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Mr Neil Cottrell
Mr Chris Risley
GOLFTYN C.P. SCHOOL
ANNUAL REPORT TO PARENTS
FROM THE GOVERNING BODY 2019/2020
Golftyn Primary School is in Connah’s Quay in Flintshire local authority. Most pupils live locally. In 2019/20 the school had 435 pupils aged from three to eleven, including 40 in the nursery who attended on a part-time basis. There are 16 classes.
Around 25.5% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is above the Welsh national average (18.4%). The school has 4 pupils who are looked after by the local authority. The school identifies that around 12% of pupils have additional learning needs. Three pupils have a statement of educational needs. English is the main home language of most pupils. 49 pupils (11.2%) come from an ethnic minority background. A few pupils receive support for English as an additional language. No pupils use Welsh as their first language. The school has not permanently excluded any pupils within the last year.
The Headteacher took up her post in September 2012. Estyn last inspected the school in October 2016. A copy of the report is available on the school website (golftyncp.wales)
The individual school budget per pupil for Golftyn C.P. School in 2019 means that the budget is £3148 per pupil. The average amount per pupil in the primary schools in Flintshire is £3639.
This report has been prepared by the Governing Body of Golftyn C.P. School for distribution to the parents of all registered pupils at the school. It provides information about the Governing Body and its work during the school year 2019/2020.
ABOUT THE GOVERNING BODY
What is the Role of a Governor?
A Governor is someone who:-
- Is a volunteer
- Cares about teaching, learning and children
- Represents those people with a key interest in the school, including parents, staff, the local community and Flintshire County Council
- Is part of a team which accepts responsibility for everything a school does
- Has time to commit to meetings and other occasions when needed
- Is willing to learn
- Is able to act as a critical friend who supports the school but also challenges and asks questions about how the school works and the standards it achieves
- Acts as a link between parents, the local community, Flintshire County Council and the school
Each Governor is appointed to serve a four-year term of office. When a Parent Governors term of office ends all parents within the school receive a letter advising them that a vacancy has arisen. If a parent would like to be a Governor they must complete a nomination form signed by 2 other parents and hand it in to the school office. If there are more candidates than vacancies then an election takes place. There are 18 members of the Governing Body made up as follows: –
- 5 Parent Governors elected by parents of pupils
- 4 Governors chosen by the L.E.A.
- 2 teachers elected by teachers at the school
- 1 staff member elected by staff at the school (A non-teaching staff member)
- 4 Governors chosen and co-opted by the other members of the Governing Body
- 1 representing Connah’s Quay Town Council
- The Headteacher
The Governors meet at least once every term to receive and discuss the Headteacher’s report and to discuss issues relating to the management of the school. The Governors are also involved in a whole range of activities concerning the school. These include: –
- Staff appointments
- Budget control
The whole of the Governing Body are involved with these issues.
Parents are able to petition the Governing Body to hold a parent’s meeting pursuant to section 94 of the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013. No meeting was required during 2017/18.
Governors have reviewed policies on Social Media, Esafety & Acceptable Use, Educational Visits, Attendance & Punctuality, Food & Fitness, Diversity & Equality, Child Protection, Hygiene, Staff Pay, Staff Safe Recruitment & Selection and Staff Code of Conduct
The school prospectus can be viewed on the school website or parents may request a copy from the school office.
The Clerk to the Governors is Mrs Ann Weigh, School Business Manager who can be contacted at school. If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors please contact school who will pass a message on.
The full Governing Body their category and term of office is as follows: –
NAME CATEGORY TERM ENDS
Mr N Cottrell (Chair of Governors) Community Governor 14.12.23
Miss L Davies Parent Governor 28.02.21
Mrs L Lea Parent Governor 06.11.23
Ms E Cadwallader Parent Governor 06.11.23
Mrs B Tasker Parent Governor 24.01.24
Vacancy Parent Governor
Vacancy Community Governor
Mr J Wright Community Governor 19.10.20
Miss G Harrison Community Governor 07.10.22
Vacancy LEA Governor
Mrs J Gray LEA Governor 20.11.24
Mr C Risley (Vice Chair) LEA Governor 01.03.22
Vacancy LEA Governor
Vacancy CQTC Rep
Miss E Hobday Teacher Governor 10.07.22
Miss C Thompson Teacher Governor 10.07.22
Mr J Tranter Staff Governor 11.07.20
Mrs N Cooper Headteacher
Mrs A Weigh Clerk
STAFFING AND PUPIL NUMBERS
The classes for 2019/2020 were organised as follows:-
Foundation Phase – 8 classes
Lower Key Stage 2 – 4 classes
Upper Key Stage 2 – 4 classes
Pupil Numbers in 2019/2020 were as follows: –
Full time – 395 pupils
Part time (Nursery) – 40 pupils
SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES AND TRAINING DAYS 2020 – 2021
AUTUMN TERM 2019
|Preparation Day||Tuesday||1st September|
|Preparation Day||Wednesday||3rd September|
|Training Day||Thursday||4th September|
|Training Day||Friday||5th September|
|School Opens||Monday||7th September|
|School Closes (half term)||Friday||23rd October|
|School Opens||Monday||2nd November|
|School Closes (Christmas)||Friday||18th December|
SPRING TERM 2020
|Training Day||Monday||4th January|
|School Opens||Tuesday||5th January|
|School Closes (half term)||Friday||12th February|
|School Opens||Monday||22nd February|
|School closes (Easter)||Friday||26th March|
SUMMER TERM 2020
|School Opens||Monday||12th April|
|School Closed (May Day)||Monday||3rd May|
|School Closes (half term)||Friday||28th May|
|Staff Training Day||Monday||7th June|
|School Opens||Tuesday||8th June|
|School Closes||Friday||16th July|
|Training Day||Monday||19th July|
|Training Day||Tuesday||20th July|
All training dates are subject to change
Through careful management the Governors have ensured the needs of the school have been met in full. It is encouraging to be able to report that we had 395 full time and 40 part time pupils at the school.
The day-to-day finance management of the school budget is carried out by the Headteacher and School Business Manger.
Budget matters are considered at every meeting of the Governing Body Finance Sub Committee and reports, projections and expenditure reviews are considered.
The LEA delegated budget for the school for 2018/19 was £1,351,439
School received an Education Improvement Grant of £23,081 and a Pupil Deprivation Grant of £86,900 from the Welsh Assembly Government. These grants were used to benefit pupils in a number of ways including:
- Developing a welcoming and practical family learning environment and carrying out the chatterbox literacy and numeracy programme for foundation phase parents.
- Providing a learning coach to mentor and support pupils and to improve their self esteem
- Forest School Programme across the school
- Running a homework club for junior pupils
- Delivering catch up, jolly phonics, Head Sprouts, RM Maths and MAT interventions
- ALNTA employed to support pupils
Connah’s Quay Town Council continues to support the school by providing the children with milk every day. The school also receives a sum of £5 a day for distributing the milk, we are very grateful for their support.
FINANCE SUMMARY 2019/2020
ANNUAL BUDGET (including £73,811 carried 1,425,250
forward from 2018/2019)
Government Grants 323,717
EMPLOYEES (Teachers and other Staff) 1,470,272
PREMISES (Rates, Grounds Maintenance, Energy) 69,274
SUPPLIES (Telephones/Capitation) 56,695
MEALS/Link Courses 30,792
LEA SUPPORT COSTS 72,692
Carried over to 2020/2021 49,242
NO GOVERNORS CLAIMED ANY EXPENSES FOR THEIR WORK
The school and Governing Body encourages regular attendance in a number of ways: –
- An individual pupil with 100% attendance for the year receives a certificate.
- A class with 100% attendance for a full week receive an extra 10 minutes play.
- The class with the best attendance for the term receive the School Attendance Cup.
- Parents are regularly informed of holiday dates and encouraged to take annual holidays during school holidays.
- Mrs Shelley Jones the school’s Inclusion Welfare Officer monitors attendance and punctuality and we ask parents to ensure that the children are in school in good time each day.
- Termly letters are sent out to all parents outlining their child’s attendance, class attendance and whole school attendance.
The average attendance for 2019/20 was 91.9%. This is just under the target set for school and we will continue to look for ways to improve this. The number of authorised absences was 8%. These figures were affected by the Covid pandemic.
When we do not receive an explanation for an absence of a pupil, the pupil receives an unauthorised absence. Unauthorised absences also include: – attending weddings, hairdressers etc. The school does not condone unauthorised absences and every attempt is made to check up on absences – including visits from the School’s Inclusion Welfare Officer (IWO), Mrs Shelley Jones. Through these efforts and the support of parents we can report that the percentage of unauthorised absences for 2019/2020 was 0.1%.
All admissions to the school are operated by the Admissions department at Flintshire County Council and applications should be made via their website. An accessibility plan is put in place for any children with a disability and this is reviewed annually.
DESTINATION OF Y6 PUPILS 2019
Pupils transferred to the following High Schools: 41 pupils went to Connah’s Quay High School, 2 pupils to Castell Alun, 2 pupils to the Elfed, 1 pupil to the Argoed, 2 pupils to St Richard Gwyn, 1 pupil to West Kirby Grammar, 1 pupil to Hawarden High and 6 pupils to Mold Alun.
Golftyn is an English Medium School which teaches Welsh as a second language. Information about the curriculum at school is contained in the school’s prospectus. The prospectus is updated annually.
School provides Drinking Water Fountains for each Key Stage and these are available all day. Curriculum topics include work regarding good health e.g. I’m Alive in Foundation Phase and Staying Alive in Key Stage 2. School have now achieved Healthy Schools Award 5 and are working towards Phase 6.
School provides all children in reception class with a free water bottle on entry and replacement bottles are available to purchase from school. All children are allowed to bring in healthy snacks for break time (no sweets or crisps).
Four sets of toilets are provided for pupils all of which were replaced by Flintshire County council during 2012. These toilets are cleaned at the end of every school day. Toilet
facilities and cleanliness are regularly monitored by the caretaker. They are kept well supplied with toilet roll, paper towels and soap.
The school promotes the individuality and independence of all pupils, we have a three year plan to enable access for all.
ADDITIONAL NEEDS POLICY
The Governor with responsibility for monitoring the school’s additional needs policy is Mrs Jenny Gray. A copy of this policy is available on the school website.
The school has continued to provide support for pupils needing extra help. We have also continued to use expertise from beyond the school to help with assessment and provide advice for teachers. In 2019/20 there were 55 children on the ALN register.
Regular reviews are held for children on the additional needs register. Parents are invited to the reviews. A number of children have been recommended for statutory assessment and have received a formal statement of their additional needs.
ALNCO – Mrs J. Hewitt ALNTA – Mrs C. Phillips
STRATEGIC EQUALITY PLAN PROGRESS
School Equality Action Plan 2019 – 2023
|Equality Strand||Action||Monitored by whom?||Who is responsible for implementing?||Timeframes|
|All||Update, publish and promote the Equality Plan in an accessible format.||Consultation group, meetings and annual review.||Headteacher, Governing Body.||2019-2023|
|All||Continue to ensure that displays in classrooms and corridors promote diversity. Provide designated area for specific display.||Increase in pupil participation, confidence and positivity – monitor through PSE.||Headteacher,
CPH PSE, class teachers.
|Autumn, Spring, Summer term each year.|
|All||Identify respond and report discriminatory incidents out -lined in the plan. Report the figures to the Governing Body/ LEA on a termly basis.||The Headteacher/ Governing Body will use the data to assess the impact of the school’s response to incidents i.e. have whole school/year group approaches led to a decrease in incidents, can repeat perpetrators be identified, are pupils and parents satisfied with the response?||Headteacher, Governing Body.||October, February, May each year|
|Religion and Belief||To develop awareness of radicalisation amongst all staff.||All teaching staff to attend Prevent training.||Headteacher,
|Disability||To address issues from School Access Plan||Headteacher and governors will identify issues. ALNCo will meet with outside agency advisors. Necessary work will be planned for/requested by Headteacher.||Headteacher,
|2019-2021 annual update|
|All||To develop the Four Purposes across the school so that all pupils will be:
· ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the World
· healthy, confident individuals who are ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society
|Headteacher, SMT||All staff||2019-2022|
|Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation||To attend relevant training and review practices and teaching as appropriate.||A member of staff will attend relevant training. Protocol for dealing with gender issues will be established.
Statements relating to relevant protected characteristics will be included in Bullying, Behaviour and PSE policies.
PSE Scheme of work will be reviewed and changed as necessary
Members of PSE Team
|All||To carry out Equality Impact Assessment on all new and reviewed policies.||When a new policy is written or an existing policy is reviewed an Equality Impact Assessment will be completed.||Headteacher,
Members of curriculum teams
Golftyn offers a wide variety of enrichment activities to broaden pupils learning and knowledge. During the last year these have included the following:
Choir School Council
Street Dance Football
Digital Wizards Rugby
- Visitors to school
Rocket Man Bikeability
Lego Workshops Pandemonium
Hedd Wynn Performance Rugby Coach
Aura Leisure Sports Coaches Don’t Drink Think
France Manchester Airport
- Other Achievements
Welsh Jambori Guitar and violin lessons
Pupil won Letter to a Future Child Competition
Choir took part in Amasing
Golftyn has a great sporting tradition and pupils are offered a variety of opportunities to join in. Extra curricular sports clubs offered during 2019/20 were football and rugby. Pupils have taken part in inter school and County tournaments and competitions.
Our football teams took part in the following competitions:
We were working towards achieving our Platinum Dragon Sport’s Award but this has been transferred to 20/21 due to Covid Lockdown.
The school was inspected in 2016 and received a very favourable report. Our outcomes, provision and leadership were judged to have many strengths and no important areas require significant improvement. The report states that pupils make strong progress over their time at Golftyn. Standards of pupil wellbeing are high. They found that teachers provide enjoyable, challenging learning experiences for pupils and move learning along at a good pace. Also that the curriculum is supported well by many visits, visitors to school and extra curricular activities.
The Headteacher was judged to provide strong and effective leadership. The Governing Body supports and challenges the school well.
Following inspection our recommendations are:
- To improve attendance
- To improve feedback to pupils
- To use data effectively to track progress over time
- To ensure self evaluation focuses on pupil outcomes
THE COMMUNITY AND PARENTS ASSOCIATION
Governors appreciate the contributions given by local industries/shops. Many people have given freely of their time. Also Morrisons and Spar have been very generous with donations to support several events at school.
School participate in community events whenever possible and welcome visitors into school. The choir sang at Golftyn Chapel and outside Morrisons. Police Liaison Officer attends school talks to the pupils about various topics including bullying, internet safety and drugs. Pupils raised money for a number of charities by running non uniform days, cake sales and buying Easter chicks.
School have been running Chatterbox numeracy and literacy parental learning classes for parents from Nursery up to Year 2.
The Parent Council continues and we have 11 members who meet regularly to support the school in decision making and promoting success for all.
The Friends of Golftyn organised a Valentines Disco and Wear what you like day.
END OF KEY STAGE RESULTS AND TARGETS
There were no results for this due to COVID.