Christ Church Ainsworth

CE Primary School and Nursery

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Governors' News

Governors' Report - Summer 2019


The Governing Body met for their termly meeting with a full complement of governors.   During the term some documentation has been updated to meet any new requirements.  The meeting was the last for Cllr S Briggs as her term was concluded and she preferred not to stand for re-election.  She was thanked for all her input and hard work over many years.

As ever the summer term is always a very short but very busy one.  On the fun side there have been trips for all year groups including: weekend at Robin Wood, visits to Chester Zoo, Blackpool Zoo, Smithills Farm and Gulliver's World.  Year 5 and Year 6 spent an Adventure day at Waddow Hall.

All pupils in Year 6 achieved their Bikeability Award and the pupils sponsored walk raised over £2,000 for school funds.  During the term there was a visit from the NSPCC talking to upper juniors and showing the story of "Mary stay safe" discussing and stressing personal safety.

As well as having a great time socially, Year 6 pupils worked very hard in the first half of the term in preparation for SATS exams.  The staff are delighted with the results, as no doubt are parents and pupils, with Reading, Writing and Maths being above the National average - 5%, 8% and 12% respectively.  At the other end of school, Key Stage 1 level results are around or above National averages -1%, 5% and 7%.  In areas where the grading is done by teacher assessment (writing at KS2) the evidence base this year has been moderated by the LA and all was found to be correct in all cases.  Congratulations to the Staff on their continued hard work!

At the end of the year was the, now eagerly expected and awaited, Year 5 and 6 production - this year "The Sound of Music".  What a delight for all those who had the good fortune to watch the children act, dance and sing to such high standards.  It was a great effort and a wonderful "WELL DONE" to all involved from staff, backroom assistants, costume makers and props to members of the chorus as well as individual characters.  Year 6 enjoyed their final outing together at The Pack Horse, Affetside, for the Leaver's Meal.  We wish all pupils every success as they move on into their various high schools in the area.

Early Autumn news!  If you have visited school since the start of the Autumn term you may have noticed the new fencing that has been erected.  This is enhanced by improved lighting and new CCTV coverage.  The cost of this work has been covered by a grant received from outside sources following an application by Mr Gerrard.  Whilst the work was being completed it was found that the electrics on the automatic gates were not up to current standards having been installed over 10 years ago.  This has been paid for separately.  None of the costs for the work has been taken from the school budget.

During the first week of term Head Teacher, Mr Gerrard, has received two letters of praise from the LA - firstly one from the Chief Executive, passing on his thanks and appreciation for Year 6 results in writing progress, he states that: "All Staff, and the Governing body are clearly serving the pupils of Christ Church well".  In the second letter it states the attendance at Christ Church is one of the overall highest in the borough.  It also congratulates the school as it is showing evidence of good inclusive practice and highly effective management. 

Well done to all members of staff, whatever your role in school.


Gwen White BEM

Foundation Governor

September 2019