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An Outstanding Church School

Mrs Cowling will be absent from school due to a planned knee operation from Monday the 30th October returning after a phased recovery towards the later part of the half term.

Mrs Cairns will be deputising in her absence and Mrs Cowling will remain in close contact with the school.

Governors Annual Report

2016

Welcome from the Co-Chairs of Governors

This is the second Annual Report to parents by the Governors and as co-chair of Governors we would like to welcome you to our school. As we start another academic year our report gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our achievements over the last year as well as look ahead to the challenges we face as well as the aspirations we have for our school.

At the start of the last academic year the make-up of the Governing Body had to re-constitutionalise as a result of new regulations and we took advantage to enhance the effectiveness of our team to ensure we had all the skills required. We have a hard working and talented team of Governors and in conjunction with our Head teacher we aim to challenge and support all aspects of school life.

A principle element of our work is focused around continuing to develop and review the Governor Effectiveness Plan which identifies clear objectives and success criteria for a wide range of school measures. These actions are closely aligned to the overall School Improvement Plan.

The Governing Body has a vital role in monitoring the progress and attainment of all our children on a regular basis. The Headteacher and her staff report to us on the progress of groups and individuals. Discussions on strategies for improving progress is continuous and children are monitored and, if necessary, interventions applied. This was a particularly challenging year as we were faced with the implementation of the new curriculum and changes to assessment measures.

The successes of the 2015-2016 academic year are of course primarily down to the work and enthusiasm given by our excellent professional teachers and staff who have been hardworking and an effective team.  We intend to build upon the good results and achievements as we move forward into this academic year.

With the help of the school administrator and the Local Authority Bursary Services we have carefully managed and monitored the school budget. We have been able to maintain a good level of staffing and resources in school irrespective of the threatened budget cuts from  Government.

The Governing Body has also been implementing and overseeing the creation of our new nursery which caters for children as young as 2 years old. Early indications suggest that this is becoming a popular facility and will be a great asset for the school as it provides a seamless education progression for our young pupils. In combination with our successful extended out of hours’ school club, these facilities will ensure the continued sustainability of our school.

Looking ahead, the Governing Body is conscious that in the short term we are likely to be due an inspection by Ofsted. In the knowledge of this forthcoming event we will continue to interrogate and test the evidence to ensure that the school is performing against agreed criteria and best outcomes for our children are achieved.

Finally, as a Governing Body we would like to thank and value everyone’s help and participation in school life. The Governing Body are very grateful to those who put tremendous time and effort into making the school successful. We trust that you will find the Annual report of the governance of the school to be informative and helpful.

James Hobson and Amy Ross

Co-Chairman  

Achievement

In the Summer term 2016 the DfE introduced new tests for Key stage 1 and 2 children which

reflected the new national curriculum. Outcomes for tests are reported as scaled scores, rather than levels, with scores ranging from 80 to 120.  100 is the national expected standard that a child should achieve. Children may be working towards this standard (WTS), working at the expected standard (EXS) or working at a greater depth within the standard (GDS). 

Key Stage 2 Data 2016:   

 

School

National

Reading:  EXS

76%

66%

                 GDS

38%

19%

Average scaled score

105.6

103

 

 

 

Grammar, punctuation and spelling:   EXS

 

76%

 

72%

                 GDS

43%

23%

Average scaled score

105.1

104

 

 

 

Maths:     EXS

71%

70%

                 GDS

33%

17%

Average scaled score

104.1

103

Writing:   EXS

71%

74%

                 GDS

24%

15%

 

 

 

Reading, writing and maths combined (at EXS or above)

67%

53%

Key Stage 1 Data 2016:  

 

School

National

Reading:  EXS

79%

74%

                 GDS

29%

24%

 

 

 

Maths:    EXS

79%

73%

                 GDS

14%

18%

 

 

 

Writing:  EXS

64%

65%

                 GDS

14%

18%

Reading, writing and maths combined (at EXS or above)

64%

60%

Year 1 Phonics

 

School 2015

National 2015

School 2016

National 2016

Working at the standard

 

60%

 

77%

 

79%

 

80%

 Early Years Foundation Stage

 

School 2015

National 2015

School 2016

National 2016

Good level of development

 

35%

 

66%

 

73%

 

69%

 

Childrens’ Views

The governors speak to the children at several points throughout the year to assess their feelings about school, their learning and how they are taught. At the end of each academic year they also interview all the Year 2 pupils as they complete Key Stage One and the Year 6 pupils as they leave us to move onto high school. The questionnaire is to find out how the children feel about their learning and about all aspects of their time at Bishop Monkton School.

At the end of the last academic year the year 2 children gave excellent overall feedback. Nearly all the children felt happy to come to school and most felt they were taught well. Some examples of the feedback:

 

  • It is a really good school with kind children

 

  • School is my favourite thing

 

  • We have fun activities for learning

 

  • It is a very good school because I like to learn and you learn a lot here.

 

The Year 6 leavers were also full of praise in their questionnaire answers. They all felt happy to come  to school and felt that they had learnt a lot during their time at school. They unanimously agreed that they felt safe at school and that the teachers were interested in their views.

 

  • It is a good school - you are always listened to

 

  • The teaching is good, everyone is friendly and bad behaviour is dealt with

  

  • It is a really good school and I hope it’s as brilliant when I have left

 

Feedback from Parental Questionnaire July 2016

Thank you to all parents who returned their questionnaires before the summer holidays. Your

feedback to us is important. 

 

You told us about the things that our school does well:

We moved to Bishop Monkton for this school and have not been disappointed.

Both the teaching and pastoral care have been exceptional this and every year. It is a testament to the staff that my child has made exceptional progress this year.

My daughter is very happy and making good progress. Thank you for taking good care of her and nurturing her emotional and academic needs.

The school has made a number of improvements over the last few years which are showing positive

outcomes.

Over 90% of parents stated that their child felt safe in school and was taught well, with 81% of parents affirming that their child had made good progress over the course of the year.

 

You also commented on the things that we could improve.

Some parents felt that there was a lack of information regarding the progress of their child. 

Last year we saw the end of levels for assessment and a new national standard brought in.  We started the year not knowing what this standard would look like as the government had not defined their expectations. It was therefore a challenging year for education with a new assessment system that evolved throughout the year.  The good news is this is being kept the same for this year so parents should be better informed.

Book changing could be more consistent and the children could be heard read by the teacher not a parent helper.

Class teachers have taken this comment on board and have endeavoured to set up systems that allow for regular changes to reading books.  However please remember that reading is not a race, nor is it a competition; steady, solid foundations built in the early stages of schooling create greater impact when children are older.  Teachers use their time to teach reading skills in small, focused groups.  Some are also able to offer additional time for 1-1 reading but the skills needed are taught through Phonics, Literacy and Reading skills.  Hearing a child read aloud is valuable whether it is done by a parent, teaching assistant or teacher.  The important thing is they are being listened to.

Unfortunately the school has difficult children which impacts on the well behaved.

We are an inclusive, church school with a broad range of children from a variety of backgrounds.  We work with families, outside services, health and social care and special schools in order to meet the needs of all our children.  Sometimes it takes time to make a difference to a child.  We always try to lessen any negative effects unwanted behaviour brings and use it as a valuable lesson for all children.

There needs to be more support for all children.

We would love to put more support in to all our classes. Unfortunately the school budget does not make this possible.  When we have compared ourselves with 27 similar sized primary schools in similar contexts, we are shown to provide twice as much support to our children compared to the others.  This is because we do prioritise spending on this area and will endeavour to continue to do this, despite significant cuts to school budgets.

To conclude 86% of parents feel that they are kept well informed and would recommend this school to a friend.  With your support and partnership we can continue to move our school forward.  Thank you.

 

Wrens Nursery

With the introduction of Wrens, Bishop Monkton School can now offer care and education for children from age 2.

Wrens has been a welcome addition to the school with our youngest children enjoying the benefits of the school setting whilst learning through a play based curriculum. With a variety of adult and child led activities there is never a dull moment. The children particularly enjoy having use of the school hall and outdoor space and having the chance to be involved in school activities such as sports day, celebration assembly and harvest festival.

Wrens offers a seamless transition onto school by providing opportunities for the children to mix with the Robins children and share resources and interests together.  This ensures that they are school ready when the time comes to start reception.

 

 

 

 

NYCC Pupil Voice Conference

We were very proud to be part of the first ever Pupil Voice conference which took place in Harrogate last week. Our Year 5/6 school councillors attended the conference, participating in workshops such as “What does it mean to be human?” and “Muslim and British – me and my culture.”  The Rural Ripon Ambassador Group (leaders of their school councils in 10 rural primaries) led by Mrs Cowling, presented to the conference and then all delegates enjoyed listening to the keynote speaker, Kadeena Cox. Kadeena is a gold-medal winning Paralympian who successfully competed in Rio.  She was a real inspiration to the children, the highlight being, holding her gold medal!