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Welcome to St Luke's Primary School!

Dear Parents,

I am delighted to be writing to you as the new Headteacher of St Luke's. Having visited the school and church on several occasions prior to starting I have found all the staff, children and governors very welcoming and I feel privileged to be joining your school and village community. Having grown up in Colchester before successfully teaching and leading schools across the country I am very much looking forward to working in, and becoming part of, a growing community that is close to my childhood roots.

My priority as Head Teacher is to ensure that the school continues to improve and that your children are happy and get the best possible education. I am passionate about meeting the needs of every child and enabling them to reach their full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development. Working together, I hope that we will continue to develop St Luke's as a caring and integral part of the Tiptree community.

I look forward to meeting you all in the coming months and having the opportunity to talk to you about your children. I will be available in the library area or at the school gate in the mornings and hope to see many more of you at the next 'Coffee and Chat', Friday 15th September at 2pm. If there is anything else that you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact the office who will be able to make arrangements or pop your suggestions into the suggestion box outside my office.

Kindest regards,

Martin Moriarty 

This was a very in depth meeting with the main priority being the 2016/2017 school budget.  Our funding from the government has been cut and this makes things very tight for us over the next year.  There will be additional meetings to discuss areas where we can save money, reduce costs and postpone any non-essential projects. 

We had a discussion about the way in which the School Improvement Plan is written each year and we decided to set up a working party to work on improving the format.  This group will consist of Mr Butcher, Mr Jones and Mr Bishop.  They will report back to the governing body with their suggestions.


Mr Malcolm informed us that following an audit on equality, we now need to pull this together with an action plan and create and Equality Scheme.  Equality, diversity, cultural diversity and British values are in the School Improvement Plan and a working party will look into producing some equalities objectives.  This group will be made up of Mr Malcolm, Mrs Lomer, Mrs Riley and Mr Butcher.

We approved the non-pupil days for the next school year.  These are days where pupils do not come into school and staff undertake training and reviews of the national curriculum.  The non-pupil days for the 2016-2017 school year are:

Thursday 1st September

Friday 2nd September

Thursday 5th January 2017

Friday 6th January 2017

Tuesday 18th April 2017

The Child Protection Policy was reviewed and updated.

We reviewed a number of governor monitoring reports from school visits, and training reports.  Mr Butcher and mr Bishop have completed their Governor Induction training.

How did this meeting help the school? 

Governors summarised that they had approved a budget that will prioritise the needs of the children, assigned new governors to committees and monitoring areas, highlighted the school's excellent SEN provision, and agreed to look at the school's strategic vision.


Paper copies of all documents are available by contacting our school office 

Tiptree St Luke's CofE School, Church Road, Tiptree, CO5 0SU   01621 - 815456

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