Such a lot has happened this academic year; we have said goodbye to Mrs Stacey and Mrs Mcpherson and welcomed Miss Smith and Mr Winson.
On behalf of the Governors I would like to congratulate all our pupils in the way they have conducted themselves this year. I know the next few weeks will be testing with all the tests happening, but we are all confident that each and everyone of them will do the best they can.
As Governors we have been more visible in school this year and have seen how the environment has changed; it is welcoming, warm and nurturing and is commented on by so many of our visitors. Parents evening has become more streamlined with considerably less corridor walking the especially if you have more than one child at Whaley Thorns! Parents have been welcomed into school to volunteer and their help is invaluable. The PTA has grown and is more energetic introducing more exciting events in and around school.
The whole team at Whaley Thorns have embraced the changes and worked so hard this year to enable our school to grow; thank you. Also, a big thank you to the hard work Mr Holmes has done in and around school; he is amazing at improving the environment for us all.
As Governors we can see the clear vision Mrs Lupton has for our school and we believe there are exciting and challenging times ahead, and we can’t wait!
Well what a great start to the academic year our students have had, it was fantastic to see everyone in their uniform and eager to learn. As a school we have some exciting future plans! We have held our first Governing Board meeting which went well in ensuring that all Governors had a clear way forward in supporting the school. Every Governor is allocated to the right committee ensuring that responsibilities are met.
Making sure that all children are getting the right opportunity to learn and enjoy school is a big part of what goes on. As part of this, a lot of data is collected. Governors don’t see individual’s data, but we do look at groups, for example, how does the achievement of girls compare to boys in various subjects, and how does this compare to national averages? Doing this helps the school identify areas to focus on. Governors had a training session on safeguarding given by Mrs A Lupton on the first day of the school year.
As a past parent and student of Whaley Thorns, I’ve been very pleased and encouraged that children enjoying school is always such a high priority.
Zoe Ellis - Chair of Governors
The Governing board would like to acknowledge the support that each child and parent/carer has given to Whaley Thorns this academic year. We have had various changes throughout the year with changes to staffing and Leadership of the school. We are now in a position to move forward and upward and with the help from all our staff, parents/carers and children, 2018/19 can build on the foundations that have been set now. Have a fantastic and safe summer and see you all in September.