|The Governors of the school are all local people who strongly believe in the need for a school to be right at the centre of village life – which is exactly where we believe our school to be.
Governing Bodies now have a signiﬁcant, serious role to play in all aspects of school life, especially in ensuring that the education oﬀered by their school is appropriate and of real quality. The Governors meet at least once a term to discuss its minutes of the Governing Body meetings are available for anyone to read, on request, from the school. Each year, towards the end of the Summer Term, Governors prepare an Annual Report. Governors serve for a four year period.
Parent Governors are elected by and from parents who have children in school at the time of the elections. Their role is to represent the views of the parents and promote the involvement of parents within the school. They bring a diﬀerent view to the governing body and are the link between the parents and the Governors. The Governors are accountable to parents mainly through the annual report and parents meetings, whereby parents are encouraged to attend and discuss speciﬁc issues.
Obviously, the contact which most parents will have with the school will be through the teaching staﬀ, but should you wish to bring anything to the notice of the Governors, please do so by telephoning the Chair.
Governors Report to Parents 2017/18
Local Authority: Powys
Type: Foundation Phase/Key Stage 2
- Forward from Chair of Governors
On behalf of the Governing Body of Leighton CP School I am delighted to bring this report to you. It covers another busy year and events to be held in the life of Leighton CP School from September 2017 to the end of July 2018.
After a fantastic 22 and a half years at Leighton, Heidi has moved on to new adventures. Her commitment and dedication to our school has always been First Class, and her bright and cheery approach always brought the best out of our children.
Leighton CP School says a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Heidi for all that you’ve contributed throughout the years – and we hope that you’ll be a regular visitor in the future.
Leighton School has welcomed two new additions to Miss Wallington’s class, Toffee and ‘Fluff Ball’, as well as several new children. Last year the children benefitted from several trips – Cae Post in early February, a great write up by the children can be found on the school website. Further trips included Staylittle, a visit to Much Wenlock to retrace the steps of the great Olympians, den building in sunny Attingham, a down on the farm day with the Foundation Phase and Elystan finding their way at Gregynog whilst Orienteering.
At the end of last year the school was visited by many different types of birds of prey, and participated in a Tennis Tournament. Well done everyone, especially to our boys’ team, who made it all the way through to the final! The children raised money for various charities over the year, joining in with the Great Macmillan Coffee Morning, Children in Need and Red Nose Day. Congratulations on the Red Nose Day winners, great jokes! And please don’t forget to keep collecting the tin cans for the Iron Works Tin Can Appeal.
The school Governors would like to acknowledge the hard work staff (past and present) have put into Leighton school. The school is made up of a team of teachers, teaching assistants, breakfast club staff and volunteers; it is their hard work, dedication and approachable, friendly personalities that make the school the success that it is.
Leighton School benefits from the efforts of parents, grandparents, carers and friends too. The Friends of Leighton School (FOLS) continue to support the school financially and socially, and we greatly appreciate their contribution. On an individual basis, parents, grandparents and friend’s generosity with time and resources is invaluable in enhancing the school-life of children at Leighton. This includes listening to the children read, helping out with trips, attending ‘Love Your School Days’, fundraising, baking for cake sales and raffle donations, to name just a few ways in which you contribute.
The school has another exciting year of activities planned with class outings, sports day, the school play, a pantomime and theatre trip and the carol concert, of which I hope you can all attend.
I would encourage you all to take a look at the Leighton School website, along with a new Facebook site, which is vibrate, colourful, has up-to-date information, news, upcoming events and pictures.
Once again thank you to everyone who is involved in making the school a truly brilliant place to be and thank you for your continued support.
Chair of Governors
121 Brookfield Road, SY21 7TG
|Governors Membership Register September 2017|
|Position||Forenames||Expected Occ End Date|
|Community Governor||Wayne Eaton||31/05/2017|
|Community Governor||Sally Senior||05/12/2021|
|LEA Governor||Kirsty Jones||29/09/2018|
|LEA Governor||Linda Corfield||30/11/2020|
|Minor Authority Governor||Diana Stevens||30/09/2016|
|Staff Governor||Sharon Mead||05/12/2021|
|Parent Governor||Richard Dearing||10/10/2020|
|Parent Governor||Charlotte Smith||28/11/2020|
|Teacher Governor||Tara Harries||20/01/2021|
The Governors held 6 full meetings during the 2016/17 academic year, reviewing and adopting required policy documentation as required. The next election for a Parent Governor will be held in 2018.
Comparative School data can be found at the end of this report.
2016/17 authorised absences: 5.24% / Unauthorised 0.6%.
The school will be implementing Local Authority best practice to continue to improve attendance rates, as an aspect of our 2017/18 School Development Plan.
The school has good WC facilities, situated in both Foundation Phase, Key Stage 2 and Village Hall areas.
- Extra-Curricular/Sports/Community Links
|Mon:||Maths Club (Mrs Leach)||Gymnastics Club (Mrs Davies/Mrs Harries)|
|Tues:||KS2 Football (Mr Harte) / Art Club (Mrs Leach)|
|Wed:||Recorder (Miss Wallington)||Tennis Club (Mr Billington)|
|Thurs:||School Council (Mr Harte)||Homework/Games Clubs (Mrs Harries)|
|Fri:||Eco Committee / Criw Cymraeg (Miss Wallington)||Foundation Football (Mr Harte)|
A variety of sporting activities are provided at the school. We are a member of the Welshpool Area Sports Association and Urdd, taking part in organised events, including football, rugby, netball, hockey, athletics and swimming.
We continue to strive to raise our profile within the community. We have developed and improved our school website, which now incorporates Prospectus information, including admissions, and also contributing regularly to The Leighton News. We invite parents into school for a variety of activities within and beyond the classroom; from sharing time with Leighton Playgroup, leading after school clubs, reading support, to the Harvest Festival, Christmas Carol Concert, Summer Open Afternoon, Sports Day and our end of year production. We welcome outside speakers and visitors to our school – for example the local Community Police Schools Team, Area Leaders, local musicians, church representatives and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust.
The Friends of Leighton School meet regularly to contribute ideas and funding to further school development and pupils are active in raising a variety of charity donations.
- 2016/17 Term dates
|TERM / HOLIDAY||FIRST DAY||LAST DAY|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday September 4, 2017||Friday October 27, 2017|
|Autumn Half Term||Saturday October 28, 2017||Sunday November 5, 2017|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday November 6, 2017||Wednesday December 20, 2017|
|Christmas Holidays||Thursday December 21, 2017||Monday January 8, 2018|
|Spring Term Dates||Tuesday January 9, 2018||Friday February 9, 2018|
|Spring Half Term||Saturday February 10, 2018||Sunday February 18, 2018|
|Spring Term Dates||Monday February 19, 2018||Friday March 23, 2018|
|Easter Holidays||Saturday March 24, 2018||Monday April 9, 2018|
|Summer Term Dates||Tuesday April 10, 2018||Friday May 25, 2018|
|Summer Half Term||Saturday May 26, 2018||Sunday June 3, 2018|
|Summer Term Dates||Monday June 4, 2018||Friday July 20, 2018|
|Summer Holidays||Saturday July 21, 2018|
- Teaching and Learning
Mr Harte / Headteacher
Mrs Harries / Deputy Headteacher, ALNCo
Mrs Leach / KS2 teacher
Miss Wallington / FP teacher
Mrs Mead / TA & Breakfast Club
Mrs Richards / TA
Mrs Bentley / Breakfast Club
Mr Gee / Site Care
Mrs Roach / School Administration
Our school is made up of three classes, Hafren (Foundation Phase) and Coed Coch & Elystan (Key Stage 2). As a small, rural school, our classes mix and play very happily together.
Foundation Phase: Dosbarth Hafren
Children begin their school life at Leighton in Hafren (Reception), completing their Foundation Phase studies through Years 1 and 2. Hafren is led by Miss Jess Wallington, and Mr Harte, supported by Mrs Sharon Mead, and Mrs Sarah Richards throughout the week.
We take a lot of time and pride in ensuring that your child is settled and happy during their time in the Foundation Phase, with an open door policy for parents to feel a real part of school life.
Underpinned by the development of key literacy and numeracy skills, children will learn about the world around them based on Foundation Phase outcomes. Most learning in the Foundation Phase is through structured play, as the foundation for lifelong learning.
Key Stage 2: Dosbarth Coed Coch & Dosbarth Elystan
Children begin their Key Stage 2 studies in Coed Coch, progressing on to Elystan as the prelude to their move on to High School studies.
- Coed Coch (lower Key Stage 2, Y3/4) is led by class teacher Mrs Cheryl Leach.
- Elystan (upper Key Stage 2, Y5/6) is led by class teacher Miss Tara Harries.
Throughout the week both classes are supported by Mrs Sarah Richards.
Throughout Key Stage 2 children are introduced to a more formal way of learning, with a range of topics used to consolidate and continue to develop more advanced literacy and numeracy skills.
- Literacy and numeracy Framework (LNF)
The LNF has been introduced by the Welsh Government to help the children of Wales develop excellent literacy and numeracy skills during their time at school.
The framework enables all teachers to monitor pupil progress against year on year expectations for literacy and numeracy. Using this information will assist the school to identify how best to challenge and support all our learners.
The LNF helps children transfer skills taught in English and Maths to other areas of the curriculum. These are taught throughout the school.
Welsh is taught as a 2nd Language.