Catholic schools and colleges are at the heart of the Church’s mission and all members of the Governing Body at St Anselm's share in that mission. Foundation governors take on the additional, and very special, responsibility of safeguarding the Catholic nature of our school and the education it provides.
As a Governing Body we help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement.
We work with the school on ensuring clarity of the Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction
We hold the Headteacher accountable for the educational performance and Catholic character of the school and its pupils
We provide support and challenge and evaluate the school’s performance against targets, overseeing its financial performance and making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Body engages with the Head Teacher and school in creating a 3 year Development Plan and in identifying annual school improvement targets in key curriculum areas incorporating the spiritual development of all individuals.
Last year the school had a clear focus on Reading Skills and on introducing Read, Write Inc. resources to improve Phonics in Yr 1 and Language and Literacy in Y2 – Y6; governors supported the purchase of additional resources, the improvement of the Library environment and activities to increase its use and monitored the impact of a range of approaches. We did this at formal Committee Meetings, looking at evidence during school visits and by reviewing summary pupil progress from the robust data held by the Head Teacher. As a result of close monitoring and targeted interventions, children in our school made excellent progress throughout each school year. The results for 2015 at Key Stage 1 show significant improvements in reading and writing and consolidation of maths progress and a number of children exceeding expected levels of attainment. Results at Key Stage 2 show strong improvements including that 100% of children achieved at least expected levels of attainment in Reading and Maths and upward trends in Writing and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
Schools are being consistently challenged to improve; this year sees the implementation of the new Foundation Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum. In reviewing the summary data, we have identified that specific focus will continue in Reading (particularly through the study of high quality texts), Language and Literacy and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling across the whole school during 2015/16. The initial impact of the investment in Read, Write Inc resources and materials throughout the school is evident to staff and is demonstrated in our English results; 2015/16 will see this embedded across the wider curriculum and with a focus on assessment of RE work throughout the school. Maths results continue to be very good and Governors are mindful of the need to continue the excellent teaching in this subject.
Governors are entrusted with managing the School’s budget and they target investment to deliver tangible outcomes for pupil well-being and progress. Governors have worked closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership team to identify, plan and deliver resources such as the International Primary Curriculum, the building of the new kitchen facility and to improve safeguarding through the re-development of the school entrance area and the introduction of even more secure access arrangements for visitors.
St Anselm’s was rated an outstanding school in its Section 48 Inspection in 2011 and
good school at its Ofsted Inspection in December 2015. We were delighted that the inspector recognised the hard work, commitment, dedication and professionalism of the Senior Leadership Team and all staff who provide the very best possible teaching and learning opportunities for all our pupils, without ever losing sight of the caring and supportive ethos that makes our school’s learning environment so wonderful. It was particularly pleasing to note the Inspector’s comments about our pupils as follows:
Pupils are happy and polite. They behave very well indeed. They listen attentively to staff in lessons and work together and individually. The playground is a happy and safe place. They feel safe and secure in their school. They take pride in their work and school.
The Year of Mercy will focus hearts and minds across the school to follow the example of God so that we may also show mercy, forgiveness and love to everyone. The school has planned much teaching around the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and many acts of worship will help the whole school community to reflect on this year as a real opportunity for spiritual growth.
Keeping God’s love and mercy at the heart of all that we plan and do here at St Anselm’s, we pray for continued success in our journey to outstanding.