A Message from the Governing Body

Governors Meeting – Tuesday 20th October 2020.
At the latest meeting we undertook our annual Governance review and looked at the key strategic objectives of the Schools and how the Governors work as a team, our skills and the accountability and transparency of the Governing Body.
We also had an update of the latest Covid related risk assessments.
In addition we received a presentation from a Governor who attended a training course giving an Ofsted update on Inspections.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governing Body.
Governors Update 1st September 2020
The first Governors meeting for the new school year took place on Tuesday 1 September via Zoom. I was re-elected as Chair of Governors and Deborah Thomas was elected as Vice-Chair. At the meeting, we approved a full range of policies and the main focus was to review and approve the risk assessments for the re-opening of both schools which had previously been approved by Worcestershire County Council and signed off by myself as Chair of Governors. The Governors also discussed and approved the Governance Risk Register.
The governors thanked all the staff for the hard work that has been put in, to allow for the re-opening of the schools.
We are sure that all pupils will have an active and engaging learning experience even with the new arrangements and we are sure parents will help us by ensuring childrens attendance is good.
Even with the changes school will still be an enjoyable and excellent learning. experience.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governers
Governor update – Meeting held on Tuesday 7th July 2020.
The full governing body met for its last meeting for this teaching year on Tuesday. We discussed in detail the current limited school opening and plans for September.
We will of course at all times follow government guidelines and have full risk assessments as we re-open, as things currently stand it becomes compulsory for pupils to return to school in September.
The schools have detailed plans to achieve full opening and these will be communicated with parents in good time and as updated government information is issued.
Budgets for 2020/21 were noted following previous approval at Committee.
The Governors thanked the senior leaders and all staff for their hard work over the challenges in the last few months.
We look forward to welcoming pupils back in September to allow them to enjoy and engage in school life and learning, we do recognise concerns of parents and pupils and we will work to help overcome any concerns and anxieties.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governers.

 

30th April 2020

Governor Update

As the Chair of Governors, I wanted to thank the staff, parents /carers, and pupils of the First and Middle school for their support in these strange times.
We will get back to some level of normality at some point but it’s going to take some time and I am aware that some people have experienced particular situations and circumstances which will take a long time to get over.
I wanted to particularly express my thanks to the staff of both schools who have been working hard to try and stay in touch with pupils and are in school continuing to support Critical Worker Childcare and the support for vulnerable children.
As parents, you can find more information on how to support the learning of your children at home on our websites.
As a Governing body, we continue to meet via video conferencing meetings and we continue to deal with the governance matters of both schools in the normal way.
Once again, thank you to you all.
Mike Hill
Chair of Governors
Catshill Federation

 

30th March 2020

Statement for Parents Covid-19

Dear Parent / Carer

As the Chair of Governors, I just wanted to say a thank you to all of our pupils, parents and carers for helping to support the school in these difficult times.

I have written to our staff to thank them for the massive effort and hard work they are making. We are providing childcare for children of Critical Workers and have even extended this into the Easter holiday. In addition, we aim to reach out to all our Free School Meal families with a new voucher system from Monday, April 20th (Currently packed lunches are available).

I know you will try your best to support your child’s education by helping them work at home with the support of our “Out of School Learning” materials.

I wish you all the best and stay safe, things will get back to normal at some point.

Mike Hill

Chair of Governors

 

Full Governing Body Meeting Tuesday 3 December 2019

A meeting of the Full Governing Body was held on Tuesday 3 December 2019 at this meeting a number of items were discussed including – school performance data, policy updates , staffing and budgets and the school development plans.

Arrangements were made for Governors to see presentations from staff at future meetings in the year focusing particularly on English and Math’s delivery.

Two new Governors were appointed to the Governing Body.

 

Meeting 19th November 2019 Premises, Staffing & Finance

At the meeting held on Tuesday 19th November 2019, the Governors from the Sub Committee reviewed the budgets for the schools and current performance against budgets, it was pleasing that the schools are operating within reasonable budget parameters even though the funding environment is still very challenging. The priority of the schools is to ensure resources both in teaching and support are in place to help pupils develop in their education.

We recently had a local authority audit on governance and finance and the schools did very well with an excellent report.

We also looked at the latest premises and maintenance updates and staffing review processes.

Mike Hill

Chair of Governors

 

Meeting 3rd September 2019.

At this meeting the Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body were re-elected for a further year. The Committee considered training needs, the governors risk register, the school mission and strategy and the governing body performance review, these items will be followed up further at the next meeting. At future meetings the pupil performance data for the First and Middle school will be looked at in detail and policies will be reviewed and approved for the current year, also a training session for governors on the new Ofsted Framework for inspection schools will be undertaken.

Welcome back to the new school year, as a Governing Body we will be trying to keep you up to date of our work in the newsletters and on the schools websites. So far this term we have reviewed a number of policies and updated the schools strategic vision and strategic plan, we have also reviewed with the schools management the performance data on pupil achievements for the last school year. As the year goes on I will keep you updated on the work of the Governors.

Mike Hill

Chair of Governors

Contact via the Clerk using wgclerk2govs@gmail.com

Our Governors

Declaration of Interest of Governors at

The joint governing body of Catshill Middle School and Catshill First School & Nursery Federation, 2019 – 2020.

Committee Booklet 2019-20

Governor Information & Duties 2019-20