16 May 2007

The Mount Governing Body

The third education meeting in three nights, this time it was the Governing Body of The Mount Primary School in New Malden. We had a wide ranging discussion over two and a half hours, which included:
  • Delivering services through school clusters, the new Children's Centre and Extended School
  • Revising the school prospectus
  • Our budget for this year
  • Process for reviewing and approving policies
  • Assessing whether we should look at moving to Foundation/Trust status
  • Building Schools for the Future capital programme
  • Equalities and diversity
  • etc. etc.
Unusually we seem to have won two of our minor battles against the Local Authority. The proposal to move us from the New Malden Cluster to the North Kingston Cluster appears to have been reversed (we are still waiting for written confirmation of this) and our new School Improvement Partner (whose role is to help us to raise standards) will not be the same person as our Link Inspector (whose role is to push the Local Authority agenda). These are minor victories but victories none the less and that's good news for our children and parents.

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