We would like to welcome the Rev Dr Cameron Langlands to the governing board as our Local Authority governor. Cameron has been a governor for some years and brings not only wonderful experience in mediation and compassion but also a passion for education.
Many thanks to the diocese for enabling us to be able to convert the WW2 air raid shelter into a lovely resource for the children.
The air raid shelter has served many functions over the years - it was the changing rooms when the school had a small swimming pool, it housed the model railway club from some years and had latterly provided storage for the school.
Mrs Woodgate had a vision at the beginning of lockdown (March 2020) that what we really needed was to have it properly insulated and converted into a room that could be used to not only further the focus on reading for pleasure but to support our children's mental health once they returned to school.
It is entirely down to her drive and project management skills, alongside the hard work of every member of staff (who pitched in to do all kinds of things to help) that the project was ready for the children once they returned in March 2021. It is safe to say that they love the new addition!
After much work as a team, the staff and governors proposed 3 possible vision statements. Children and the parent community were then involved in choosing which they felt best represented their experience at Selsted. The chosen version is now available to see in the 'About Us' part of the website.
The governors felt immensely proud of the staff and children when the government website showed that for overall performance, Selsted is ranked 3rd in Kent. That is 3rd out of 560 primary schools!
We know that the staff and children always strive to challenge themselves in whatever they do but it was wonderful to have it recognised at a national level.
The staff and governors of Selsted school are embarking on a mission to explore who we are as a christian school, what we stand for and how we demonstrate this. We have lots of work planned for our Development day in February 2019 and look forward to sharing it with our school community.
Staff and Governors attended an inset day in school on the 19th February. This is the third year that such an inset day has taken place and is part of our strategy to continue to improve the way we all work together to develop our school.
This year we are keen to define our vision for the school, looking ahead to the future, and so spent time discussing and analysing what makes us unique and what we are really good at. We will use this to inform our vision statement and strategic plan.
The school received an Ofsted inspection during the summer term 2017 and 9 out of the 10 Governors were able to attend the meeting with the inspector.
We were well prepared and it was clear that we know our school and are involved in school improvement, working hand in hand with the Leadership team and the staff.
We knew that our school was good and that we are on a journey towards an 'Outstanding' rating and we were pleased that the Ofsted Inspector confirmed this in her report.
We now have lots of work to do in the next 3 years to attain that 'Outstanding' classification!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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