13th November 2017 – Katy Smith (Attendance Governor) – Meeting with Mr Harris and Mrs Sykes
It was great to see that the overall attendance since the beginning of this academic year is very good. The majority of children at Farfield have consistently high attendance.
We discussed a number of children with poor attendance and we considered how the school can support those children and their families to increase their engagement and improve attendance.
10th November 2017 – Rob Heap (Chair of Governors) – Budget Review
Today I spent the morning working through budget spreadsheets, trying to balance keeping the school the special and unique place it is with ever shrinking budgets. If government funding for education doesn’t change for the better in the next couple of years we will be forced to make some difficult decisions.
7th November 2017 – Nimisha Barai (Parent Governor) – Parents evening
I attended parents evening this week and was extremely pleased on how quickly the teacher acted on the comments raised in my meeting.
4th November 2017 Marion Cole (PE Governor) – Leeds Schools Cross Country
Well done to all the 21 Farsley Farfield runners that took part in the Leeds Schools cross country event this morning in Middleton. It was great to see Farsley Farfield children taking part – and really enjoying themselves too!
I hope the recent introduction of the daily mile will inspire even more children to get involved next time.
1st November 2017 Full Governing Body Meeting
The full governing body met for its termly two hour meeting. We considered the headteacher report, progress on the School Improvement Plan, financial regulations, Governor responsibilities and feedback from the sub committees.
October 2017 Sub Committee meetings
In September and October all the sub committees met, typically for 1-1.5 hours in the late afternoon/early evening: Resources Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee, Pupil Support Committee and Children’s Centre Committee. Governors typically serve on one or two sub committees and these tend to meet 5-6 times a year.
October 2017 – Nimisha Barai (Parent Governor), Harvest Festival
Attended the Harvest festival this morning and felt incredibly proud to be part of a school that puts so much importance on this festival.
September 2017 Rebecca Aberdein (Parent Governor) – Staff satisfaction survey
I joined the Board of Governors for Farsley Farfield in April this year and at my first Resources meeting there was some good discussion around the fact that the Governors were keen to understand how happy the teachers and staff felt about working at the school. The team were also keen to establish whether the school could make any positive changes to improve overall happiness amongst the school staff. With my HR background I was keen to help the team come up with a suitable staff survey. We identified 5 areas of focus: how staff felt about the school; their colleagues; the leadership and management in the school; their own professional development and their wellbeing.
The survey was very popular with 79% of staff completing it. The responses were managed confidentially to encourage people to be open and honest and the findings were shared with the leadership team early September. There were lots of positive comments with respect to the school in general, team-working and colleague relationships which was very encouraging. Areas for improvement included finding more opportunities to recognise staff for doing a great job; more access to the leadership team, communication and opportunities for team-building across the two buildings.
The leadership team were grateful for the support they received from me and are working hard on the findings of the survey, sharing the results and how they can respond to the feedback. I’m sure it will become an annual activity to continue to improve the school and ensure that staff are happy. After all, happy, motivated staff = happy, motivated children.