Lindfield Primary School
Headteacher’s Report to Governors
School Improvement Plan
With reference to the SIP (2008-09), the main priorities we are focussing on during the autumn term
Sharing good practice and participating in collaborative projects through our ‘Schools All
Learning Together’ (SALT) network
Teaching and Learning audit: Core Subjects and Differentiation
Detailed analysis of SATs at both key stages (RAISE and WSCC e-POD)
Preparation for Supported Data Review (SDR)
Update SEF for OfSTED inspection
Review of Teaching and Learning, Child Protection and Behaviour/Anti-Bullying Policies
As many of these areas feature in committee meetings, an overall summary about progress is
SALT Network. The network continues to develop at a number of different levels and through
a range of collaborative initiatives including the learning mentor, gifted and talented and FACS
projects plus the ‘Leading from the Middle’ course. Year group teachers and deputy heads
within our eight schools still continue to meet termly to share best practice and discuss issues
in a range of areas. Our fifth annual SALT INSET Day is scheduled to take place on Monday
26th January 2009. This year the theme will be ‘Everyone a Leader.’ Our keynote speaker for
the day is Sir John Jones a nationally recognised figure who was a headteacher of a
comprehensive school in Liverpool. Lindfield will be hosting the day.
Teaching and Learning Audit. A formal whole school ‘OfSTED’ audit of teaching and learning
will take place during October and November. Strengths and areas for development will be fed
back to individual staff and general issues shared with the SLT. This audit will feed into the
school’s Self-Evaluation Form (SEF). The focus this term will be on differentiation in the core
subject areas (maths, English and science) and will seek to evaluate the quality of teaching and
learning in targeting different groups of children especially the more able. A summary report
of the audit will be distributed to staff and governors at the end of November.
SATs Analysis. See Standards of Achievement below.
SDR visit The formalised target setting process will begin shortly in years 2 and 5. The
respective year group teachers will establish realistic individual national curriculum level
targets for their children. The SLT will then consider our overall school cohort targets
alongside the predicted individual pupil levels for key stage 2 SATs we receive from County and
DCSF. Although by law we don’t have to set targets for key stage 1 SATs, we consider it to be
good practice to continue with this process. For the second time, we have to set a percentage
target for the number of children we believe will progress two national curriculum levels from
key stage 1 to key stage 2. These targets forms an important part of their value added agenda.
The date of our SDR is set for the morning of Monday 1st December. The SDR will involve our
School Improvement Partner (SIP), Mrs Eileen Vose, who will work with the SLT and a governor
Self-Evaluation Form (SEF). Our current SEF was uploaded to the OfSTED website in
November 2007. Evidence from the latest RAISE (2008), this term’s teaching audit and
evaluative reports from our SIP over the past two terms will be added to our SEF this term, to
ensure it is a contemporary document ready for the short notice inspections under the current
OfSTED framework. Before finalising the updated SEF, any amendments will be discussed and
agreed with our SLT and chairs of committees during December before submitting to OfSTED
as a ‘live’ document by the end of term.
Review of Policies. Our Teaching and Learning, Child Protection and Behaviour/Anti-Bullying
Policies were reviewed and agreed by staff at the beginning of the school year. No
amendments were made at this time. However, because of our participation in the UNICEF
Rights Respecting Schools (RRS) Award from September, Rachel Crosbie who has responsibility
for ‘Every Child Matters’ will look more closely at our Behaviour/Anti-Bullying Policy and see
how it aligns with this new award. Information for parents on the RRS was provided in a recent
newsletter and posted on our school web site.
Standards of Achievement
A preliminary analysis of the key stage 1 and 2 SATs results for 2008 was given at the last full
governors’ meeting in July, but we still await the detailed (RAISE) analysis from the Department for
Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) which is due to arrive in October/November. The comparative
data we receive from County (e-Pod) was presented at the last Teaching and Learning Committee
meeting in September. An additional report on the RAISE data will be circulated to governors this
term for consideration. This data will contain our Contextual Value Added (CVA) score which has
become such an important measure for OfSTED inspections. Subject leaders in science, English and
mathematics have also analysed strengths and weaknesses from this year’s SATs papers to feed back
to teachers to inform future classroom practice.
To further enrich opportunities for our children, the range of activities since the last report includes:
Year 5/6: County cricket final at Horsham CC
Early Years/KS1: Sports Day
KS2: Sports Day (team events)
KS2: Sports Day (individual events)
Year 5/6: French club visit to Café Rouge
Whole School: David Underwood, linking with a school in Gambia
Year 5: Same Sky visit linking with Arts Gigantic project
Year 5: Visit to Wakehurst Place for Arts Gigantic project
Key Stage 2: SCAMPS guitar assembly
Year 2: WPC Kemp visit, “How the police can help”
Year 3: WPC Kemp visit: “Respect for property”
Year 5: Victorian Day
Year 3: Pirates Day
Year 4: WPC Kemp visit, “Choices- rules, reasons not to steal, break, cause damage”
On 3rd October, the number on roll was 420 pupils as against 427 pupils in the previous report in July.
The year group status is as follows:
Year R: 60 pupils
Year 1: 60 pupils
Year 2: 58 pupils
Year 3: 61 pupils
Year 4: 56 pupils
Year 5: 62 pupils
Year 6: 63 pupils
The current figures are very much in line with our prediction at the end of the summer term. With
PLASC returns approaching in January, it is reassuring to confirm that a good demographic picture
remains for the next financial year. It allows us to plan ahead for the next two years with a good
degree of certainty regarding staffing and cost centre allocations.
Many children continue to enjoy the wide range of club activities our school offers. Different
clubs/activities offered each week include: Chess, Football (2 sessions) Tag Rugby, High Fives Netball,
Athletics, Cricket (2 sessions), French (5 sessions), Recorders (3 sessions), Spanish, Nature Club,
Drama, Tennis (2 sessions), Cross Country, Table Tennis (3 sessions) and Choir. All of these activities
make important contributions to a range of the Every Child Matters (ECM) outcomes.
As reported at the last governors meeting but too late to be included in my written report, our boys’
cricket team reached ‘Finals’ day of the 11-a-side County competition. The day featured the top four
teams in Sussex and after some very competitive cricket we won the trophy for the first time in the
30 year history of the competition. In a July edition, a photograph of our winning team featured in the
The minutes from the first Resources meeting of the school year reflect the detail of discussions.
On our budget plan, which is now six months into the financial year, there are no significant trends or
variances to report.
We are beginning preparations for a ‘Financial Management Standards in Schools’ (FMSiS) audit which
will take place this term. All secondary schools in West Sussex have been audited to comply with new
regulations. It is anticipated that 80% of primary schools in West Sussex will have been audited and
meet with the legislation by the end of 2009.
Our accumulating fund holds £30,321 which is well within the 5-8% threshold of our overall School
Budget Share (SBS).
Miss Charlotte Elgood, who was appointed to our staff last term, has settled well into her role as class
teacher for a year 3 class. As a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), Charlotte is being mentored in her
induction year by Miss Holly Underwood.
Following the resignation of Mrs Christine Curtis as clerical assistant during the summer holidays, Mrs
Tracey Longhurst was appointed to this role in the school office.
Courses/meetings attended by staff since the last report:
Bob White: West Sussex Primary Heads’ Exec. Meeting
Sheila Riley: SALT Deputy Heads/Heads meeting
Bob White: SALT Heads meeting
All staff: Teaching French workshop
Bob White: Chairing Resources Consultative Group meeting
Sue Homewood: Teaching French course
All teachers: SALT year group meetings
Bob White: Schools Forum meeting
Yvonne Swinson, Karen Wilson, Inger Moss, Bev Cargan, Sarah Rolph: Cache Level 3 Teaching
Assistants course (Central Sussex College) based at Lindfield
Brenda Hayhoe-Smith and Bob White: FMSiS training
Charlotte Elgood: NQT course
Vanessa Shuttleworth and Sheila Riley: National Strategy Inclusion Development
Debbie Ruse, Marian Stevens, Lynn Anderson: Visual Impairment training
Rachel Crosbie: Moving Forward Together conference
Rachel Crosbie, Di Webster, Vanessa Shuttleworth: Child Protection training
A successful ‘Open Morning’ took place on Thursday 2nd October where our School was open to the
local community. Year 6 children gave conducted guided tours of the School. Most of our visitors,
numbering over fifty in total, were prospective parents who are in the process of making a choice of
preferred school for their child starting in September 2009.
We have had no official complaints and no racial incidents during the period since the last report.
Bob White (Headteacher)