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Governors’ Blog-- September 2022
We said farewell to two of our long-standing members of staff, at the end of last term. Our Deputy Head, Mrs Roberts who was at All Saints for 16 years and gave wonderful service to the school and Mrs Trainer, a TA in years five and six, who gave great support to the teachers of those year groups. Mrs Roberts has moved on to become a Headteacher in a Bolton School, we wish them both every success in their new positions.
Mrs Partington and the Governors will be looking to appoint a new Deputy in the very near future. In the interim, three members of staff have been moved onto the Senior Leadership Team to support Mrs Partington in the running of the school.
Father Edmund retired towards the end of the school and he had been associated with the school and a school Governor for 26 years. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well in his retirement. Father Mike, from St George’s Church and Father Jordan from All Saints will serve on the Governing Body and will often be visiting school to give assemblies and visit classes.
We also welcome to school Mrs Power, who will be working in the reception class. We are sure she will settle in quickly to life at All Saints and enjoy her time at the school.
It was sad to hear of the late Queen Elizabeth 11 passing, it is incredible to think that she had been on the throne for 70 years and carried out her many duties so successfully and for so long. A quite wonderful record of duty towards her country. The school and children held a special assembly on the morning after the news of her passing away. A group of children did attend a special service at All Saints in commemoration of the Queens life and Bishop Philip, the Bishop of the North did attend school to talk to children. A book of remembrance has been placed in the school hall.
The Governors are meeting on Wednesday 28th September. These are meetings of the Curriculum and Resources Committees. The Full Governors Meeting for this term will be held on Tuesday 6th December.
School terms do pass very quickly and let us all hope that this school term is a very successful and happy one for all members of the All Saint’s Family
Chair of Governors
Governors’ Up-Date - January 2022
On behalf of the Governors may I wish all members of the All Saints Community a happy and healthy 2022.
It is sometime since I entered a blog on the web site and certainly the year of 2021 was a difficult year for schools and it was no different for All Saints. We had the 10 weeks of lockdown at the start of the year and then occasions of classes being in isolation, different break times for classes, social distancing rules and school staff recording positive tests for covid.
However, throughout the last year the school has functioned as normally as possible and the welfare of children and their academic progress has always been at the forefront of the minds of the Senior Management, the staff and the Governors. The Governors would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank the whole school staff for their superb and unstinting efforts, throughout the year, in maintaining the high standards set at All Saints. We also like to thanks the parents for supporting the staff and working together for the benefit of the children, it has been an excellent community effort. This is illustrated by the very pleasing attendance of the children throughout the last school year.
The Governors have continued to hold their meetings throughout 2021. There is a General Meeting held once each term as well as the meeting of two specialist committees. We have the Curriculum Committee which looks at curriculum development, pupil progress behaviour and attendance. The other committee is the Resources Committee, which discusses wellbeing of all members of the All Saints community as well the premises and the school finances. Most of the meetings have taken place via zoom, which are not ideal, but we did manage to hold our December meetings in the school hall, where we were able to socially distance ourselves. The next General Meeting take place in the middle of January. The Governors are delighted to welcome onto the Governing Body, Mrs Rachael Anders-Kay, who is the new Parent Governor and she will serve as a Governor for the next four years, she has a son at the school.
In October Mrs Stammers resigned as she wants to spend more time with her family. Mrs Stammers was an excellent member of staff for many years and the children in her classes, not only respected here but were very fond of her. The Governors would like to publicly express their thanks to Mrs Stammers and wish her well in the future. A very long serving member of staff Mrs Martland retired in November. Mrs Martland was a TA in school and was devoted to All Saints serving the school for 30 years. We wish her a long and happy retirement.
A new member of staff joins the school at the start of the Spring Term. Her name is Miss Critchley and is she will be working with year three. Miss Critchley worked in a school in East Lancashire for the last five years and we certainly hope she has a very happy number of years with us at All Saints.
It is the Governors’ intention to place a blog on the web site at the end of each term, in order to inform parents of any important items that have arisen from any of the termly meetings.
Mr Brian Souter
Chairman of the Governing Body
ALL SAINTS' BLOG--- February 2021
From Brian Souter, Chairman of the Governing Body
Well we have a road map out of lockdown and we know that all children will be returning to school on 8th March. It will give the teachers and children three weeks of lessons before the Easter Break. I am sure that children, parents, teachers and all school staff will be delighted that everyone will be back together within two weeks time.
I really want to take this opportunity of thanking the school staff for their incredible efforts in providing work for children to complete at home and at school, as well as maintaining contact with our school families. We are also very thankful to parents and carers for the way in which they have supported the school over the course of the last few challenging months. It has been wonderful to witness the way in which the school community has worked together this school year.
Hopefully the final term of the school year will be a brilliant term, with great learning, great lessons and great weather.
We have been very fortunate in that there have been very few periods of isolation of classes since September and that this continues to be the case through until the summer. The school will continue to take all the necessary safety precautions.
Best Wishes to you all
Brian Souter—Chairman of the Governing Body on behalf of all the Governors
On behalf of the Governing Body
Blog--- November 2020
We all realise and recognise the difficulties faced by the country and schools since March of this year. The lockdown lasted from March until early June. All Saints` was open for certain families throughout the lockdown, including holiday times. Almost 40 children and their parents took advantage of being in school throughout the lockdown and the remainder of the school population were sent work home. The Governors are extremely grateful to the staff at school for their wonderful efforts in maintaining contact with children and parents throughout the lockdown period.
Since September the school has had in place a very rigorous risk assessment plan and it is to the great credit of the children and parents that they have adapted to the many changes in school, such as being taught in bubbles and different lunch times. This has assisted in keeping everyone safe and also to date no group has had to isolate at home.
As always I have been most impressed how all the school community, staff, parents and children have faced up to the challenges presented by Covid 19. The Governors are very appreciative of the hard work and support of you all and once again it shows how everyone at All Saints` work together during difficult times.
Please keep safe and hopefully all will be back to normal in early 2021
Brian Souter Chairman of the Governing Body
Message from Chairman of the Governing Body - March 2017
On behalf of all the Governors at All Saints’ I really must congratulate all members of the school, children, teachers, support staff, parents and fellow governors on the recent two superb inspection reports. These are the Ofsted and Siams reports. Copies of both are to be found on the school web site.
Both of the reports do emphasise and highlight many strengths of the school. The Siams inspection report gave a grade of OUTSTANDING and the Ofsted report was GOOD. Such high quality reports only come with hard work, total commitment to the school values and the support by all and for all members of our school community.
As always in a school there are areas which can be improved and you can rest assured that the school will be focusing its efforts on these over the coming months. I do visit school often and I am always impressed with the excellent behaviour of the children and the high quality of the teaching.
Best wishes to you all
Chairman of the Governing Body
Message from Chairman of the Governing Body - December 2016
We had a very successful Ofsted Inspection in December 2016. There were only TWO areas that were highlighted as areas of improvement, these were:
Message from Chairman of the Governing Body - April 2016
As always the school has been extremely busy over the term since Christmas. As we come towards the end of the term I would like to highlight a number of successes.
The school has recently been awarded the “Church Distinctiveness” Award. This is a prestigious award to receive and Mrs Partington received the award on behalf of the school, quite recently, at Blackburn Cathedral.
Attendance for the school continues to improve and at present the average attendance is slightly over 96%. This is a real improvement over the last two years and is excellent news. We all know that good attendance at school is one of the major reasons for success at school.
The new entrance and cloakroom at the Key Stage Two entrance has now been completed. It really has improved the entrance both in appearance as well as safety for the children.
Could I remind children and parents that we do have the facility in school for children to join the Unify Credit Union Junior Savers Scheme. A number of children are members and it is a great way for children to save money.
A huge thank you to our school joiner Mr Redman for making our "Throne of Words" chair at no cost to the school. You will hear more about the "Throne", when the children interview some important guests next term.
I often visit school and I am always impressed and encouraged by the way the children behave in their lessons and how they are also always on task. I am sure we send our best wishes to year six and Mrs Marsden during their SATs week beginning on Monday 9th May. They have worked extremely hard this year and deserve to do well.
On behalf of the Governors I would like to thank both the teachers and children for their hard work throughout the term and parents for their support.
Enjoy the two week break