Online Safety Day
On 6th February, I was invited by Mrs Burton to a special e-safety assembly for KS2 pupils. It was a pleasure to see the children come into the hall in a quiet and orderly way and settle down to hear what Mrs Burton had to say.
Equally impressive is the care and concern shown by all the staff in ensuring that the pupils in the school are fully aware of the benefits, but also the dangers of using the Internet. Given that no child under the age of 13 should have a social media account, it was surprising how many of them put up their hands when asked who had a Facebook, Instagram or similar account. Mrs Burton emphasised that the ‘stranger danger’ with which they are all familiar exists equally online. They were urged never to give their name, age, address or details of their school to anyone online, and most certainly never arrange to meet someone whom they have met through a chat room etc.
Similarly, they were warned that whatever they posted online would always be there – even if you think it has been deleted, it will make an indelible digital footprint, which could prove harmful to future career plans if it is offensive or contravenes the law. Before posting anything, they should imagine how they would feel if someone said anything unkind or hateful to them – “ if you wouldn’t like it yourself, then don’t say it about anyone else”.
Like ‘stranger-danger’ , bullying does not just exist in the real world but online, and increasingly cyber-bullying is subject to the same rules and laws which protect us all from harassment.
Above all, Mrs Burton emphasised that there is always someone to whom they can turn for advice, and if there is anything about which they feel unsure, unhappy or uncomfortable, they must tell someone – a parent or grandparent, an aunt or uncle, a friend, an older brother or sister, a teacher or any adult in school.
The assembly was followed up by a video in class about a child meeting someone online; I hope that this, together with the excellent assembly will provoke lively and open discussion in families and that all adults together, prepare our children to be safe and keep others safe in an increasingly digitised world.
As I’m sure you’re all now aware our school converted to an academy on 1st October and from now on will be known as Hatchell Wood Primary Academy. The decision to convert was not taken lightly by either the school governors or the senior staff and has involved lots of discussions and meetings in the preceding months. We decided to join the Rose Learning Trust as they have the same beliefs and ethos as our school and we are able to keep our individuality while having the support of other like-minded schools.
I know Mr Harris has sent out lots of information about what it means to be an academy but for you as parents and the children there will be very little noticeable difference. Within the management of the school we will continue to work towards excellence, ensuring that all children are given the best possible opportunities to grow and develop.
Welcome to Hatchell Wood Primary Academy
On behalf of the School’s Governing Body I would like to welcome any new families to our school. We hope you and your children will find the time they spend here both enjoyable and productive.
Listed below are the names of the members of the governing body and we can be contacted via the school office.
School governors come from all walks of life and give their time to the school voluntary. The one thing they have in common is that they are all enthusiastic about our school and the education of children.
Their role is to support the head teacher and staff in achieving the aims and objectives of the school. They also act as a ‘critical friend’ challenging and evaluating the progress the school is making towards its objectives.
In October 2014 Ofsted judged our school to be ‘Good’. This was achieved as a result of the staff, pupils and parents all working together and the Governors would like to thank parents and carers for their support.
Governors attend regular meetings and take part in training to acquire the skills to enable them to fulfil their role. From time to time we have vacancies on the board and if you feel this is something that may interest you please let us know.
Chair of Governors
Choir at Cantley Methodist Church – 8th March 2017
Still excited after their successful evening at Sheffield Arena, the school choir stepped out on a bright and sunny Monday morning to make their way to Cantley Methodist Church. Their superb singing, infectious enthusiasm and happy smiles bridged the age gap very successfully at the regular coffee morning. The medley of traditional folk songs saw many of the audience joining in with the familiar words and the choir’s final song, accompanied by signing was particularly well received. As always, our pupils’ behaviour was impeccable both on the way to and from the church, and while they were there. Thank you to the church for their hospitality and for the juice and biscuits.
Y6 Visit to London – 12th October 2016
What an exciting day! So many new experiences, so much to see, so much to learn! I was delighted when I was asked to join the Year 6 trip to the Palace of Westminster in London and, like the pupils, had been looking forward to it for weeks. From leaving school at 7 am to arriving back at 10 pm, the well organised day was full of interesting activities. We were so lucky to arrive at Buckingham Palace just as they were changing the guard, and saw at least three horse-drawn carriages bringing important visitors – to see the Queen, we imagine. And the crowds of tourists! Next time we see the palace on the news we’ll all be able to imagine standing in front of the gates among the throngs of visitors looking up at the famous balcony.
The highlight of the day for me was the visit to the Palace of Westminster and the chance to sit in the public gallery of the House of Commons and watch a live debate on Brexit; being at the centre of government was such an exciting and instructive experience for us all. We then went into a mock chamber and took part in an excellent inter-active session where we acted out a parliamentary election, from manifesto to new Prime Minister. The pupils approached the activity with interest and made thoughtful and constructive contributions to the proceedings – and they impressed the tutor by knowing the name of our MP.
It was a great pleasure to be with such enthusiastic, sensible and attentive children and my group of six looked after me very well; above all, it was a real privilege to be with such dedicated, caring and hard-working staff. Not only did they work very long hours on the day but had put in many hours of preparation beforehand to organise such a fulfilling and rewarding experience – and unlike me, they had to get up early the next day as well!
Our project to improve the Early Years outdoor area is now complete and there have been a number of changes during the year. The most noticeable is probably the sheds which now house the ‘collections’ received from the Early Excellence Centre. The ‘collections’ are equipment and resources for Den building, Sand & Water and Construction. Children can access the equipment themselves, and more importantly put it away when they’ve finished playing with it!
The staff and children planted some lovely bedding plants last term, kindly donated by Walkers Nursery and have been caring for them and mowing the grass. A dedicated area has been created for digging and making mud pies, what fun, I’m definitely going to put on my wellies and go and join in this term!
Foundation Stage Governor
Governors Report – Literacy
Adventure, sci-fi, poetry, humour, stories for all ages, science, history geography; it’s all there in the new reading scheme introduced last summer – and the pupils to whom I have been talking love it. Both the fiction and non-fiction provide so much inspiration and interest as well as helping the vital skill of reading. As one of the governors, I have a specific responsibility for literacy in school and I meet every term with the teachers who oversee all aspects of reading and writing to find out what is happening in this essential area of the curriculum.
Like me, you were perhaps wondering what talking has to do with writing, but the new Talking for Writing initiative launched this term is proving just how important both are. I was fortunate to have been invited to the training day in January to see the demonstration of this new scheme; the enthusiasm and commitment of all the staff present showed just how much progress pupils can make with their writing when it is introduced in this lively and animated way. It all makes me wish that I were back in the classroom to enjoy such excellent resources presented by such dedicated staff.
Mrs L Redfern
There are so many programmes on television that encourage us to have a ‘Makeover’, to our homes, our gardens and sometimes our wardrobe. One area in school that is ready for a ‘Makeover’ is the Early Years Outdoor Learning Area as it is starting to look rather tired and worn out. Hatchell Wood Primary is joining with seven other local schools to take part in a project, during 2015/2016, supported by the Early Excellence Centre in Huddersfield.
Staff from the centre will provide training and advice to staff to improve the area. When the alterations are complete and additional equipment is in place the learning environment will allow children to develop new skills to widen their experience of outdoor play.
As Foundation Stage governor I am really excited about this project, as are the staff, and can’t wait to see the results and more importantly the children having lots of fun while learning.
Foundation Stage Governor
The Governors of Hatchell Wood Primary SchoolMrs C Street (Chair of Governors) Mr M Huby (Vice Chair) Mr J Harris (Headteacher) Mr J Bullock (Deputy Headteacher) Mr N Foster Mr K Hill Miss K Braes Mr D Mansfield Mrs L Redfern Mrs L Simpson Mrs J Slee-Karim Mrs M Stilborn
RESOURCES TEAM (REST)
3-7 Governors including the Headteacher.
The Chair of the Team will be the former chair of the Finance Committee
The Governing Body has decided that the quorum is three Governors; at least two of the Governors present should not be employed at the school.
The Clerk to the Team will be the Business Manager of the school or a member of the Team in her absence.
TERMS OF REFERENCE: RESOURCES TEAM (REST)
The Resources Team will oversee:
- the school finances ensuring that the school operates within the financial regulations of the Local Authority, where appropriate, and complies with any DfE and SVFS requirements, responding to any issues arising from the audit of the school’s accounts or SFVS review and ensuring value for money.
- the maintenance and development of the school site and premises.
- the adoption and implementation of staffing policies and procedures, ensuring that all principles of good and fair employment practice are adhered to, that staff and trade unions are consulted and legal requirements fulfilled.
In particular the team will:
- keep under review the school’s financial management policy and scheme of delegation in financial matters including the level of delegation to the Headteacher for the day-to-day financial management of the school and present to the Governing Body any recommendations for change.
- Set and approve the budget, ensuring the budget reflects the school’s prioritised educational objectives outlined in the School Development/ Improvement Plan.
- prepare and present to the Governing Body an annual budget reflecting priorities in the school development plan.
- monitor the budget and ensure the Governing Body receives regular reports with an evaluation of the use of resources and any appropriate recommendations.
- monitor virements to the school budget and any other variations to the original budget; agree appropriate action to address the issues raised by the need for virement; and report them to the next meeting of the full Governing Body.
- undertake an annual review of all expenditure with a view to achieving “Best Value” in respect of the use of the delegated budget allocation. This will include a review of all contractors and suppliers to the school to ensure the existing arrangements are appropriate in line with DfE schools procurement resource/academies procurement resource (on the DfE web site).
- undertake an annual review of all sources of income received by the school to ensure fees and charges remain appropriate and in line with any increase in costs; and to monitor income received against the budget estimate as with expenditure.
- monitor the balance and expenditure of the school fund (and other funds held by the Governing Body) and report on these at least annually to the full Governing Body.
- ensure that there is an annual audit of the school fund and of other funds held by the Governing Body, undertaken by persons independent of operating the school fund, and ensure that the results are reported to the full Governing Body.
- To agree upon the degree of financial delegation to the Headteacher and the virement/budget changes up to a predetermined limit and to approve ordering and payment of accounts in excess of the agreed delegation of £2000.
- endorse the traded services buy back form
- consider the benchmarking conclusions and recommendations
- approve the school’s detailed financial procedures
- consider the annual school asset report
- review and approve the Statement of Internal Control.
- review and approve policy for Charging and Remissions Governors Allowances
- teachers’ Pay
Premises, Health and Safety
- monitor the condition of the school premises and monitor the repairs and maintenance budget.
- draw up medium and long term plans relating to the repair, maintenance and development of premises and recommend action to the Governing Body.
- agree the lettings and charges policy for the use of school premises.
- keep the health and safety and emergency procedures and policies under review, ensuring that necessary checks and assessments are carried out and prioritised for action.
- Ensure the safe management and maintenance of asbestos, fire safety and statutory testing. For a comprehensive overview of the legislation and compliance requirements, please see Compliance Monitoring for Council Buildings: http://www.fedps.org.uk/compliance_monitoring.pdf which sets out the responsibilities for employers and duty holders. Independent schools, Academies and Free Schools have sole responsibility. For maintained schools, both Local Authorities and schools have responsibilities for the repair and maintenance of premises.
- monitor the school’s success in promoting Inclusion;
- monitor standards achieved by pupils and help them achieve more;
- consider any issues referred by the Headteacher outside any scheme or policy adopted by the Governing BodyCURRICULUM AND STANDARDS TEAM (CAST)Membership3-7 Governors including the Headteacher.
The Chair of CAST will be the Chair of the full Governing Body, or in his/her absence another member of the Team appointed at the meeting
The quorum is any three Governors, at least two of whom are not employed at the School.
The Clerk to the Team will be the Bursar of the school or a member of the Team in her absence.
Overall Purpose of CAST
The overall purpose of CAST is to:
- ensure the school complies with the latest requirements in relation to safe recruitment and safeguarding procedures.
- ensure that the school complies with the General and Specific Equality Duties in relation to staff.
- to appoint all teaching and support staff except the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher
- recommend to the Governing Body the procedure for filling vacancies and making staff appointments below the Leadership Group.
- keep under review appropriate staffing policies and procedures – including grievance, discipline, redundancy, capability and performance management, sickness absence, whistle blowing, pay and conditions of employment – and ensure staff are consulted and informed appropriately.
- recommend to the Governing Body the annual budget needed for pay, bearing in mind the need to ensure the availability of resources to support any discretionary decisions; and to recommend that the Governing Body makes application for any additional funding available to support this process.
- agree the staffing establishment and structure (teaching and non-teaching) at least annually in relation to the budget and the school development plan; and present any proposed changes to the full Governing Body, for consideration and approval.
- ensure that the school development plan is focused on appropriate priorities for raising standards at the school;
- ensure that school policies are reviewed on a regular basis to promote improved standards and contain appropriate targets/success criteria.In carrying out all its responsibilities the Committee must act:
- in partnership with the Headteacher;
- in accordance with statutory requirements;
- in accordance with any general principles set by the full Governing Body;
- after consulting (as appropriate) staff, parents, pupils, the LA, the Diocese (at voluntary schools) and relevant organisation/agencies.
TERMS OF REFERENCE: CURRICULUM AND STANDARDS COMMITTEE (CAST) STANDARDS AND PRIORITIES
To monitor pupil standards and help them achieve more.
To include in the monitoring of standards, the achievement of pupils in particular groups, including boys/girls, children with learning difficulties and disabilities, gifted and talented children, children from minority ethnic groups and children looked after by the local authority, to ensure that there is a ‘closing of the gap’ in educational achievement.
To take into account all relevant advice from the STEP, the local authority, the diocese, Ofsted and other external bodies.
To ensure that the school development plan addresses the priorities for raising standards, including appropriate targets/success criteria.
To monitor the effectiveness of the relevant sections of the school development plan each term.
To monitor the school’s processes and procedures in place to ensure that pupils are well behaved and safe.
To monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and learning.
To monitor and evaluate the quality of leadership and management within school (including that of the Governing Body).
To monitor the use of Pupil and Sports Premiums funding to ensure that it is targeting the pupils it is intended for, along with their individual priorities
B POLICY RESPONSIBILITIES
To ensure that school policies (including those specified below) are reviewed on a regular basis to promote improved standards and contain appropriate targets/success criteria. Governing Body’s statutory responsibilities for the overall curriculum
To review the Governing Body’s curriculum policy annually and to present any draft amendments to the full Governing Body for consideration and approval.Governing Body’s policy on sex education
To review the Governing Body’s sex education policy once every two years and to present any draft amendments to the full Governing Body for consideration and approval.Governing Body’s policy on the identification, assessment and provision for pupils with special educational needs
To review the Governing Body’s policy on the identification, assessment and provision for pupils with special educational needs, its implementation and its impact at least once every two years and to present any draft amendments to the full Governing Body for consideration and approval.Statement of general principles to which the Headteacher must have regard when determining measures to promote good behaviour and discipline (Section 61 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998)
To review the statement agreed by the full Governing Body, its implementation and its impact at least once every two years and to present any draft amendments to the full Governing Body for consideration and approval. Parents will be consulted as part of any major review.
- Child Protection To review child protection arrangements at least annually to ensure that the school:
designates a member of staff to be responsible for co-ordinating child protection within the school and for liaising with other agencies, including the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) and to receive appropriate training:
has an up-to-date policy on child protection in accordance with statutory requirements, DfE and LA advice and the requirements of the procedures of DSCB;
communicates the policy to staff and parents;
monitors the policy regularly; and
evaluates the policy regularly.
- C CONTRIBUTION TO SCHOOL SELF-REVIEWTo ensure that the Self Evaluation Summary (SES) reflects the Committee’s conclusions on standards in the school and the following related issues:
Quality of Teaching;
Behaviour and Safety;
Leadership and Management; and
Priorities for Future Development.
- D ATTENDANCE To monitor attendance levels
To review and approve policy for Attendance
To review and approve the Home/School Agreement
To have an overview of the guidance with regard to Exclusion
- E School Visits To receive details of category A and B visits
To oversee and authorise the risk assessments for category C and D visits involving London, overnight/residential visits, visits abroad or high-risk outdoor activity in line with LA procedures. (These must be authorised by the Local Authority)
- A – Visits within walking distance of the schoolB – Visits requiring transport but not involving water or anything adventurousC – Visits including water, adventurous activities or residentialD – Visits abroadStaff Disciplinary Committee – Quorum 3
To be convened as required with membership decided at the time
To consider all staff discipline issues referred to the Governing Body
- Staff Appeals Committee – Quorum 3
To be convened as required with membership decided at the time
To consider all appeals submitted by members of staff for staff discipline and pay appeals.Pupil Discipline Committee – Quorum 3
To be convened as required with membership decided at the time
To be responsible for pupil exclusion meetings
Membership of Committees
|Nigel Foster (Chair)||Cathryn Street (Chair)|
|Lesley Simpson||Kelly Richards|
|Duncan Mansfield||Mark Huby|
|Kelly Richards||Michele Stilborn|
|James Bullock||James Bullock|
|Jeremy Harris||Jeremy Harris|
|Jane Slee-Karim||Lynda Redfern|
The membership to be drawn from the Governing Body by rota and subject to availability.
(The responsibility for calling appropriate Committee members rests with the Headteacher).
Staff Disciplinary Committee (Dismissal)
Headteacher and two non-Staff Governors as available.
Pupil Disciplinary, Staff Disciplinary, Pay and Pay Appeals Committee
N Foster, M Huby, C Street (Chair), L Simpson, L Redfern and J Bullock.
Parental Complaint Committee
Chair or Vice-Chair, L Redfern and L Simpson.
Performance Management Review Committee (including Headteacher’s Performance Management Review)
C Street and M Huby.
Governors with specific responsibilities
M Stilborn – Numeracy
L Redfern – Literacy
M Huby – ICT and e-Safety
L Simpson / J Slee – Karim – Special Educational Needs
K Hill – Child Protection / Safeguarding
K Hill – Looked After Children
L Simpson and J Slee-Karim – Race Equality / Community Cohesion
K Richards – Data Controller
M Huby – Key Stage 1
L Redfern – Key Stage 2
C Street – Early Years Foundation Stage
C Street – Religious Education
Register of Governors Interests