The Issues faced and addressed by the Governing Body over the last year were:
Providing a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum for our pupils
Understanding how best to meet the needs of our children and to improve their emotional well-being through the curriculum
Establish ways to improve emotional well-being for the whole school community
Raising the attainment of EYFS pupils for GLD (Good Learning Development)
Ensuring progress was made across the school
Developing ‘a love and enjoyment of reading’
Managing the impact of the national lockdown due to coronavirus.
Developing Home Learning Resources (Blended Learning) as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.
Partial re-opening of school to wider pupils in June 2020
Preparing for the safe return of all pupils from 1st September 2020
Publication of Governor’s Details and Register of Interests Draft Statement
In the interests of transparency, all schools and academies should publish, including on their website, up to date details of the structure of the governing body and any committees, together with the names of their governors and their particular roles and responsibilities within that structure.
This information is required for each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months. They should also publish relevant business and pecuniary interests.
This information must be published in a readily accessible form which means that the information should be on a webpage without the need to download or open a separate document.
Schools and academies should also publish an annual statement setting out the key issues that have been faced and addressed by the governing body over the last year, including an assessment of the impact of the governing body on the school.
Mrs Suzanne Caveney (Joint Chair)
An HR advisor in the City Centre and former Parent Governor, Suzanne supports the school with her expertise in human resource, contracts and workforce matters.
Mrs Kristy Regan (Joint Chair)
A Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Sunderland University. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge within adult and social care and is Chair of the Safeguarding, Premises and Health & Safety Sub Committee.
Mr Gavin Storey
Headteacher. Born and bred in Whitley Bay, Gavin has worked in North Tyneside for his whole teaching career having spent 17 years teaching in Killingworth before being appointed at Cullercoats in the summer 2008.
Miss Fern Stewart
Deputy Headteacher and one of the longest serving teachers at Cullercoats with over 20 years experience. Fern is the Assessment Co-ordinator and Key Stage 1 Lead within the School.
Mrs Jane Armstrong
Assistant Headteacher & SENDCo. Jane has taught in Switzerland and a variety of schools within the North Tyneside and Northumberland area. Jane is one of North Tyneside’s Reading Recovery teachers.
Mrs Sarah Wallace
A journalist before entering the teaching profession, Sarah is a whizz at ICT and is the joint ICT Co-ordinator and Editor in Chief of the school newspaper – the renowned ‘Cullercoats Chronicle.’ Sarah is Chair of the PR and Communication Sub Committee.
Ms Ann Shuker
Ann has over 15 years’ experience of working in the FE and HE sector with a focus on widening participation and progression to HE. As Access Manager at Northumbria University Ann has responsibility for overseeing the University’s Access and Participation Plan and management of the Widening Participation team. We welcome her knowledge and expertise.
Mr Phillip Fairbairn
A Consultant Senior Electrical Engineer, Phillip has proved a valuable addition to the Governing Body. His knowledge continues to support Cullercoats during the major refurbishment of the school.
Mrs Christina Black
A Former Headteacher and current School Development Partner in Northumberland, Christina has an excellent knowledge of teaching and learning within educational environments and is Chair of the Curriculum Sub Committee.
Mr Richard Crulley
A Marketing Manager in the education sector, Richard has worked in schools, a college group and is currently working at Newcastle University. As a Co-opted Governor, he supports the school on the PR and Communication Sub Committee with his promotional expertise and is also part of the Staffing and Finance Sub Committee.
Mrs Jennifer Bonham
A Teacher in Newcastle and a former pupil of Cullercoats Primary School; Jennifer brings her educational and local knowledge and experience to the group.
The impact of the Governing Body on the school was:
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all statutory assessments were cancelled for the academic year 2019-20. The data below is from the previous year’s assessment in the Summer 2019
The attainment and progress of our pupils was generally above or in line with national expectations – our headline figures include:
For the Early Years 82% of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) An increase of 9%. This figure is in line the National Average of 72%.
Year 1 Phonics 94% of our pupils achieved the pass mark. An increase of 4% on the previous year. This again was above the National figure of 82%
Key Stage 1 Reading, Writing & Maths Combined (RWM) 62% of our pupils achieved the expected standard combined a 5% decrease on the previous year – this is just below the combined National Figure of 65%
Key Stage 2 Reading, Writing & Maths Combined (RWM) 79% of our pupils achieved the expected standard combined – significantly above the combined National figure of 67%. Reading and Writing were also significantly above the National Average.
Our greater depth results at Key Stage 2 were impressive in Reading and Grammer, Punctuation and Spelling with both being significantly above the National Average. Reading, Writing and Maths (Combined) along with Writing and Maths were broadly in line with National Average.
We are very proud of our staff and pupil performance during a challenging year with year group and Key Stage relocations due to the ongoing refurbishment works.
The schools progress level was above the floor standard in Reading Writing and Mathematics.
The Governing Body works hard through support and challenge to ensure the pupils receive a wide and engaging curriculum to enable them to meet the demands and high expectations of the National Curriculum. This will prepare our pupils for the next phase of their educational journey.
The school continues to provide a ‘rich and varied curriculum’ (Ofsted 2017) for our pupils and offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The Governing Body are aware of the change of focus that Ofsted will adopt in the new Inspection Framework and look to further improve the curriculum on offer to our pupils. The school has two Beach School Practitioners who embrace the outdoor environment and educate the children about the marine life and coastal locality. The excellent location of the school enables the staff to use the immediate environment and local surroundings to support and enrich our pupils’ learning and development. The area is steeped in history, focal points, local features and geographical formations that permeate through the curriculum. Even the shallow bay enables our pupils to develop active lifestyles through kayaking and paddle boarding. The National Cycle Route that passes close to the school and network of old industrial waggonways allow our Year 4 children to experience the local environment through our partnership with Bike4health. The local heritage and community provides an excellent resource for local geography and history. PE, Sport and Physical Activity remains a strength of the school with pupils actively participating in both School Games and local school sport competitions and after school clubs. The School was proud to receive the PLATINUM School Games Award for a second time in 2019 and uses the Primary PE and Sport Premium appropriately and efficient to support our pupils to develop healthy lifestyles. The Arts are well catered for. Our young talents are well catered for through Art, Dance, Drama and Music. The children take part in the annual North Tyneside Dance Festival and our Key Stage 2 pupils perform in our annual school show – that showcases the many talents our pupils possess. Unfortunately due to coronavirus our planned performance just before Easter was cancelled. Technology plays a very important part in the community today and we are proud that we ensure that our children engage with technology within the school using a variety of touch screens, Ipads and netbooks. In February 2020 our Lego Robotics Team reached the National Final of the competition held in Bristol for a fifth year. This year was extra special as Team Robi1Kenobi who won first prize in the Core Values Section of the competition – an incredible achievement for the pupils and staff. This earned the team an International Invitation to represent the UK in Greece. Whilst their international dream was cancelled due to Covid -19 the whole school community is immensely proud of the Team’s achievement. Our older pupils experience the demands of media and communication through the termly publishing of the Cullercoats Chronicle. This gives a full flavour of ‘Life at Cullercoats Primary.’ An absolute ‘must have’ read for any potential parent or visiting guest to the school or area.
Regular support and challenge has enabled the Governing Body to understand the strengths and areas for development for this school and the community. The Governing Body recognise the importance of each child’s emotional well-being and has an appointed a member of staff who is now responsible for this area of development and the School Council to enable our pupil voice to be heard. The school is looking to develop positive relationships through the PSHE and SRE curriculum. Moving forward as our community returns from a national lockdown monitoring our pupils and staff emotional wellbeing and mental will be a priority over the next academic year.
This has been a challenging and unprecedented year that saw a national UK lockdown of all school on the 20th March 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The school and the community had to quickly adjust to a different type of education and learning provision ‘Home School learning’. Teachers prepared weekly Home Learning Plans and Resources and embraced the digital way of communication via video conferencing using Zoom meetings and then GoogleMeet. The school remained open from Monday 23rd March to cater for Key Worker children including the Easter holidays as the country/region worked tirelessly to reduce the infection rate over the course of the summer term.
In June the school welcomed back pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in socially distanced arranged classrooms that saw a class (known as a ‘bubble’) with no more than 8 pupils in each. This allowed a small number of pupils to return to school whilst the rest of the school continued to work from home. Prior to the summer holidays the school prepared for the full return of pupils in the autumn term under new safety guidance to help contain the spread of the virus. This ‘new’ normal would see staggered start times, staggered breaks, lunches and dismissal times. The school yard would be sectioned for each class, assemblies would be suspended and lunchtime would be held in the classroom – all to help prevent the transmission of the virus across classes
There is a great vibe here at Cullercoats Primary and we are proud to be an integral part of the community. The Parents’ Association works tirelessly to engage the community through discos and fayres providing further opportunities for our children and valuable additional funds that support the school. The hard work of the Parents’ Association, all the staff and those connected with Cullercoats Primary School does not go unrecognised. Without this collaboration our pupils would not receive the care, education and commitment they deserve.
As a community we continue to support each other through these challenging and anxious times – through national, regional and local restrictions – through testing times we stand together, shoulder to shoulder for the children and the community which we are proud to serve.
We are grateful to everyone connected with Cullercoats Primary who make this community school a wonderful, caring and happy environment for our pupils.
Mrs S Caveney & Mrs K Regan (Joint Chairs of the Governing Body) & Mr G Storey (Headteacher)