Governors Blog: 22nd March 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to our update meetings on Tuesday and Thursday this week. It was great to share the positive progress that the school is making.

For those of you who weren’t able to make the meetings, you can see the presentation that we talked through.

Mr Wattam gave an update on the fantastic progress that has been made last year now that the final SATs results are confirmed. Our early years and Key Stage One results have remained strong and the 2018 Key Stage Two results are greatly improved and in line with the national average. Our focus this year is on consolidating these achievements, continuing to help our children to achieve their very best and maintaining our commitment to a broad and inspiring curriculum so that Goose Green children continue to develop a real love of learning.

We’re also seeing fantastic changes in the playground. Your fundraising through FOGGS is helping to make playtimes fun and purposeful, and projects like the Green Screen are building Goose Green’s reputation as a forward thinking school where exciting things are happening.

I gave some updates from the governors. We have a new governor, Anna Grant, joining our team whose expertise in primary education will be a real asset for Goose Green. The Communitas Trust that we are part of is continuing to provide valuable support for our school and we’re continuing to look at ways we can work closely together across the Trust to ensure sustained success for all of the Trust’s schools.

I also summarised some of the future funding challenges that schools are facing across the country and London. Our careful budget management means that we are able to plan sensibly (and has meant that we have been able to invest in additional teaching and leadership capacity where it's needed), but along with all schools we will need to look at how we can adapt to reduced funding from government in the coming years. We are committed to the rich offer at Goose Green, including art and music, and these are priorities that we want to continue to protect.

Your help with this is really important. FOGGS fundraising and community events make a great contribution to our school and your support by recommending Goose Green to other families considering their school choices is vital too.

Finally, the parent group leading the Pavilion project shared an update on their plans. You can see some really helpful illustrations of the proposed design in the slides and they are keen to get your thoughts on how the space will be used. They reported that they have made good progress with fundraising (which is separate from other FOGGS fundraising and the school's own budgets) and are hoping to submit the planning application shortly.

Phew, that’s a big update! But I’m pleased to be able to share the news of Goose Green’s positive progress and would like to say a big thank you to the whole school team for all their hard work.

As ever, do please get in touch if you would like to ask any questions. You can contact me by email at chair@goosegreenprimaryschool.org.

Rob Miller
Chair of Governors

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