friends of the school. Thank you to all, for your commitment and support.  

Governors have been actively involved in school life, accompanying pupils and staff on residential visits, day visits, and other school events. The role of a Governor is strategic and we are very involved in planning for the continued success of our school. They have also carried out their individual roles as link governors which assists them in monitoring their area of responsibility to ensure the school continues to strive for improvement. The leadership team in school are the day to day managers and report back to the Governors at their termly meetings.

As a Governing Body, we would especially like to thank all staff for their total commitment to the school, giving their time above and beyond the school day to provide opportunities for pupils which enhance their learning as well as their personal, social and emotional development. We are most fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and ambitious teaching and learning team who provide a quality education for our pupils. 

This year there have been several changes to our governing body. Pauline Tilley who has been a governor for 26 years and served as Chairman for 20 years has stepped down after outstanding service to the school. Two parent governors Matt Wardle and Ed Whelan, and a community governor Gavin Conery have also stepped down due to their own work commitments. We are very grateful to them all for their support and contribution over the past years and wish them well for the future. We welcome two new parent governors Tracy Snell and Howard Deighton alongside our new community governor Christian Lindley all three bring knowledge, skills and experiences which will be most valuable.

I am stepping down from the Chair at the end of this academic year. It is a privilege to serve as a school governor and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and especially for the partnership which has developed across all parties who work tirelessly for the good of the school community.  I am delighted that Sharon Varey is taking over as Chair of Governors role and that Ann Lowry will continue as Vice Chair. I would like to wish them all the very best for their term of office.

Finally, on behalf of the Governors I extend our thanks to all staff and children, especially those leaving us. We hope they take many achievements and happy memories with them and wish them success in their future.

Have a wonderful, safe break, may this lovely weather continue for the summer holidays, and we look forward to seeing you in September.

Margaret Papworth July 2018

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