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
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 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.
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
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
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
ANNUAL BUDGET (including £62,864 carried 1,417,152
forward from 2017/2018)
Government Grants 214,620
EMPLOYEES (Teachers and other Staff) 1,359,304
PREMISES (Rates, Grounds Maintenance, Energy) 68,601
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
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%.
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.
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 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
Golftyn offers a wide variety of enrichment activities to broaden pupils learning and knowledge. During the last year these have included the following:
Yoga Cricket Choir LN Squad Science Art Chess Dodgeball Cheerleading School Council ICT Street Dance Football Homework club Breakfast club
- 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
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
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:
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
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
8 pupils in Year 6 on ALN register as per January PLASC, 2 School Action Plus, 6 School Action