FGB: 9th July 2018

Prior to FGB, our governors were treated to a ‘Festival of Learning’ where numerous staff and children shared their learning projects (separate post to follow). It was fantastic to see our learning community sharing their thoughts.

After that, despite the heat, our governors kept cool heads, didn’t get hot under the collar and got down to business. Topics covered:

  • We congratulated Ms Trickett on her appointment as Head Teacher.
  • We welcomed Ms Scourfield to the FGB in the role of Staff Governor.
  • The staffing & structure for next academic year was clarified.
  • We received Mr Roberts’ final Heads Report.
  • An update on a variety of projects across the school (tbc) was heard.
  • We thanked John Reynolds for his unyielding support as a Governor over the last 12 years. He has made a fantastic contribution to our school community

Finally, we thanked Mr Roberts for his passion, endeavour and good humour and wished him all the very best for the future.

Should you wish to speak to Amanda Erasmus, our Chair of Governors, please email chair@maplecross.herts.sch.uk

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Learning Festival 2018

Tonight the school hosted their second annual learning festival where members of school community shared projects and updates. Teachers and LSAs discussed through what developments have been happening and the impact it is having on children, them as professionals, the wider school community and beyond the school community.

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The Governors asked questions to find out more. Come and find out!

 

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Reflection Section – TLDW Update

Today we held our Friday briefing in the sunshine within the Reflection Section. The TLDW participants shared updates of where they are with their project and where they want to take it further.

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The TLDW has empowered colleagues to lead an aspect of school development. It has impacted both the intended development priority and also the participants themselves. We look forward to seeing who takes on a TLDW in the next academic year.

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FGB Meeting: 14th May 2018

This evening, the Full Governing Body met in what was a very well attended meeting. As always we discussed the shape of Maple Cross’s past, present and future. Topics included:

  • An update from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Cluster.
  • An update from the Creative (Reading, Writing, Art, Music) Cluster.
  • A review of the 2017/18 financial position and an interrogation of the 2018/19 budget.
  • Discussion of how well Governor Link Visits are working. Do they need to evolve?
  • An update on the progress of our GDPR compliancy.

Do get in touch if you have any questions.

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FGB: 19th March 2018

The Full Governing Body met this evening to discuss the past, current and future shape of our school. Amongst other things, we….

  • enjoyed hearing the subject report from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Cluster and heard about developments in maths reasoning; development of Science Journals and the Enthuse Partnership; and the integration of Google Education.
  • discussed how we address the issue of persistent lateness (at the start and end of the day).
  • discussed the importance of ‘context’ when analysing pupil progress data.
  • reviewed the schools financial position.

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FGB: 22nd January 2018

Tonight saw the first Full Governing Body of 2018 and, as ever, there was plenty of lively debate about the journey our school has been on, and our direction of travel.

Amongst many other things we discussed:

  • A discussion of attendance and punctuality.
  • The School Improvement Plan
  • A discussion of the various ‘action research’ projects happening in the school.
  • Updates on the lower playground equipment and kitchen projects.
  • A discussion of the staff survey
  • An update from the Academisation Working Party
  • Next meeting – Monday 19th March

Should you have any questions for the governing body, please feel free to email our Chair of Governors, Amanda Erasmus (chair@maplecross.herts.sch.uk)

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FGB Meeting – 27/11/17

Another very useful meeting – much discussion, as always, about the journey our school has been on, and the direction we are heading in. We welcomed 3 new governors: Simon Cutmore, Angela Killick & Elizabeth Maykels.

Items discussed included:

  • Parental Survey feedback
  • Review of SEF (School Evaluation Form)
  • Feedback from Academisation Working Party

REMINDER: If you would like to discuss any aspect of school life with the Chair of Governors, Amanda Erasmus, please feel free to post a letter in the Governors Postbox, in the reception area, or email chair@maplecross.herts.sch.uk

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FGB Meeting – 25/9/17

Another fruitful FGB meeting…

We welcomed Phillip Williams to the Governing Body. Phillip brings a wealth of experience from the private sector and from Three Rivers District Council. He was also recently elected to replace Ann Shaw, who died earlier this year, so it’s fitting that he can carry on her good work.

Amanda Erasmus was appointed as the new Chair of the FGB, and Richard Page was appointed as Vice Chair. We wish them both well and thank John Reynolds, the outgoing Chair, for all his endeavours.

Amongst many other topics, we discussed:

  • The evolution of the School Improvement Plan.
  • Update on the schools approach to emotion coaching.
  • Analysis of parental feedback

 

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Learning Festival

Tonight we all shared our learning projects with the FGB. This was an opportunity to articulate the wonderful leaderships projects that are led by everyone in school.

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There was a real buzz around school as posters, booklets, photographs and displays were shared. It was great to see true leadership so visible. The Governors commented on the quality of the projects including visible impact upon learners (adults and children) and the wide variety of approaches to develop pupils independence.

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