Parish Council meeting Thursday 14th May 2015
This year has been a difficult yet promising year for our village school.Due to the Headteacher’s continuous illness much of what was planned had not been put into practice, yet we have been able to catch up over the last couple of weeks!
Much of what has been achieved can be contributed to the relentless amount of energy the Governors, staff and parents have put into the school.
Due to the enormous pressure on all seventeen schools in our cluster we had to admit more pupils than ever before. The only way to address this short term was to change the Log Cabin into a classroom for the Reception Children. People who have seen it from the inside have commented positively on what we have achieved. By separating the Reception children from Year 1 we can fully focus on the little ones and I am proud to say that we are already reaping the benefits. This cohort is already achieving above national average.
As a consequence of us growing we had to appoint a new teacher in the person of Miss Greenfield. Mrs Smith has left the school after more than 20 years and Mr Ward is looking for a management role in another school, bigger than ours. In Mrs McCormack we have found a more than adequate teacher and when Mr Ward’s move has been finalised we can start to look for another teacher to complete our vibrant team.
As a school we provide for a lot more than good education. There is not an evening that there is not an afternoon club, which is quite remarkable for a school our size.
The relation between the church and the school is very good. Every Thursday a member of the clergy takes Collective Worship and the Messy Church after school club has been very successful. The children have visited the church before Christmas and the school also contributed to the annual village Carol singing.
Despite the fact we have worked hard on the ’20 is plenty’ campaign we have not achieved as yet what we want; a safer crossing for children and parents. Approaching Mr Freeman now that he has been re-elected is on my agenda.
Highlight of the year has been the cooperation between staff, children, parents, governors and the community improving the lay-out of our school playground. There are now quiet corners, tyres to climb on, a boat to play in, flowerbeds for flowers and some vegetables and top of the bill: a heap of top soil where children could play in for hours if they were allowed to do so.
As village and village school we need to work closely together, and certainly so in the near future. New houses being built will lead to more children coming to our school. We cannot send them away, but with numbers on role already increasing this very moment we need to plan how to admit more pupils than we currently do. The building is obviously too small and the infra-structure around the school will not suffice.
Finally I would like to say a big thank you to all who are involved with the school.
Cor Dekker, Headteacher
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