If you would like to speak to the Chair of Governors please telephone school on 01244 830569


Annual Report To Parents From The Governing Body  2018/2019

 

Golftyn Primary School is in Connah’s Quay in Flintshire local authority. Most pupils live locally. Currently, the school has 456 pupils aged from three to eleven, including 55 in the nursery who attend on a part-time basis. There are 16 classes.

Around 22.19% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. This is above the Welsh national average (13.7%). The school has a very few pupils who are looked after by the local authority. The school identifies that around 11% of pupils have additional learning needs.

Three pupils have a statement of educational needs. English is the main home language of most pupils. Very few pupils come from an ethnic minority background. No pupils use Welsh as their first language. A few pupils receive support for English as an additional language. The school has not 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 2018 means that the budget is £3116 per pupil. The average amount per pupil in the primary schools in Flintshire is £4263.

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 2018/2019.

 

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
  • Building
  • Community
  • Curriculum

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.

 

POLICIES

 

Governors have reviewed policies on Health & Safety, Governing Body Code of Conduct, Governing Body Visits and Protocol, Governing Body Allowances, Intimate Care, Education for Sustainable Development, DBS, CCTV, Complaints, Medicine, Asthma, Playground Behaviour, Anti Bullying, Anti Radicalisation, Anti Fraud and Corruption, Positive Handling, Pupil Behaviour and Discipline, Staff sickness Absence Management, Staff Capability, Transition, Sun Safety, Whole School Food and Fitness and the Flintshire County Council Partnership Agreement.

PROSPECTUS

 

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                        14.12.19

Miss L Davies                                                      Parent Governor                                   28.02.21

Mrs B Massey                                                      Parent Governor                                   14.12.19

Mr G Cooper                                                        Parent Governor                                   02.02.19

Mrs B Tasker                                                       Parent Governor                                   14.12.19

Mrs S Davies                                                        Parent Governor                                   14.12.19

Mrs J Turley                                                         Community Governor                        08.10.20

Mr J Wright                                                          Community Governor                        19.10.20

Miss G Harrison                                                  Community Governor                        07.10.22

Vacancy                                                                LEA Governor

Mrs J Gray                                                            LEA Governor                                     20.11.19

Mr C Risley (Vice Chair)                                  LEA Governor                                     01.03.22

Vacancy                                                                 LEA Governor

Mr N Jones                                                           CQTC Rep                                            09.05.22

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 2018/2019 were organised as follows:-

Infants                         –           8 classes

Lower Juniors             –           4 classes

Upper Juniors              –           4 classes

Pupil Numbers in 2018/2019 were as follows: –

Full time                      –           401 pupils

Part time (Nursery)     –             55 pupils

SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES AND TRAINING DAYS

        2019 – 2020

 

AUTUMN TERM 2019

Training Day Monday 2nd September
Training Day Tuesday 3rd September
School Opens Wednesday 4th   September
School Closes (half term) Thursday 25th  October
Training Day Friday 25th October
School Opens Monday 4th November
School Closes (Christmas) Friday 20th December

 

 

SPRING TERM 2020

Training Day Monday 6th January
School Opens Tuesday 7th January
School Closes (half term) Friday 14th February
School Opens Monday 24th February
School closes (Easter) Friday 3rd April

 

 

SUMMER TERM 2020

School Opens Monday 20th April
School Closed (May Day) Monday 4th   May
School Closes (half term) Friday 22nd May
School Opens Monday 1st June
School Closes Friday 17th July
Training Day Monday 20th July
     

All training dates are subject to change

 

 

FINANCE STATEMENT

 

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 had401 full time and 55 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 £1,354,288

School received a Education Improvement Grant of £24,412 and a Pupil Deprivation Grant of £89,900 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.
  • To develop and utilise outstanding teachers across the federation of schools and to incorporate literacy and numeracy teaching into all subjects.
  • Running a homework club for junior pupils.
  • Delivering catch up, jolly phonics, RM Maths and MAT interventions.

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.

The Parents Association has sadly ceased to exist this year due to a lack of volunteers, school have some organised events themselves.

FINANCE SUMMARY 2018/2019

2018/2019

                                                                                                                   £

ANNUAL BUDGET  (including £62,864 carried                 1,417,152

forward from 2017/2018)

Government Grants                                                                214,620

EXPENDITURE

 

            EMPLOYEES (Teachers and other Staff)                             1,359,304

PREMISES (Rates, Grounds Maintenance, Energy)                   68,601

TRANSPORT                                                                                  -35

SUPPLIES (Telephones/Capitation)                                            56,431

MEALS                                                                                               0                                LEA SUPPORT COSTS                                                          73,660

Carried over to 2018/2019                                                           73,811

 

NO GOVERNORS CLAIMED ANY EXPENSES FOR THEIR WORK

 

ATTENDANCE/UNAUTHORISED ABSENCES

 

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 punctuality and we ask parents to ensure that the children are in school in good time each day.
  • This year a termly letter has been sent out to all parents outlining their child’s attendance, class attendance and whole school attendance.

 

We are pleased to report the average attendance for 2018/2019 was 94.7%. 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 5.1% of this 29.3% were holidays.

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 2018/2019 was 0.2%.

 

ADMISSIONS 

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: Connah’s Quay, Richard Gwyn, West Kirby Grammar, Maes Garmon, St David’s College, Llandudno and Mold Alun.

CURRICULUM

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.

HEALTHY EATING

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).

PUPIL TOILETS

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.

 

DISABLED ACCESS

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 was reviewed this year and 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 2018/19 there were 65 children on 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

CURRICULUM ENRICHMENT 

Golftyn offers a wide variety of enrichment activities to broaden pupils learning and knowledge. During the last year these have included the following:

  • Clubs

Yoga        Cricket          Choir         LN Squad        Science         Art    Chess       Dodgeball       Cheerleading     School Council       ICT       Street Dance       Football       Homework club       Breakfast club

Digital Wizards

  • Visitors to school

St Johns Ambulance     Rocket Man          Road Safety                Bikeability

Lego Workshops    Techniquest    Chester Zoo         Guide Dogs

Art Projects              Dogs Trust         Eon            Food Agency

Tara Dean – Artist             PC Ashton

Cricket Coach             Rugby Coach

Aura Leisure Sports Coaches

  • Trips

Cardiff                Kingswood                 Dangerpoint                Wepre

Deeside Stadium          Conwy Castle              Beatles Museum          Morrisons       Sports Day       Talacre Beech          Roman Museum

Welsh Mountain Zoo        Llandudno          Beechwood

Greenfield Valley             Living Eggs

  • Other Achievements

Welsh Jambori                  Guitar and violin lessons

More Able and Talented events throughout the federation of schools and at Golftyn

 

SPORT

Golftyn has a great sporting tradition and pupils are offered a variety of opportunities to join in. Extra curricular sports clubs offered during 2018/19 were football, rounders, cricket, football, Emergency Life Saving. Pupils have taken part in inter school and County tournaments and competitions.

Our football teams took part in the following competitions:

Ron Bishop

CQ League

Eccleson Cup

Hardwick Shield

Tom Roberts

Elwyn Owen

INSPECTION

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 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. WPC Ashton 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.

 

END OF KEY STAGE RESULTS AND TARGETS

As a school we are always striving towards success and we work with the Governing Body to set challenging targets for the improvement of pupil performance.

The school is required to set targets for the percentage of pupils obtaining level 4 or above in each of the core subjects at the end of Year 6.

Teachers complete statutory assessments at the end of Years 2 and 6 and pupils in Years 2 to 6 complete Welsh National Tests in numeracy and reading during May. Individual pupil’s results are reported to parents.

 

Foundation Phase Results 2019

Outcome 5+ Golftyn Target 2019 Golftyn

Actual

2019

Golftyn  Actual

2018

Maths 71.7% 88.7% 94.8%
English 60.4% 79.2% 91.4%
P.S.W.C 96.2% 96.2% 100%
FPI 60.4% 79.2% 91.4%

 

16 pupils in Year 2 on ALN register as per January PLASC, 1 Statemented, 2 School Action Plus and 13 School Action

 

Key Stage 2 Results 2019

Level 4+ Golftyn Target 2019 Golftyn

Actual

2019

Golftyn

Actual

2018

Maths 87.3% 96.3% 94.6%
English 89.1% 90.7% 94.6%
Science 89.1% 96.3% 94.6%
CSI 87.3% 90.7% 94.6%

8 pupils in Year 6 on ALN register as per January PLASC, 2 School Action Plus, 6 School Action