Chair of Governors Letter


20th July 2016


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. In October I was elected Chair and took over from Jon Horastead who had been a governor for many years and I would like to thank him for all that he did for the school and in particular in leading the Governing Body in an enthusiastic and purposeful manner.


The Governing Body has 14 members which include staff, parents and members of the local community. Our main aim is to support Mrs Pipe and the staff team in a strategic way by attending meetings, asking questions, visiting the school, talking to children and staff and supporting all school events.


We meet every term and discuss policies, finances, personnel and premises issues. Each term we talk to the Senior Leadership Team about teaching and learning and the progress of all children in school. We are always impressed with how committed all staff are to doing their best for all the children and would like to thank them for their hard work.


The termly Governor Day is always very interesting - we visit the classrooms and talk to children and participate in the lessons, we eat lunch with the children and then follow them into the playground. It is very pleasing to see all the policies and procedures we discuss at meetings in action. Governors enjoy visiting regularly and participating in all the many activities the children are engaged in.  Governors are always made to feel very welcome by staff and children. This year Governors have also been part of school trips, judging Parkgate’s Got Talent and judging Mr Potato Head!


We are always around on Parent Consultation Evenings to meet and greet parents and to ask you to complete the annual survey. Please take the time to say hello when you see us.


One of the most important events is our annual Vision Day which takes place in June with Mrs Pipe and the Senior Leadership Team. During this day we look back on the current school year and note our successes as well as planning ahead for the coming year. There is always lively discussion and general agreement of the way forward. At the heart of our discussions is the school vision ‘Our school is a happy, dynamic community where every child is inspired through discovery and learning to reach their full potential in preparation for a successful future’.



On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to say thank you to Mrs Pipe and all the Staff. Parkgate is a good school and Mrs Pipe’s vision, drive and commitment to all children, staff, parents and governors is a central part of the school’s success and we are all very lucky to have her leading the Parkgate Family.


I would like to wish you all a restful summer holiday with hopefully some warm, dry weather.


Yours sincerely





Liz Griffiths

Chair of Governors








Chair of Governors Letter