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Governors' News Letter - Autumn 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

Update from the Governing Board - Autumn 2017

For Copthall's governors, the Autumn term is a time for considering the school's performance last year, and helping Ms Forde and the Senior Leadership Team to put plans and processes in place for the year ahead. We have also used the summer break and Autumn term to consider at our own work as a governing board last year, to help us find areas where we can improve. 

Copthall's mission: excellent education for all

Over the summer break, we were delighted to join the Senior Leadership Team at Copthall to consider the exam results from the summer. Copthall's results were ahead of national average at both GCSE, with 30% of students getting grades A* - A or 9 - 7, and A-level, with 84% students achieving grades A* - C, beating national average by nearly 7%) and nearly 90% of students who applied getting places at their first choice university. 

As governors, our aim is to use our own professional experience (both within and outside of education) support Ms Forde and the school to continue this excellent work, and achieve the mission of excellent education for all.  

Priorities for the Governing Board in 2017/18

With the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team, we are:

- Supporting whole-school priorities with regular, useful link visits

- Helping the school to bring in new Year 7 pupils for next year 

- Improving our understanding of the school, its students and its financial position

- Helping to improve support for all pupils, including those needing extra support

- Developing Copthall's Sixth Form and relationships with other schools

- Improving the way governors communicate with parents, students and staff

- Continuing to make Copthall a safe place for students.

Focus for the Autumn term

With the above in mind, here are some of things which governors are doing this term. 

With the Senior Leadership Team, we have considered the School Development Plan, to understand where progress was made and where further improvements are necessary. Based on this, we are supporting Ms Forde and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to decide the priorities for this year in order to develop the School Development Plan for 2017/18. We are also improving the way we work directly with staff at Copthall, to make sure that that every department of the school, and important areas of the school development plan, has a named governor who will visit the school regularly. Finally, we have improved the way in which we use our committees to help us work with areas of the school in more depth. 

Governors have also been involved in a marketing event, part of Copthall's increasing activities to make sure that good news about the school and its students is communicated around Barnet. As part of this, we are working to help Copthall staff to improve the way in which exciting news and events are shared online, as well as attending events at Copthall and local primary schools, and helping to build relationships with other local secondary schools. 

This term, we have looked at student results from last year, to make sure that these are used to inform activities planned for the year ahead. In the Educational Standards Committee, we have considered the way we helped students needing extra support last year,  and will be helping to develop new plans for the coming year. 

Finally, we have decided start sharing more about governor activities with parents and carers via this regular newsletter.  But as well as communicating online, we will find opportunities to hear more from you via parent voice surveys and by attending more events at Copthall where you will have the chance to meet us, ask questions and share your thoughts on what the Governing Board should be doing. We will share information in the News section of the website as dates are confirmed - but if you have comments or ideas to help us improve the way we communicate with you, please do get in touch via chair@copthall.barnet.sch.uk - we would love to hear from you. 

Best wishes

Julia Blackman
Chair of Governors
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