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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 

All governors have updated the Register of Business Interests for 2016/17.  We elected a new Chair and Vice Chair of Governors - Mr Stewart Eastbrook is our Chair and he is assited by Mr Paul Butcher as  our Vice Chair.  Reverend Renshaw Was thanked for her two years of service as our Chair.

We approved our Terms of Reference for both the Finance, Personal and Property committee and the Curriculum and Pupil Related Matters committee.  Mr Glasson will continue as Chair for FPP and Mrs Riley will continue as Chair for CPR.  The following responsibility areas were assigned to governors:

SEN and G&T - Mr Glasson

Safeguarding - Rev. Renshaw


EYFS - Mr Morgan

Health & Safety - Mr Bishop and Mr Potter

Citizenship, Community Learning and British Values - Mrs Lomer, Mrs Riley and Rev. Renshaw

Assessment and Marking - Mr Butcher

Maths KS1 - Mr Jones

Maths KS2 - Mrs Riley

English KS1 - Rev. Renshaw

English KS2 - Mr Wakeling

Science - Mr Potter

Enrichment - Mrs Spall and Mrs Canning

Pupil Premium - Mr Eastbrook

Link Governor - Mrs Riley

A new Teacher/Governor System has been introduced to improve the opportunities for governors and teachers to get to know each other better and to provide governors with an indepth look at one particular class each.  The following classes were assigned:

Class 11 - Mrs Wakeling

Class 10 - Mrs Lomer

Class 9 - Mr Jones

Class 8 - Mr Glasson

Class 7 - Mrs Riley

Class 6 - Mr Butcher

Class 5 - Mr Bishop

Class 4 - Mr Potter

Class 3 - Mr Eastbrook

EYFS - Mr Morgan and Rev. Renshaw

Reverend Renshaw commented on a recent assembly she held with the new EYFS group about how attentive and engaged they were.  Credit was given to the EYFS teachers and it was commented that the part time starting period for 2 weeks was helping children to settle in quickly.

Mr Malcolm commented that the inset day training with staff and governors had gone well.  Also that staff were settling in well to the new school year, especially those with job shares.  A new Catering Manager has been appointed and 2 of our teaching assistants are being accredited to become HLTAs.

The governing body approved an absence rate target of 3.7% for this academic year.  The absence rate last year was 3.2%.

The following policies were approved:


Health & Safety



How did this meeting help the school?

Governors summarised that they had allocated themselves specific responsibilities and had organised a 'buddy system' with teachers in order to aide their understanding of classes and to aide teacher understanding of the role of the Governing Body.  A Governing Body Strategy had also been agreed.



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

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