Farsley Farfield Primary School

Governor Activities

30th January 2018 – Resources committee meeting

The agenda included: the budget; the Communications Policy; Capital investment; online payment for all school payments, trips, clubs, school dinners etc. and the Health and Safety Policy.  4 governors plus the head teacher attended.


26th January 2018 – Ruth Fain – Parent Governor

My son Oliver (almost 2) and I attended the Monster Café hosted by Nursery on Friday afternoon.  What an absolutely delightful event!  We were directed by bright and colourful monster signs to a room full of activity and smiling faces.  Tables were decorated beautifully with winter greenery and the children were eagerly waiting to show us to our seats and take our order using their specially created picture menu.  Serving the cold drinks and buns created a huge buzz of excitement and empowerment for the children, and I assume resulted in plenty of contributions to the kitty.  The children showed a good understanding of trading the buns for coins and particularly enjoyed helping me choose which bun to eat.  I know Ollie got through about four buns (even if he does only eats the icing!) and now cannot wait for his chance to join in the fun!


13th January 2018 – Marion Cole (PE Governor) – Leeds Schools Cross Country

It was great to see so many Farsley Farfield Children at the KS2 cross country event this morning at Corpus Christi High School. One of the aims and objectives of the PE and Sports policy at our school is to promote extra-curricular sporting activity and competition and this morning’s event did exactly that. Now our KS2 children are regularly participating in the daily mile run at school, I think a lot of children are discovering a love for running – and that they’re pretty good at it too!  Of course, cross-country running isn’t for everyone (nor is an early start on a Saturday morning!) so I’m really pleased that at Farfield there are lots of opportunities to take part in a wide variety of sports and physical activity.

12th January 2018 – Marion Cole (PE Governor) – meeting with David Cooke and Nick Little

I met with Mr Cooke and Mr Little today to discuss PE and sports.

Our meeting included the following:

  • The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity (Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school)
  • The profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport

We talked about what development needs are a priority for our school and our children; plans for the allocation of the PE funding and how the use of the PE and sports premium funding is reported.  We also discussed how improvements to PE and sports provision will be sustainable in the long term.


9th January 2018 – Katy Smith (SEND Governor) – meeting with David Cooke, Amy Hutchinson and Peter Harris

This afternoon, I attended a presentation on ‘SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability) provision at Farsley Farfield’. This was to support Miss Hutchinson who is completing her Post Graduate Certificate in SEND. As part of her studies, she is required to deliver a presentation to governors.
The presentation highlighted key strengths within the school which ensures our SEND children are well supported and considered ways of further improving this support.


29th November 2017 – Teaching and Learning sub committee – chaired by Clem Pickering

The T&L committee looked at the results of recent lesson observations and monitoring, reviewed the Pupil Premium report and considered what the Ofsted Dashboard tells us about strength and weaknesses of the school. Six governors attended.


28th November 2017 – Head Teacher Performance Management – 3 governors and the School Improvement Partner

The head teacher, three governors and the School Improvement Partner met in the early evening to review the head’s progress against targets for 2016-17 and set new targets for this cycle of his performance management.


22nd November 2017 – Pupil Support Committee – chaired by David Cooke

This sub committee considered detailed feedback from parents in the annual survey. Six governors attended.


14th November 2017 – Resources sub committee – chaired by Rob Heap

Resources committee looked at budget updates and projections. Four governors attended.


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.