We held our first Governing Body meeting of the school year on Wednesday and we now have a new Chair of Governors, Caroline Tiller. Caroline is a parent of two children in the school. Caroline has been a governor for a couple of years and is pleased to be leading the Governing Body over the next year. The Governing Body have been working hard over the last couple of years to ensure that they are an important part of monitoring and checking that the school is run well, so that all your children can learn and make progress. Our outgoing Chair of Governors, Jenny Parker, has been instrumental in building up the Governing Body. We owe Jenny huge thanks for her dedication and commitment. We are delighted she will continue as a Governor.
Good attendance, punctuality and holiday leave
Last year we improved our attendance rate, but we still have a little way to go before we are in line with other schools nationally. One of the impacts on our attendance is holiday leave and I just wanted to remind parents that Mrs Greer is unable to authorise any leave unless there are exceptional circumstances. Since the Isle of Wight local authority won the case against the parent in the High Court, schools are once again in a position to issue fines for unauthorised absence of 5 days or more in any 100 days, including unauthorised holiday leave. We really appreciate that you do let us know about your holiday intentions, even though we may not be able to authorise it. If you are unsure, then make a time to see Mrs Greer.
Good attendance makes such a difference to a child in school, both for learning and friendships. We realise that the vast majority of absences cannot be avoided and if a child is unwell, then being at home is important, which is why we generally call you if your child becomes poorly at school. However, if your child has a pattern of being unwell for one or two days for several different weeks in a half term, make a time to come and talk to us, as there may be other ways that we can help your child in school.
Save Dial-Ride and Community Transport
You may be aware that we are the biggest user of One Community’s transport bus and the bus is invaluable in enabling us to go out and about with Forest Schools. The fees that we pay to One Community help to keep the bus going for other groups and users, such as the elderly and disabled, in the Borough. Unfortunately the buses may be subject to cuts to local authority funding. If you would like to sign a petition there is one in the school office, or you can go on line at
William Syndrome Christmas card winners
Congratulations to Madeleine Jones, Amelia Murdoch and Macey Gellender whose designs were combined to be a Christmas Card winner for William Syndrome charity. Cards will be available after half term.
Thank you to Thomas Hopkins for letting us share his excellent example of how he explains he completed his maths problem. His work is on the reverse of this newsletter.
This is a copy of the letter that was sent to parents. The original had a reply slip that is not included in this online version. If you would like a copy with the original reply slip please contact the office.