Annie Lennard Primary School

Governor News - Message from the Chair of Governors

Dear Parents/Carers,

Hope that you all had an enjoyable and relaxing half term break.

May I apologise for the lateness of this autumn term message. I had intended to write to you in September but competing demands prevented me from doing so. Better late than never.

As I am sure you all know the school had an Ofsted inspection on the 2nd and 3rd July. Like any school Annie Lennard is about serving its pupils and the community, more than it is about satisfying Ofsted. That said an inspection is a very important event in the life of a school because it is when it must demonstrate to an independent team of experts, whom in turn report to the public, that your children are receiving the standard of education and welfare that they deserve.

As always the wonderful pupils and staff at our school were brilliant throughout the process and the inspection team commented on this. The inspection report was published in September and we are officially a good school where to quote the report “leaders and staff put pupils at the heart of all they do”. “They ensure that pupils receive good-quality teaching and high levels of care, which enables them to make good progress”.  

I hope that you are as proud as the governors are of the school and as pleased as we are with this outcome. We were delighted that the report described our school’s curriculum as “broad and interesting”. It is so important to the governing body that the school provides a relevant, exciting and stimulating curriculum that is taught well to all the children.

There are still things we can do to improve the school further and we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels. It is clear however that we are on the right track and that if we all work together then Annie Lennard will only go from strength to strength.

So what is next for the Governing Body? I am pleased to report that we have recruited some new members who are going to bring both their valuable skills and their own perspective to our work. We will shortly be conducting an election for a new parent governor so please look out for information on how you can get involved and cast your vote.  We have also re-instated our outcomes committee for this year to enable us to focus better on whether improvement actions are making the intended difference to the children’s learning and progress. 

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work of the Governing Body then please do not hesitate to leave a message for me via Mrs Crozier and I will respond as soon as I can.

A few words on attendance, which, as I have said in previous messages, is so important in ensuring that your children learn and achieve to the best of their potential.  It is very important that the children are in school every day. If your child is ill and will not be in school, please ring to let us know. If we haven’t heard from you then we will give you a call to find out why your child is absent.

I’ll finish this message by mentioning a wonderful morning that I spent in the school last month attending a story telling session with the pupils in early years and their parents. The session was built around a story telling activity that both the nursery and reception children engaged in with such enthusiasm, before spending time with their parents being read to and having fun with books. It was brilliant to see – the enjoyment of reading. The enjoyment of reading unlocks so many other learning opportunities, that’s why it is so important to get and keep children reading. Reading aloud allows children to simply enjoy a story and it was a delight to see parents reading to their children, just letting them listen and also encouraging them to follow along as they read. It really doesn’t matter; as long as you and your child are having fun with books then you are genuinely making the world a better place for them. As J. K. Rowling, who I know is one of Mrs Crozier’s favourite writers, once said “Wherever I am, if I've got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy”.  

I look forward to attending more story telling sessions at Annie Lennard.

Have a great second half of term. It will soon be Christmas!


Best wishes

Steve Edmonds

Chair of the Governing Body