Winter Term Newsletter
The first few months of the new school year have proved very busy. We now have a full Governing Body - welcome to our new Governors, Father John Cross, Sandra Giacalone, Jim Snelson and Jo Smith – to add their talents and experience to our work, and to help share the load. We have lots to do this year!
The main topic of discussion and actions at the moment is the planning application. You will have seen the letter regarding planning application for a change of use from commercial to residential in the building next to the school. The double blue doors are the main entrance to school at the beginning and end of the school day. It is important for the safety of our children that the double blue doors are only open for the minimum amount of time.
We know that the school is embedded in an urban area comprising pubs, restaurants, fast food premises, commercial services and some residential buildings. As a Catholic school at the heart of Leamington Spa town centre, we aim to support and work cohesively with the local community. However, we do not believe that sharing part of the premises would be in the best interest of the school or the occupants of the residential building who will have differing needs.
We have always followed a good neighbour policy of friendly and open
communication. However we do object very strongly to the proposal of the developer to use the entrance for shared access to the building next door. The Governing Body share very grave concerns with parents and staff about this development. We believe the proposed development threatens our children’s wellbeing, security and safety.
You can view the objections posted, including that of the Governing Body, at www.warwickdc.gov.uk planning application W/12/1587. We have also spoken to our local MP and councillors. We would encourage you to register your views before the closing date of 29th January.
Progress is being made on the Multizone. Because we need to secure all the funding and in order to reduce the disruption to the children’s learning in school this project is in phases. The next phase is to remove the pond and re-site the store shed. This should take place in the Easter holidays.
Building on the great success
of our Key Stage 2 Test
results last year our priority as a Governing Body is as always to work with the
school to ensure that it
provides the highest possible
quality of education.
Together with Mrs Murphy, who is responsible for day-to-day management, the Governors set the school's aims and policies and monitor progress against them.
This time of year is about admissions for September. The national closing date for applications has passed and we are expecting the list from the local authority of all those parents who have put St Peter’s as a choice. We must then prioritise the applications in accordance with our admissions criteria, before the authority can offer places.
It does not seem long since our last Ofsted inspection but it was November 2010 and so we can expect another one at any time. In order to be prepared the Governing Body has a training session this term on the new Ofsted Inspection Framework. We need to be prepared!
The Governing Body would like to thank all the staff and parents at our school who together work so hard to give our children the best education possible.
Who we are?
St Peter’s has 14 governors. Eight are foundation governors (FG) who are appointed by the Diocese, two governors who are elected by the parents, two staff governors, a governor from the Authority and our Headteacher.
Our governors are :-
Helen Knee Chair (FG)
Claire Passantino Vice-Chair (FG)
Ariane Ahearne (FG)
Janet Arkle (FG)
Anna-Marie Foley (FG)
Garrett O’Connor (FG)
Jo Smith (FG)
Rev Fr John Cross (FG)
Michael O'Riley (Parent Governor)
Jim Snelson (Parent Governor)
Sandra Giacalone (Staff Governor)
Diane Quayle (Staff Governor)
Christine Mott (LA)
Maria Murphy (Headteacher)
Angela Carr (Clerk)
If there is something that you would like the Governor's to be aware of please either write via the Headteacher or speak to one of the parent governors.