Baston Church of England Primary School
Headteacher’s Report to the Governing Body
Dear Mr Chairman and Governors
Re: REPORT FOR THE SUMMER TERM OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2009/10
HEADTEACHER: Miss F Dicker
ASSISTANT HEADTEACHER: Mrs K Day
KEY STAGE 2 LEADER: Mr P Singleton
TEACHERS Miss N Beckett
Mrs. J. Clayton.
Miss E Gowers
Miss. A. Ivatt
TEACHERS PART-TIME: Mrs. S. Barrett 0.5
HLTA PART TIME Mrs J Simpson
PE SPECIALIST Mrs Sue Oakley
TEACHING ASSISTANTS Mrs S Adams
Mrs S. Baker
Mrs S Barrett
Mrs. Lisa Davies
Mrs. A. Dummett
Mrs A Goddard
Mrs. E. Goodacre
Mrs B Robinson
Mrs C Tilley
Mrs T Willis
SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR Mrs. L. Perkins
ADMINISTRATOR ASSISTANTS Mrs. M. Hussey
Mrs J Bannister
CARETAKER Mr D Wildman
CLEANERS IN CHARGE Mrs M. Berridge
CLEANER Mrs A Baxter
MIDDAY SUPERVISORS Mrs. S. Adams (Senior Supervisor)
Mrs M Berridge
Mrs. T. Willis
Mrs F Dow
Mrs T Broadman
Mrs A Baxter
MORNING BUS/PLAYGROUND Mrs S Baker
SUPERVISORS Mrs A Goddard
Since the last report to the Governing Body the number on roll has settled at 171.
Teacher Year group(s) Number of class pupils
Karen Day Foundation- Beech 24
Nicola Beckett Year 1 – Cherry Blossom 26
Jill Clayton Year 2 - Oak 27
Emma Gowers Year 3 – Elm 24
Year 4 8
Paul Singleton Year 4 - Pine 15
Year 5 15
Amy Ivatt Year 5 - Sycamore 8
Year 6 24
INTAKE – RECEPTION 2010
This now stands at 15 but await formal confirmation. I anticipate on keeping classes in
the current format for a year and distributing support staff as required.
Staff have returned well to work after the Easter Holidays. I must advise the Governing
Body that I have received the resignation of Mrs Linda Perkins effective from August 31st
2010. We are in the process of advertising for relevant positions and I will advise the
Governing Body of this once the interviews and appointments have been completed.
Staff Absence – Data for period 22.2.10 – 7.5.10
Staff sickness and absence Medical absence: 34
(working days) LOA: 9
Unpaid LOA: 0
Summary of all grievance/disciplinary None
matters relating to staff
Summary of recruitment needs Administration
Data for the period – 11.02.10 – 10.05.10
Date Course Staff in attendance
11.02.10 PSQM Karen Day
11.02.10 LDL-ECAW Paul Singleton
24.02.10 PSQM Amy Ivatt
24.02.10 ECAW Paul Singleton
25.02.10 ECAW Paul Singleton
01.03.10 PSQM Karen Day
02.03.10 ECAW Paul Singleton
03.03.10 ECAW Paul Singleton
05.03.10 MFL Sara Barrett
09.03.10 LFTM Paul Singleton
10.03.10 Head Teacher’s briefing Frances Dicker
16.03.10/26.03.10 PSHE Jill Clayton
18.03.10 Leadership Karen Day
22.03.10 Health And Safety Frances Dicker
22.03.10 ECAW Paul Singleton
23.03.10 Future Leaders Frances Dicker
25.03.10 NAHT meeting Frances Dicker
29.03.10 Lead Assessment Paul Singleton
30.03.10 Film Mark Paul Singleton
19.04.10 Transactional analysis All Teachers
19.04.10 Talk for Science All Teachers except for
All Teaching Assistants
26.04.10 LLE Frances Dicker
27.04.10 ECAW Paul Singleton
07.05.10 Science Karen Day
Performance management mid year reviews and observations have now taken place
and are on line to be completed within the required time.
As in previous years, one of our NQT’s is to be part of the Quality Assurance process,
taking place on the 17th May 2010. Miss Nicola Beckett will be observed teaching by an
outside assessor and also be interviewed along with myself and Karen Day-her induction
tutor. Historically this has been a very positive experience and we will advise Full
Governing Body in the next HT report.
One of my duties is to report on any racial incidents that have occurred. I am pleased to
inform the Governing Body that there is nothing to report.
HOT SCHOOL MEALS
Hot School Meals is proving to be successful with the approx weekly intake numbering
240 although we are seeing an expected dip in uptake due to the time of year. We have
now employed a sixth midday supervisor which means busy times are catered for and all
demands are met.
It is important that we convene a devolved capital meeting as soon as possible. Can
Governors register their interest at this meeting please and agree a date so we can
The community build has been formally refused by the planning department for the
reasons stated on the website.
Preparations for our visit to Freiston are well underway with activities chosen. A meeting
has been held with parents, which seemed well received.
In Year 4 - 22 out of 23 pupils are going and in Year 3 - 23 out of 25 are going with
maybe one additional. Mr Singleton will be leading this visit. Additional staff are in the
process of being organised
SDP enclosed for your consideration.
Please see the enclosed curriculum committee report
Since the beginning of the year 16 pupils have received 1:1 tuition to support them in
achieving Level 4 by the end of KS2 in reading, writing or maths. Pupils from across KS2
have been considered. Teachers and one supply teacher – Mrs Duerden (known to the
school) have completed or are completing the tuition. Prior to the analysis of standards
in the July meeting of the ES committee, I would like to advise that of the ten pupils that
have now completed their ten week tuition course, February data shows that all pupils
bar one have made progress, some two levels. We have also seen a marked
improvement in pupils about to sit their SAT’s and two of the three pupils have achieved
or are on the edge of achieving a level 4 which is an excellent achievement for them.
School Improvement is presently evaluating the grading of schools. After much
discussion with Paul Spray, I have asked that our school be placed at Good overall with
increased areas levelled as outstanding. We are very nearly outstanding overall but
there are still small pockets of pupils who are not making the expected progress and I
would like to see this achieved before we accept the outstanding overall level. This is the
aim for next year and I am in the process of compiling a plan to focus this improvement.
Following information in the last HT report we are now in receipt of the budget and I
would like to provide the FGB with further information on the funding for additional needs
over the next three years.
This year there will be no losers or winners and schools are receiving the same amount
as in other years-so no cuts. The finance is cut into SEN Factor funding which relates to
School Action, School Action Plus pupils and all those who are statemented at Bands 1-
5 (the smaller the band the less hours). Bands 6-8 are for more severe cases and Band
8 is full time-32.5 hours - this money and the relating statements are managed by LCC.
We have been allocated SEN protection funding of £13,400 and it is this finance that will
be reduced and ultimately lost over the next three years. We have planned for a
reduction over the next three years but we will need to mindful of the impact of staffing
and how our carry forwards can manage this especially with a low intake in 2011/2012.
I will keep the FGB informed as further information comes to Head Teachers.
LOCAL LEADER OF EDUCATION/LEAD ASSESSMENT SCHOOL (LLE)
I have been recently advised that following a successful application, I have been chosen
as a Local Leader of Education. This is a wonderful opportunity for our school to work
alongside another school over the next year for up to twenty days to support their
development. It should not be said that the receiving school will have concerns in all
areas; rather in one area which is impinging on the progress and attainment of pupils
within that school. We will also benefit from their strengths and be able to build a good
working relationship, enhancing our community links. The abilities of staff here means
that they will also have an opportunity to lead change within the focus area so
developing their skills. This is based on a model called systems leadership.
What is system leadership?
A number of national agencies have together suggested that leadership with an outward-
facing and system-oriented perspective will be characterised by:
• Willingness to take on system-wide leadership roles
• Moral and strategic purpose – problem-solving the complexities of context
• Commitment to building lateral capacity through collaboration and networking
• focus on enhancing the quality of learning and achievement for all children
• Ability to transform schools and networks into personal and professional learning
• Capacity to empower and develop leadership in others – and to plan for succession
We have also been asked to become a Lead Assessment School (LA). I have agreed
with Elaine Radley, Muriel George and Paul Harmsworth to combine the two areas of
leadership (LLE and LA) and so our focus with the ‘local lead’ school will be
School of Good Practice
As advised by email recently, we have been selected as a school of Good Practice for
RE, SMSC, Collective Worship, PSHE and SEAL. This is a great testament to the
commitment by all staff, pupils and Governors and the ethos that exists..
Following his success in this programme, Paul Singleton has been asked to be a
Leading Development Leaders for Every Child A Writer for a second year. This will bring
benefit to this school as well as the receiving school in terms of CPD and will also
provide added weight to our system leadership partnerships.
I have been asked to present at the next Regional SEAL meeting in the Autumn. I am
also intending to involve Amy Ivatt so she can talk about her leadership of AFL and
SEAL in Year 6, in connection with the Deepings School. Additionally Jill Clayton has
been part of a Lincolnshire wide team scripting PSHE plans linked to SEAL.
This year we are part of cluster moderation for the Foundation Stage. This is a normal
part of the moderation cycle. However, Karen Day has been approached to become a
moderator which is a wonderful reflection of her skills. She will shadow this year and
then move towards independent moderation the following year.
This year we have extended our Transition programme to involve all primary schools.
Kieran Scarff, Steve Russell and I have organised for all Y6 pupils going to The
Deepings to attend four sessions at the secondary school. Parents will also be able to
attend on the final day. Additionally all Y5 pupils will also attend a one day session of
activities in Term 6. Funding for this has been realised through SEAL and also through
extended schools which the Head of MDCP has managed.
Additionally the following information should be informative
Bourne Grammar School Pupil uptake
The Deepings Secondary School Ten pupils
The Bourne Grammar school Ten Pupils
The Robert Manning School Three pupils
Spalding Grammar School One pupil
Staff have also attended Transactional Analysis Training – this can be found by googling
Transactional analysis in Schools but simply it provides new ways of thinking about how
to provide the sort of school and classroom leadership that enhances student motivation
Staff have really enjoyed this and we are now looking a building on this training.
Sessions for eleven plus will begin in Term 6. We will focus on completing the practice
papers sent to us and support pupils with some further practice. The eleven plus will now
be in September/October of Term 1.
Modern Foreign Languages.
Bourne Grammar will be visiting us to complete Spanish and French lessons with Year 5
Spanish lessons are also being offered to all pupils from an outside agency to all ages
across the school.
Developments are now focusing on:
o Developing Teacher and Teaching Assistant expertise.
o Developing links with another school in another country.
Taster sessions have now been completed for Football and Netball and we are looking
forwards to further training and competing against schools in the Deepings and Bourne
We have now delivered four classroom assemblies which have been extremely
successful and well-attended by parents and Governors.
Term Date Class
Term 6 8th July Cherry
Term 6 15th July Reception
I would like to thank the Governors who have attended assemblies and further to my
January report, hope that we can move forwards in organising timetables for the FGB to
attend one worship, every three weeks from this term, separate to the above.
Health and Safety amended audit attached.
o Hand gel has been ordered for all classrooms
o Plug guards have been ordered for all open sockets.
o Staff have been advised of being health and safety aware and raising concerns
should they see them.
o All medical incidents are recorded.
o All hazardous material are checked and logged by Caretaker with appropriate
Following discussion at our last finance meeting, I would also like to advise that I am
informally discussing the division of classrooms and the related cost as well as the
development of the front of the school to increase space and will advise as soon as
We are currently working alongside the PTA to use the monies raised by parents for the
benefit of the pupils.
There are plans to develop a stage area and we are awaiting plans/costs from Fenland
Leisure. I have advised Lisa Squires that I wish this to also go to Governors once cost
has been ascertained to ensure they are aware of the development of the premises. The
PTA have also agreed to provide each class with items against a wish list that we shall
compile and I am also in the process of purchasing some musical instruments. They are
organising Jumicar and Zoolab visits for the pupils as advised in our recent newsletter..
We will be providing the PTA with a ‘wish list at their next AGM so they have a focus for
the academic year.
SUMMER TERM 5
20.04.10 First day of Summer Term 5
06.05.10 SCHOOL CLOSED
10.05.10 SAT’s Assessment Week
12.05.10 BGS MFL visit to visit Year 5
16.05.10 BGS MFL visit to Year 6
17.05.10 Class Photographs
17.05.10-21.05.10 Walk to School Week
26.05.10 BGS MFL visit to Year 6
28.05.10 Last day of Term 5
29.05.10 Premiership Rugby Cup Final at Twickenham
SUMMER TERM 6
07.06.10 First day of Summer Term 6
09.06.10 Seal Club members visit to Wickstead Park
17.06.10 Y6 Church Schools Festival visit to Lincoln
23.06.10 Visit by Diocesan Director of Education
28.06.10-30.06.10 Year 4 Residential visit to Freiston
30.06.10 Year 3 MFL visit to BGS
01.07.10 Bourne Grammar open evening for Years 4/5
05.07.10-07.07.10 Year 3 Residential visit to Freiston
07.07.10 The Deepings Taster Day for Year 6
08.07.10 Cherry Class Collective Worship (2.30 pm)
08.07.10 The Robert Manning Taster Day for Year 6
09.07.10 Bourne Grammar Taster Day for Year 6
12.07.10 MFSF Visit for pupils
13.07.10 The Deepings School opening evening Years 4/5
14.07.10 Bastille Day
15.07.10 Beech Class Collective Worship (2.30 pm)
15.07.10 MFSF Visit for parents (3.30 pm)
16.07.10 Sports Day
19.07.10 Reserve Sports Day (if weather bad on 16.07.10)
21.07.10 Last day of Summer Term 6
. AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Club Teacher Day
Orchestra Mrs Ruth Smith Monday
Spanish Club KS2 Spanish Monday
Choir Mrs Debbie Howard Tuesday
Football YR -Y2 POSH Tuesday
SEAL Mrs Sharon Adams Wednesday
Football Club Mr Colam Wednesday
Netball Club Mrs Bedford and Mrs Russell Wednesday
Cooking Mrs Judy Simpson Wednesday
Gardening Mrs Williams & Garthwaite Thursday
Spanish KS1 Spanish Thursday
Drama Mrs Alison Dummett Thursday
Football Y3,4,5,6 POSH Friday