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Letter from the Chair of Governors 11/11/22

From Neil Kinlay
Chair of Governors
Dear Parents and Carers, 11th November 2022
I hope you all had a good half term and that most of you were able to enjoy the fireworks last weekend, organised
by our amazing PTFA. I thought it was so professionally and safely put together, with many of you also helping out
as volunteers. Most importantly all the children seemed to have a really great time!
Last term saw us talking more steps back to normality following the couple of years of Covid disruptions, hopefully
that is all now firmly behind us and we can keep all the extra activities that make Tibberton special in-place once
more. It has been good to see so many of you in the school, at assemblies and parents evenings once more.
The big change this term has obviously been Mrs Wilson joining us as our new Head Teacher back in September. Mrs
Wilson worked with Mrs Horniman one day a week on a handover during the summer term and was in during the
school holidays too. The transition has gone very well, and I am very grateful for how the two head teachers worked
together to ensure the smooth handover. The staff team have been great, making Mrs Wilson feel very welcome
and helping her settle in too. Hopefully you have all now met Mrs Wilson too !
One of the reasons the Governors appointed Mrs Wilson, was her in-depth and up-to date knowledge of the
curriculum, as well as her experience of building links with other schools. Her first term has already seen lots of
work with the teachers reviewing what we are doing curriculum wise, along with some staff visits to other schools to
share best practice.
The Governors have had a busy time with meetings of both of the sub committees as well as the full governing
board. The curriculum sub-committee reviewed the latest performance data including the SATS results from last
year, and discussed our readiness for Ofsted. The finance committee reviewed the latest accounts, which are in
good shape, and discussed a number of future commitments and how those could best be funded. The full
governing board then met to sign off a number of our statutory responsibilities, discussed improving your
communication channels to teachers, as well as hearing initial insights from Mrs Wilson after her first few weeks in
We are lucky to have a committed group of Governors who give their time and expertise to help the school, they are
now all back in doing regular visits too.
Thank you for all you all do to support the school.
Neil Kinlay, Chair of Governors