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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 

Mrs Riley reported that the new website was now live.  We were notified of a change in payroll providers, but there were some problems that needed to be fixed.  Our Pupil Premium numbers are decreasing and someone questioned why this could be happening.  We discussed how hard it is to determine which pupils are entitled to free school lunches, especially now that Key Stage 1 children are all entitled to free meals.  The Pupil Premium doesn't just cover meals for children, it also provides money to the school to help give extra to support and resources to entitled children.  We will now be obtaining NI numbers from parents to try and increase the funding we can receive.  The interventions put in place to help children are shown to be impacting positively.  

 

SATS results were discussed and details given about how difficult the papers were this year under the new curriculum.  Mr Malcolm feels that our pupils did very well considering the changes to the curriculum.  Mr Malcolm noted that reading was generally lower than writing and maths across the school and that this would be a continued area for development.  Our EYFS practice has been graded as outstanding by the school's SEC.

Our Safeguarding Governor, Rev. Renshaw, reported that she has updated her safeguarding training.  All governors were sent a copy of the updated 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' document.  DBS checks on governors are being revisited to ensure they have all been received.  Our annual safeguarding audit has been completed.

We reviewed policies for Staff code of Conduct, Leave of Absence and Lettings.  Our lettings rates have increased slightly to come closer inline with similar facilities nearby.

The following courses have been completed by governors:

Mr Jones completed his Governor Induction Training

Mr Eastbrook completed a course on Becoming a Chair of Governors

Mr Bishop attended a curriculum overview course and premises and health and safety.

 

How did this meeting help the School?

Governors summarised how the Pupil Premium funding has been spent, discussed a strategic vision, looked at the importance of confidentiality, approved a number of policies, improved Governor visibility, discussed issues surrounding payroll and the new website.

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

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