18th July 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we come to the end of another school year I would like to bring you up-to-date on Governor matters.
Following the challenges of restructuring and redundancies last year we must thank the staff for rebuilding the team and ensuring that the children get the best education they can. This has been achieved through their continued hard work and commitment to all the children in school.
There have been many exciting events this year for everyone to join in with. The highlights have included the Food Festival and ‘the whole world in our hands’ cross curricular week in January, as well as the joint Parkgate Party with the Infants and the many trips and visitors the children had. The annual parents and children surveys show that you consistently rate the school as good and your children enjoy coming to school and feel safe at school.
This school year has been very ‘interesting’ with two Ofsted Inspections. The first in January said the school demonstrated strong practice in certain areas and was improving towards outstanding. Staff and governors were very pleased with the recognition of the many strengths of the school and expected a further inspection sometime next year. We were very surprised to see them again in June!
The inspection process is very thorough and staff and governors were asked many questions about teaching and learning. I know that the inspectors spoke to many parents during the picnic on sports day and would have liked to have had more time for this. Thank you to those parents who completed the online Parent View in January and June.
The inspectors also took every opportunity to talk to the children and found them keen to learn and happy to talk about their school and their learning.
We are delighted that the school has been acknowledged by Ofsted as OUTSTANDING. It is thrilling that Mrs. Pipe and all the staff have been recognised as offering ‘a happy dynamic community where every child meets their full potential’. The report is very clear that Parkgate Junior School is outstanding in every area and we should all be very proud of this. I am sure when you read the report you were smiling as much as we were. School staff don’t like to
boast about how good they are so that is our job as parents and governors to tell everyone we meet that Parkgate Junior School family is outstanding and they should send their children here!
On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to say thank you to all staff and in particular Mrs. Pipe for their continued hard work and commitment to all the children in school. Parkgate Juniors is an OUTSTANDING school and Mrs. Pipe ‘provides inspirational leadership which motivates staff, children and governors to excel in all that they do’.
We hope that all staff enjoy a relaxing and refreshing holiday.
I would like to wish you and your families an enjoyable summer.
Chair of Governors