Chair of Governors' Report


I have just returned from the End of Year Assembly where I was witness to some delightful and inspiring tributes from each of those children leaving the school and moving on to the next stage in their lives. It was a very moving experience, there were many tears from children, parents, teachers and myself. I feel very privileged to have been part of today and I came away feeling inspired by this wonderful school.


And now we have come to the end of another busy school year during which the governors have been active in monitoring the winter and spring timetable, Nursery Provision, Marking and Feedback, Inclusion and Diversity, Grammar Punctuation and Spelling as well as communication between Parents and Governors. On top of these activities we have also continued with our regular monitoring of Health and Safety, Special Education Needs, Pupil Premium and Safeguarding. Several governors have also attended various training programmes conducted by Norfolk County Council. We have also been actively working with Mr Goodliffe on the parking and road safety issue outside the school. It is hoped there will soon be a 20 mile speed limit in front of the school.


We say a very sad goodbye at the end of this term to Mr. Simon Burton-Pye who has been a stalwart member of the Board of Governors for the past six years. He will be sorely missed by us all and we wish him well for the future. He has reassured me that he is never far away should we need him from time to time.


We have welcomed two new members to the Board this year. Mrs Shirley Higgins who has a background in finance and has joined the Finance Committee and also replaced Mr. Simon Burton-Pye as our Health and Safety Governor. Ms Lucy Tibble who has an economic and welfare management background has also joined us and is now our Equalities Governor.


Throughout this year the Board of Governors have also been exploring the future opportunities for the school to enable it to continue on a sustainable basis and keep in line with government policy. We have been talking to governors of some of our neighbouring schools and recognising the importance of us all working closely together. We will continue to strengthen these bonds next year and ensure that Gresham Village School and Nursery continues to thrive.


As you are all aware the school was recently visited by an OFSTED inspector. That report is not yet in the public domain so we still have to wait to see it. You will be able to find it on the OFSTED website once it has been published. However I can say that Mr Goodliffe is still smiling.


Finally on behalf of all the Governors I would like to thank Mr Goodliffe and his team for all the hard work they put into the school to enable each child to have a truly happy, positive and enhancing Primary Education. These are the very vital formative years of every child. I would also like to thank the Friends of the School too for their considerable support, time and energy. They too make a tremendous contribution to school life. May I wish you all a very well deserved holiday wherever you may be.



Carolyn Hall, MBE

Chair, Board of Governors

July 2016