Newsletter

5th October 2020
 
Dear Parents/Carers,
 
As the newly appointed Chair of our school’s Governing Body; and on behalf of the Governors, I wanted to take this opportunity to write to you all. September has already flown by; and we are now four weeks into the autumn term.
 
Last week the Board of Governors reconvened for this new academic year. Over the past six months we have become quite adept at holding our meetings via Zoom; and this has become the new norm.
 
It was very interesting to hear what Mrs Farren and her team have planned for the forthcoming year; and it is encouraging to learn how quickly the children have settled into their bubbles – this is a testament to yourselves as Parents and Carers; and not least of course to our teachers.
 
Prior to and during lockdown, work has been ongoing in respect of our new building. Mrs Farren and the Governors have worked closely and effectively with the Parish and County Councils facilitating a great area, which – I’m sure you will agree – significantly enhances our children’s learning environment.
 
This will be a challenging year for us all; and as a school: please be assured that Mrs Farren and all her staff are 100% committed to ensure that our children’s learning journeys experience as little disruption as possible.
 
As you will be aware, we had two children who tested positive for Covid 19 last week; on behalf of the Governors, we hope the family have a speedy recovery. As the year progresses the Governors will continue to closely monitor and track the progress of our school’s plans and curriculum; and we are very much looking forward to supporting the school during another academic year.
 
I would like to thank you all for your continuing support in social distancing and wearing masks at the school gates. Whilst we can’t stop Covid, we can -by following the guidelines - help to mitigate the risk. Please keep safe.
 
For and on behalf of the Governors – all best wishes
Louisa Brooks
Chair

23rd July 2019

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

The Governing body are responsible for making sure the school provides good quality education and work together with the Head Teacher to help set the school aims and policies, to create the best possible environment for our children.

 

In a time where the news is reporting on school budget cuts and job losses we are proud of the way in which the school are managing the budget given and maintaining the high standards of staffing and teaching quality throughout the school. This is a difficult challenge but with work between Mrs. Bluck, Mrs. Farren and the governing sub-committee, is being managed well.

 

With the growing presence of Social Media and Media in general it's important for Children to be confident and secure within themselves. This year has seen the development of mindfulness within the school, and this will be an ongoing piece of work into next year and beyond. A number of teachers have attended seminars to understand the challenges that our young people face, and equip themselves with the tools and knowledge to help and support our children's understanding of themselves and others. We have the Elsa Room within the school, where children are able to go if they need a break away and support. As well as a wellbeing week which was held within the school to raise awareness amongst the children as to how important their personal happiness and wellbeing is.

 

As part of my role as SEN Governor, I've met several times with Mrs Farren this academic year who is the S.E.N.C.O for the school for reviews. We have looked at the policies relating to SEN and also reviewed how we ensure that the children are happy and developing to the best of their personal ability. It's really important to me as a parent that not only the children feel supported but the parents do too, so if you have any suggestions on how this could be increased I would happily meet with you to understand your thoughts. We have had an end of academic year meeting and to see the improvements that all the SEN children have made in their school work this year has been incredible.

 

As the start of the next academic year we will be focusing as a Governing Body on attendance throughout the whole school, because whilst the teaching staff have all the required tools to teach having the children attending consistently is required for them to be able to get the best education. We understand that there are times when sickness is an issue, and would never expect an unwell child to have to attend school, however consistency is key to be able to develop our children so we ask that children are only kept away from school if absolutely necessary.

  

I've had the great pleasure of attending several sporting events with the school this year and observing a P.E lesson first hand. It is a true credit to the efforts of Mr Spencer and Miss Neate to see how well newly established and unexperienced teams have developed throughout this academic year. With great achievements in so many sports including both boys and girls football, cross country, hockey and the athletics to name but a few. For a small school we are playing up to the level of much larger schools than our own, who have a greater variety of children already at a high standard to choose from, instead Norton are developing those who are willing to give it their all with amazing results. With the Gold Standard already having been achieved in principal, I'm really looking forward to seeing what the next academic year will bring. Thank you to all Norton students who've taken part in the great variety of sports activities this academic year, you have all made the school very proud.

 

Thank you to all the teachers who have helped this half term with the completion of the "Student Questionnaire" this was a questionnaire which was designed to understand the children's thoughts and feelings when it comes to school. The aim is to use this for both understanding what the children enjoy, and also whether there is anything they would like to see change, this includes sports and their friendships. The data was collected in a way to not identify individuals, so that they could answer honestly and without any pressure. This information is going to be analysed to see it there are ways in which we can improve their school experiences.

 

I feel extremely proud to be a Governor of Norton School, and have thoroughly enjoyed this academic year and seeing the growth of the wonderful and individual children we have here. I look forward to further development of the sports next year, and celebrating all the varied interests that the children have.

 

Yours sincerely

Selina Bostock    (School Governor)