If you would like to speak to the

Chair of Governors

please telephone school on

01244 830569

Mr Neil Cottrell

Mr Neil Cottrell

Chair of Governors

Mr Chris Risley

Mr Chris Risley

Vice Chairperson

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
  • 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 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


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                        14.12.23

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


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 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

2019/2020

                                                                                                                   £

ANNUAL BUDGET  (including £73,811 carried                 1,425,250

forward from 2018/2019)

Government Grants                                                                     323,717

EXPENDITURE

EMPLOYEES (Teachers and other Staff)                             1,470,272

PREMISES (Rates, Grounds Maintenance, Energy)                69,274

TRANSPORT                                                                                          0

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


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 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%.


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: 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.


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 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,

SMT

2019
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,

Governors,

ALNCo.

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

Headteacher,

ALNCo,

Members of PSE Team

2019-2020
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,

Governors,

ALNCo,

Members of curriculum teams

2019-2023

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

Choir                                                         School Council

Street Dance                                             Football

Homework                                                Breakfast

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

  • Trips

France                                                       Manchester Airport

Pantomime                                              Cinema

  • Other Achievements

Welsh Jambori                                          Guitar and violin lessons

Pupil won Letter to a Future Child Competition

Choir took part in Amasing


SPORT

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:

Ron Bishop

CQ League

Eccleson Cup

Hardwick Shield

We were working towards achieving our Platinum Dragon Sport’s Award but this has been transferred to 20/21 due to Covid Lockdown.


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 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.