A Message from your School Governors:
How has the school improved over the last year?
This is one of the questions your school governors regularly ask themselves and the staff.
The information to answer it is available in all sorts of forms, including the statistics provided nationally
by the Department of Education, or through our internal assessment system. This helps us track the children’s progress and compare them to those in all other state
Mrs Gittins produces a detailed Headteacher’s report for each full Governors Meeting. We also
have our own observations from the Governors' day we enjoy spending each term, observing classes, learning and other activities. We see the results of the questionnaire sent to parents too. As well as this, we attend committee meetings where Curriculum, Finance, Premises, Health and Safety, Discipline issues, Salaries and Admissions, and many other topics are discussed. The Governing Body works with the Head teacher and the Local Authority to define the areas for the School Development Plan each year. We also review the School's Self Evaluation Form each term.The school website also provides information on how well the school is doing, with details of how funding for Sports and Pupil Premium is spent, as well as results of end of Key Stage testing.
And our conclusions?
Premises, Security, Health and Safety - Recent improvement works include: fitting of a Saniflow system and works to improve drainage, replacement tarmac on the pavement under the veranda, further strengthening work on the veranda, new door locking system installed,
Admissions – We were pleased to be oversubscribed yet again in the Reception class. Obviously parents
are hearing that Bishop Hooper offers an excellent start for their youngsters.
Attitude to School and Curriculum – Governors were delighted that both of these achieved 100% approval by parents completing the questionnaire.
Butterflies – Changes made to incorporate Butterflies into the school have been successful, making supervision and administration more efficient and the transition from Reception easier.
Communications – the school website and weekly newsletters continue to keep parents, staff and governors fully informed.
SIAMS - Since the school became Voluntary Aided it is visited for a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and
Methodist Schools whose report found the school to be outstanding. Its main conclusion was "The school,
through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners." This
report in its entirety is available to read on the school website.
Looking forward to the future:
Governors have worked with Mrs Gittins and the staff to write a new School Development Plan for this
academic year. We will be continuing to focus on improving writing and ensuring that all elements of the
Computing curriculum are covered. In addition, staff will be looking to raise the profile of PE and sport in school and focusing too on the further development of the Early Years Unit. We are never complacent as we wish to ensure the best possible education for our pupils at Bishop Hooper at all times. As always Governors welcome any constructive comments that parents may wish to share, in order to ensure we are always striving to achieve the best for our children.