Chair of Governors Blog

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

 It is the end of the 2016/17 school year and I would like to update you on some of the activities and changes we have seen over the last few months. It has been a busy time for staff, pupils and governors. Year 2 and Year 6 have recently completed their SATs exams, we have appointed a new Deputy Head to start in January 2018 and the Governing board has seen several changes.

 Earlier in the year, I had the honour of being appointed as Chair of Governors to succeed Margaret Lloyd, with David Blades being appointed as Vice Chair. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Mrs Lloyd for all her hard work while she was Chair of Governors. She has had a significant and beneficial input to the School for many years. Mrs Lloyd remains on the Board of Governors so we will continue to benefit from her experience and skills.

 Three new governors have also been appointed: Liz Jackson (Co-opted), Steve Cawtheray (Co-opted) and Nigel Moore (Partnership). Mrs Jackson, Mr Cawtheray and Mr Moore bring with them a wealth of experience and community knowledge, which helps to strengthen the Board of Governors.

 A further piece of exciting news is the appointment of Robin Chubb as Deputy Head at Queensgate. Mr Chubb 14 years of teaching experience and is currently Deputy head at Dover Park. He will join the team in January 2018, when we sadly also say goodbye to Sandie Johnson, who is retiring.

 Both as a parent and governor, I fully endorse the Queensgate Vision and Code.  On several occasions over the past year, I have had the opportunity to show visitors around the school. A common complement from these visitors is that they are impressed with the values represented in the Queensgate Vision and code. More than this, their observation that everyone in School (pupils and staff) demonstrate and work by these values. A part of this is school attendance, which currently stands at 96.64 %, with many of the classes achieving 100 % attendance on a number of occasions during this school year. A good level of attendance helps children to succeed at school. Queensgate currently has attendance, which is above the national average. This is something the school and Board of Governors can be rightly proud of and is reflected in the good SATs results obtained this year.

 I would like to wish you all a good summer holiday and look forward to starting the new academic year in September.

 Dr Richard Wills

Chair of Governors