The Chair’s Statement of 2019-2020

Dear Parents/Carers

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you all to Stanhope Primary School, ours is a small school with big ambitions for all our children. We are a friendly, safe school which values all our children and encourages them to believe in themselves and reach their full potential.

The Governing Body, works closely with Mrs L Martin and Mr A Rogers and all the staff to set high standards and expectations in teaching and learning, outcomes for all our children and the highest standard of behaviour across our school.

Over the last few years our membership has changed, but The Governing Body is in a strong position because we work with and support the school with their visions.

Our three strategic functions as set out by the Government and the Department for Education are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The Key Issues over the last year are:

As in previous years the Governing Board supported the Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and the staff to advance the School Improvement Plan. As a reference point, the School Improvement Plan is predicted on the priorities identified from school data and school self-evaluation. Stanhope Primary School’s School Improvement Plan is set out with clear aims, targets and key tasks, which will be completed in order to achieve the identified areas so the school can move forward.

The School Improvement Plan is a working document and reviewed on a regular basis. The areas identified this academic year were:

  • Maintain the high standards of reading in school
  • To raise the attainment of writing at the end of Key Stage 1
  • Raise the outcomes of mathematics across the school
  • Continue to support the development of children in the EYFS
  • Develop further the role of the middle leaders and governors, so they contribute more to the school’s effectiveness.


In addition to these main areas – other on -going areas were:

  • Teaching is constantly good and outstanding
  • Monitor the budget effectively
  • Ensure pupils are able to transfer their writing skills across the curriculum
  • Ensure maximum progress for all groups of children, especially those who are identified for Pupil Premium Funding
  • Maintain the effective tracking, assessment and moderation system in school


Composition of the Governing Body

1 Head Teacher

2 Parent Governors

1 Staff Governor

7 Co-opted Governors

1 Local Authority Governor

1 Associate Member

Member of the Governing Body

Cllr Anne Hetherington LEA Governor – Chair

Mr Robert Stott Co-opted Governor – Vice Chair

Mrs Lesley Martin – Head Teacher

Mr John Hetherington Co-opted Governor

Miss L Mensforth – Staff Governor

Mrs Harriet Judd – Co-opted Governor

Mrs Abbi Adair – Co-opted Governor

Mr Douglas Mather – Co-opted Governor

Mrs Amy O’Brien – Co-opted Governor


The School Improvement Plan (SIP)

The School Improvement Plan is a plan written in co-operation with the Head Teacher, Senior Leaders, teachers and Governors. It reflects the Self Evaluation (SEF) priorities, school analysis of data and the latest Ofsted Report of the school. The SIP is very much a working document and is reviewed regularly with the staff and at Governor Termly meeting, I with the Senior Leadership Team regularly review the actions and progress the school makes.

The current areas of priority are this year:

  • Maintain the high standards in Reading across the school and especially at the end of Key Stage 2
  • In Year 1 increase the % of pupils passing the Phonic Screen back to 83%
  • Maintain the attainment in Writing across the school and especially at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  • Maintain the outcomes in Maths across the school and ensure 20-40% of girls at the end of Key Stage 2 achieve the Greater Depth Standard
  • At the end of the EYFS raise the level of pupils achieving a GLD to 71% with a particular on 64-76% of boys achieving a GLD
  • Develop further the roles of Middle Leaders and Governors so that they contribute more and evaluate the school’s effectiveness

The New Academic Year 2019-2020

The school starts the new academic year in a very strong position with positive results at the end of Key Stage 1 and outstanding results at the end of Key Stage 2 in all subjects. The Key Stage 2 data is above those nationally and locally, our Pupil Premium Pupils achieved excellent outcomes and progress measures in Writing and Maths for all Year 6, were well above average.

The school is able to reflect and identify those areas that need further action to maintain the position they are in.  We look forward to another exciting and productive year ahead and will continue to work with the Head Teacher and all the staff for the benefit of all the pupils, staff and the school community of Stanhope Primary School.

Cllr Anne Hetherington

Chair of the Governing Body