Message from Chairman of Governors

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your interest in Holly Trees Primary School where we offer a bright and stimulating educational environment.  We are well known for our friendly and caring ethos and the way in which we value all children entrusted to our care.  Holly Trees is a safe and really happy place with a calm atmosphere and where each child’s learning, character & spirit can thrive and where pupils are able to develop their leadership and team working skills. Ranked high is the importance we place for maintaining good behaviour and ensuring mutual respect; including children’s respect of each other.

In the recent Ofsted inspection (held in September 2017) Holly Trees was again assessed as “Good”; although, along with many existing parents, the School Governors and School leaders firmly believe that Holly Trees deserved to be recognised as overall “Outstanding”. Certainly the Inspector commented favourably on our staff; noting how they “share a passion for providing high-quality education”.

Among the accolades from Ofsted was that we are recognised as a vibrant school community where, to use their words, “pupils are eager to learn and where their behaviour; both in & around the school and in lessons, remains Outstanding”.  The report shows how particular attention is given to providing pupils with individual feedback to help fill gaps in their knowledge and understanding. This is the way by which we develop each of them into confident and self-assured young people. The Inspector also identified that “Early Years” education, along with the Outcomes for pupils in KS1, remain very strong in our School and how highly effective is the support given to all pupils and their families.

Our School Governing Board has sixteen Governors.  Five of these are parents formally elected by HTPS parents, on a four year cycle, as Elected Parent Governors (“EPGs”). They sit with our Headteacher (who is an ex officio Governor), along with one Governor elected by staff, another appointed by Local Government plus eight others who have been co-opted with a view to provide a balance of skills and experience to help our various deliberations. Details of our membership and activities in 2016/17 appear in the Governance Statement on our website where you can also see the latest situation via “Current Governors and their Role”

Please enquire if you would like to know more about opportunities to get involved in the life of our school. We are keen to ensure that the Governing Board becomes more representative of the background and particular needs of the range of pupils which we serve.  Any Parent or Carer with a child already at the School will have an opportunity in the Spring Term (2018) to stand nomination for election as an EPG.  In principle we like to encourage such Governors to get “engaged” during their EYFS / KS1 stage; thereby to offer the prospect of better informed follow through and continuity.

Another chance to “get involved” is through the Holly Trees Fundraisers who are an active and highly successful parents’ organisation which raises money to help the school maintain its excellent work.

I wish you success and look forward to meeting you in the future.

Neville A. Brown JP
Chairman of the Governing Board
November 2017