Message from Chairman of Governors

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Dear Prospective Parents,

Thank you for your interest in Holly Trees Primary School.

Our School is well known for its friendly and caring ethos and the way it values all children. It is a happy and warm place with a calm atmosphere where each child’s learning, character and spirit can thrive.  At the same time, emphasis is given to the importance of respect and good behaviour.

Our last Ofsted inspection (October 2012) assessed Holly Trees as “Good” with a number of “Outstanding features”; these judgements having been around teaching, learning, behaviour and the safeguarding of, and the support & guidance given to, the range of children in our care.

We strive always to stretch our learners with an imaginative and well-resourced approach to the Curriculum; combined with excellent teaching.  We were at the vanguard of embracing the “New Curriculum(which is now nicely embedded) and are also well ahead of many other schools with our development of effective means of assessment aimed to ensure rising standards across the School.   Our work is further enhanced by working in partnership with parents.

From September 2015 we adopted a new Constitution for our Governing Body. In total there are now 16 Governors of whom five have been formally elected, from among themselves, by HTPS parents.. They sit with our Headteacher (who is an ex officio Governor), along with one Governor appointed by Local Government, another who has been elected by staff and eight others who have been co-opted with a view to provide a balance of skills and experience to help our various deliberations.  We also continue to benefit from having a local Secondary Headteacher as an Associate Governor.

You might find our Governance Statement, published annually on the School’s website, of interest; the names of all Governors also feature.

The Holly Trees Fundraisers are an active and highly successful parents’ organisation which raises money to help the school maintain its excellent work. One of the several important contributions in the past twelve months has been the total funding of our newly and nicely constructed Music Room.

The next elections for Parent Governors are due in Spring Term 2017.  Please enquire if you would like to know more about either of these opportunities to get involved in the life of our school.

I look forward to meeting you in the future.

Neville A. Brown JP
Chairman of the Governing Body
October 2016