Annie Lennard Primary School

Governor News - Message from the Chair of Governors

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Chair of the Governing Body elected in September to serve a one year term. I have taken on the role from Sharon Hale who as you know has given great support to the School.   We are fortunate that Sharon is remaining on the Governing Body this year.

I have been a governor at Annie Lennard since April 2017 and I consider myself privileged to be involved in such a brilliant School with great staff and above all the most wonderful pupils, who we are very proud of.

Like you we want your children to be safe, happy and have the best possible start so that they develop the wherewithal to live a fulfilling life and are able to contribute to the world around them.  As a Governing Body our job is to support and challenge the staff to provide the stimulating environment, broad and balanced curriculum we are seeking, as well as continually raising standards. It’s also our job to ensure that the money that the School receives is well spent and makes a difference.    

Last term, as well as undertaking the routine business, governors were busy carrying out a number of monitoring visits to School. We spent time with the Maths co-ordinator reviewing the Maths Action Plan, saw guided reading in action, looked closely at the progress made by our pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the support given to develop the language skills of our Early Years pupils. One of us even sampled the new school meal menu.       

Although it is not our job to manage the School day to day, it’s really important that we stay in touch and see for ourselves how our plans are being implemented.  One of the tasks I have set myself for this term is to be visible at School events that parents attend so that I can get to know and hear first-hand from you about your experience of Annie Lennard. I am also keen to a meet with more of the pupils and attend a meeting of the School Council.

Making Annie Lennard the best it can be really is a team effort and we can’t do it without your support. This is especially true when it comes to attendance and I am pleased to say that last term our overall attendance figure increased to 96.4%.  Thanks to all of you that have supported our drive to improve attendance.  We appreciate that it isn’t possible to achieve 100% attendance throughout the year because everyone gets ill from time to time. However, it is possible to reduce the level of both persistent absence and unauthorised absence due to pupils taking holidays in term time, which really does have an impact on their learning. Even the very best teachers struggle to raise standards of children who are not in school regularly so let’s make every day of education count.       

2018 was a good year for Annie Lennard as standards continued to rise. We are on track for an even better 2019 and I look forward to writing to you again soon to update you on progress.

Best wishes


Steve Edmonds

Chair of the Governing Body.