Governor update from Kerrie Holland and Azhar Qayum, Co-Chairs of Governors
The Park Hill governors have met as a full group three times this term, and there are additional committees where governors look at important aspects like staffing and finance or achievement and attainment in more detail. We wanted to give you a short update, and you can find more information on the website too http://parkhill.bham.sch.uk/Governors/Governing-Body/.
This term, we’ve looked in detail at the data about how well the children are learning and progressing. There have been some great results early in the school – Early Years children are achieving a Good Level of Development in line with national results, and Year 1 Phonics was 3% above the national average. Reading, Writing and Maths for KS1 are also very good. In Key Stage 2, we saw some good outcomes too – the Year 6 SATs scores for Reading were a new high for the school. We had our best scores for pupils working at Greater Depth in Writing and our second best ever Higher Scaled score in Maths. We also looked at how different groups are achieving to make sure all the children are making the progress they need to, and in detail at the impact of the additional Pupil Premium money we receive. The data showed some areas which should be better too – Maths in Year 5 and 6 and progress for some of our children with SEND for example - so the Link Governors for those areas will work closely with the senior leaders in the school to make sure these are addressed.
We received updates on the school’s finances, which due to good financial management are currently in a satisfactory position even with budget reductions, and governors are paying particular attention to pupil numbers. The school has now reduced to two form entry in several years after expanding to meet a temporary need for more school places from the Local Authority, and we expect this to continue so it is important we keep a close eye on our budgets. We’ve reviewed the pupil questionnaires which were overall very good – the highest scores were for teaching and learning: 96% said they learn a lot in lessons all or most of the time, and 95% said that the school helps them to do as well as they can. The scores for behaviour were the lowest - 71% said behaviour is good in school all or most of the time and 85% behaviour is good in lessons. We monitor exclusions at governing body meetings, and observe behaviour when we come in to school too. Governors have visited school throughout the term to look at particular areas of focus e.g. Safeguarding, Maths, and Attendance. Meeting the children and listening to what they think about Park Hill is always very enjoyable - they have lots to say!
We are expecting a follow-up visit from Ofsted before the end of the school year, and continue to work hard to make sure the issues they identified at the last inspection are resolved and that we have the evidence they need to show this. We’ve had external experts from the local authority and other schools working with us and they have been extremely positive about the school and our progress.
On behalf of all of the Governors, we’d like to thank you for your support of the school this term and wish all the Park Hill families a very happy and restful break over the holidays.
Kerrie and Azhar
Co-Chairs of Governors