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Governors’ News : December 2014

This term has seen the appointment of a new Chairman of the Governing Body and vice Chairman following the retirement of Harry James after 12 years as Chair. Gerry Stride was unanimously voted in as Chair, having served as a governor at Holy Trinity Primary School for 11 years.  Gerry is a retired primary school teacher with over 30 years’ experience of the state and independent sector and attends Holy Trinity church in Barnes.  She is well known to pupils and staff at HT as she plays the piano for weekly assemblies, as well as being the Link governor for Literacy, Music and RE so is a familiar face in the classrooms too.  As Chair, Gerry is committed to “ensure that Holy Trinity School never loses its heart of compassion and friendship and where each person is valued and supported.” Michele Marcus was voted in as vice Chair, after 6 years serving as a Foundation Governor, appointed by Holy Trinity church, Richmond.  With a background in PR, communication and media, Michele is well known among the year 6 pupils as she oversees the production of the school newspaper, Kingfisher Frenzy.  She is also the Link governor for Humanities.

 

What does it mean to be a school governor?

This term governors have signed a new Code of Conduct which clearly sets out the expectations and commitment required in order to carry out our responsibilities effectively.  School governance has become a hot topic in the press recently so schools are being encouraged to make sure that governors are fully on board with these undertakings. The 3 core functions of school governance are to establish strategic direction, ensure accountability and ensure financial probity. Each Holy Trinity governor has personally signed the Code of Conduct which includes their agreement to uphold the 7 principles of public life: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership. As well as attending two full governing body meetings per term, our governors, who are all unpaid volunteers, sit on a number of sub-committees such as finance, curriculum and standards and personnel that provide the overview to manage a school professionally.  Governors also have a Link role where they are paired with a subject coordinator, such as Languages or Numeracy, or a key area such as SEN or Early Years.  They meet termly with their counterpart to make classroom visits, informal lesson observations, look at pupils’ work books and review annual action plans.

 

Is Holy Trinity’s governance any better than others?

As in all that Holy Trinity School does, our governors strive for excellence and to be the best we possibly can be to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils.  We were therefore delighted recently to be awarded the Governor Mark by the National Governors’ Association which shows that our governance has met an independently judged quality standard of leadership and management and demonstrates sustained excellence.  In order to achieve the award, we submitted reams of evidence from sub-committee minutes and reports, wrote detailed case studies and several governors were interviewed. Only two other schools in Richmond and Kingston local authorities have been awarded the Governor Mark.

Governors’ communication

 

Dear parents,

A meeting of the governing body took place on the 25th November, and this is a summary of the items that were discussed. Please remember that all governors’ minutes are held in the school office for you to view, and that parents can attend governors’ meetings as observers by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Data and performance

Data from a variety of legitimate sources verifies that Holy Trinity is a top performing school, with fully engaged and committed parents, staff and governors. Read more below….

An important role of the governing body is to ensure that the school is doing everything it can for every single pupil. In order to do that we regularly look at a wealth of data that it produced by the Department for Education, by external agencies (such as Fischer Family Trust), and by the school itself. This data not only gives us information about how well pupils are progressing in individual subjects such as English and Maths, it also breaks it down into groups such as, Key Stages (i.e. infants and juniors), boys & girls, ethnic groups, pupils for whom English is not their first language, pupils with special needs etc.; so that we can see if there are any groups that might need specific support.

All this data builds a profile of the school, and we can compare our school with other schools that have a very similar profile, as well as all schools nationally. For example, the DfE have produced a chart which compares our overall attainment with 124 other schools, spread over the country, that have a very similar profile to ours. It is extremely encouraging to note that in their chart we rank 10thout of 125.

We then use the data, as well as the professionalism contained within the school, to assess our performance and set targets for attainment and progress, as well as focusing on specific areas for improvement.

Governors have been trained how to monitor, analyse and interpret this data so that they can fulfil the important function of holding the school to account for performance, as well as testing targets to ensure that they are realistic as well as ambitious and that they cater for all groups of pupils in the school. We would like to acknowledge the tremendous work undertaken by our local authority link governor, Niki Crookdake, who is a statistics wizard and has worked tirelessly to ensure all governors have a good understanding of the data.

At our latest governing body meeting we considered the latest set of data. One of our sub-committees had already spent a long time analysing the figures and what they meant for the school. It always takes time for strategies to bed in and bear the fruit of results. Over the last three years we have begun to see the benefits of the approach the school has taken and of the hard work and dedication of staff.In the main subjects there is a national expected attainment level, which is high. Over the past three years our scores for the end of Key Stage 2 (i.e. those pupils reaching the expected level when they leave the school) in maths have been 100% (2011), 100% (2012) and 95% (2013) compared to the national average of 80%, 84% and 85%, and the Richmond average of 90%, 93% and 91%. In English (reading) our scores were 100%, 93% and 91% compared to the national average of 84%, 86% and 86%, and the Richmond average of 92%, 94% and 93%. In English (writing) we scored 90%, 87% and 91% compared to the national average of 75%, 81% and 83%, and the Richmond average of 86%, 90% and 90%. We should note that our 2013 class was quite small where one pupil equated to 5%.

A very important measure of the school is not just the attainment, but the progress that all pupils make while they are at the school. We are very proud of the fact that, over the past few years, we haveconsistently been the top performing school in Richmond.

However, it is important that we do not become complacent and there is always room for improvement. For example, we will be focusing on writing throughout the school because it is not as strong as other areas. We will also be looking at what we can do for our higher achieving pupils to ensure that they are challenged and stretched appropriately. We also make sure that all areas of the curriculum such as music, drama, sport & PE, history, art, geography, IT etc., are taught to the highest possible level. We monitor pupil progress on a regular basis and will continue to keep you updated throughout the year.

Academy status

It is the role of the governing body to look at the long term future of the school and make strategic decisions that will benefit the school.

There has been a lot of talk in education over the past few years about schools becoming academies. About 18 months ago the governing body discussed the issue and came to the conclusion that we didn’t have enough information to have an informed debate. Since then a number of schools have converted to academies (although a lot of them have been secondary schools), and there is a lot more information available; so governors have discussed the issue again.

Having looked at the process (it takes about five months, but longer including making the decision), we decided that, at the moment, we did not want anything to distract us from our goal of becoming an outstanding school. We could be inspected by Ofsted any time from the summer term of 2014 onwards. Once we have been inspected, we will consider the matter again. In the meantime, a small working group of governors will research the matter and present their finding to the full governing body.

If you would like to discuss any of the matters raised here you can make an appointment to talk to me through the school office, or you can contact me on 0208 876 9531 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harry James

Chair of Governors

Governors’ communication

 

Dear parents,

A full meeting of the Governing Body took place recently, and this is a summary of the items that were discussed. Please remember that all governors’ minutes are held in the school office for you to view, and that parents can attend governors’ meetings as observers by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Governors

Harry James was re-elected as Chair of Governors and Gerry Stride was re-elected as Vice Chair. The full list of governors (with their responsibilities), Foundation (i.e. church), parent and staff, is reproduced below. Please feel free to talk to any of them.

 

Governor Category Area of responsibility
Harry James (chair) Foundation Inclusion, sport, art & DT, target setting
Gerry Stride (vice chair) Foundation Literacy, race & equality, religious education
Morag Lucas Foundation Numeracy
Robert Hawker Parent Governors’ training, healthy schools, internationalisation inc modern foreign languages, ICT
Claude Scott Foundation Science
Marie Ashton Foundation parent Foundation stage
Tony Tresigne Parent ICT, sport
Michele Marcus Foundation Humanities
Penny Cox Head teacher Educational visits
Niki Crookdake Local Authority  
Rev Trevor Patterson Ex-officio  
Lee Jerwood Staff  
Alexandra Ridall Staff ICT
Lucy Ashby Deputy head teacher – associate member  

 

Success
The governing body congratulated all concerned with regard to successes for the school over the past year.

Holy Trinity achieved 100% (level 4 & above) in the SATs tests for both English and Maths. This is an excellent result and it is the first time in our history that we achieved 100% in both English and Maths. Not only were these brilliant scores, but we also had 100% of our children who made progress of two national curriculum levels from the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) to the end of Key stage 2 (year 6). This is probably even harder to achieve. To put this into context, Richmond primary schools have topped the league tables in England virtually every year since SATs results have been published and in Richmond, this year, we were one of only five schools to achieve the 100% progress score.

However, we are determined not to rest on our laurels, and our targets for the next few years are to maintain our 100% scores while increasing our number of very high achievers. This will be checked rigorously throughout the year to ensure we remain on target.

Our wonderful new school has also been nominated for a number of awards. We reached the final of `project of the year’ in the prestigious Construction Excellence awards, which was won by the Olympic Delivery Authority. We have also been nominated for the Civic Trust award, for sustainability, and for the Royal Institute of British Architects project of the year award. And an award we have won is the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools award, which is for our proactive approach to pupil participation.

Surveys
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the school surveys, they really are extremely valuable to us in letting us know how you feel overall and areas where you think we could do better. The response this year was very high and detailed analysis is still being carried out but, overwhelmingly you and your children are very happy at Holy Trinity.

Local authority inspection
We have recently undergone an intense inspection by the Local Authority. This is carried out by Local Authority inspectors aided by consultants, all of whom are very experienced inspectors. It is, in fact, like a mini Ofsted inspection (although they don’t give Ofsted gradings). We are still awaiting the full report but we have received initial feedback which says that the school is in an extremely strong position. We will incorporate any recommendations into our plans.

Other areas of discussion:

  • The governing body formally adopted a Code of Practice. This is something that all governors sign up to so that we ensure the highest levels of confidentiality (where necessary), transparency, commitment to the school, cabinet responsibility and maintenance of relationships.
  • It was noted that there was some considerable refurbishment work carried out to further enhance the school. This included;
    • a new gate and intercom (both to the office and the Kingfisher club) at the Upper Richmond Road entrance
    • that entrance was resurfaced and additional lighting has been installed
    • the Kingfisher club itself has been totally refurbished inside, the two rooms are now linked allowing extra space, there is a new play area outside with an all weather grass surface, the disabled and fire exits have been upgraded and they have a new oven and dishwasher
    • the office block has been rendered and painted so that it fits in with the hall and other buildings
    • extra CCTV has been installed
    • new adventure apparatus has been installed in the junior play area
    • a full, independent, fire inspection of all the new and refurbished buildings has been carried out and recommendations will be implemented
    • the school hall has undergone a deep clean to help with any possible allergies
    • solar panels have been installed on the hall roof which should help to keep down our energy bills.
    • work to be completed before next half term includes; the repair of drainage in the nursery and there will also be a fire drill with full evacuation of the school.
  • It is worth noting that all these improvements were planned and budgeted for. Over the past few years, because of some low pupil numbers, we have been very prudent in the planning of our budget and have always managed to submit a balanced and positive budget. As pupil numbers have risen we have been able to plan extra resources for the children and the school, however we continue to manage the budget very carefully so that we will continue to submit a positive budget.
  • It was noted that the attendance record for the year (September 2010 – July 2011) was 94.92%. We will continue to monitor this figure and aim to get it over 95%.
  • It was noted that on 6th September the school was visited by Lord True, Leader of the Council, Councillor Percival, strategic cabinet member for education, youth and children’s services and Nick Whitfield, director of education and children’s services. They spent some time at the school and were very impressed by the behaviour, creativity and commitment of the children and staff as well as the new buildings.
  • Governors have attended a number of training courses over the year to ensure that they have the knowledge and expertise to carry out their duties.

If you would like to discuss any of the matters raised here you can make an appointment to talk to me or you can contact me on 020 8876 9531 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harry James
Chair of Governors

H.T Newspaper

 

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of Kingfisher Frenzy!

 

We hope you enjoy the next edition of our school newspaper Kingfisher Frenzy which we’ve written for all the pupils, parents, teachers and governors at Holy Trinity School Richmond. We have great fun dreaming up all the ideas and writing the stories, we hope you have as much pleasure reading it.