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Message from the Chair of Governors - Stewart Castle


The school governing body is responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Head Teacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, we set the school's aims and policies. We aim to:


1) Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction,

2) Hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of the staff,

3) Oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure it is money is well spent.


We are delighted with the progress of the school and the appointment of our new Head Teacher in 2015 sees exciting and improving times ahead. It would be helpful if parents could complete the Parent View feedback ( ) or please let us know if you have suggestions or comments about any aspects of the school.


Please consider giving some time to serve on the Governing Body. If you need more information about the role or wish to apply to be a Governor please contact Lisa Williams, Clerk to the Governors, via the school office.

Statement of Issues Addressed by the Governing Board 2014/15


The last year has been a challenging one for the Uphill Primary School Board of Governors. Prior to term six of 2015, the school had a somewhat disrupted year; whilst the Governing Board continued their search for a new Headteacher.


Within the interim period we appointed our current Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Sam Hodder, as Acting Headteacher, who coped well with the challenges of rising expectations of academic standards and the implementation of the new national curriculum in key areas.


By June 2015 the School had a permanent, enthusiastic and energetic Headteacher focused on improving the life chances of all our children; a refreshed Senior Management Team and teachers intent on providing excellent teaching.


The Leadership team, Governing Board and staff clearly identified the challenges the school faces to ensure the children reach levels of academic achievement expected of children of their age, whilst getting a good all round education that will fit them to be good citizens in the future.


In November 2015, the Governors approved an outline of a new school development plan as the route to achieving these aims. They also agreed what the milestones are along the route that will enable us all to know whether these targets are being met. Key areas of the SDP include;


  • Embed the ethos of Learning without Limits

  • Ensure at least 85% of our children reach age related expectations in reading, writing and maths combined by 2017/2018

  • Develop expert teaching

  • Improve outcomes for SEND and disadvantaged children to at least be in line with \national average

  • Support continual development of the school curriculum through integrated learning


In order to improve the quality of our work as governors we have attended training sessions (details of which are available from the Clerk to Governors). We have looked closely at the way we work and are currently undertaking a self-evaluation and skills audit to better understand our strengths and weaknesses.


Our focus for this academic year of 2015-2016 is to ensure standards are improved particularly within the key focus areas (as demonstrated on the school development plan) whilst maintaining a safe and happy environment, through critically analysing our policies and procedures.