Chair’s annual report to parents

February, 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

You will have noticed that our lovely new Nursery is now open. Over the autumn term, the Nursery children were housed in our school hall. This meant that the hall was out of use for the rest of the school and for school lunches and meant our children had to have packed lunches. We very much appreciated your understanding during these few weeks and we thank our children for accepting the inconvenience. St. Michael’s very generously allowed our children to use their hall for the Year 2 Nativity Play “No Room at the Inn” which was an excellent production and made us all very proud of their talent in both acting and singing.

Governors came into the school for their autumn term visit on the 6th October. Each governor is assigned to a class and revisits that same class in the spring and summer term. The focus this year is to look at reading. Governors sit in on the class and help the children during their work whilst asking them questions about how they respond to marking especially their ‘fix it time’, what their favourite subject is and why and what they enjoy about their school. These visits provide a great deal of information which helps governors to see for themselves how well our children are learning. At the feedback, all the governors commented on how well the children were behaved and how they responded to the teacher’s instructions.

As you are aware, Our Lady’s is part of a partnership with St Eugene de Mazenod and St. Mary’s Kilburn. As from last September, St. Michael’s Camden asked to join the partnership as their Headteacher had retired. The St Michael’s governors approached Mrs Jackson and asked if she would become the Headteacher. She now divides her time equally between all four schools. Being part of this partnership has many advantages in that we get to keep the best staff, we grow our own leaders and we share best practice across all four schools. Our teachers train and share together across the schools and they support one another by doing so. We are very grateful indeed that Mrs Jackson leads our four schools and she is herself an outstanding leader.

I wish to thank Ms Richardson, our Head of School, for leading the school on a day to day basis and who does sterling work. In addition, I wish to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication our teachers and support staff at Our Lady’s do for our children.

Margaret Harvey

Chair of Governors.