Here at Congerstone Primary School we welcome children, their parents and carers into our friendly, happy and hardworking environment where, positive attitudes towards work, respect for others and excellent behaviour are an essential part of every day routines.
Congerstone Primary School is a school where staff, governors, children and parents are valued for the unique qualities they bring to the school and work hard within a stimulating school environment to ensure every child reaches his or her full potential.
The parent body is very supportive of the school and works in close partnership with the school philosophy; that all children have a right to success and a right to an excellent education.
While I have tried, within this prospectus, to give you an idea of what our school is like, no written information can possibly replace a conversation between us, so existing and new parents are always warmly invited into school.
If you would like to know more about our school please contact the school’s Secretary, Caroline Hunter, who will be happy to arrange an appointment for you to visit.
Mrs Alison Ruff
Congerstone Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
We currently have no vacancies:
All Governors serve on a voluntary basis and are accountable for the strategic direction of the school. Our role is to challenge and support the Headteacher, senior leadership team and all the staff in order to give our children the best possible start in life. We focus on our collaborative desire to continuously develop and improve our teaching, our results, our impact on the community and to provide the very best learning environment as we help our children to achieve academically and thrive in everything that they do.
Chair of Govenors
Each Governor has individual areas of focus that are reflective of their skills. We visit the school regularly and act as a critical friend both to challenge and champion the school. Our questions and observations provide rigorous and ongoing review that is an essential part of our role. The day to day operation of the school is led by our Headteacher, Mrs Ruff and our staff team, however Governors have a range of responsibilities including setting and monitoring the budget and overseeing the curriculum, safeguarding, standards of behaviour and health and safety as just some examples.
The Governing Body meets twice every term when, as well as dealing with the regular business of the school, we receive training, updates, briefings and reports on current matters of interest within school and the wider education system. To work effectively, the Governing Body also has a number of sub-committees whose responsibilities include reporting back to all governors at the Full Governing Body meetings. These sub committee’s enable a more detailed review of key areas across the school ranging from the Pupil Outcomes, Resources (including Premises), Complaints, Health, Safety and Safeguarding to name a few.
It is also important that Governor’s have the skills and knowledge to undertake their roles effectively. The Governing Body are committed to attending specific courses arranged through the Local Authority Governor Development Services Training Programme. These courses are delivered through a range of approaches from online distance learning, to one day courses or even short 2 hour evening sessions. This range of delivery approaches ensures they are accessible to even those that have a small amount of time they can commit, but are still keen to share they unique expertise with the school. These courses also provide Governors with valuable opportunities to meet with Governors from other schools to share best practice. We are also part of the Bosworth Education Partnership and are members of Forest Way Teaching Alliance.
Governors normally serve a period of office of 4 years and the Chair, Vice Chair and Chairs of sub committees are elected every year. That said people can serve for shorter periods, where they may have a particular skill that could help the school in the short term to achieve a particular task or outcome. An example of this may be generating funding to enable the school to complete the community build development or even provide some essential advice or support to better market the school to prospective parents. Equally you may come from an educational background and have particular skills in specific subject areas.
If you would like to learn more about the roles we undertake please feel free to approach any of our Governors that are around school at different times of the day or at the numerous social events organised by the Friends committee to provide essential funding that enables the school to give so much more to our children and to enhance their learning environment. Equally, the minutes of our full governing body meetings are available on request should you wish to read them.
If you are interested in finding out more about being a Governor, whether that is with an interest now, for the future, we would be happy to share our experience with you. Being a Governor is both challenging and rewarding and it is a great way to use your time and skills to make a difference. The perception is often that the time needed to commit as a governor is far too much for anyone to undertake, particular if you are working. It is also believed that you must understand the educational system or be an ex teacher. This is a myth! An effective Governing body has a mix of backgrounds and skills, from ex teachers or heads, private business and the public sector. At Congerstone we continuously review the needs of our school and seek to identify transferable skills that will help the school achieve its best possible outcomes. We have a range of skills and expertise that sit on our Governing Body, but are always looking to grow and strengthen our team.
We are here to serve our school and would be delighted to hear from you, this includes both positive and constructive comments or ideas. We truly believe that to enable the school to achieve its best possible outcome it is important we all take a sense of ownership. It is great to share good news and encouragement with our hardworking staff team, but equally it is important to hear your concerns and issues so we can improve the school further. If you have a concern or complaint please refer to the Complaints Policy for guidance on the procedures to follow to resolve this or ask a Governor or the school office
Please find below letters from our Governing Body.