To every school family                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   November 2016

I very much hope that the first half of term has gone well and that everyone has settled in to the daily routine of school life.  It was wonderful to see all the year groups involved in the Harvest service at church a few weeks ago and especially to see our youngest children taking part with such confidence after only four weeks into their first term.
I have the pleasure and privilege to lead a strong and committed group of governors.  We are an integral part of the leadership and management of the school working alongside Mrs Campbell and her talented team.  For example, we have responsibility for the strategic development and direction of the school and help to set targets and then carefully monitor overall progress.  There are three governor vacancies including places for up to two parents.  Please let Mrs Campbell or any other governor know if you are interested and we can explain what is involved in more detail.
These are certainly challenging times for all schools.  Budgets are being squeezed and this compounds chronic underfunding; schools in the East Riding are least well provided for across all 104 Local Authorities in England.  A promise to address this issue has recently been put back another year to the end of 2017/2018.  Our Finance Committee monitors the situation constantly; we are extremely grateful to have a very efficient back office team, lead by our Business Manager Val Nesom, who do such an amazing job.
We strongly believe that children are more likely to reach their potential when home and school work together.  Of course learning does not just happen at school.  The development of skills such as reading, writing, speaking and an understanding of number can make significant steps at other times.
Throughout the coming year there will be occasions when we can all be involved together.  Watch out for special events, school trips and particularly school forums at which you will be able to raise with us any issues or ideas that you may have.  In addition, our regular newsletter will introduce you to the governing body and its work as well as celebrate the school’s work and achievements.
Enjoy these very special formative school days.


Revd Les Slow

Chair of Governors

Pocklington Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Infant School