Blog from the Chair

8 February 2017

Calthorpe_JimStephenson-1 WebResHello, my name is Jonathan Phillips, I am Chair of Governing Body at CPS and I work with my fellow governors helping and supporting the vision and direction of CPS. We are a group of 16 people who come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, covering business, professional practices, education and other government sectors. We are all volunteers and give our time freely. But above all, we are passionate about delivering the best quality education to our students.

We meet formally about 10 times each year to consider the key strategic issues of the school and make important decisions impacting on its future. We each visit school on a regular basis too. Our key focus is on ensuring every individual student gets the best education that CPS can provide and therefore ensure each can maximise their own potential.

Calthorpe_JimStephenson-26 WebResAs many of you will know, education is a regular topic in politics and sometimes can feel the victim of a political football played out in Westminster. As a consequence the Governors, the Head Teachers and all the staff are regularly faced with a changing educational landscape. Many of you will be seeing the changes in GCSE grading and standards and are probably trying to get your head around what all this means for your own children.  It can be a real challenge.

Our role as the Governing Body is primarily around three key areas, these are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  1. Holding the Headteachers to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff.
  1. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

One of our ambitions this academic year is to reach out more often to parents, who make a valuable contribution to the success of the school. This is the first of a number of ‘blogs’, plus we would like to canvass your opinion on a few things so please look out for this over the coming months.

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We will communicate on a number of important issues facing the school, such as possible Academy status, the future of the Sports Centre on the site, growth in student numbers as we start to fill the great new spaces we have following the extension, and many more.

We are also very happy to receive any feedback you may have that you feel the governing body members should hear, but please not individual child issues as these are the responsibility of the school management – please feel free to reply to the email address below or drop a note into reception – addressed to the Governing Body.

Many thanks,

Jonathan Phillips
Chair of Governors
email: governors@staff.calthorpepark.hants.sch.uk


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